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Venture Capital Roundup for November 6, 2018

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Venture Capital News Roundup For The Day

News on venture capital, funding and startups found around the web, curated for you from various sources. Happy reading!


  • Scala Computing Closes $1.5M Funding Round
    by FinSMEs on 2018-11-06 at 14:37Scala Computing, a NYC-based provider of a high-performance computing (HPC) platform for enterprises to leverage Big Compute on-demand, on the cloud, closed an additional $1.5M in funding. The company intends to use the funds to accelerate the market penetration of its compute platform. Co-founded by Arjun Kapoor and Shiv Kumar, and also led by Rob […] The post Scala Computing Closes $1.5M […]
  • SGVC Raises $51M for Its Third Venture Capital Fund
    by FinSMEs on 2018-11-06 at 14:22SGVC, a Los Angeles-based venture capital firm, closed its third fund, at $51m. SGVC Fund III is anchored by: – Hachschara Insurance Company, – True Capital Management, – Manhattan West Asset Management, as well as – Leumi Investment Services Inc., which served as the fund’s placement agent. Similar to its prior funds, the fund will […] The post SGVC Raises […]
  • Engineer.ai Raises $29.5M in Series A Funding
    by FinSMEs on 2018-11-06 at 14:07Engineer.ai, a Los Angeles, UK- and London, UK-based human-assisted AI that allows users to build and operate bespoke software, raised $29.5m in Series A funding. The round was led by Lakestar and Jungle Ventures with participation from Softbank’s DeepCore. Led by Sachin Dev Duggal, Founder and CEO, Engineer.ai provides an AI-powered Software Assembly line that […] The post […]
  • PredictHQ Raises $10M in Series A Funding
    by FinSMEs on 2018-11-06 at 12:21PredictHQ, a San Francisco, CA-based data intelligence company for real-world events, raised $10m in Series A funding. The round was led by Aspect Ventures with participation from Lightspeed and existing Australian-based investors Rampersand VC and AddVenture Fund. In conjunction with the funding, Theresia Gouw, Aspect Ventures co-founder, will join PredictHQ’s Board of Directors. The […]
  • Black Bear Secures Additional €5M in Funding
    by FinSMEs on 2018-11-06 at 12:12Black Bear, a Nederweert, the Netherlands-based cleantech company, secured an additional €5m in funding. Backers included Capricorn Venture Partners and Particon. The company, which previously raised €11m in a growth financing round from ING Sustainable Investments, 5square, Social Impact Ventures and SCG, intends to use the funds to scale up its “Tire to Carbon Black” […]
  • Reservation Tech Platform Reserve Acquired by Competitor Resy
    by Reza Chowdhury on 2018-11-05 at 17:47Hospitality technology platform Reserve has been acquired by Resy to become the largest private reservation service in the US. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. “Since we started selling Reserve table management in 2015, we’ve demonstrated strong growth by expanding our product offering and geographic footprint to provide an alternative system that’s actually […]
  • The AlleyWatch NYC Startup Daily Funding Report: 11/5/18
    by AlleyWatch on 2018-11-05 at 17:27The latest venture capital, seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for 11/5/18 featuring funding details for Dynamic Yield and Inpher. […]
  • These 15 US Startups Raised the Most Funding in October 2018
    by Reza Chowdhury on 2018-11-05 at 17:17A look at the largest US startup funding rounds from October 2018 feautring Brex, ZipRecruiter, Afiniti Egnyte, and much, much more… […]
  • This NYC Startup Combines The Decentralized Spirit of Crypto with The Power of Journalism
    by AlleyWatch on 2018-11-05 at 17:07Social journalism is gaining widespread popularity, and CoinScribble is the latest company to try and capitalize on the concept. Initially, the newly launched platform is focused on news from the cryptocurrency industry but has plans to create a network where anyone can post to CoinScribble’s platform for free.  The platform allows for the publishing of […]
  • Preparing For The Third Wave
    by Oliver Mitchell on 2018-11-05 at 15:27The Internet scion also suggests that the innovations leading this revolution would most likely be launched outside of the hallowed office buildings of Silicon Valley, Boston, and New York. In starting Revolution Ventures, Case set out to find disruptive technologies in America’s heartland often ignored by typical venture investors. […]
  • Astarte Medical procures funding from Next Act Fund
    by Iris Dorbian on 2018-11-05 at 20:31Pennsylvania-based Astarte Medical, which provides quantitative data about gut health that enables personalized care and nutrition to help preterm infants grow, has raised an undisclosed amount of funding. The investor was Next Act Fund. […]
  • Scoro takes in $5 mln Series A
    by Iris Dorbian on 2018-11-05 at 18:18Scoro, a provider of business management software designed to bring teams, projects, sales and reports together, has raised $5 million in Series A funding, according to a blog post on its site. Livonia Partners led the round with participation from return backers Inventure and Tera Ventures. […]
  • View racks up $1.1 bln from SoftBank
    by Iris Dorbian on 2018-11-05 at 18:16View, a maker of dynamic glass windows, has secured $1.1 billion in funding. The investor was SoftBank Vision Fund. […]
  • ShipMonk rakes in $10 mln Series A
    by Iris Dorbian on 2018-11-05 at 15:23Deerfield Beach, Florida-based ShipMonk, a provider of order fulfillment services and inventory management software to small and midsized e-commerce companies, has raised $10 million in Series A financing. SJF Ventures led the round with participation from other investors that included Grotech Ventures and Supply Chain Ventures. […]
  • Alliance Ventures backs transportation mobile app Transit
    by Iris Dorbian on 2018-11-05 at 15:21Montreal-based Transit, a transportation mobile app company, has raised an undisclosed amount of funding. The investors included Alliance Ventures, the strategic venture capital arm of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi. […]
  • Transit nabs $17.5 mln in Alliance Ventures-led Series B round
    by Kirk Falconer on 2018-11-05 at 16:34Transit, a Montréal-based transportation mobile app company, has raised $17.5 million in a Series B financing. The round was led by Alliance Ventures, the venture capital arm of Paris-based automotive alliance Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi. It was joined by InMotion Ventures and existing investors Accel Partners and Real Ventures, which participated in last […]
  • CIBC Innovation Banking provides credit facility to Conversica
    by Kirk Falconer on 2018-11-05 at 14:07Conversica Inc, a Foster City, California-based provider of conversational artificial intelligence (AI) for business, has raised US$31 million in a Series C financing. The round’s investors included Providence Equity Partners, Toba Capital, Kennet Partners and Savano Capital Partners. CIBC Innovation Banking, the technology lending arm of CIBC, provided a credit facility. Founded […]
  • CryptoKitties developer Dapper Labs secures $20 mln in VC
    by Kirk Falconer on 2018-11-02 at 16:49Dapper Labs, the Vancouver-based creator of consumer blockchain product CryptoKitties, has raised nearly $20 million (US$15 million) in its latest financing. U.S. venture capital firm Venrock led the round, with participation from Google’s GV and Samsung NEXT. Other new and existing investors included Andreessen Horowitz, Digital Currency Group, Rising Tide Fund and Union […]
  • Setter rakes in $13.1 mln in Sequoia and NFX-led Series A
    by Kirk Falconer on 2018-11-02 at 16:05Setter, a Toronto-based personal home maintenance service, has secured about $13.1 million (US$10 million) in a Series A financing. The round, which brings the company’s total funding to about $15.7 million, was led by U.S. venture capital firms Sequoia Capital and NFX. Hustle Fund also invested. Sequoia Partner Jess Lee will join the board. Founded in 2016 by […]
  • Schott leads $3.1 mln funding of Smart Skin Technologies
    by Kirk Falconer on 2018-11-01 at 14:06Smart Skin Technologies, a Fredericton-based developer of a pressure-sensitive skin technology, has raised $3.1 million in financing. The lead investor was Schott AG, a German maker of glass and glass-ceramics. It was joined by New Brunswick Innovation Foundation (NBIF), an existing investor. Founded in 2011, Smart Skin’s pressure-sensing container devices and analytics are […]
  • Oncology Analytics Raises $21M Series B

    on 2018-11-05 at 13:00ATLANTA, GA, Leading technology-enabled service company announced the completion of an oversubscribed Series B funding round of $21 million led by Oak HC/FT. […]

  • Esperanto Technologies Secures $58M in Series B

    on 2018-11-05 at 13:00MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, Esperanto Technologies has closed its Series B funding round of $58 million. […]

  • View Announces $1.1B Investment

    on 2018-11-05 at 13:00MILPITAS, CA, Leader in dynamic glass, today announced a $1.1 billion investment from the SoftBank Vision Fund. […]

  • Grid4C Raises $5M

    on 2018-11-05 at 13:00AUSTIN, TX, Grid4C has raised a $5M round led by ICV. […]

  • ShipMonk Announces $10M in Series A

    on 2018-11-05 at 13:00DEERFIELD BEACH, FL, ShipMonk has closed a $10 million Series A financing round. […]

  • Opportunity Zone experiments in reviving economic mobility: Q&A with Raj Shah
    by David Bank on 2018-11-06 at 11:56Experimentation. That’s the key word that pops out of a conversation with Rajiv Shah, president of the Rockefeller Foundation, who is keen on making the most of the expected infusion of capital into low-income Opportunity Zones. The zones are “the biggest experiment today in the American economy…to tackle what I think is the biggest challengeThe post Opportunity Zone […]
  • The Russell Family Foundation moved most of its endowment to impact… and outperformed its benchmark
    by Dennis Price on 2018-11-06 at 11:55The Russell Family Foundation’s journey to align its $141 million endowment with its philanthropic mission began with a contradiction: Does an environmental foundation undermine its grants to improve water quality by investing in businesses that pollute local waterways? The inquiry jump-started a process that led the foundation to embrace a role as an investor, assetThe post The Russell […]
  • Polymath seeks to expand Latin America business building with venture fund
    by Jessica Pothering on 2018-11-06 at 00:23ImpactAlpha, November 5 – Bogotá, Colombia-based Polymath Ventures has been launching and building companies catering to the middle classes in emerging markets since 2012. Now it’s looking to raise a $100 million fund to help high-impact companies in Latin America raise early and growth stage capital. The planned fund, called The Horizon Fund, will supportThe post Polymath […]
  • Hamilton Lane secures $7.5 million for impact fund
    by Jessica Pothering on 2018-11-05 at 23:50ImpactAlpha, November 5 – Private equity firm Hamilton Lane joins the ranks of Bain Capital, TPG, and KKR in launching a dedicated impact investing fund. It has raised $7.5 million from three investors, according to an SEC filing. The Philadelphia-based firm has more than $54 billion in assets under management. Hamilton Lane has not commented publicly onThe post Hamilton Lane […]
  • Aavishkaar wants to up the ante on South Asian impact
    by Jessica Pothering on 2018-11-05 at 23:42ImpactAlpha, November 5 – Aavishkaar wants to increase investment activity in Indonesia, Vietnam and Myanmar with its eighth fund. The India-based impact investor has a fundraising target of $300 million, DealStreetAsia reports. “We are avoiding India and China [with the fund], and looking more at smaller markets which have un-utilized potential,” Aavishkaar’s Vineet Rai […]
  • Hong Kong Exchange to Incorporate Blockchain Tech as it Moves Towards Digital Assets
    by JD Alois on 2018-11-06 at 14:51Announced last week during Hong Kong Fintech Week, the Hong Kong Exchange (HKEX) has partnered with “Digital Asset” to incorporate blockchain tech as part of the trading process. In a speech by Charles Li, the Chief Executive of HKEX, the successful testing of a prototype… Read More The post Hong Kong Exchange to Incorporate Blockchain Tech as it Moves Towards Digital Assets […]
  • Ontario Securities Commission Releases Colourful New “Cryptoasset” Educational Website
    by Cali Haan on 2018-11-06 at 14:22The Ontario Securities Commission, regulator of capital markets in Canada’s most populous economic-powerhouse province, have created a colourful new website to educate investors about cryptocurrencies: GetSmarterAboutCrypto.ca According to a release announcing the initiative, 5% of adult Ontarians, or around 500 000 individuals, now own “crypto assets,”… Read More The […]
  • Is Artificial Intelligence the Biggest Beneficiary of the Autumn Budget?
    by JD Alois on 2018-11-06 at 12:40Artificial Intelligence (AI) is creeping into every sector of the economy. Financial services is a huge beneficiary of AI as it has the potential to provide better services at a lower cost to many more people. In the recent Autumn Budget presentation by Chancellor Philip… Read More The post Is Artificial Intelligence the Biggest Beneficiary of the Autumn Budget? appeared first on Crowdfund […]
  • Overfunding: UK Fintech Nebeus Secures £1.1 Million Funding Target on Crowdcube
    by Samantha Hurst on 2018-11-06 at 12:20Nebeus, a UK-based fintech platform that is used for the consumption and creation of financial services and products, has successfully secured its initial £1.1 million funding target through its equity crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube. The funding round has already attracted nearly 475 investors. As previously reported, Nebeus,… Read More The post Overfunding: UK Fintech […]
  • Joseph Gaudio Takes on New Role as Private Fintech Lender National Funding President
    by Erin Hobey on 2018-11-06 at 12:00Joseph Gaudio has taken on a new role at National Funding, the large private fintech lenders of small and medium-sized business loans. Previously COO, Gaudio has been promoted to President and will report directly to Founder and CEO Dave Gilbert. Founded in 1999, National Funding has… Read More The post Joseph Gaudio Takes on New Role as Private Fintech Lender National Funding President […]
  • a16z Podcast: Automation + Work, Human + Machine
    by htidnam on 2018-11-05 at 20:37What is different on that factory floor from Henry Ford to today? In this conversation, Prasad Akella, Founder and CEO of Drishti; Paul Daugherty, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer of Accenture, and author of the recently published Human + Machine: […]
  • Growth Hacking: Evolution, Framework, Metrics
    by sonala16z on 2018-11-05 at 04:00[…]
  • Debating Crypto: Katie Haun vs. Paul Krugman (3 of 3)
    by sonala16z on 2018-11-02 at 18:47watch time: 39 minutes This “Let’s Settle This” debate (hosted by Versus by KIO Networks) between a16z crypto general partner Katie Haun and Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman took place in front of bankers, business leaders, and other audience members […]
  • A Skeptic’s View of Crypto (2 of 3)
    by sonala16z on 2018-11-02 at 18:46watch time: 26 minutes “What problem does it solve?” That’s the heart of Nobel-prize winning economist Paul Krugman’s skepticism around cryptocurrencies — noting that while he may not understand technology, he does understand monetary economics! — shared as part of […]
  • 3 Common Myths People Have About Crypto (1 of 3)
    by sonala16z on 2018-11-02 at 18:45watch time: 36 minutes Here are three common myths people that have when first hearing about crypto: that cryptocurrencies are anonymous (and therefore more likely to be used by criminals); that there’s no real use case (aside from speculation); and […]

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