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Media giants participate in AI-powered video solution Wibbitz’s $20 million Series-C round

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US-based Wibbitz raised $20 million last week from Germany’s Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments, with participation from The Weather Channel, Associated Press, TF1, and existing investors. The latest funding round brought in reputable investors’ support as video emerges to be a key component in digital content.  An eMarketer report estimates that 62% of Internet users view digital videos and the audience viewership reached two billion in 2017. With Wibbitz’s AI-based platform, publishers are able to improve audience engagement and ad monetization. The patented technology utilizes language algorithms that scan text content for a uniquely developed script, which may be combined with customizable video widgets like images, audio, and soundtrack within just minutes. Wibbitz is expecting a 400% year-on-year revenue growth in 2017 and have on-boarded huge clients like Reuters, Forbes, and Time. The funds will be used to expand into new markets, beef up manpower, and strengthen automated video features.

Top 20 Deals for October 2017

Deal No. Amount Paid (USD) Company Investor/Buyer Sector Deal Type
1 $22,000,000,000 Tsinghua Unigroup China Development Bank Hardware & Infrastructure Investment
2 $5,500,000,000 Didi Chuxing Consortium Transactions Investment
3 $3,700,000,000 AppDynamics Cisco Software & Services Acquisition
4 $3,350,000,000 Chewy.com PetSmart Ecommerce Acquisition
5 $3,300,000,000 Bureau van Dijk Moody’s Media Acquisition
6 $2,500,000,000 Grab Didi Chuxing, SoftBank Transactions Investment
7 $2,180,000,000 LeEco Sunac China Holdings Media Investment
8 $2,000,000,000 Ola Consortium Transactions Investment
9 $1,759,560,000 Bambora Ingenico Group Transactions Acquisition
10 $1,580,000,000 BAMTech The Walt Disney Company Software & Services Acquisition
11 $1,530,000,000 iQiyi Consortium Media Investment
12 $1,500,000,000 Flipkart SoftBank Ecommerce Investment
13 $1,400,000,000 Flipkart Tencent Holdings, eBay, Microsoft Ecommerce Investment
14 $1,400,000,000 Paytm SoftBank Transactions Investment
15 $1,400,000,000 eBay India Flipkart Ecommerce Acquisition
16 $1,200,000,000 Go-Jek Tencent Holdings Transactions Investment
17 $1,100,000,000 CoverMyMeds McKesson Software & Services Acquisition
18 $1,100,000,000 Koubei.com Consortium Mobile & Apps Investment
19 $1,000,000,000 Ele.me Consortium Transactions Investment
20 $1,000,000,000 Outfit7 United Luck Group Holdings Games Acquisition

More information

  1. China’s Largest Chipmaker Secures $22 Billion to Expand Globally (Bloomberg)
  2. China’s ride-hailing giant Didi raises $5.5 billion, valuing it at $50 billion (CNBC)
  3. Cisco to Buy Software Maker AppDynamics for $3.7 Billion (Bloomberg)
  4. PetSmart is acquiring Chewy.com for $3.35 billion in the largest e-commerce acquisition ever (Recode)
  5. Moody’s Corp to buy Bureau van Dijk for about $3.3 billion (Reuters)
  6. Uber Rival Grab Raises $2.5 Billion From SoftBank Group and Didi Chuxing (Inc)
  7. China’s LeEco Raises $2.18 Billion From Property Investor (Variety)
  8. Report: Ola raises $2B to take the good fight to Uber in India (siliconANGLE)
  9. Ingenico buys Bambora in €1.5 billion deal (MarketWatch)
  10. Disney to acquire majority stake in BAMTech from Major League Baseball for additional $1.58 billion (Variety)
  11. Baidu’s iQiyi video service raises $1.53 billion (TechCrunch)
  12. SoftBank’s Vision Fund backs Flipkart in record India tech investment (TechCrunch)
  13. Flipkart lands $1.4B from Microsoft, eBay, Tencent as India online retail battle with Amazon continues (Geekwire)
  14. Paytm raises $1.4 billion from Softbank, valuation jumps to over $8 billion (The Economic Times)
  15. Flipkart lands $1.4B from Microsoft, eBay, Tencent as India online retail battle with Amazon continues (Geekwire)
  16. Indonesia’s Uber rival Go-Jek raises $1.2 billion led by Tencent at a $3 billion valuation (TechCrunch)
  17. McKesson to buy CoverMyMeds for $1.1 bln (PE HUB)
  18. Alibaba’s local commerce platform, Koubei, raises $1.1 billion (TechCrunch)
  19. Ele.me Secures over $1 Billion in Funding (FinSMEs)
  20. Chinese group buys Talking Tom app maker Outfit7 for $1b (Deal Street Asia)

Top 20 Acquisition Deals for October 2017

Deal No. Amount Paid (USD) Company Investor/Buyer Sector Deal Type
1 $3,700,000,000 AppDynamics Cisco Software & Services Acquisition
2 $3,350,000,000 Chewy.com PetSmart Ecommerce Acquisition
3 $3,300,000,000 Bureau van Dijk Moody’s Media Acquisition
4 $1,759,560,000 Bambora Ingenico Group Transactions Acquisition
5 $1,580,000,000 BAMTech The Walt Disney Company Software & Services Acquisition
6 $1,400,000,000 eBay India Flipkart Ecommerce Acquisition
7 $1,100,000,000 CoverMyMeds McKesson Software & Services Acquisition
8 $1,000,000,000 CompuCom Office Depot Software & Services Acquisition
9 $1,000,000,000 Vantage Data Centers Digital Bridge Holdings Software & Services Acquisition
10 $1,000,000,000 Outfit7 United Luck Group Holdings Games Acquisition
11 $900,000,000 Telvent DTN TBG Treuhand Günthardt AG Software & Services Acquisition
12 $720,000,000 Institutional Shareholder Services Genstar Capital Software & Services Acquisition
13 $705,000,000 eVestment NASDAQ Software & Services Acquisition
14 $675,000,000 Cambridge Global Payments FleetCor Technologies Transactions Acquisition
15 $650,000,000 Souq.com Amazon Transactions Acquisition
16 $650,000,000 SimpliVity Hewlett Packard Enterprise Software & Services Acquisition
17 $635,000,000 Plarium.com Aristocrat Technologies, Inc Games Acquisition
18 $614,000,000 Veracode CA Technologies Software & Services Acquisition
19 $613,851,385 Tian Tian Express Suning Commerce Group Transactions Acquisition
20 $610,000,000 Viptela Cisco Software & Services Acquisition

More information

  1. Cisco to Buy Software Maker AppDynamics for $3.7 Billion (Bloomberg)
  2. PetSmart is acquiring Chewy.com for $3.35 billion in the largest e-commerce acquisition ever (Recode)
  3. Moody’s Corp to buy Bureau van Dijk for about $3.3 billion (Reuters)
  4. Ingenico buys Bambora in €1.5 billion deal (MarketWatch)
  5. Disney to acquire majority stake in BAMTech from Major League Baseball for additional $1.58 billion (Variety)
  6. Flipkart lands $1.4B from Microsoft, eBay, Tencent as India online retail battle with Amazon continues (Geekwire)
  7. McKesson to buy CoverMyMeds for $1.1 bln (PE HUB)
  8. http://www.marketwatch.com/story/office-depot-to-buy-compucom-for-1-billion-lowers-guidance-2017-10-03 (2)
  9. Digital Bridge to acquire Vantage Data Centers for $1 billion – sources (Europe Breaking News)
  10. Chinese group buys Talking Tom app maker Outfit7 for $1b (Deal Street Asia)
  11. Schneider Agrees to Sell Telvent DTN to TBG for $900 Million (Bloomberg)
  12. Genstar Capital to buy proxy advisory firm ISS for $720 million (Reuters)
  13. Nasdaq to pay $705 million to acquire eVestment (MarketWatch)
  14. FleetCor To Buy Cambridge Global Payments For $675M (PYMNTS)
  15. Amazon to acquire Souq, a Middle East clone once valued at $1B, for $650M (TechCrunch)
  16. HPE acquires SimpliVity for $650M in cash (TechCrunch)
  17. Aristocrat buys Israeli gaming company Plarium for $635 million (SMH)
  18. Veracode bought by CA Technologies for $614 million (Boston Globe)
  19. Suning Commerce Group to buy Tiantian Express for 4.25 billion yuan (China Daily )
  20. Cisco scoops up yet another cloud company, acquiring SD-WAN startup Viptela for $610M (TechCrunch)

Top 20 Transactions Deals for October 2017

Deal No. Amount Paid (USD) Company Investor/Buyer Sector Deal Type
1 $5,500,000,000 Didi Chuxing Consortium Transactions Investment
2 $2,500,000,000 Grab Didi Chuxing, SoftBank Transactions Investment
3 $2,000,000,000 Ola Consortium Transactions Investment
4 $1,759,560,000 Bambora Ingenico Group Transactions Acquisition
5 $1,400,000,000 Paytm SoftBank Transactions Investment
6 $1,200,000,000 Go-Jek Tencent Holdings Transactions Investment
7 $1,000,000,000 Fanatics SoftBank Transactions Investment
8 $1,000,000,000 Ele.me Consortium Transactions Investment
9 $700,000,000 Ofo Consortium Transactions Investment
10 $675,000,000 Cambridge Global Payments FleetCor Technologies Transactions Acquisition
11 $650,000,000 Souq.com Amazon Transactions Acquisition
12 $613,851,385 Tian Tian Express Suning Commerce Group Transactions Acquisition
13 $600,000,000 Mobike Consortium Transactions Investment
14 $600,000,000 Lyft Undisclosed Transactions Investment
15 $579,400,000 Yixin Capital Consortium Transactions Investment
16 $500,000,000 Kabbage Undisclosed Transactions Investment
17 $500,000,000 SoFi Consortium Transactions Investment
18 $500,000,000 Uxin Consortium Transactions Investment
19 $447,800,000 Airbnb Consortium Transactions Investment
20 $425,100,150 Delivery Hero Naspers Transactions Investment

More information

  1. China’s ride-hailing giant Didi raises $5.5 billion, valuing it at $50 billion (CNBC)
  2. Uber Rival Grab Raises $2.5 Billion From SoftBank Group and Didi Chuxing (Inc)
  3. https://siliconangle.com/blog/2017/10/02/report-ola-raises-2b-take-good-fight-uber-india/ (1)
  4. Ingenico buys Bambora in €1.5 billion deal (MarketWatch)
  5. Paytm raises $1.4 billion from Softbank, valuation jumps to over $8 billion (The Economic Times)
  6. Indonesia’s Uber rival Go-Jek raises $1.2 billion led by Tencent at a $3 billion valuation (TechCrunch)
  7. Given an assist, sports e-commerce giant Fanatics closes that $1 billion round led by SoftBank (TechCrunch)
  8. Ele.me Secures over $1 Billion in Funding (FinSMEs)
  9. Chinese bike-sharing startup Ofo raises $700M led by Alibaba (TechCrunch)
  10. FleetCor To Buy Cambridge Global Payments For $675M (PYMNTS)
  11. Amazon to acquire Souq, a Middle East clone once valued at $1B, for $650M (TechCrunch)
  12. Suning Commerce Group to buy Tiantian Express for 4.25 billion yuan (China Daily )
  13. China’s Mobike raises $600M to expand its bikes on-demand service worldwide (TechCrunch)
  14. Lyft raises $600 million (CNBC)
  15. Yixin Capital raises $579.4m from Tencent, others (Deal Street Asia)
  16. Kabbage nabs $500M for small business loans (TechCrunch)
  17. SoFi closes in on $500m funding round – Bloomberg (Finextra)
  18. TPG Co-Leads $500M Funding In Online Used Car Dealership Uxin (China Money Network)
  19. Airbnb closes $1B round at $31B valuation, profitable as of 2H 2016, no plans for IPO (TechCrunch)
  20. Naspers invests €387M in European food delivery business Delivery Hero (TechCrunch)