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The Funded: 11 Bay Area startups raise more than $400M at midweek

July 9, 2019

More than $400 million in Bay Area venture funding was disclosed at midweek, along with news about two big IPOs, two acquisitions and a new VC fund.

Here are the details:


• IGM Biosciences Inc., Mountain View, $102 million: Investors in the Series C round of this cancer drug developer are Redmile Group, Janus Henderson Investors, Vivo Capital and Haldor Topsøe Holding.

Revolution Medicines Inc., Redwood City, $100 million: Investors in the Series C round of this developer of medicines for cancer patients include Boxer Capital of the Tavistock Group, Cormorant Capital, Deerfield Management, Fidelity Management & Research Company, Vivo Capital, Biotechnology Value Fund, Nextech Invest, Schroder Adveq, The Column Group, Third Rock Ventures and Casdin Capital. (Read more here.)

Menlo Security Inc., Palo Alto, $75 million: JP Morgan Asset Management led the Series D round of this cloud security startup. (Read more here.)

• TrustArc Inc., San Francisco, $70 million: Bregal Sagemount led the Series D funding of this provider of privacy management software. It was joined by Accel, Baseline Ventures, DAG Ventures, Icon Ventures and Industry Ventures.

• Anchorage Hold LLC, San Francisco, $40 million: Blockchain Capital led the Series B funding of this cryptocurrency custodian for institutions. It was joined by Visa and Andreessen Horowitz.

15Five Inc., San Francisco, $30.7 million: Next47 led the series B round of this provider of continuous performance management software. It was joined by Matrix Partners, PointNine Capital, Launch fund, Newground Ventures, Bling Capital, Chaifetz Group and Origin Ventures.

• Kyndi Inc., San Mateo, $20 million: Intel Capital led the Series B funding of this natural language processing platform provider. It was joined by UL Ventures and PivotNorth Capital.

• Mesmer Eyes Inc., Palo Alto, $15 million: Intel Capital led the Series A round of this creator of AI-powered bots. It was joined by investors including True Ventures.

• Powerhive Inc., Berkeley, $9.3 million: Investors in the Series B round of this startup focused on providing rural home access to microgrid electricity include Toyota Tsusho, Kouros, To:org and return backers Tao Capital, James Sandler, Prelude Ventures, Caterpillar Ventures and Total Energy Ventures.

• Jacobi Inc., San Francisco, $7.7 million: Investor in this investment portfolio design platform provider include Illuminate Venture Partners, 8VC and Credit Ease Venture Fund.

• MedaRed Inc., San Francisco, $6.5 million: Seed investors in this developer of therapeutics targeting fibrin include Dementia Discovery Fund and Dolby Family Ventures.


• Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic space tourism business has announced plans to go public in a merger valued at about $1.5 billion with Social Capital Hedosophia, the Palo Alto-based blank check company run by Chamath Palihapitiya. (Read more here.)

• Concord-based AssetMark Financial Holdings Inc. set price targets for an IPO in which it hopes to raise up to $302 million next week. It plans to sell 12.5 million shares for between $19 and $21 each, and another 6.25 million shares have been set aside for underwriters. It would have a market cap of about $1.5 billion at the top of its target range and plans to trade on the New York Stock Exchange with tnhe symbol of "AMK." The company reported $99 million of net income on $296 million in revenue for 2018. It major shareholders include China’s Huatai International.


• Palo Alto-based AppLovin, the mobile gaming platform provider, acquired SafeDK, an Israeli mobile SDK management platform for an undisclosed amount. AppLovin earlier this year sold a 20 percent equity stake to KKR for $400 million. SafeDK raised over $5 million before the sale from firms like Samsung Next Ventures, StageOne Ventures and Kaedan Capital.

• Mountain View-based Alphabet Inc. unit Google is acquiring Santa Clara-based cloud storage business Elastifile. Terms aren't being disclosed. Elastifile had raised $74 million from investors who include Cisco Investments, SanDisk Ventures, Dell Technologies Capital, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Battery Ventures and Western Digital Partners. (Read more here.)

Funders in the news

- San Francisco-based venture capital firm Haystack Ventures raised $50 million for its fifth fund, according to a filing with the SEC.


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