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Top 20 Investments for September 2015

Deal No.Amount Paid (USD)CompanyInvestor/BuyerSectorDeal Type
1$2,000,000,000Didi KuaidiConsortiumTransactionsInvestment
2$1,200,000,000Uber BaiduTransactionsInvestment
4$1,000,000,000Coupang SoftBankEcommerceInvestment
5$1,000,000,000UberMicrosoft, Bennett Coleman & Co.TransactionsInvestment
6$1,000,000,000Didi KuaidiUndisclosedTransactionsInvestment
8$700,000,000FlipkartTiger Global Management, Steadview CapitalEcommerceInvestment
9$630,000,000Ele.me ConsortiumTransactionsInvestment
10$600,000,000Kuaidi DacheConsortiumMobile & AppsInvestment
11$590,000,000Meizu Alibaba Group Holding LimitedHardware & InfrastructureInvestment
12$537,000,000SnapchatConsortiumMobile & AppsInvestment
14$526,000,000SpotifyConsortiumMobile & AppsInvestment
15$500,000,000ZenefitsConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
16$500,000,000Tuniu JDTransactionsInvestment
17$500,000,000Qunar Silver LakeTransactionsInvestment
18$500,000,000WishDST CapitalEcommerceInvestment
19$500,000,000Snapdeal ConsortiumEcommerceInvestment
20$485,000,000SnapchatConsortiumMobile & AppsInvestment

More information

  1. Didi Kuaidi, Uber’s Arch Rival In China, Confirms It Raised $2B In Fresh Funding (TechCrunch)
  2. Uber Has Raised $1.2B More In China With Baidu Investing As Rival Didi Kuaidi Gets $3B (TechCrunch)
  3. Facing Demand, Uber Expands Funding Round by $1 Billion (NY Times)
  4. Coupang Receives $1BN in Funding (FinSMEs)
  5. Uber reportedly raises $1B at a $51B valuation from investors including Microsoft (VentureBeat)
  6. Didi Kuaidi raises extra $1B to battle Uber in China (Tech In Asia)
  7. SoFi raises whopping $1 billion to refinance student loans (Fortune)
  8. Flipkart Raises $700M In 10th Funding Round At $15B Valuation (Trak.in)
  9. Ele.me Raises US$630M in Series F Funding (FinSMEs)
  10. KuaiDi Dache Raises US$600M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  11. Meizu Receives US$590M Minority Investment from Alibaba (FinSMEs)
  12. Snapchat Closes Another Massive Funding Round — $537 Million (Re/code)
  13. Lyft Raises $530M in Series E Funding (FinSMEs)
  14. These Are The Companies That Just Gave Spotify Half A Billion Dollars (Forbes)
  15. Zenefits Raises $500M Series C Funding (FinSMEs)
  16. Chinese travel site Tuniu gets $500M injection, JD now biggest shareholder (Tech In Asia)
  17. Chinese Travel Platform Qunar Raises $500M, Turns Down Ctrip Acquisition Offer (TechCrunch)
  18. Sources: DST Global Led Mobile Shopping App Wish’s $500M Round (TechCrunch)
  19. Snapdeal Receives $500m Growth Investment (FinSMEs)
  20. Snapchat Raises $485M in Funding (FinSMEs)

Facebook powers up for 2015


Facebook is gearing up for 2015 with two fresh acquisitions. The social network has recently acquired Wit.ai, a speech recognition startup and QuickFire Networks, a video compression startup. According to TechCrunch, as part of Facebook, Wit.ai could help develop the company’s voice control tools, including voice-to-text input for Messenger. It can also improve Facebook’s understanding of the semantic meaning of voice and create apps that can be controlled through speech. Wit.ai claims that over 6,000 developers are already using its technology, which powers hundreds of apps and devices. QuickFire Networks, on the other hand, has its proprietary technology that can lower bandwidth requirements for videos without sacrificing quality. It is said that an estimated 1 billion videos per day are viewed on Facebook; QuickFire can easily solve this capacity problem and provide bandwidth-friendly video experience to consumers. These two new acquisitions underscore Facebook’s ambition to become an app and video powerhouse.

A better way to track your network


Social media has made the world a smaller place. Sites like Facebook, LinkedIn and others have helped us stay in touch with friends and family from all across the globe. Their user-friendly interfaces let us share photos and send messages easily, allowing us to stay up-to-date on the events in our friends’ and families’ lives. But what if there was an app that allowed you to track the exact whereabouts of people in your social networks? Wouldn’t it be great to know if a friend was nearby or know the exact location of a family member on any given day? Enter the new mobile app called Connect. What’s great about Connect is it plugs into all your social networks like Instagram, Facebook, Foursquare, Twitter, Gmail, and LinkedIn and consolidates your contacts’ locations onto a map. The app also lets you instantly communicate with your contacts from the app. You may opt to get pinged when friends visit your city or you can inform your friends if you are in their city. Connect, which was launched in February of this year, has around 2.5 million users and announced today that it has raised $10.3 million in new funding.

You can read about the funding here.

Top 20 Deals for November 2014

Deal No.Amount Paid (USD)CompanyInvestor/BuyerSectorDeal Type
1$19,000,000,000WhatsAppFacebookMobile & AppsAcquisition
2$9,670,032,000OnoVodafoneHardware & InfrastructureAcquisition
3$9,247,968,000Global Village TelecomTelefonicaHardware & InfrastructureAcquisition
4$5,700,000,000TW TelecomLevel 3Software & ServicesAcquisition
5$5,300,000,000MICROS SystemsOracleHardware & InfrastructureAcquisition
6$3,500,000,000 Trulia ZillowTransactionsAcquisition
7$3,200,000,000Nest LabsGoogleHardware & InfrastructureAcquisition
8$3,000,000,000Beats ElectronicsAppleHardware & InfrastructureAcquisition
9$2,500,000,000Compuware Thoma BravoSoftware & ServicesAcquisition
11$2,300,000,000IBM (x86-based server business)LenovoHardware & InfrastructureAcquisition
12$2,300,000,000ConversantAlliance DataMarketingAcquisition
13$2,000,000,000Oculus VRFacebookHardware & InfrastructureAcquisition
14$1,650,000,000Mercury Payment VantivTransactionsAcquisition
15$1,500,000,000AirWatchVMWareMobile & AppsAcquisition
17$1,200,000,000Multimedia Games Global Cash AccessGamesAcquisition
18$1,200,000,000Uber ConsortiumTransactionsInvestment
19$1,100,000,000Fusion-ioSanDiskHardware & InfrastructureAcquisition

More information

  1. Facebook Buying WhatsApp For $19B, Will Keep The Messaging Service Independent (TechCrunch)
  2. Vodafone completes €7.2 billion acquisition of Ono (Vodafone)
  3. Vivendi, Telefonica seal 7.2-billion-euro Brazilian broadband deal (Reuters UK)
  4. Level 3 Agrees to Buy TW Telecom in $5.7 Billion Deal (Bloomberg)
  5. Oracle buys MICROS Systems for $5.3 billion (ZDNet)
  6. Zillow To Acquire Trulia In $3.5B Stock-For-Stock Deal (TechCrunch)
  7. Google buys Nest Labs for $3.2 billion (CNN)
  8. Apple finally confirms its $3B acquisition of Beats Electronics (VentureBeat)
  9. Compuware to Be Acquired by Thoma Bravo for $2.5 Billion (Wall Street Journal)
  10. Minecraft’ Developer Mojang Acquired by Microsoft for $2.5 Billion as Notch Moves On (TouchArcade)
  11. Lenovo agrees to buy IBM’s server business for $US2.3 billion (ARN)
  12. Alliance Data to acquire Conversant for $2.3 billion (LA Times)
  13. Facebook is buying Oculus for $2B to ‘get ready for the platform of tomorrow’ (VentureBeat)
  14. Vantiv Buys Mercury Payment From Silver Lake for $1.65 Billion (Bloomberg)
  15. VMWare’s $1.5B AirWatch Buy All About Mobile Workplace (TechCrunch)
  16. Uber Closes $1.2BN Financing Round (FinSMEs)
  17. Global Cash Access to Acquire Multimedia Games (Owler)
  18. Uber Confirms New $1.2B Funding Round At $40B Valuation (TechCrunch)
  19. SanDisk to acquire Fusion-io for $1.1BN (FinSMEs)
  20. India’s Flipkart Raises $1 Billion, Among The Largest In Single Funding Round In Global E-Commerce (Forbes)