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It’s been 50 years since Venrock established itself to expose investors to venture capital opportunities. Today, the global venture capital industry tracks just south of $200 billion and continues to grow as new entrepreneurs, engineers, financiers, and thought leaders create the economy of tomorrow. The DailyAlts VC channel tracks the trends, opportunities, key thought leaders, and next-generation industries that will generate billions in returns.

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Venture Capital: Sony Pays $250M for a 1.4% Stake in Fortnite Game Maker Epic

July 10, 2020

Sony (NYSE: SNE) announced Thursday its deal to buy a minority stake in Epic Games, the private company behind the battle-royale juggernaut of a game known as Fortnite. It is the world’s largest game with over 350 million accounts and 2.5 billion friend connections. Sony is paying $250 million for its 1.4% stake in Epic, which also develops Unreal Engine – the software used by game developers the world over and which powers the top games across the globe.

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Venture Capital: Sequoia Leads $14.5M Round in Wealth Advisory Tool Provider Vise

May 13, 2020

Samir Vasavada and Runik Mehrotra founded Vise in 2016 intending to empower financial advisors with an AI-powered platform. The Vise platform now serves financial advisors by helping design personalized portfolios for clients, managing portfolios, and providing up to date status information. Vise raised $14.5 million in a Sequoia-led Series A funding. Reportedly, clients onboard the platform account for nearly $800 million in assets under management.

Venture Capital: Last Mile Logistics Provider DispatchTrack Nabs $144M

May 12, 2020

DispatchTrack, which solves last-mile logistical challenges for its customers, from complex routing to real-time ETAs,  has raised its first ‘investment’ of $144 million led by Spectrum Equity. DispatchTrack’s platform addresses the last-mile problems faced by merchants, delivery service providers, and consumers across various industries. The platform enables smooth and seamless deliveries in the new era of Amazon-like, at-home service.

Venture Capital: Despite COVID, Judo Raises $250M, Turns Unicorn

May 11, 2020

Judo Bank, an Australian bank has a mission to make it easier for Australian SME businesses to get funding starting from $250,000. The bank offers business loans, line of credit, equipment loans and finance lease. It announced Thursday its third equity funding round of $250 million at a post-money valuation of well over $1 billion. Judo did not release details of its latest valuation.

Venture Capital: Uber Leads $170M Funding Round No 8 in Lime Electric Scooters

May 8, 2020

The pandemic has unleashed turmoil in urban transportation, and it’s showing up in deal-making. Lime, the electric scooter sharing service that was laid low due to lockdowns and social distancing, has managed to snag $170 million in its eighth round of funding. Uber (NYSE: UBER) led the round. Alphabet (NASDAQ: GOOGL), Alphabet’s VC arm GV, and Bain Capital, among others, also participated.

Venture Capital: Angel Investment in Michigan Rose 41% in 2019 to $73.7M

May 7, 2020

The 2019 Annual Research Report from the Michigan Angel Community is out. The report showed that angel investing in the high-tech sector in 2019 was in fine fettle. Both the number of angel investors and the amount they invested during the year grew impressively in percentage terms.

Venture Capital: ApplyBoard, an Edtech Startup, is Canada’s Newly Minted Unicorn

May 6, 2020

ApplyBoard is an online platform that assists international students from around the world with their applications to study abroad. It’s a SaaS-enabled recruitment platform that was recognized in 2019 by Deloitte as Canada’s fastest-growing tech company.
ApplyBoard scored a phenomenal 12,525% GAAP revenue growth between 2015 and 2018.
On Tuesday it announced the closure of its series C funding round worth C$100 million (US$75 million).

Venture Capital: Ninja Van Scores $279M in Series D Funding as the Pandemic Boosts Ecommerce

May 5, 2020

Singapore-based parcel delivery startup Ninja Van raised $279 million from top-notch investors as the coronavirus epidemic triggered a huge surge in online transactions from people forced to stay at home. The funding round was led by existing investor Europe’s GeoPost with two sovereign wealth funds. Other investors included Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin’s B Capital, ride-hailing firm Grab, Monk’s Hill Ventures, and Golden Gate Ventures Growth Fund.

Venture Capital: Meat Substitutes Make Their Mark Amidst the COVID Crisis

May 4, 2020

Welcome to foodtech, another sector whose fortunes have turned amidst the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis. Within foodtech, plant-based proteins are stepping in as meat substitutes to meet the shortfall in meat supply due to the closure of large meat processing plants across the U.S.

Digital Assets: Andreessen Horowitz Raises $515M for its Crypto Fund II

May 1, 2020

Andreessen Horowitz, the hallowed venture capital firm from Silicon Valley, has pulled off a coup by raising $515 million for its second crypto-facing fund. The fund will invest in late-stage networks, payment blockchains as well as decentralized finance (deFi) initiatives.

Venture Capital: Pivot Bio, Potential Disruptor of Synthetic Fertilizers, Collects $100M

May 1, 2020

Pivot Bio is an agriculture tech startup that uses microbial technology to supply plants with clean nitrogen. The company’s products will displace the synthetic nitrogen from commercial fertilizers, reduce emissions, and increase crop yields. It raised $100 million in a Series C round.

Venture Capital: A Partnership to Promote Innovation in Canadian AgTech

April 30, 2020

Bioenterprise and Farm Credit Canada (FCC) entered a 15-month agreement in January to promote growth and innovation in Canadian agri-businesses.

Venture Capital: COVID-19 and Startupland – “Fasten Seatbelts” or“Brace for Impact?”

April 29, 2020

Startup Ecosystem Faces Capital Crunch over Coming Months

Venture Capital: AbleTo, the Virtual Mental Health Provider is in Play

April 28, 2020

Optum, the technology services division of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) may acquire virtual behavioral telehealthcare provider AbleTo for $470 million. According to CNBC, which quoted informed sources, the deal talks are in an advanced stage.

Venture Capital: Starbucks Strikes Deal with Sequoia on Chinese Investment Partnership

April 27, 2020

Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ: SBUX) has launched a partnership with venture capital firm Sequoia. The two companies will co-invest in China and look to launch “commercial partnerships with next-generation food and retail technology companies.” 

In a statement, Starbucks said it will provide retail expertise, infrastructure, and scalability to targeted companies.

Venture Capital: M&A Deals to Dive Amidst Buyer’s Market, Says BI Survey of VCs

April 27, 2020

As prospects for IPOs dry up, the only other option for startups looking for exits is a Merger & Acquisition (M&A) transaction. Startups are staring at uncertain funding, recessionary conditions, and falling valuations, hence more of them are looking for an out.

Venture Capital: DMV Invests $10M in Laird Superfood

April 24, 2020

Danone Manifesto Ventures (DMV) will pay $10 million for a minority stake in The Sisters, Ore.-based Laird Superfood. Laird creates and markets plant-based superfoods such as creamers, coconut water, nutrition powders, drink mixes, and plant-based sugars.

Venture Capital: Home Equity Financier Noah Goes From a $5M Round To $150M in Seven Months

April 23, 2020

San Francisco based startup Noah allows homeowners to cash their home equity in these difficult times. The startup just received $150 million in the form of platform capital which it will use to invest in homes as a portion of their equity.

Venture Capital: Confluent Wraps Up Series E Funding of $250M

April 22, 2020

Open-source Apache Kafka startup Confluent Inc drew $250 million in a Series E funding round led by Coatue Management. Existing investors Index Ventures and Sequoia Capital also participated in the round. New investors Altimeter Capital and Franklin Templeton joined in the funding.

Venture Capital: Marc Andreessen Pans Western Unpreparedness; Says It’s Time to Build

April 21, 2020

Renowned entrepreneur, software engineer, investor and venture capitalist Marc Andreessen writes a hard-hitting essay titled “It’s time to build.” He calls our unpreparedness for the pandemic a “monumental failure of institutional effectiveness.”

Venture Capital: South East Asian Startups and Coronavirus – Baptism by Fire?

April 20, 2020

The economic repercussions from the coronavirus or taking a severe toll on Southeast Asian start-ups. With revenues petering out, fresh funding in doubt and dwindling reserves of cash, these businesses are suddenly confronted with a new and basic reality – making ends meet.

Venture Capital: Payments Unicorn Stripe Raises $600 Million at a $36 Billion Valuation

April 17, 2020

In its largest funding round yet, California-based payment platform Stripe announced that it raised $600 million in an extension of its $250 million series G funding round. The unicorn said it intended to use the new money to expand its workforce, advance its software, make strategic acquisitions and expand across the globe.

Venture Capital: VC Investing and Life After the Pandemic

April 16, 2020

Mike Abbaei, of Naples Technology Ventures, peers into the VC crystal ball in a guest article “How investment will change in a post-pandemic world,” published in Venturebeat.
In Abbaei’s view, the coronavirus pandemic is a traumatic and transformative event similar to 9/11. Just as 9/11 forever changed our approach to air traffic, travel reservations, and airport security, the pandemic will usher in permanent changes in our lifestyles and business operations, healthcare, security and the regulatory environment.

Venture Capital: Forbes Releases the 2020 Midas List

April 15, 2020

Forbes magazine has published its annual Midas List of the top 100 people in the venture capital business.

The list is put together by Forbes and TrueBridge Capital Partners ranks industry participants by the success of the companies that have funded and eventually exited. 

Investors are ranked by their portfolio companies that have gone public or been acquired for at least $200 million over the past five years, or that have at least doubled their private valuation since initial investment to $400 million or more over the same period.

One-fourth of men and women on the list have been on the list for eight years.

The 2020 Midas List contains 12 newcomers and six returnees.

Venture Capital: Climate Analytics Startup ‘The Climate Service’ Raises $3.825M

April 15, 2020

Durham, North Carolina-based The Climate Service (TCS) announced Tuesday the successful completion of its $3.825m Series A investment round. The startup focuses on analytics and climate risk. Persei Venture LLC led the investment round with participation from existing investors and new investors including the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (AICPA), and Synovia Capital.