Lemonaid Health, San-Francisco based company found in 2013 is b2c healthcare platform to help people in the US to minimize health care expenses and “bring ultra low cost healthcare to everyone in America”. Generally, Lemonaid Health is a medical group enabled by technology for online interaction. They charge $25 per online medical consultation, they already serviced over 1m patients with plans to service 10m in the next few years. They currently have 75 employees. They attracted $11m Round A financing in 2017, and now $33m that totals investments to $55m. The Round B was led by Olive Tree Ventures, with participation of Artis Ventures, Correlation Ventures, Hikma Ventures, and Sierra Ventures. New money will help them to expand their MD network and medical areas covered (incl. treatment of asthma, hypertension, Type 2 diabetes and some mental problems. Unicorn Nest Dataset Insights The most participants of the round are famous of […]
Remitly, a global mobile payment platform through their Android and iOS apps, operating in 45 countries and transferring $6b a year, just raised another $85m round with company valuation at $1.5b from PayU, DN Capital, Generation Investment Management, Owl Rock Capital, Princeville, Stripes, Threshold Ventures and Top Tier. The total investments almost reached $400m. The company was found in 2011 to transform the global remittance industry. The company’s office are located in Seattle, Spokane, London, Cork, Krakow, Manila, and Managua, the number of employees – 1000+. Unicorn Nest Dataset Insights Remitly is already named a real Seattle unicorn. The company is currently valuated at $1.5b, it was in the top three world innovative companies list and top50 best FinTech companies in 2019. All the investors in the round already invested into Remitly before joining the club during the last 5 years since Round B. For all investors FinTech and Mobile […]
Stack Overflow, an online platform to help establish collaboration between software developers and customers, owned by Stack Exchange, Inc., with 120m monthly visitors, has raised $85m Round E totaling the investments to $153m. The round was led by GIC with the participation of already existing investors Andreessen Horowitz, Index Ventures, Spark Capital, and Union Square Ventures and a new one called Silver Lake Waterman. The new money will go to expand their knowledge management and collaboration environment Stack Overflow for Teams. Unicorn Nest Dataset Insights The old investors supported Stack Overflow since the very beginning. Only Bezos Expeditions did not take part in the round as they stopped investing in collaboration space at all (were investing in 2008-2015). All the current investors traditionally support this space and related verticals, with special focus on Enterprise Software; that’s why the round was arranged. One investor looks unusual – GIC – as they […]
Fabian Westerheide (Asgard): I consider companies who do customer support and customer communication.
Fabian Westerheide is Managing Partner at Asgard. He advises governmental institutions including the European Commission, European Space Agency, German parliament, Chinese ministry of technology, etc. He is also founder of Rise of AI, the European network for 30,000 leaders in AI. How it’s all started? How you decided to enter the venture investment business? I always say that I failed to become a consultant. While I was at university I wanted to become a strategy consultant to learn how to run companies and then to go to private equity and to learn how to buy companies. When I was in University I didn’t know anything about startups and venture capital, and no one was talking about this. I didn’t get accepted. So I joined a young company of friends in Berlin, which was a company for building companies at this time, it was one of the first company builders we […]
Talkdesk®, Inc., a cloud contact center (Contact Center as a Service (CCaaS)) for independent dynamic businesses with 1800+ clients and 30,000+ users in 75+ countries, and with 6 offices in USA, Portugal, and UK, attracted $143m during Series C fundraising from existing and new investors, causing a re-evaluation of the company to $3b+. Franklin Templeton, Willoughby Capital, Skip Capital, Lead Edge Capital, Top Tier Capital Partners joined Viking Global Investors and Threshold Ventures in this investment trip, totaling investments to $268m. Unicorn Nest Dataset Insights For Lead Edge Capital, Top Tier Capital Partners, Threshold Ventures the vertical of Talkdesk is a priority domain due to top-10 interest and frequent investments, though TTCP does not invest in the area for over a year, while LEC invested in #1 Salesforce native DevOps platform called Copado (Copado may be a reason why Salesforce Ventures stopped investing in Talkdesk). The other involved investors do […]
Herty Tammo (Startup Wise Guys): We invest at early stage, where the team is the most important feature of a startup.
Herty Tammo is Co-Founder and General Partner at Startup Wise Guys. He started as entrepreneur in 1995 and established 5 companies with 150 investors involved. He started investing in the technology sector in 2007. He co-founded Startup Wise Guys business accelerator and helped to raise funds and develop 185+ companies accross CEE. How it’s all started? How you decided to enter the venture investment business? I’ve been an entrepreneur since 1995. And I have made some mistakes. I have been always very passionate about entrepreneurship, so I just wanted to show young entrepreneurs how to avoid these mistakes. This is how we established Startup Wise Guys accelerator in 2012 – we wanted to go and find the new ambitious founders from Baltics and Central and Eastern Europe. I am looking for a technical founders and we help them to realize how to scale their software companies globally. This is our […]
Laura Orestano (SocialFare Center): Social innovation is not only designing new models, products and services, but also creating social enterprises and social changes.
Laura Orestano is CEO at SocialFare Center in Torino, Italy. She helps start-ups from Italy and other countries to develop and scale. She was a key player in many strategic projects: from automotive to sports, from tourism and entertainment to FMCG, in large companies as well as in start-ups. Because you are involved in social investment activities, could you please explain the difference between ordinary charity and social impact investment? The main difference is that charity is a grant making, meaning that you actually support good projects aiming for social good, of course. You give money away – not waste – and do not expect any return. Impact investing means that you invest your money into an entrepreneurial initiative that is expected to bring back not only social return, but some financial return as well. I would say that both charity and impact investing share the vision of supporting or […]
Alain Dib (Knuru Capital): We like serial entrepreneurs, and we tend to invest in companies that have an unfair advantage, something that gives them an edge.
Alain Dib is Founder & CEO at Knuru Capital. He has 25 years of experience in Investment Banking, Capital Markets, Private Equity and Venture Capital. He has held senior positions with Deutsche Bank and BNP Paribas across multiple asset classes and more recently was COO/CIO of Waha Capital. How it’s all started? How you decided to enter the venture investment business? I’ve been in investment banking and private equity all my career, doing leveraged buyout, financing leveraged buyout. I decided to go into into VC because my latest investment, when I was a CIO in an open investment company Waha Capital, was a tech company. I decided that was very successful investment. I decided to partner with the founder of that company to launch Knuru Capital. What was the most unusual startup you ever supported? I would say that somehow it is the nature of the startups, in which we […]
Jorge Dobon Montagut (Demium): We have created from scratch 450 teams in 7 years, about 180 – the last year.
Jorge Dobon Montagut is CEO and co-founder at Demium. His aim is to match the best local talent with global business opportunities to create startups from scratch. He helps to create over 100 startups per year across 6 countries in Europe with 11 incubation hubs in fast-growing markets: Belarus, Ukraine, Poland, Portugal, Greece, and Spain, and investment hub in London (UK). How it’s all started? How you decided to enter the venture investment business? I am 30 years old right now, so it started when I was 23. I’m from Madrid, where I started my first company when I was 20. But I failed. It wasn’t a startup, just a traditional company in the food and beverages with my two friends. I was in the university by that time, and it failed, with personal debts when I was 22. It became the tipping point in my professional career. I found […]
Andreas Winiarski is Chairman & CEO at awesome capital Group. He was Managing Partner at Earlybird Venture Capital, one of the leading VC funds in Europe with about 1.5bn USD capital under management. Prior to that, he served as Managing Director & SVP for Rocket Internet. Furthermore, he served asManaging Partner and Senior Advisor at Hering Schuppener, the #1 strategic comms consultancy in Germany, and is a digital advisor to the German government. How it’s all started? How you decided to enter the venture investment business? I got an offer by the Samwer brothers, founders of Rocket Internet, in 2012 to become their first spokesman. I had luck and honor to build up the communication structure for Rocket Internet over the years – not only for the company itself, but also for the portfolio companies. This was my beginning, as I’m originally a media guy. Over the time it turned […]