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Asana raises $50 million


It’s amazing how the internet has allowed even the smallest startups to hire a global workforce. Telecommuting lets teams from anywhere in the world work together, an advantage that businesses never had over a decade ago. Efficient communication is crucial to success, whether team members work in the same office or are spread out across different countries. One company that offers secure, real-time business communication is San Francisco-based startup Asana. Asana is a web and mobile application designed to help teams improve communication, organisation and collaboration. The software tracks projects, tasks and conversations on a user-friendly dashboard, which enables teams to manage work from start to finish. Last week, Asana announced it raised $50 million in funding from a consortium of investors, including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan, Y Combinator president Sam Altman, Groupon founder Andrew Mason and Peter Thiel’s VC firm Founder’s Fund, among others. According to the co-founders of Asana, Dustin Moskovitz and Justin Rosenstein, the funds will be used to create a bigger and better version of the current application to service larger companies.

You can read about the funding here.

Top 20 Investment Deals for May 2015

Deal No. Amount Paid (USD) Company Investor/Buyer Sector Deal Type
1 $1,000,000,000 Uber Undisclosed Transactions Investment
2 $600,000,000 Kuaidi Dache Consortium Mobile & Apps Investment
3 $590,000,000 Meizu Alibaba Group Holding Limited Hardware & Infrastructure Investment
4 $537,000,000 Snapchat Consortium Mobile & Apps Investment
5 $530,000,000 Lyft Rakuten Transactions Investment
6 $500,000,000 Tuniu JD Transactions Investment
7 $500,000,000 Zenefits Consortium Software & Services Investment
8 $485,000,000 Snapchat Consortium Mobile & Apps Investment
9 $367,000,000 Pinterest Undisclosed Media Investment
10 $350,000,000 Ele.me Tencent, Sequoia Capital Transactions Investment
11 $324,510,900 Delivery Hero Undisclosed Transactions Investment
12 $315,000,000 Ola Consortium Mobile & Apps Investment
13 $275,000,000 Affirm Consortium Transactions Investment
14 $270,000,000 Conductor Consortium Marketing Investment
15 $250,000,000 Lyft Consortium Transactions Investment
16 $241,000,000 Baihe Undisclosed Transactions Investment
17 $233,000,000 DocuSign Brookside Capital, Bain Capital Ventures Transactions Investment
18 $220,000,000 Instacart Consortium Transactions Investment
19 $200,000,000 Domo Consortium Software & Services Investment
20 $200,000,000 Social Finance Consortium Transactions Investment

More information

  1. Facing Demand, Uber Expands Funding Round by $1 Billion (NY TImes)
  2. KuaiDi Dache Raises US$600M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  3. Meizu Receives US$590M Minority Investment from Alibaba (FinSMEs)
  4. Snapchat Closes Another Massive Funding Round — $537 Million (Re/code)
  5. Lyft Raises $530M in Series E Funding (FinSMEs)
  6. Chinese travel site Tuniu gets $500M injection, JD now biggest shareholder (Tech In Asia)
  7. Zenefits Raises $500M Series C Funding (FinSMEs)
  8. Snapchat Raises $485M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  9. Pinterest raises $367M at $11B valuation with a look toward international expansion (VentureBeat)
  10. Food Delivery Service Ele.me Raises $350M From Tencent, Sequoia Capital (TechCrunch)
  11. Delivery Hero Raises €287M in Financing (FinSMEs)
  12. Ola raises blockbuster $315M funding to stay ahead of Uber in India (Tech In Asia)
  13. Affirm Raises $275M in Debt and Equity Financing (FinSMEs)
  14. Conductor Proves Web Presence Management Is A Real Thing With $27 Million In Series D (TechCrunch)
  15. Lyft Seeks To Raise Another $250 Million At A $2 Billion Valuation (TechCrunch)
  16. Baihe, a Chinese dating site where users flaunt their financial standing, bags $241M (Tech In Asia)
  17. DocuSign Raises Additional $233M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  18. Instacart Closes $220M Series C Financing (FinSMEs)
  19. Domo Closes $200M Series D Financing; Valued at $2 Billion (FinSMEs)
  20. Social Finance Raises $200M in Series D Funding (FinSMEs)