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HomeLight Raises $40M In Series B Funding To Help You Find A Listing Agent

Forbes.com | by Omri Barzilay | August 15th, 2017

San Francisco-based HomeLight, a marketplace for connecting home sellers with real estate agents, announced today that it has raised $40 million in Series B funding led by Silicon Valley’s Menlo Ventures with participation from Citi Ventures, and existing investors Zeev Ventures, SGVC, Crosslink Capital and Innovation Endeavors. HomeLight’s venture funding since inception in 2012 now totals $55 million. Following the round, Tyler Sosin of Menlo Ventures will join HomeLight’s board of directors. Venky Ganesan of Menlo Ventures and Dovi Frances of SGVC will join HomeLight’s board as observers.

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TripActions and Coupa Announce Strategic Partnership to Deliver Seamless Travel and Expense Management

FROM Coupa.com | July 17th, 2017

BOSTON, MA, July 17, 2017 – Coupa Software (NASDAQ:COUP), a global leader in cloud-based spend management, and TripActions, an innovative end-to-end corporate travel solution, are announcing a strategic partnership to help deliver a more seamless travel and expense management experience. Modern organizations with managed travel programs can now take advantage of the integration between these two premier solutions.

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American Express invests in insurance startup Next Insurance

BY Anna Irrera | Reuters | June 20th, 2017

American Express Co has invested in Next Insurance, a Palo Alto-based technology startup that sells customized insurance for small businesses online, as Silicon Valley companies look to shake up the insurance sector.

Next Insurance, which raised $29 million in May from investors led by reinsurer Munich Re’s HSB Ventures, said on Tuesday that American Express’s venture capital arm has joined the investor group. Next Insurance will use the new cash injection, which brings the investment round to $35 million, to expand the products it offers and target new business sectors, the company said.

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Why this startup CEO went to the White House alongside Tim Cook and Jeff Bezos

BY CNN Money | by Aimee Rawlins | June 19th, 2017

The CEOs of some of the world’s biggest tech companies descended on the White House Monday — along with a few people who aren’t yet household names. One of those is Zachary Bookman, CEO of OpenGov. Launched in 2012, OpenGov focuses on helping state and local governments streamline their systems. Think opening up the budget process, setting trackable goals and being more transparent with constituents.

The state of Ohio, which used OpenGov to drill down on local spending, went from #46 in financial transparency to #1, according to the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. Meanwhile an official in Ivins, Utah (population 8,000) was able to cut his budgeting time in half using OpenGov. His experience made Bookman a perfect fit for Monday’s meetings, which were geared toward modernizing the federal government.

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Fintech start-up SoFi is moving into traditional banking

BY LA Times | by AP | June 13th, 2017

Online lender and financial start-up SoFi has taken the first step toward competing with the nation’s biggest banks on their home turf: the checking account.

Last week, the San Francisco provider of student and personal loans submitted an application for federal deposit insurance, a protection normally available only to conventional banks. In its application, the company said its SoFi Bank subsidiary will offer bread-and-butter banking products, including checking accounts, debit cards and eventually credit cards.

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Addepar raises $140 million to help rich people manage their assets

BY Paul Sawers | VentureBeat | June 9th, 2017

Addepar, a company that touts itself as the “operating system for the financial world,” has raised a whopping $140 million in a series D round of funding led by Valor Equity Partners, 8VC, and QuantRes founder Harald McPike.

Founded out of Mountain View, Calif. in 2009, Addepar is a data-driven investment management platform targeted at financial advisers, who use the software to track assets and “visualize” information for their clients. The company also offers APIs to integrate with third-party products, including Salesforce Financial Services Cloud. The company said that it works with hundreds of advisers, endowments, and major financial institutions, with more than $650 billion in assets funneled through its platform — up from $300 billion 18 months ago.

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For OpenGov, President Trump is proving a boon for business

BY Connie Loizos | TechCrunch | Jan 24th, 2017

OpenGov, a Redwood City, Ca., company whose software helps local governments keep transparent financial records, has been picking up speed in a variety of ways, and co-founder and CEO Zac Bookman traces some of that momentum to the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president.

“We had the best Q1 in company history. It’s typically a quiet quarter, and we blew the top off” our internal projections, says Bookman…

Given the Trump “bump,” we ask Bookman — who has already raised $47 million for OpenGov and will announce a Series C round this year — if he has observed whether governments in so-called blue states and red states are distinct in any way. We ask if they use different products or whether their attitude toward the company itself is discernibly different.

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The Bouqs Co. Takes Floral Delivery Back To The Source

BY PYMNTS.COM | March 2nd, 2017

Though using the online channel to order flowers for delivery is nothing new, it’s safe to say that most consumers have no idea where those flowers are coming from and what the supply chain is that’s used to get that delivery from Point A to Point B.

But huge economic and environmental waste comes as a result of many of those flowers not even surviving long enough to make it through the traditional supply chain, and John Tabis, co-founder and CEO of The Bouqs Company, knew it was time for a change.

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SoFi Is in Talks for $500 Million Funding Led by Silver Lake

By Selina Wang and Alex Sherman | Bloomberg.com | February 16, 2017

Social Finance Inc. is close to raising about $500 million in a funding round expected to be led by private equity firm Silver Lake Partners to bolster the expansion of its online-lending businesses and personal financial services, according to people familiar with the matter.

The investment round should include several Asian investors, who will join Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp., DCM Ventures, Third Point and others. The new international group will purchase SoFi’s loans as well as take an equity stake, said one of the people, asking not to be identified because the matter is private. The round could close as early as next week, the person said. Bloomberg reported in September that SoFi was aiming to raise $500 million…

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Flower delivery startup The Bouqs raises $24 million to grow past its many competitors

BY Sarah Buhr | TechCrunch | Jan 30th, 2017

There’s a field full of flower delivery services to choose from these days from the old school 1-800-flowers and FTD to startups popping up over the last few years like BloomThat, Farmgirl Flowers, UrbanStems and The Bouqs.

That last one just raised $24 million in Series C financing, bringing the total now to $43 million. The Bouqs doesn’t quite roll off the tongue but that fresh new funding puts it at the top of the heap in capital raised among on-demand flower startups.

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TripActions launches its business travel app and unveils a $14.6 million round

By Bérénice Magistretti | VentureBeat.com | January 24, 2017

Booking a holiday is fun, but booking a professional trip often isn’t. TripActions is trying to change that with a solution that incentivizes employees to spend more consciously through a rewards program. The Menlo Park, Calif.-based startup, which has been in stealth mode until now, announced today the launch of its travel-booking app, as well as a funding round of $14.6 million.

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Watch Out for These 10 Unicorns in 2017 – Tipalti 9

By Shama Hyder | Inc.com | January 23, 2017

9. Tipalti
In the past decade, there has been a proliferation of companies–whether e-commerce, affiliate, adtech, or otherwise–that need to pay a daunting number of suppliers or publishers every month. At the same time, regulations (especially international ones) have become onerous. Enter Tipalti. Its payment automation software helps businesses make mass payments across the globe with ease and compliance. The software automates payments in almost any currency and manages regulatory requirements, such as withholding payments from people on international “Do Not Pay” blacklists. Tipalti claims its product reduces the time its customers spend on payments by up to 80 percent. And last year, the company rolled out technology that brings automation to the entire accounts payable lifecycle. Tipalti’s quickly expanding customer base includes behemoths like Twitter and nimble startups like Visually. Last September, the company closed its most recent fundraising round, pulling in $14 million to drive new customer acquisition.

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Morgan Stanley partners with Addepar to see more of clients’ wealth

By Elizabeth Dilts; editing by Grant McCool | Reuters.com | January 11, 2017

Morgan Stanley is rolling out a new software platform to 20 of its top financial advisory teams to help them see more of their wealthiest clients assets.

The bank, which manages most of its technology in-house, said late Tuesday that part of its private wealth management division will use Addepar, a Mountain View, California-based technology firm that already partners with family offices and independent investment advisers.

Ultra-wealthy clients typically hold their assets in limited partnerships, family trusts or in alternative and illiquid investments spread across a number of banks and accounts.

Addepar’s platform will allow Morgan Stanley, with clients’ permission, to gather information from those various accounts in one place, and to quickly parse the data to answer individualized questions, said Addepar’s chief executive Eric Poirier…

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Fintech Payments Platform Tipalti Scores $14M VC Investment

By Roger Aitken | Forbes.com | Sept 19, 2016

Tipalti, a leading provider in the B2B supplier payments space based in Palo Alto, California, has announced a further investment funding round to the tune of $14 million (m) led by early stage venture capital firm by SGVC, which is touted as enabling the firm to “accelerate adoption” of supplier payments solutions to global enterprises.

This latest funding follows the company’s first round of funding that was led by venture capitalist Oren Zeev in 2010 for approximately $3m in funding from private investors. This helped launch the company’s product in 2012. And, subsequently in 2014 there was a B-round of $13m.

Tipalti, which derives from the Hebrew phrase meaning ‘I handled it’, was inspired as a concept by a late night conversation with Chen Amit, CEO and co-founder of Tipalti, and friend and sculptor Dan Reisner.

It is said according to Chen that this concept “exemplifies their approach to the accounts payable space” in that they are focused on handling every step of what was once a manual effort and process. Tipalti is said to make it painless for accounts payable departments to manage their entire global supplier payments operation.

As well as the new funding, Dovi Frances, SGVC’s Managing Partner, is to join the board of directors of Tipalti, the first non-founder of the company to do so.

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Supplier Payments Score With Tipalti Funding Round

By PYMNTS | Sept 15, 2016

The supplier payment solution by FinTech firm Tipalti has attracted venture capitalists. The company announced on Wednesday (Sept. 14) that it closed a $14 million funding round led by SGVC.

SGVC Managing Partner Dovi Frances has also been announced as the latest addition to Tipalti’s board of directors, the company added.

“Thanks to this new funding round, we will expand our product, team and business to increase our market leadership position as the supplier payments automation solution of choice for finance organizations at global enterprises,” said Tipalti CEO and Cofounder Chen Amit in a statement. “We look forward to Dovi Frances joining our board of directors and contributing with his extensive experience in the FinTech world.”

According to its announcement, Tipalti will look to position its accounts payable tool across a broader range of corporate clients, including expanding its breadth of company sizes, industries and geographic regions. The investment will also go towards R&D, product development and customer support.

Tipalti’s sales and marketing efforts will also get a boost from the funding, the firm added.

“We are truly ecstatic to invest in Tipalti and add them to our growing portfolio of marquee FinTech companies who are changing the B2B payments and business finance landscape,” said Frances in a separate statement. “I am looking forward to helping the company accelerate their already significant growth trajectory and to watching them completely transform the way finance departments run their supplier payment operations.”

The $14 million raised follows $13 million in Series B funding secured in 2014, a round led by Wicklow Capital.

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SoFi Looks to Raise $500 Million in Latest Test for Fintech

By Peter Rudegeair | Wall Street Journal | Sept 7, 2016

A deal would be one of the largest U.S. fintech funding rounds of the year

Online lender Social Finance Inc. is pitching a new fundraising effort as it looks to buck a recent slump in the industry, according to people familiar with the matter. Privately held SoFi hopes to raise about $500 million in equity to fund new growth initiatives among mass-market borrowers and international markets, according to the people and a presentation reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. The round is likely weeks away…

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SkyGiraffe raises $6M for its enterprise mobility platform

By Frederic Lardinois | TechCrunch

SkyGiraffe helps enterprises give their employees access to their line-of-business apps and enterprise data from virtually any device. The company today announced that it has raised a $6 million funding round led by SGVC, with participation from Trilogy Equity Partners and a number of angel investors, including Heroku founder and CEO James Lindenbaum, Lookout founder and CTO Kevin Mahaffey and Parse founder and CEO Ilya Sukhar.

SkyGiraffe does a couple of things. It helps businesses connect and aggregate data from their various on-premises and cloud-based applications and lets them build new apps or bring existing apps to iOS, Android and Windows. The company argues that its approach allows enterprises to bring their cross-platform development cycles down to a day, compared to the months it would take to develop custom apps for iOS and Android, for example…

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With $17M in seed funding, RedKix wants to combine the best of email and chat

By Frederic Lardinois | TechCrunch

Lots of startups want to reinvent email, and some, like Slack, occasionally manage to change the way we work. At the end of the day, though, email isn’t going away and company-wide collaboration tools only really work when everybody is on the same platform.

RedKix, which is launching its private beta today, has raised $17 million in seed funding from a group of high-profile investors to bring together the best aspects of Slack and other collaboration tools with the simplicity and ubiquity of email. The company’s funders include Salesforce Ventures, Wicklow Capital, SG VC, Oren Zeev, Ori Sasson (one of the first investors in VMware), and others.

It’s not often that we see startups that raise $17 million in seed funding, but as RedKix CEO and co-founder Oudi Antebi told me, the company needed this kind of backing because of the complexity of the technology it is developing…

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SGVC raises $50 mln for second fund

By Alastair Goldfisher | PE Hub | May 11, 2016

Beverly Hills, California-based SGVC has raised a little more than $50 million for its second fund, SG VC Fund II, from 81 investors, according to a regulatory filing.

The firm was founded in 2012 by Managing Partner Dovi Frances as the venture arm of SG, a global advisory firm. His LinkedIn profile says he acquired the SGVC portfolio from SG last year. SGVC invests in early-stage tech companies in Los Angeles, Silicon Valley and Israel and has backed RadPad, SoFi and Sidecar, among others, according to its website.

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Real estate marketplace HomeLight closes $11 million deal

By Sindy Nanclares | VentureBeat

Marketplace for real estate agents HomeLight announced today that it took in an $11 million investment led by Zeev Ventures. The startup also announced that Oren Zeev will join HomeLight’s board. HomeLight says its technology “analyzes over 14 million transactions and reviews to determine which agent is best for you based on your needs,” while offering “unbiased” reviews, à la Yelp for real estate agents.

“Home transactions are the biggest financial decisions of most people’s lives, and our mission is to help those individuals find a trusted strategic advisor who can help guide them through the process,” said HomeLight CEO Drew Uher. “Our data-driven approach has already helped hundreds of individuals sell their home faster and for more money.”

SGVC founding partner Dovi Frances, Bullpen Capital, Montage Ventures, and Krillion Ventures also participated in the series A round. HomeLight has raised at least $15 million to date.

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