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Peter Pham (Phoenix Capital): My own network is my best deal generator

Peter Pham (Phoenix Capital): My own network is my best deal generator

Peter Pham is Founder and Managing Director at Phoenix Capital. He is an author, international fund manager, and a registered financial director by the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (CIMA). In 2013 he published his first book entitled The Big Trade: Simple Strategies for Maximum Market Returns. He currently manages the portfolio of a global hedge fund and runs an asset management company. How it all started? How did you decide to enter the venture investment business? I came from a finance background. As you can see now, at these pandemics times, many people were affected, in some places you can see things like riots and uprising. What happens for finance people, when they witness something like that, is basically 2 pathways. One is they continue to trade stocks and invest in stocks. The other way is that people could be drawn into real businesses, operating businesses. And when people from […]

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BEGiN learns to get $50M Series C investments to launch the first comprehensive early learning program

BEGiN learns to get $50M Series C investments to launch the first comprehensive early learning program

BEGiN, the developer of the proven early learning program HOMER, the award-winning education technology company that creates learning products to bring children the highest quality education, founded in 2011 and based in the Greater New York Area, with over 50 employees (legal entity Conscious Content Media, LLC) discovered Series C $50M financing from  LEGO Ventures, Sesame Workshop, 3one4 Capital, Trustbridge Partners, Interlock Partners to launch the industry’s first comprehensive early learning program across digital, physical, and in-person experiences, co-develop curriculum alongside trusted partners such as Sesame Workshop, and launch globally through distribution partners such as Gymboree Play & Music. The total investments in the startup reached $107.8 from 29 investors. Additionally, Liquidity Capital contributed $25M in trajectory-based funding for growth. Unicorn Nest Dataset Insights BEGiN’s basis is the HOMER system it acquired in 2017 (at the time, HOMER was a digital system to teach children to read). BEGiN improved the […]

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Alain le Loux (Cottonwood Technology Fund): My recommendation number one would be to manage fundraising as a fulltime project, especially in the high-tech where you always need to prepare for the second round

Alain le Loux (Cottonwood Technology Fund): My recommendation number one would be to manage fundraising as a fulltime project, especially in the high-tech where you always need to prepare for the second round

Alain le Loux has 20+ years of experience in technology on board level positions (former member of the Executive committee of corporate Getronics PinkRoccade) and as CEO at startups. Alain studied at the Technical University of Twente and graduated in 1994 with a double degree. He became a successful angel investor before the Cottonwood period. Now he is an expert in strategy, marketing, product launching, pricing, and international business acceleration. In the past, Alain was one of the founders of the European Accelerator Program for the European Institute for Technology and Innovation and coached more than 200 high-tech startups in Europe. Alain has a huge network and direct access to a lot of corporates and all relevant ecosystems in Europe (Paris, Berlin, London, Helsinki, Stockholm, Leuven, Munich, etc.). Alain graduated in 2001 cum laude for an Executive MBA at Business School Nederland. How it all started? How did you decide […]

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ShipBob fulfilled $68M Series D to grow its capabilities

ShipBob fulfilled $68M Series D to grow its capabilities

ShipBob, Ecommerce Fulfillment Solutions for Online Brands, a company founded in 2014 with HQ in Chicago and 600+ employees, helping 3600+ Ecommerce online businesses to be more successful online by providing end-to-end fulfillment solution, has raised Series D Round of $68M in primary funding from SoftBank Vision Fund, Menlo Ventures, Bain Capital Ventures, Hyde Park Venture Partners, Hyde Park Angels, and Y Combinator, totaling the overall investments to $130.5M from 29 investors. The new capital will enhance the company’s capabilities to bring world-class fulfillment to more customers, fuel growth, expand its software platform, and scale its global fulfillment network. Unicorn Nest Dataset Insights ShipBob has been originally building as a default eCommerce logistics solution for all direct-to-consumer brands around the world, and options developed in the platform can help the startup to reach the goal. ShipBob built its entire fulfillment technology stack, from its merchant-facing software to its warehouse management […]

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RoadRunner Recycling inflates $10M Series C financing to recycle even more

RoadRunner Recycling inflates $10M Series C financing to recycle even more

RoadRunner Recycling, a company providing tech-powered solutions for commercial waste recycling which helps businesses lower recurring costs for diverting waste from landfills, founded in 2014 and based in Northeastern US (HQ in Pittsburgh) with around 190 employees as of September 2020, has rounded Series C financing in the amount of $10M from Valo Ventures and Avery Dennison, in addition to the original Series C of $28.6M, reaching $84.1M of the total investment in the startup from 9 investors. The money generated will be spent to expand end-to-end waste and recycling management services, to at least 10 new markets across the US. Unicorn Nest Dataset Insights This spin-off Round tells the investors are strongly sure about the future of RRR and its success in recycling the outdated and inefficient recycling sector. And that is quite understandable taking into consideration that RRR since it was founded back in 2014 expanded to serve […]

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Mitra Lohrasbpour (South Park Commons): There is no time or space to waste on people that are a drain on our happiness

Mitra Lohrasbpour (South Park Commons): There is no time or space to waste on people that are a drain on our happiness

Mitra joined South Park Commons from Nava Public Benefit Corporation, the software company responsible for the improved healthcare.gov insurance marketplace. At Nava, Mitra spearheaded business development efforts and won contracts also to build new VA benefit appeals and Medicare incentive payments systems. Prior to Nava, she led revenue analytics and international expansion efforts at Dropbox. Mitra began her career at Bain as a management consultant and is on the board of LeanMarket. She graduated from MIT How it all started? How did you decide to enter the venture investment business? I’ll describe both my journey and how our fund was formed because they are merged. We have a bit longer of an origin story than a traditional venture fund. In 2015 Ruchi, the head of our fund was rapping a decade-long career at Facebook and Dropbox. She wanted to push pause on, going back to the grind and catch up […]

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Blueboard engaged $9.3M Series A investment to develop new rewards and incentives options for its platform

Blueboard engaged $9.3M Series A investment to develop new rewards and incentives options for its platform

Blueboard, an employee recognition and incentives platform powered by hand-curated experiences (both in-home and out in the world), founded in 2014 and incorporated in the SF Bay Area with 67 employees as of September 2020 headhunted Series A Round of financing in the amount of $9.3M from Origin Ventures, Bullpen Capital, Greycroft, Plug and Play, Gaingels, Martin Babinec, with total investments of $15.8M so far from 14 investors. The Blueboard platform makes it easy for companies to give meaningful employee rewards, incentives, and gifts—from one-of-a-kind to once-in-a-lifetime experiences; unlike cash or gift cards, experiential rewards are the best tool for motivating and engaging your employees, especially while we’re working remotely. Unicorn Nest Dataset Insights The funding history of the startup launched as a kickstart from one of the biggest startup accelerator of the World, 500 Startups, with rasing a pre-seed Round from a bunch of super angel investors. That step […]

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Measuring VC success: Success/Strategy Similarity Index

Measuring VC success: Success/Strategy Similarity Index

The number of exits of portfolio startups is one of the core metrics of a venture fund. To generate revenue for their LPs and attract investors in the future, VCs try to come up with smart and viable investment strategies. It requires finding a balance between portfolio diversification and limited expertise of funds’ partners. Each fund develops an investment strategy that usually identifies up to 10 key industries the fund is going to focus on. Those key industries are typically the ones in which the partners have the most experience. Their expertise increases a chance of successful exit, as it adds value to portfolio startup founders (smart money concept). Investing in those industries is certainly crucial for a fund’s success. Thus, the fund is interested in covering the largest number of sectors possible to assure efficient diversification and reduce risks. We have observed that some of the most successful funds […]

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Marcelo Astrachan (Darwin Capital): You should define what are your business objectives, what are you looking for, what are your interests, and based on that you restrict what you should read

Marcelo Astrachan (Darwin Capital): You should define what are your business objectives, what are you looking for, what are your interests, and based on that you restrict what you should read

Financial intelligence combined with a deep knowledge of business operations: Darwin Capital brings together the best of both worlds to bring new air and innovate the capital market. With a long experience in leading international ventures and projects, the founding partners bring to each case an understanding that only hands-on executives can have about conducting business. These resources are placed at the service of our customers through a complete advisory service. From companies looking for financial support to acquisition projects, Darwin Capital is ready to treat every new project as unique, attentive to its specificities. The final objective, however, is one: to do everything so that our customers multiply their value, properly prepared for mergers and acquisitions. How it all started? How did you decide to enter the venture investment business? First of all, I’d like to thank you for the invitation. It is an honor to participate in your […]

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Jean Sini (Partech): We like to see Series A companies with traction.

Jean Sini (Partech): We like to see Series A companies with traction.

Jean Sini invests as General Partner at venture firm Partech. He’s been investing since 2011, and has backed Treasure Data (sold to ARM in 2018 for $650m+), Canva (currently valued at $6b), People.ai (backed by Lightspeed Ventures, a16z, and Iconiq), Antheia, ProdPerfect, Clubhouse, Datakin, Firefly and Medigate amongst others. A repeat founder with 20+ years of software engineering experience, Jean’s held CTO roles at Activeweave (sold in 2007), Mint.com (acquired by Intuit for $175m in 2010), One Kings Lane, Fountain (acquired by Porch in 2015) and Cadre. How it all started? How did you decide to enter the venture investment business? A very gradual process. I started investing in startups, as an individual, close to  10 years ago, long before joining Partech.  At the time, I had been living in San Francisco for 15 years, and was busy building startups, typically as VP of Engineering or Chief Technology Officer.  For […]

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