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Unilever to acquire Dollar Shave Club for $1billion


Unilever has reportedly agreed to acquire subscription service Dollar Shave Club for $1 billion. Dollar Shave Club is the popular LA-based membership service that delivers affordable fresh razors to customers by mail. According to analysts, the move provides Unilever with a foothold in the competitive shaving market, which is traditionally dominated by Gillette, a brand owned by rival Procter & Gamble. While it is reported that Gillette enjoys a 65% global market share, the acquisition will give Unilever a chance to further expand Dollar Shave Club’s growing millennial market. Currently, the startup has three million online customers and is the clear winner in the digital realm with more than 58,000 followers on Instagram and 2.8 million likes on its Facebook page.

Dollar Shave Club: the little startup that could

Dollar Shave Club, the LA-based membership service that delivers affordable fresh razors to customers by mail, has proved that using humour, authenticity, and social media is a powerful way to connect with consumers. If launched a decade ago, the startup would not have survived against industry giants like Gillette and Schick, who dominate the $13 billion men’s shaving industry. But thanks to the power of the internet and social media, Dollar Shave Club is now best remembered as the startup that successfully launched on the strength of a single hilarious viral video on YouTube. The video, released in 2012, was so effective that 12,000 people signed up for subscription in the first 48 hours and eventually amassed more than 19 million views. Today, Dollar Shave Club has over 2 million subscribers and is now a legitimate threat to Gillette, who launched a similar subscription service last year. To protect its market position, Dollar Shave Club has closed a $75 million Series D round at a valuation of $615 million. The capital infusion will be used to introduce new products and hire more employees, according to its founder and CEO Michael Dubin.

Weekly Update – October 7, 2014

      Total Deal Value (USD) –  $1,150,818,624                                 Total Deal Number – 85

Deal No. Amount Paid (USD) Company Investor/Buyer Sector Deal Type
1 $200,000,000 Shopkick SK Planet Mobile & Apps Acquisition
2 $165,000,000 Houzz Consortium Transactions Investment
3 $75,000,000 Credit Karma Consortium Software & Services Investment
4 $55,000,000 Anki Consortium Hardware & Infrastructure Investment
5 $50,000,000 Deem Undisclosed Marketing Investment
6 $50,000,000 Dollar Shave Club Consortium Ecommerce Investment
7 $50,000,000 Reddit Consortium Media Investment
8 $40,000,000 Remind Consortium Mobile & Apps Investment
9 $38,000,000 InnoLight Technology Google Capital, Lightspeed China Partners Software & Services Investment
10 $36,300,000 ReWalk Robotics Consortium Hardware & Infrastructure Public
11 $30,000,000 Xceed Technologies Anite Software & Services Acquisition
12 $26,000,000 Qubit Consortium Ecommerce Investment
13 $25,700,000 GoodData Consortium Software & Services Investment
14 $19,000,000 HWW Gracenote Media Investment
15 $18,600,000 Netpulse Consortium Software & Services Investment
16 $17,000,000 Glow Consortium Mobile & Apps Investment
17 $16,000,000 Helium FirstMark Capital, Khosla Ventures Software & Services Investment
18 $15,000,000 Appboy Consortium Marketing Investment
19 $15,000,000 Datorama Consortium Software & Services Investment
20 $15,000,000 Zafin Kayne Partners Software & Services Investment
21 $13,000,000 Tile Consortium Mobile & Apps Investment
22 $12,000,000 Scribble Technologies Consortium Software & Services Investment
23 $11,000,000 Internships.com Chegg Transactions Acquisition
24 $10,000,000 Lever Matrix Partners Transactions Investment
25 $10,000,000 Sharethrough Consortium Marketing Investment
26 $9,700,000 Dwolla Consortium Software & Services Investment
27 $9,100,000 Ingogo UBS, Canaccord Genuity Mobile & Apps Investment
28 $8,000,000 Opal Madrona Venture Group Software & Services Investment
29 $6,500,000 Navdy Consortium Hardware & Infrastructure Investment
30 $6,500,000 Netuitive Consortium Software & Services Investment
31 $6,000,000 AnyPresence Consortium Mobile & Apps Investment
32 $6,000,000 Food52 Consortium Media Investment
33 $5,800,000 Stratos Consortium Software & Services Investment
34 $5,500,000 365Scores Consortium Mobile & Apps Investment
35 $4,000,000 Argus Cyber Security Consortium Software & Services Investment
36 $4,000,000 Insightpool Consortium Marketing Investment
37 $4,000,000 Rowl Consortium Media Investment
38 $4,000,000 Superpedestrian Consortium Hardware & Infrastructure Investment
39 $3,500,000 Expensify Consortium Software & Services Investment
40 $3,200,000 ZenMate Consortium Software & Services Investment
41 $3,100,000 CloudHelix Consortium Software & Services Investment
42 $3,100,000 Front Undisclosed Mobile & Apps Investment
43 $2,794,662 CogBooks Consortium Software & Services Investment
44 $2,500,000 Sourcery Consortium Transactions Investment
45 $2,400,000 Wercker Consortium Software & Services Investment
46 $2,300,000 Eve Consortium Software & Services Investment
47 $2,200,000 15 Five Consortium Software & Services Investment
48 $2,200,000 MoviePass Consortium Transactions Investment
49 $2,000,000 Hipcamp Consortium Transactions Investment
50 $2,000,000 Locqus Moneris Solutions Software & Services Investment
51 $2,000,000 Octopus Red Gate Software & Services Investment
52 $1,892,827 Plyce Caloga, BpiFrance Mobile & Apps Investment
53 $1,743,210 Tinybeans Undisclosed Media Investment
54 $1,600,000 Physitrack Crown Ocean Capital Software & Services Investment
55 $1,600,000 Pomelo Consortium Ecommerce Investment
56 $1,500,000 Architizer Undisclosed Software & Services Investment
57 $1,500,000 Brewbot Consortium Hardware & Infrastructure Investment
58 $1,500,000 Viyet Consortium Ecommerce Investment
59 $1,400,000 Ritot Indiegogo Hardware & Infrastructure Investment
60 $1,300,000 Privcap Media Consortium Media Investment
61 $1,065,000 BillGuard OurCrowd Software & Services Investment
62 $1,000,000 Inbox Silicon Valley Bank Software & Services Investment
63 $1,000,000 MedAware OurCrowd, GE Ventures Software & Services Investment
64 $1,000,000 Remerge Point Nine Capital Marketing Investment
65 $1,000,000 Rootstock Software Undisclosed Software & Services Investment
66 $975,000 Roost Consortium Software & Services Investment
67 $809,145 Spacious Undisclosed Transactions Investment
68 $800,000 WICASTR Granatus Ventures Software & Services Investment
69 $700,000 Numerous Consortium Software & Services Investment
70 $650,000 Grasswire Consortium Media Investment
71 $650,000 Hostel Rocket Great Oaks Venture Capital Transactions Investment
72 $638,780 Semafone Consortium Software & Services Investment
73 $500,000 AmazingHiring Altair, SMRK VC Fund Transactions Investment
74 $500,000 Baremetrics General Catalyst Software & Services Investment
75 $500,000 Woto Ingenious Ventures, Galata Business Angels Software & Services Investment
76 Undisclosed Gaadi Web Cardekho Transactions Acquisition
77 Undisclosed Spaces Slack Software & Services Acquisition
78 Undisclosed Adaptive Path Capital One Marketing Acquisition
79 Undisclosed DCI Design Communications Light Beam Capital Software & Services Investment
80 Undisclosed isentium Marc Spilker, David Heller Software & Services Investment
81 Undisclosed Meetyl Glass, Lewis & Co. Software & Services Acquisition
82 Undisclosed Move News Corp. Transactions Acquisition
83 Undisclosed Ncyclo SNS Software & Services Investment
84 Undisclosed Socialarc Sparkpr Marketing Acquisition
85 Undisclosed Vendavo Francisco Partners Software & Services Acquisition

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  1. Shopkick Bought for $200 Million (MediaPost)
  2. Houzz Raises $165M Series D Funding Round Led By Sequoia To Fuel International Expansion (TechCrunch)
  3. Credit Karma Raises $75M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  4. Toy car start-up Anki raises $55m (Develop)
  5. Deem grabs $50M to help companies maximize their bottom lines (update) (VentureBeat)
  6. Dollar Shave Club Closes $50M in Series C Funding (FinSMEs)
  7. Reddit Plans Its Own Cryptocurrency To Give Back To Its Users After $50 Million Raise (TechCrunch)
  8. Remind Closes $40M Series C Financing (FinSMEs)
  9. InnoLight Technology Closes $38M Series C Funding (FinSMEs)
  10. ReWalk Robotics Completes IPO Raising $36.3M (FinSMEs)
  11. Acquisition – Network Testing significantly expands its data analytics capability
  12. Qubit Raises $26M Series B Funding (FinSMEs)
  13. GoodData Completes $25.7M Equity Financing (FinSMEs)
  14. Gracenote targets Australia with $19M buy-up of TV & movie data provider HWW (VentureBeat)
  15. Netpulse Secures $18.6M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  16. Glow brings in $17M in new funding, puts big data to work for women’s health (VentureBeat)
  17. Shawn Fanning’s connected hardware platform Helium raises nearly $16M (VentureBeat)
  18. Appboy Closes $15M in Series B Funding (FinSMEs)
  19. Datorama Raises $15M in Series B Funding (FinSMEs)
  20. Zafin Receives $15M investment from Kayne Partners (FinSMEs)
  21. Tile has $13M and dreams of helping Android users find their keys, too (VentureBeat)
  22. Scribble Technologies Closes $12M Series C Funding (FinSMEs)
  23. Internships.com Acquired for $11 Million (Domain Investing)
  24. Lever Raises $10M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  25. Sharethrough Raises $10M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  26. Payment Network Dwolla Picks Up A Strategic $9.7M Led By CME Group (TechCrunch)
  27. Taxi app Ingogo raises $9.1 million, with $1.2 million through crowd equity (StartupSmart)
  28. Opal raises $8M for cloud marketing platform (VentureBeat)
  29. Navdy Closes $6.5M Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  30. Netuitive Secures $6.5m in Equity Financing (FinSMEs)
  31. AnyPresence Raises $6M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  32. Cooking Site And Online Shop Food52 Picks Up $6 Million More (TechCrunch)
  33. Stratos Secures $5.8M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  34. 365Scores Secures $5.5M (FinSMEs)
  35. Argus Cyber Security Raises $4M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  36. Insightpool Raises $4M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  37. Rowl Raises $4M To Help You Find The Heart Of Saturday Night (Or Any Night) (TechCrunch)
  38. Superpedestrian Raises $4M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  39. With $3.5 Million In New Funding, Expensify Targets Concur Customers (TechCrunch)
  40. ZenMate Scores $3.2M Series A For Its VPN-Style Private Browsing Service (TechCrunch)
  41. Network monitoring startup CloudHelix pins down $3.1M (VentureBeat)
  42. Shared Inbox Front Pulls $3.1 Million To Optimize Your Email Workflow (TechCrunch)
  43. CogBooks Raises £1.75M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  44. With $2.5M in tow, Sourcery is helping professional kitchens better source their food (VentureBeat)
  45. Wercker Raises $2.4M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  46. Eve Raises $2.3M To Rethink Programming (TechCrunch)
  47. 15 Five Raises $2.2M in Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  48. Offering A Subscription Service To Make Movies Cheaper, MoviePass Premiers $2.2 Million Financing Round (TechCrunch)
  49. Hipcamp Cooks Up $2M Seed To Get People Camping (TechCrunch)
  50. Locqus grabs $2M to help employees in the field skip the trip to the office (VentureBeat)
  51. Octopus Deploy gets set to unfurl its tentacles after $2 million investment from Red Gate (StartupSmart)
  52. Mobile shopping startup Plyce raises €1.5 Million from Caloga & BpiFrance (Rude Baguette)
  53. Tinybeans sprout with a $2 million capital raise (StartupSmart)
  54. Physitrack Raises USD$1.6M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  55. Pomelo gets $1.6M early stage funding to spread Korean fashion in Southeast Asia (Tech In Asia)
  56. Architizer receives funding (SEC.GOV)
  57. Brewbot nabs $1.5M to get more people brewing their own beer (VentureBeat)
  58. Viyet Raises $1.5M in Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  59. The “Impossible” Projection Watch Hits $1.4 Million In Crowdfunding (TechCrunch)
  60. Privcap Media Closes $1.3m Funding (FinSMEs)
  61. BillGuard Secures $1,065,000 New Funding Round (Agile Equity)
  62. Inbox Closes $1M Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  63. MedAware Completes $1M Series A Financing (FinSMEs)
  64. Berlin-Based Adtech Startup Remerge Raises $1M For Its Mobile App Marketing Platform (TechCrunch)
  65. Salesforce-backed resource management company Rootstock Software grabs $1M (VentureBeat)
  66. Roost Raises $975K in Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  67. Spacious Secures £500,000 Seed Round To Match London Startups To Office Space (TechCrunch)
  69. Big Data for the little people: App developer Numerous snags funding (Biz Journals)
  70. Grasswire Gets $650K (Tech Rockies)
  71. Hostel Rocket Arrives On Mobile, Making It Easy To Book Hostel Stays Worldwide (Graphucker)
  72. Semafone Secures £4M Growth Capital (FinSMEs)
  73. Igor Ryabenkiy and venture fund SMRK invest $500k in AmazingHiring (Rusbase)
  74. Baremetrics Raises $500K from General Catalyst (FinSMEs)
  75. If you wanted a middle ground between Twitter and blogs, Woto is it — and it just raised $800K (VentureBeat)
  76. Cardekho Acquires Ibibo Group Owned Gaadi.Com (Inc42)
  77. Slack Buys a Collaboration Tool in First Acquisition (Wall Street Journal)
  78. Design Firm Adaptive Path Acquired By Capital One (TechCrunch)
  79. DCI Design Communications Receives Growth Equity Investment from Light Beam Capital (FinSMEs)
  80. isentium Received Investment (FinSMEs)
  81. Meetyl Acquired By Glass, Lewis & Co. (Silicon Tap)
  82. News Corp To Acquire Move, Inc. (MarketWatch)
  83. Ncyclo Closes Venture Funding (FinSMEs)
  84. Sparkpr acquires Socialarc (PE HUB)
  85. Francisco Partners to Acquire Business-to-Business Pricing Leader Vendavo, Inc. (Sacramento Business Journals)