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Arvind Sodhani, former president of Intel Capital, has formed a new VC firm called Silver Trail Ventures and, ahead of a keynote speech at the Global Corporate Venturing/DLA Piper Corporate Venture Capital Strategy Seminar in Tokyo, warned that for corporate venturers, innovation and disruption is more important than business development.
Digital medicine developer Proteus Digital Health has added $50m of series H financing to an equity cash pile.
GV finds happy Medium for $50m series C.
Alibaba sealed two huge deals last week, making billion-dollar investments in Ele.me and Lazada, and in this week’s Big Deal we take a look at the firm’s investment strategy and what those those transactions might mean going forward.
UCWeb presses start on $20m Indian gaming fund.
JD.com has paid $200m for a 47.7% stake in logistics service company Dada Nexus in a deal that will involve merging its own e-commerce subsidiary, JD Daojia, into the company, which operates across 37 Chinese cities.
Baidu has raised $155m in a round led by TV and film production company Shanghai New Culture Media,
Cabify has become the latest ride hailing service to raise significant funding, pulling in $120m from a Rakuten-led round that values it at $320m post-money.
China-based Yaochufa spcialises in short haul holidays and local breaks but is planning to expand its range of destinations after closing an $85m series D round.
GenSight Biologics filed for an IPO back in July 2015 but a few months later the Novartis-backed eye disease therapy developer has withdrawn citing market conditions. The decision, made at roughly the same time as another biotech company, Bavarian Nordic, did the same, is a worrying omen for the IPO market, which is still yet to recover from a considerable lull, meaning CVC exits will likely be harder to come by this year.
Tencent-backed eJiaJie completes Neeq listing.
Hearst follows up its initial investment in Complex by agreeing to jointly acquire the company with telecom firm and partner Verizon.
Asahi Shimbun goes native with Somewrite acquisition.
Oracle draws up $50m Crosswise acquisition.
Nielsen-backed VC firm Pereg Ventures is set to exit device data provider Crosswise in a $50m deal.
Mars Petcare acquires Whistle from Nokia Growth Partners.
Gree forms $12m virtual reality fund.
The social media company’s GVR Fund features Colopl and Mixi as limited partners.
CincyTech receives healthy interest for fourth fund.
Care providers Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and UC Health are among the limited partners.
Global University Venturing
Alta Innovations: the future of success: In the second part of our series, GUV editor Thierry Heles takes a closer look at how Birmingham University is building a complete ecosystem for spinouts, startups and late-stage companies.
GUV supporting a survey of 80 university venturing funds sponsored by one of our subscribers, Kaust.
Global Government Venturing
EIF and PPM Oost initiate $227.5m fund.
Dutch regional development agency PPM Oost and the European Investment Fund have launched a $227.5m second Dutch Venture Initiative fund of funds.
“Funky Chunk” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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