By Evan Vitale
Let’s take a look at recent Venture Capital (VC) news!
According to GeekWire.com, there was good news and bad news for venture capital activity in the Pacific Northwest. Here, venture capital activity was down 59% in the fourth quarter. However, overall, VC activity was up for 2015.
Last year, a record $2.4 billion was invested in 374 Pacific Northwest startup firms – up from $2.3 billion in 2014 and $1.4 billion invested in 2013.
From the Wall Street Journal, Healthline Media Inc. has raised $95 million from Summit Partners to compete with WebMD.com in the market for consumer-health information. Healthline.com was launched 2006 and provides health information to users through content licensed from third parties. The company was relaunched in 2012 with original content.
Also from WJS, a wine app called “Vivino” has raised $25 million in a Series B round of venture funding. Vivino Inc. is a mobile app for wine reviews and shopping. It lets users scan the label on a bottle of wine using their smartphones and access user-generated ratings and reviews. The new round of funding was led by SCP Neptune International. Other investors included Balderton Capital and Melo7 Tech Partners.
From the Houston Business Journal, a new venture capital fund has launched in Houston, Texas. Digitech is a crowdfunding-meets-private-equity style of venture capital where unaccredited investors will invest $50 to $100 per month. Digitech is targeting both software and technology-based companies, as well as biotech and healthcare. You can read the full article here:
KidPass, Inc., according to the Wall Street Journal, has started to sell $49 monthly subscriptions that give families access to many children’s activities, including sports, music classes, indoor play spaces, museums, and more. The idea, says co-founder and chief executive Solomon Liou is to give parents a “starting point whenever they are looking for any kind of activity for their children.”
You can check out KidPass here: http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2016/01/11/seed-funded-kidpass-launches-childrens-activity-subscription-service/