Bloodflow of Returns – January 15


Hi there, dear reader. In the corresponding fresh issue of Ventures Insider you are going to find interesting readings from VC world, as well as an exciting and motivating story of Barbara Corcoran. As usual we will go through the funding activities during the past week and look at new funds originated. Therefore, without further ado, let us procced.

– Artem and Alexander


Inside The Industry

The person of this week’s issue is Barbara Corcoran, an American businesswoman, investor and speaker. Entrepreneur is telling her story from being a waitress to rising as one of the most influential women in the field. Sometimes disappointing life events may became the best thing to happen for your career.


Andy Ayim of World First shares what he looks for when evaluating startups and cofounders while recognizing there’s no formula for success in “Notes on Assessing Cofounders and Startup Ideas”.


Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures talks about the risks and rewards of portfolio management in “Taking Money ‘Off the Table”.


David Teten of HOF Capital explains the 3 edges that each VC has and names 6 distinct advantages that successful VCs have used to distinguish themselves in How to Get Superior Returns in Venture Capital“.


Latest Invest Rounds

Microsoft Ventures, Salesforce Ventures, Samsung Next, Scale Venture Partners, Notion Capital, Caixa Capital, and Funders Club has lead a $23 million in a Series B funding round of Unbabel, a machine translation platform that uses humans to verify translated content.


Octopus Ventures, Local Globe, BGF Ventures and the founders of Secret Escapes, Zoopla, and Love Film has secured a $7.3 million Series A funding for The Plum Guide, a two-year-old, London-based startup that tries to match travelers with the right homes in London for their vacation.


Vitruvian Partners, with participation from Runa Capitalhas invested $65 million in Smava, a 10.5-year-old, Berlin, Germany-based online loan comparison platform. The startup will use the capital to grow its loan portal, where consumers can search for and take out loans.


Google has purchased Redux, Cambridge-based developer of a technology that converts phone displays and similar screens into speakers. The filing did not list the price paid for the shares, but showed that all the stock held by investors and employees was transferred to Google in early September.


Nordic Eye has lead a $4.8 million Series C investment round for Coinify, that is already serving more than 60,000 merchants in Europe, enabling them to accept Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies from shoppers as payment for everyday transactions. Coinify intends to use the capital to further expand its operations across Europe, the United States, and other markets.


Iconiq Capital and Battery Venturehas led a $58 million Series D funding round for Collibra, a company that wants to help firms understand data governance. All of the investors involved in this round were coming back for another dip in the well. This round follows a $50 million Series C round almost exactly a year ago and brings the total raised to date to over $133 million, according to the company.


Mangove Capital Partners and Sabadell Venture Capital has invested $12 million during a Series B funding round of Red Points, a six-year-old, Barcelona, Spain-based SaaS company focused around IP infringement detection and removal. The new funding will be going towards stoking this growth momentum  — with a New York office opening planned for February 2018.



Truffle Capital said this week that the initial closing of its new venture fund, Truffle BioMedTech, brought in $102 million (€85 million) of a hoped-for $240 million. Led by European and Asian institutional and corporate investors and family offices, the fund will look to sniff out “major breakthroughs” at North American and European research centers and spin them out as up to 12 startups in France, Truffle said.


Equity crowdfunding platform OurCrowd has launched a $100 million fund called Cognitiv to invest in AI, deep learning, IoT, robotics, and digital manufacturing startups. The Israeli fund is led by partners Avi Reichental (former CEO of 3D Systems), Eduardo Shoval, and Yori Nelken.



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