Do female founders get better results? – January 30


Hi there, dear reader. We already have some news from the year 2018 of VC financing to share with you in our Industry Review column and as usual¬† lots of new financing rounds, as well as a two new funds from industry leaders aiming to conquer the market niche. A hint – there are some good reads could be found in this issue, so do not pass them by ūüėČ

– Artem and Alexander


Industry Review

The person of this week’s issue is¬†Michael Moritz,¬†one of the most influential investors, investor and speaker. TechCrunch has prepared a read about Moritz, consolidating some interesting facts about him, business development and The Valley. Why investors should look at Chinese colleagues, how “big players” maintain the work-life balance and how to prevent back problem? Find out more.


Year 2018 has just started and¬†Adam Rowe from already summurizes some finding in venture capital field occured in the new year –¬†Deals, Contraction, and Plenty of Unicorns, this is what shapes the industry now.


Longread from Dana Olsen, a Pitch Book VC writer, answers a question that had been top-of-mind for most of 2017: In the venture capital world, do female-founded companies perform better than their male-founded counterparts?


Latest Invest Rounds

Trident Capital Cybersecurity, Cisco Investments and ABN AMRO has invested $17.5 million during a Series B in BehavioSec, a 10-year-old Sweden-based company focused on continuous authentication through behavioral biometrics. BehavioSec also indicated that it’s preparing to launch authentication solutions for the enterprise in early 2018.


Comcast Ventures, SAP, ClearSky Security Fund and BoldStart Ventures has secured $14 million in Series A funding for BigID, a two-year-old, Israel-based private customer data identification startup. BigID will use the funding to grow its engineering team in Israel and expand global sales and marketing.


Canaan Partnersled, Highland Europe, Eurazeo and H14 has invested $42 million during a Series B funding in ContentSquare, a five-year-old, Paris, France-based insights platform that aims to help businesses understand how and why users are interacting with their app, mobile and websites. The new funds will be used to expand the artificial intelligence capabilities of its platform, which are used to analyze behavioral data and offer automatic insights.


Sequoia Capital with participating of DFJ has invested $66 million in Front, French shared inbox for the workplace that integrates a team’s various communications channels like email, live chat, voice, and programmes like Salesforce into one single platform.


 Zohar Zisapel, Magma, Vertex and SBI has invested $4.7m of seed funding in Cylus, a Tel Aviv, Israel-based startup developing cybersecurity solutions for railways and metros. Cylus develops cybersecurity protections to meet the challenge of automation and greater connectivity.


Ibex Ventures, Alibaba Innovation Ventures, Nationwide Insurance and earlier investors Aleph, Mosaic Ventures, Slow Ventures, True Ventures and Tusk Ventures has closed a $30 million Series B funding round for Nexar, a three-year-old, Tel Aviv, Israel-based startup that makes an AI-based dashcam app to monitor road safety


Makers Fund and Founders Factory¬†has invested¬†$1.6M in TeacherGaming,¬†Finland-based maker of educational computer games.¬†A recent graduate of Founders Factory‚Äôs edtech accelerator program, TeacherGaming is building an online service that wants to make it easier for teachers to use ‚Äúblockbuster‚ÄĚ games in schools.



Venture capital firm DN Capital has announced the close of its fourth fund at $400 million to invest in seed and Series A rounds. The firm will back SaaS, fintech, and health startups among others through the oversubscribed fund. Fund IV will focus on companies in Germany, France, the UK, and Nordics. It will continue to invest in US startups as well.


HV Holtzbrinck Ventures, the German VC firm,¬†has announced its seventh fund of ‚ā¨306 million to back young startups¬†at the seed and Series A rounds. “The focus here is on Internet, mobile, software, health, finance and digital media solutions in both the B2B and the B2C segments,‚ÄĚ – said Rainer Maerkle, general partner at HV Holtzbrinck Ventures.


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