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Hearst Ventures

Investor type Corporate Venture Capital

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Total investments 160
Average round size
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The average size of a deal this fund participated in
$25M
Portfolio companies 102
Rounds per year 5.93
Lead investments 12
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How often the fund supports its portfolio startups at next rounds
0.36
Exits 37
Key employees 7
Stages of investment
Early Stage Venture
Late Stage Venture
Private Equity

Areas of investment

  • Advertising
  • Software
  • Internet
  • Mobile
  • Analytics
Summary

Hearst Ventures appeared to be the VC, which was created in 1995. The company was established in North America in United States. Hearst Ventures appeared to be a CVC structure as part of the corporation. The main department of described VC is located in the New York.

The standard case for the fund is to invest in rounds with 4-5 partakers. Despite the Hearst Ventures, startups are often financed by Trident Capital, First Round Capital, Accel. The meaningful sponsors for the fund in investment in the same round are Trident Capital, SoftBank Capital, Sky. In the next rounds fund is usually obtained by GGV Capital, Trident Capital, Allen & Company.

The overall number of key employees were 7.

The top activity for fund was in 2017. Despite it in 2019 the fund had an activity. The usual things for fund are deals in the range of 10 - 50 millions dollars. The fund is constantly included in 2-6 investment rounds annually. The typical startup value when the investment from Hearst Ventures is 100-500 millions dollars. The real fund results show that this VC is 2 percentage points less often commits exit comparing to other companies. This Hearst Ventures works on 3 percentage points less the average amount of lead investments comparing to the other organizations. The higher amount of exits for fund were in 2012.

For fund there is a match between the country of its foundation and the country of its the most frequent investments - United States. Among the most popular portfolio startups of the fund, we may highlight Pandora, Roku, Inc., Buzzfeed. Among the most successful fund investment fields, there are Mobile, Social Media. The fund has no specific favorite in a number of founders of portfolio startups. If startup sums 5+ of the founder, the chance for it to be financed is low. Moreover, a startup needs to be at the age of 4-5 years to get the investment from the fund.

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Notable deals

CompanyIndustryRound SizeDateInvestorsLocation

Kyte

Apps
Automotive
Car Sharing
Consumer Software
E-Commerce
Fleet Management
Information Services
Information Technology
iOS
Mobile
Mobile Apps
Rental
Software
Transportation
Video
$60M10 Nov 2022 San Francisco, California, United States

ServiceUp

Automotive
Cloud Infrastructure
$14M27 Sep 2022 Los Gatos, California, United States

Instant Commerce

E-Commerce
Information Technology
$6M22 Sep 2022 Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, The Netherlands

Baoxiao Box

3D Printing
Industrial Design
Interior Design
22 Aug 2022 Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China

tvScientific

Advertising
Internet
$20M21 Apr 2022 -

Recurrent

Automotive
Electric Vehicle
Software
$4M13 Apr 2022 Seattle, Washington, United States

Applied XL

Business Information Systems
Business Intelligence
Information Technology
Machine Learning
News
$3M21 Mar 2022 New York, New York, United States

Blue Wall Technology

Construction
Software
$7M18 Mar 2022 Shanghai, China

Signal AI

Analytics
Artificial Intelligence
Business Intelligence
Enterprise Software
Information Technology
Knowledge Management
Machine Learning
Public Relations
Software
$50M15 Dec 2021 London, England, United Kingdom
News
Drone data analytics provider DroneBase nabs $20M

– DroneBase, a company providing drones as a service to capture high-resolution aerial photos, announced that it raised $20 million in a funding round led by Euclidean Capital with participation from Union Square Ventures, Upfront Ventures, Energy Transition Ventures, Hearst Ventures, Pritzker Group Venture Capital, and Valor Equity Partners.
– The company says that the funds will be put toward expansion in the renewable energy industry and other segments with “high-value” infrastructure, like commercial real estate and insurance.
– Investments in drone startups are growing as the benefits of AI applied to aerial photography become clear. For example, algorithms analyze images from drones to monitor for corrosion, pests, and even livestock health. And insurers like State Farm leverage drones for claims inspections, assessing on-the-ground damage, and emergency resources following a disaster.

Truepic, which just raised $26M in a Microsoft-led round, aims to verify the authenticity of photos and videos

– Truepic, a digital image verification software provider, has raised $26m in a Series B funding round.
– The round was led by M12, Microsoft’s venture fund, and joined by Adobe, Sony Innovation Fund, Hearst Ventures and individuals from Stone Point Capital.
– The company has raised $36m since its 2015 inception.

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