IN on Deck – Friends and Family

“Surround yourself with Friends and Family as they do not have problem telling you your idiot or not funny! Sometime the write checks for deals!”

Howard Schultz to buy Starbucks had ask few thousand friends, family, and customers.  Most seed money is from friends and family.  Few companies have been able to ask their customers such as Samual Adams for IPO and Stone for their new German Brewery.  Crowd funding by selling to customers is key on Kickstart.  However, friends and family should still fuel the start to your crowd funding to get things moving!  Also you do not need to make sure all your i’s are dotted and t’s crossed as your friends and family are investing in you!


I hope to raise a few million from friends and family for our new fund.  Friends and family are always good place to start!

I will also keep it short today =

Happy Holidays, Networking, and Investing,

JD Morris

JD Morris

Investor Network by JD

And now for the non-core stuff!




Big M&A Deals

DATA DUMP (again deals)

Every day early stage companies are raising money and I am happy to be board of advisors and board of directors of a few of them.  I am also happy to fast track a deal to Advent International, Blue Run Ventures, ………

• Advent International will acquire Brammer International, a British publicly-traded industrial parts distributor, for 221.5 million pounds ($274.8 million). The offer represents a premium of 69% to Brammer’s closing price Tuesday.

Shockwave Medical, a Freemont, Calif.-based startup focused on the treatment of calcified cardiovascular disease, has closed $45 million in Series C financing led by Sectoral Asset Management, with participation from T. Rowe Price Associates and existing investors Sofinnova Partners, Venrock, RA Capital, Deerfield, and Ally Bridge Group.

Zola, a New York-based wedding registry site co-founded by Kevin Ryan, has raised $25 million in Series C funding at a $200 million valuation led by Lightspeed, according to TechCrunch.

Knowlarity Communications, a New Delhi-based telephony company has raised Rs 133-crore ($20 million) in Series C funding led by Delta Partners Capital, alongside existing investors Mayfield Fund and Sequoia India.

8i, a Wellington, New Zealand-based virtual reality startup backed by Founders Fund, has raised $20 million in Series B preferred stock, according to an SEC filing.

Heal, a Santa Monica-based on-demand app for doctor house calls, has raised $14.8 million in new funding, according to an SEC filing.

Soul Machines, an Auckland, N.Z.-based developer of avatars, has raised $7.5 million in Series A funding led by Horizons Ventures with Iconiq Capital.

ItemMaster, a Chicago-based provider of “certified brand content,” has raised $7.5 million in Series A financing round from Edison Partners with participation from Chicago Ventures.

Instaclustr, a Canberra, Australia-based open source data platform, has raised $7 million in investment led by Bailador Technology Investmentswith participation from new investor Our Innovation Fund LP and existing investor ANU Connect Ventures.

Hornet, a San Francisco-based gay social network, has raised $8 million in funding led by Ventech China.

Maple Hill Creamery, a Stuyvesant, New York-based producer of organic dairy items, has taken an investment of undisclosed size from Sunrise Strategic Partners.

Hopper, a Cambridge, Mass.-based travel startup, has raised $3.5 million in new equity funding, according to an SEC filing.

Agricool, a France-based argiculture startup, has raised €4 million ($4.3 million) in funding from Daphni and angel investors.

Cashboard, A Berlin-based wealth management startup has raised €3 million ($3.1 million) in Series A funding led by Digital Space Ventures with participation from existing investors Redalpine Capital, Earlybird, and 500 Startups.

DISCLAIMER:  We us AP, Bloomberg, CB Insight, Forbes, Reuters, and many other third party resources to review deals.  Please check with companies website for best information.



Author: JDM

Simi Private

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