Archive | July, 2016

Google acquires LaunchKit


Google recently announced that it is acquiring mobile app tool maker LaunchKit. Launched two years ago, LaunchKit offers a suite of tools aimed at making the development of mobile apps easier. These tools include Screenshot Builder, App Website Builder, Review Monitor and Sales Reporter. According to LaunchKit, these tools have helped more than 50,000 developers create, launch and monitor their apps. As part of the deal, LaunchKit’s team will be joining Google’s Developer Product Group. The company’s hosted services will be open-sourced and available on GitHub in the next 12 months, and discontinued thereafter.

LinkedIn acquires PointDrive


LinkedIn has acquired PointDrive, a Chicago-based startup that lets sales personnel share visual content with prospective clients. PointDrive offers cloud-based tools that enables integration of files, videos, graphics, and other content into a webpage that can be presented to customers during a sales pitch. The acquisition is intended to boost LinkedIn’s Sales Solutions platform. The deal follows LinkedIn’s acquisition of Fliptop, its partnership with Salesforce and the launch of its Social Selling Index. According to sources, Microsoft plans to integrate LinkedIn’s sales products within its own CRM products in order to improve sales cycles through actionable insights.

Weekly Update – July 26, 2016

      Total Deal Value (USD) –  $2,495,706,677                Total Deal Number – 131

Deal No. Amount Paid (USD) Company Investor/Buyer Sector Deal Type
1 $449,000,000 BYD Samsung Hardware & Infrastructure Investment
2 $362,231,100 Global Fashion Group Consortium Ecommerce Investment
3 $330,000,000 CommonBond Undisclosed Transactions Investment
4 $300,000,000 BabyTree Shenzhen Qianhe Capital Management, Matrix Partners China Media Investment
5 $130,000,000 Olapic Monotype Marketing Investment
6 $105,000,000 Sprinklr Consortium Software & Services Investment
7 $100,000,000 Ubtech CITIC Securities, CDH Investments Hardware & Infrastructure Investment
8 $60,000,000 Fantex UBS Group Transactions Investment
9 $50,000,000 Zenreach Consortium Marketing Investment
10 $45,000,000 DotC United Consortium Mobile & Apps Investment
11 $30,000,000 Sift Science Consortium Software & Services Investment
12 $30,000,000 Yonghong Tech Consortium Software & Services Investment
13 $29,000,000 Pantheon Consortium Software & Services Investment
14 $28,000,000 Bluestone Consortium Ecommerce Investment
15 $25,000,000 Zoomcar Consortium Transactions Investment
16 $24,000,000 Doppler Labs Consortium Hardware & Infrastructure Investment
17 $23,000,000 Capriza Consortium Software & Services Investment
18 $20,000,000 GuardiCore Consortium Software & Services Investment
19 $18,500,000 Pixie Technology Consortium Hardware & Infrastructure Investment
20 $17,500,000 Omise Consortium Transactions Investment
21 $17,000,000 Treebo Hoteld Consortium Transactions Investment
22 $16,534,500 Deposit Solutions Consortium Transactions Investment
23 $16,500,000 Skycure Consortium Software & Services Investment
24 $16,000,000 Mastermind Marketing SharkReach Marketing Acquisition
25 $15,000,000 Baobao Consortium Mobile & Apps Investment
26 $14,450,000 All Set Works Undisclosed Mobile & Apps Investment
27 $14,250,000 Flexe Consortium Transactions Investment
28 $14,000,000 Redis Labs Consortium Software & Services Investment
29 $13,900,000 Brandcast Consortium Marketing Investment
30 $11,000,000 AristaMD Avalon Ventures, Correlation Ventures Transactions Investment
31 $10,000,000 aCommerce Consortium Ecommerce Investment
32 $10,000,000 Blue Cedar Networks Consortium Mobile & Apps Investment
33 $10,000,000 CargoX Consortium Transactions Investment
34 $10,000,000 Lifesum Consortium Mobile & Apps Investment
35 $10,000,000 OpenDoor Consortium Transactions Investment
36 $9,465,660 MarketInvoice MCI.TechVentures Fund of MCI Capital, Northzone Transactions Investment
37 $9,000,000 Damballa K1 Capital Software & Services Acquisition
38 $8,275,068 Junkee Media Ooh! Media Acquisition
39 $7,000,000 Guideline Consortium Transactions Investment
40 $6,573,375 Rockar Maven Capital Partners, NVM Private Equity Transactions Investment
41 $5,500,000 Eastwind Networks Signal Peak Ventures, Cybersecurity Investments Software & Services Investment
42 $5,000,000 Dressabelle iFashion Ecommerce Acquisition
43 $5,000,000 Zlien Consortium Software & Services Investment
44 $4,500,000 Kazan Networks Consortium Software & Services Investment
45 $4,500,000 Quantifeed PGA Venture Partners Transactions Investment
46 $4,200,000 Fuller Consortium Mobile & Apps Investment
47 $4,000,000 ReviewTrackers American Family Ventures Transactions Investment
48 $4,000,000 Rize Longworth Venture Partners, SB Capital Hardware & Infrastructure Investment
49 $3,841,845 Deporvillage Consortium Ecommerce Investment
50 $3,734,575 Loc8 Clinton Capital Partners Software & Services Investment
51 $3,299,430 Supermercato24 Innogest, 360 Capital Partners Transactions Investment
52 $3,250,000 Quilt Consortium Transactions Investment
53 $3,250,000 Sift Security Freeman Group Software & Services Investment
54 $2,987,660 Australian Braodband Services amaysim Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
55 $2,500,000 BestMile Consortium Software & Services Investment
56 $2,500,000 Saykara Madrona Venture Group Software & Services Investment
57 $2,300,000 Stardog Core Capital, Boulder Ventures Software & Services Investment
58 $2,200,000 Trim Consortium Software & Services Investment
59 $2,199,620 CharityStars Consortium Transactions Investment
60 $2,000,000 ZipBooks Consortium Software & Services Investment
61 $1,647,844 SYNTONIC Undisclosed Mobile & Apps Public
62 $1,500,000 Consortium Transactions Investment
63 $1,500,000 Videolicious Undisclosed Video Investment
64 $1,315,500 Bergamotte 360 Capital Partners, Eric La Bonnardière Transactions Investment
65 $1,096,250 Energyworx henQ Software & Services Investment
66 $1,000,000 WeDo Undisclosed Mobile & Apps Investment
67 $935,881 Ezycollect Tank Stream Ventures Transactions Investment
68 $917,395 HomeTouch Global Founders Capital, Passion Capital Transactions Investment
69 Undisclosed 2338 Technologies Predictive Software & Services Acquisition
70 Undisclosed Adweek Beringer Capital Media Acquisition
71 Undisclosed Ardenta Claranet Software & Services Acquisition
72 Undisclosed Audiam SOCAN Transactions Acquisition
73 Undisclosed BetaZi Mark Cuban Software & Services Investment
74 Undisclosed Bitstrips Snapchat Media Investment
75 Undisclosed Blocktrail Bitmain Software & Services Acquisition
76 Undisclosed blogfoster Consortium Marketing Investment
77 Undisclosed CommSolid High-Tech Gründerfonds, MBG Invest Software & Services Investment
78 Undisclosed Composr BandLab Mobile & Apps Acquisition
79 Undisclosed Coolan Salesforce Software & Services Acquisition
80 Undisclosed CST Dassault Systèmes Software & Services Acquisition
81 Undisclosed D-Square Solutions Hansa Cequity Software & Services Acquisition
82 Undisclosed DemoTeller Systems HID Global Transactions Acquisition
83 Undisclosed Dollar Shave Club Unilever Ecommerce Acquisition
84 Undisclosed Dominion Marine Media Apax Partners Transactions Acquisition
85 Undisclosed DUBSAT ADSTREAM Media Acquisition
86 Undisclosed Enservio Solera Holdings Software & Services Acquisition
87 Undisclosed Fast Japan Consortium Media Investment
88 Undisclosed Gradible CommonBond Transactions Acquisition
89 Undisclosed Hey Inc. Postmates Mobile & Apps Acquisition
90 Undisclosed HubbaHired TribeHired Transactions Acquisition
91 Undisclosed iPug Zane Beckett Transactions Investment
92 Undisclosed Klick2Contact Eckoh Marketing Acquisition
93 Undisclosed Koho Financial Consortium Transactions Investment
94 Undisclosed Konsus Slack Fund Transactions Investment
95 Undisclosed LawRoom Everfi Transactions Acquisition
96 Undisclosed LetsCatchUp GetLinks Transactions Acquisition
97 Undisclosed Log’in Consultants Orange Software & Services Acquisition
98 Undisclosed Lohika Altran Software & Services Acquisition
99 Undisclosed Longitude Licensing Vector Capital Transactions Acquisition
100 Undisclosed Lookup NowFloats Mobile & Apps Acquisition
101 Undisclosed LQD Business Finance Fintech Ventures Fund Transactions Investment
102 Undisclosed Lucernex HCAP Partners Software & Services Investment
103 Undisclosed Mist Cisco Investments Software & Services Investment
104 Undisclosed MOBGEN Accenture Mobile & Apps Acquisition
105 Undisclosed MobiBing Cashify Ecommerce Acquisition
106 Undisclosed Nexcharge Net Element Transactions Acquisition
107 Undisclosed PayStar Net Element Software & Services Acquisition
108 Undisclosed Pentest Secarma Software & Services Acquisition
109 Undisclosed Platfora Workday Software & Services Acquisition
110 Undisclosed Promote for Less Metro Printed Products Transactions Acquisition
111 Undisclosed PSG Communications Teneo Marketing Acquisition
112 Undisclosed Rollingbox Voxis Marketing Acquisition
113 Undisclosed Ruler Analytics AXM Venture Capital Marketing Investment
114 Undisclosed Shootsta Adcorp Australia Media Acquisition
115 Undisclosed SimplyMoveIn Swastika Company Transactions Investment
116 Undisclosed Sixtree Deloitte Software & Services Acquisition
117 Undisclosed SPLASH DIGITAL MEDIA MUNGO CREATIVE GROUP Marketing Acquisition
118 Undisclosed TeamUnify SportsEngine Software & Services Acquisition
119 Undisclosed The Alpha School System Volaris Software & Services Acquisition
120 Undisclosed TouchCommerce Nuance Ecommerce Acquisition
121 Undisclosed Train Simple Pluralsight Media Acquisition
122 Undisclosed Trover Expedia Transactions Acquisition
123 Undisclosed UnderDOGS Gaming Studio Intelli Reboot Digital Games Acquisition
124 Undisclosed Union Square Deltek Software & Services Acquisition
125 Undisclosed Valuiza AdviceMarket Transactions Merger
126 Undisclosed Veldt Accord Ventures, CyberAgent Ventures Ecommerce Investment
127 Undisclosed Versus MenschDanke Group Software & Services Acquisition
128 Undisclosed VocaLink MasterCard Transactions Acquisition
129 Undisclosed Wanderio Europcar Group Transactions Investment
130 Undisclosed Wellcentive Philips Software & Services Acquisition
131 Undisclosed ZestFinance Baidu Transactions Investment

More information

  1. Samsung Invests $449 Million in Buffett-Backed Carmaker BYD (Bloomberg)
  2. Global Fashion Group Raises €330M (FinSMEs)
  3. Online Student Lender CommonBond Receives approx. $330M; Buys Gradible (FinSMEs)
  4. BabyTree Bags $300M USD In Largest Ever Funding Round For Mother & Baby Tech (Tech Node)
  5. Font giant Monotype gets into user-generated content with $130M Olapic acquisition (VentureBeat)
  6. Enterprise Social Tech Company Sprinklr Raises $105M; Valued at $1.8 Billion (FinSMEs)
  7. CDH Investments Leads $100M Round In Robot Maker Ubtech (China Money Network)
  8. Athlete-Tracking Stock Startup Fantex Said to Raise $60 Million (Bloomberg)
  9. WiFi Startup Zenreach Emerges From Stealth With $50 Million And Peter Thiel On Its Board (Forbes)
  10. Chinese Mobile Company DotC United Closes $45M Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  11. Sift Science Raises $30M in Series C Funding (FinSMEs)
  12. Tencent Unit Leads $30M Series C Round In Big Data Firm Yonghong Tech (China Money Network)
  13. Website Management Platform Pantheon Raises $29M in Series C Funding (FinSMEs)
  14. Ratan Tata-backed online jewelry store Bluestone raises $28m (Tech In Asia)
  15. Ford and Sequoia plant $25 million into Indian rental startup Zoomcar (GeekTime)
  16. Wireless Listening System Maker Doppler Labs Raises Additional $24M in Series B Funding (FinSMEs)
  17. Capriza Raises $23M in Series C Funding (FinSMEs)
  18. Enterprise Data Center Protection Company GuardiCore Raises $20M in Series B Funding (FinSMEs)
  19. Location of Things Solution Pixie Technology Closes $18.5M Series B Funding (FinSMEs)
  20. Thailand’s Omise raises $17.5m to take its payment service to more Southeast Asian markets (Tech In Asia)
  21. India’s Treebo Hotels raises $17 million for its budget hotel network (TechCrunch)
  22. Fintech Company Deposit Solutions Raises €15M in VC Funding (FinSMEs)
  23. Mobile Threat Defense Platform Provider Skycure Closes $16.5M Series B Funding (FinSMEs)
  24. SharkReach Signs $16 Million Merger Agreement to Acquire Mastermind Involvement Marketing, LLC. (PR Newswire)
  25. Meridian Capital, Tencent Join $15M Series B+ Round In Live Video Streaming App Baobao (China Money Network)
  26. BRIEF-All Set Works says it has raised $14.45 mln equity financing (Reuters)
  27. Warehouse Space Marketplace Flexe Closes $14.25M Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  28. Redis Labs Raises $14M in Series C Funding (FinSMEs)
  29. Brandcast Closes $13.9M Series A Financing (FinSMEs)
  30. Digital Health Company AristaMD Completes $11M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  31. aCommerce gets $10m investment led by Telkom’s VC arm (Tech In Asia)
  32. Blue Cedar Networks Receives $10M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  33. CargoX Raises $10M in Series B Funding (FinSMEs)
  34. Digital Health Company Lifesum Raises $10M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  35. Bond Trading Platform OpenDoor Trading Closes $10M Funding Round (FinSMEs)
  36. P2P Online Invoice Finance Platform MarketInvoice Raises £7.2M (FinSMEs)
  37. Atlanta’s Damballa sold for nearly $9 million, returns investors pennies on the dollar (NVS 24)
  38. Ooh! buys Junkee for $11.05 million (SMH)
  39. Retirement Industry Startup Guideline Raises $7M in Series A Round (FinSMEs)
  40. UK-Based Motor Retailer Rockar Raises £5M in Equity Funding (FinSMEs)
  41. Cybersecurity Startup Eastwind Networks Raises $5.5M in Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  42. Singapore’s iFashion acquires e-store Dressabelle for $5m (Tech In Asia)
  43. Construction Technology Platform Zlien Raises $5M in Equity Funding (FinSMEs)
  44. Enterprise Networking & Storage Startup Kazan Networks Closes $4.5M Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  45. Digital Wealth Management Platform Quantifeed Raises US$4.5M (FinSMEs)
  46. App Annie rival raises $4.2m to expand beyond Japan (Tech In Asia)
  47. Correction: Customer Feedback Platform ReviewTrackers Raises $4M (FinSMEs)
  48. Rize Raises $4M in Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  49. Online Sports Retailer Deporvillage Raises €3.5M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  50. Melbourne startup Loc8 secures more than $5 million to drive global expansion (StartupSmart)
  51. Online Grocery Delivery Service Supermercato24 Raises €3M in Venture Capital (FinSMEs)
  52. Insurtech Startup Quilt Raises $3.25M (FinSMEs)
  53. Cybersecurity Startup Sift Security Raises $3.25M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  54. amaysim enters Aussie broadband market with $4 million acquisition (ARN)
  55. BestMile Closes $2.5M Seed Funding Round (FinSMEs)
  56. Former Nuance machine learning vet raises $2.5M for AI healthcare startup Saykara (GeekWire)
  57. Enterprise Data Unification Platform Stardog Raises $2.3M in Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  58. Money-Saving Chatbot Trim Raises $2.2M (FinSMEs)
  59. Online Charity Auction Platform CharityStars Raises €2M (FinSMEs)
  60. Accounting Software Startup ZipBooks Raises $2m in Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  62. Closes $1.5M Seed Funding Round (FinSMEs)
  63. Videolicious $1.50 million Fundraising (Consumer Eagle)
  64. Flower Delivery Startup Bergamotte Raises €1.2M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  65. Energyworx Raises €1M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  66. WeDo Gets $1M For To Do List App (Socal Tech)
  67. Sydney startup ezyCollect closes $1.25 million seed round as it looks to revolutionise the way SMEs get paid (StartupSmart)
  68. Personal Care Startup HomeTouch Raises £700K in Funding (FinSMEs)
  69. Predictive, Inc. Announces Acquisition of 2338 Technologies (Business Wire)
  70. Beringer Capital Acquires Adweek (FinSMEs)
  71. Claranet acquires Ardenta to strengthen managed hosting offering (Ardenta)
  72. Canada’s SOCAN Acquires Digital Rights Firm Audiam (Billboard)
  73. BetaZi Raises Funding from Mark Cuban (FinSMEs)
  74. Messaging App Maker Snapchat Buys Bitmoji Maker Bitstrips (FinSMEs)
  75. Bitcoin Miner Bitmain Acquires Data Startup Blocktrail (Coindesk)
  76. Blog & Influencer Marketing Platform blogfoster Raises Multi-Million Funding (FinSMEs)
  77. Cellular IoT IP Company CommSolid Completes First Funding Round (FinSMEs)
  78. BandLab Acquires Composr, Announces Key Hires and Positions for Future Growth (PR Newswire)
  79. Salesforce acquires data center analytics startup Coolan (VentureBeat)
  80. Dassault Systèmes to Acquire CST (
  81. Hansa Cequity buys majority stake in D-Square Solutions (LiveMint)
  82. Security tech maker HID Global continues buying spree (Austin Business Journal)
  83. Unilever Acquires Dollar Shave Club (FinSMEs)
  84. Funds advised by Apax Partners to acquire Dominion Marine Media (PR Newswire)
  86. Solera Holdings acquires Massachusetts software company (Dallas Business Journal)
  87. This online concierge startup secures seed funding to better serve visitors to Japan (The Bridge)
  88. Online Student Lender CommonBond Receives approx. $330M; Buys Gradible (FinSMEs)
  89. Postmates aqui-hires team behind controversial Famous game (TechCrunch)
  90. Recruitment startup TribeHired acquires Thai counterpart to grow its reach in Bangkok (Tech In Asia)
  91. Digital Health Company iPug Raises Seed and Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  92. Eckoh to acquire online specialist Klick2Contact (ProactiveInvestors)
  93. Fintech Startup Koho Financial Raises Second Seed Funding Round (FinSMEs)
  94. Konsus Receives Investment from the Slack Fund (FinSMEs)
  95. LawRoom Acquired By EverFi (SiliconTap)
  96. GetLinks acquires LetsCatchUp, aims to connect tech talent in India to Asia (e27)
  97. Orange announces acquisition of Log’in Consultants (
  98. BRIEF-Altran acquires Lohika, expands US footprint (Reuters)
  99. Vector Capital Buys Intellectual Property Management Company Longitude Licensing (FinSMEs)
  100. Khosla-backed Lookup acquired by business discovery service NowFloats (TechCrunch)
  101. Business Lender LQD Business Finance Completes Series A Financing (FinSMEs)
  102. Lucernex Receives Minority investment from HCAP Partners (FinSMEs)
  103. Mist Receives Strategic Investment from Cisco Investments (FinSMEs)
  104. Accenture (ACN) Acquires UI Solution Provider MOBGEN (Street Insider)
  105. Blume-backed Cashify buys tiny rival MobiBing (Tech In Asia)
  106. Net Element to Acquire PayStar and Nexcharge (Yahoo)
  107. Net Element to Acquire PayStar and Nexcharge (Yahoo)
  108. Cybersecurity firm Secarma acquires Manchester-based Pentest Ltd (Tech City News)
  109. Workday buys Platfora for visualization, data technology (ZDNet)
  110. Metro Printed Products Acquires Florida Company (Inside Indiana Business)
  111. Teneo Announces Acquisition Of PSG Communications (PR Newswire)
  112. Voxis, acquired Rollingbox (MANDASOFT)
  113. Ruler Analytics Secures Additional Six-Figure VC Funding (FinSMEs)
  114. Adcorp Investment in Shootsta (
  115. Exclusive: Online rental marketplace SimplyMoveIn gets angel funding from Swastika Company (Tech In Circle)
  116. Deloitte buys Sixtree to cope with cloudy times (AFR)
  118. SportsEngine Acquires TeamUnify (PR Web)
  119. Volaris Group Acquires Student Information Systems Company, The Alpha School System PTY LTD, in Australia (Volaris Group)
  120. Nuance to Acquire TouchCommerce, Accelerate Growth of Enterprise Business (Business Wire)
  121. Welcome Train Simple: newly acquired creative training on Adobe (Pluralsight)
  122. Expedia acquires travel photography community Trover (TechCrunch)
  123. Intelli Reboot Digital acquires stakes in Mumbai-based underDOGS Gaming for an undisclosed amount. (Bizztor)
  124. Deltek Acquires Union Square (Deltek)
  125. Sydney startups AdviceMarket and Valuiza join forces to take on the world (StartupSmart)
  126. Japan’s Veldt secures seed round funding to boost production of analogue smartwatches (The Bridge)
  127. Product comparison engine Versus acquired by Germany’s MenschDanke Group (TechCrunch)
  128. MasterCard to Acquire Fintech Company VocaLink (FinSMEs)
  129. Wanderio Receives Minority Investment from Europcar (FinSMEs)
  130. Philips to Expand Its Population Health Management Business with the Acquisition of Wellcentive (Business Wire)
  131. Fintech, ZestFinance Receives Strategic Investment from Baidu (FinSMEs)

Verizon agrees to acquire Yahoo for $4.8 billion


Verizon Communications has agreed to acquire Yahoo for $4.8 billion. The deal is said to include Yahoo’s internet business and some real estate. The acquisition marks the incredible fall of one of the Internet’s most iconic companies that once had a market capitalization of more than $125 billion. Marissa Mayer is expected to stay following the acquisition, though it is unclear at this stage if she will remain as CEO.  For Verizon, Yahoo is another addition to its growing digital media business that now includes TechCrunch, The Huffington Post, Moviefone, Weblogs, Inc., among others.