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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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Alloy identifies $40M Series B investment Round to hire more customers

Alloy identifies $40M Series B investment Round to hire more customers

Alloy, a developer of an identity verification platform used to check frauds and make identity management effective and simple for banks and financial institutions, founded in 2015 with HQ in New York City (legal name First Mile Group, Inc.), the number of employees is about 70, attracted Series B investment of $40M from Canapi Ventures (that led the Round), Avid Ventures, Felicis Ventures, Bessemer Venture, Primary Venture Partners, and Eniac Ventures. With previous Series A $12M financing the total investment reached $55.8M from 15 investors. The new funds will be used to build out its sales, marketing and engineering teams, and product development. Unicorn Nest Dataset Insights Canapi Ventures led the Round. The business profile of the fund fits ideally to Alloy, as Canapi’s strategy is “transforms financial services with API driven technology through strategic investments and partnerships”. Fund’s partner Walker Forehand, who joined the Alloy board, said they would […]

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Observe.AI raised $54M Series B investment for further growth

Observe.AI raised $54M Series B investment for further growth

Observe.AI, a leading company in Contact Center AI that specializes in the fields of machine learning, enterprise, big data, and analytics, founded on July 19 2017 and also known as Z21 Labs, Inc., with HQ in SF Bay Area and around 120 employees, received $54M Series B financing from Menlo Ventures, Next47 Ventures, and NGP Capital, in addition to the Round A $26M, totaling funding to $88.1M from 14 investors. The money received will help Observe.AI «to continue its momentum by helping the world’s top brands accurately transcribe and analyze every call while providing deeper visibility into customer service operations». Unicorn Nest Dataset Insights Observe.AI demonstrated excellent growth last year, that’s why investors show confidence in this startup. Since previous reports, Observe.AI hired over 100 employees and got over 150 customers with revenue growing 600%. Menlo Ventures has been closely following the transformation of the customer service landscape, and been […]

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Samuel Harrison (Blockchain.com Ventures): Our fund is focused on blockchain technology and our purpose is to figure out which sectors are going to use blockchain fast enough to make a good financial return for investment

Samuel Harrison (Blockchain.com Ventures): Our fund is focused on blockchain technology and our purpose is to figure out which sectors are going to use blockchain fast enough to make a good financial return for investment

Samuel Harrison is Founding Partner at Blockchain.com Ventures, a Venture Capital Fund anchored by Blockchain.com & Lightspeed Venture Partners. Previously he led Naspers Ventures early-stage tech investments and blockchain efforts, was Apple featured iOS app publisher and Angel investor in 30+ companies. If you’re raising capital for a blockchain project, please reach him out. Invested in Origin Protocol, Theta.tv, DappRadar, Nodle, Securitize, Zerion, Enjin, Amber, Wintermute, Blockdaemon & more. How it all started? How did you decide to enter the venture investment business? I started my career at Morgan Stanley in London, with a finance background. But I found myself spending quite a lot of time in the tech world. I was building apps on iOS during my spare time and Bitcoin was also new dabbling that was discovered by accident. My housemate at that time was paying me his share of our rent for the house in Bitcoin. And […]

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Stephen Socolof (Tech Council Ventures): We love to partner with corporates on developing new venture opportunities!

Stephen Socolof (Tech Council Ventures): We love to partner with corporates on developing new venture opportunities!

Stephen Socolof is Managing Partner at Tech Council Ventures. He has been a technology investor for over twenty years. His interests are in enterprise software (particularly applications of AI/ML), infrastructure required to collect, store, and process data, internet of things, wireless, and environmental and materials technologies. He is currently on the board of StratIS IoT, SunRay Scientific, and Vydia as well as the public company Everspin Technologies, an investment of his prior fund. How it all started? How did you decide to enter the venture investment business? I had been a consultant for large companies on the topic of innovation and on how to improve the productivity of research and development. I was recruited from that job to Lucent Technologies in 1996, when it was formed, to help with the efforts that were going on – to drive more innovation out of Bell Labs and do more commercialization. I was […]

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Scott Lanphere: (TLNT Holdings): The advantage of investing is that you can switch industries if you want just by changing your investment focus

Scott Lanphere: (TLNT Holdings): The advantage of investing is that you can switch industries if you want just by changing your investment focus

Private equity investments in the US, Europe, Asia and the Middle East spanning 30 years ranging between growth capital, small, medium and large buyouts and later stage growth investments. Private Equity Investment Experience:28 Investments, €9 billion cumulative Enterprise Value (€7.5 billion pre add-on acq.), €1 billion cumulative Equity Investment (2.62x & 50%+ IRR (source: KPMG)) Deal Origination, including Cold Call platform in Environmental, Healthcare and Specialty Chemicals industry. Further direct investment experience in Crypto, Blockchain, FinTech, Gambling, Retail and Media companies Geographic Experience: Europe, US, Middle East, SE Asia & ChinaMember of the Investment Committee since 1998,Member (or past member) of the Board of Directors of 39 companies across Europe and the US Financing Experience:• €5.7 billion of debt capital raised, including 9 public debt issuances (among these were the first non-Sovereign debt issuance in Poland (1997) and the first corporate High Yield issuance in France (1999));• 4 PIK-note / preference placements […]

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Ouster grabbed $42M from Series B financing to fund product development and worldwide sales acceleration

Ouster grabbed $42M from Series B financing to fund product development and worldwide sales acceleration

Ouster, a Hi-Tech company founded in 2015, with 160 employees as of September 2020, and HQ in San-Francisco and offices in Paris, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, and Suzhou, that created the automation revolution with high-resolution lidar sensors (robotics and computer vision systems), and served over 800 customers in 15 markets,  attracted Series B financing Round of $42M from Fontinalis Partners, Tao Capital Partners, and Cox Automotive, reaching $140M investments from 13 investors. The money attracted will go to develop more products and promote worldwide sales. Unicorn Nest Dataset Insights In spite of pandemic-induced delays in the self-driving vehicle industry, Ouster raised Series B Round of $42M. The Round B financing is less than the previous one of $60M directed to prepare the main set of 3 products and build the factory. Because of COVID Ouster had to cut 10% of employees and stop manufacturing at its factory in SF. So […]

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Alejandro Gonzalez (Redwood Ventures): a rule that should be in a mind of every entrepreneur – do not raise capital if you don’t like accountability

Alejandro Gonzalez (Redwood Ventures): a rule that should be in a mind of every entrepreneur – do not raise capital if you don’t like accountability

Redwood Ventures is an industry-agnostic venture capital fund that seeks to invest in the early stages of technology-based startups How it all started? How did you decide to enter the venture investment business? I’ve been involved in the entrepreneurial ecosystem my whole life. I started my first company 15 years ago when I was at university. I didn’t know about venture capital, but we wanted an uprising from the university to be accelerated in a university accelerator. So when I was in the process of the accelerator we met with some investors and they told us about the venture capital business and I liked it a lot. Then when the time came up, like 3 years after that I sold the company and I wanted to start my first venture capital fund. I raised a little bit of money to invest Mexican capital into Silicon Valley companies. That was my […]

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Thunes networked $60M to expand its cross-border payment operations

Thunes networked $60M to expand its cross-border payment operations

Thunes, a Singapore payment system startup with Global footprint in 100+ countries, 140m annual b2b transactions in 60+ currencies, founded in February 2019 as the result of splitting TransferTo into two companies (Thunes for b2b and DT One for b2c), with subsidiaries in Singapore, London, New York and Shanghai, and offices in Dubai and Nairobi, successfully completed Round B and extracted $60M from Helios Investment Partners, Checkout.com, GGV Capital, and Future Shape. The total investment amount topped $70M (the previous Round A brought $10M in 2019). Unicorn Nest Dataset Insights This Round was aimed to collect money for cross-border expansion of the Thunes payment systems. GGV Capital is existing investor and well-established in China and in fact opened the Chinese market to the startup. The Round lead Helios Investment Partners is a private equity and venture capital firm based in London, that prefers to invest in Africa, therefore Thunes secures […]

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Dr. Carlos S. Baradello (ALAYA Capital Partners): You have to strike a balance between being a dreamer and a doer

Dr. Carlos S. Baradello (ALAYA Capital Partners): You have to strike a balance between being a dreamer and a doer

Dr. Carlos Baradello is an investor, corporate advisor, university professor, and public speaker. A leading innovation and entrepreneurship practitioner, Carlos draws his understanding from his broad global business and academic experience, deep technical knowledge, and understanding of the reality innovators encounter in organizations both large and small. His experience working with hundreds of entrepreneurs around the world has enabled him to gain key lessons in the creation of sustainable social and economic value across multiple sectors, and their global growth. Carlos’s interests include new global business creation, venture funding, business acceleration for “born global” startups, and global scaling for “foreign-born” startups in emerging economies. He is the founder of the University of San Francisco’s (USF) groundbreaking Silicon Valley Immersion programs and former Associate Dean of its Global and Executive Programs. In addition to his teaching responsibilities across four continents as a member of the faculty at the Hult International Business […]

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