Balderton Capital leads Series A round for Tessian

UK-based Tessian, a machine intelligent email security platform, has secured $13 million in Series A funding. Balderton Capital led the round with participation from Accel, Amadeus Capital Partners, Crane, LocalGlobe, Winton Ventures and Walking Ventures. PRESS RELEASE London, 18th June, 2018 – Tessian, the UK-based machine intelligence start-up transforming the way enterprises secure email, today announces that it has raised $13 million (£9 million) in a Series A round led by Balderton Capital and existing investors, Accel. Amadeus Capital Partners, Crane, LocalGlobe, Winton Ventures and Walking Ventures also participated in the round. Against a backdrop where enterprises are creating a growing share of the world’s data – in 2015 businesses created 30 percent of all data globally, but this is expected to soar to almost 60 per cent by 2025 – Tessian’s mission is to automatically protect individuals and enterprises from cybersecurity threats in order to keep the world’s
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UK blockchain software startup Gospel picks up seed funding

UK-based Gospel Technology, a blockchain software startup, has raised 1.4 million pounds in seed funding. LocalGlobe led the round. PRESS RELEASE London, 18 June 2018 – A blockchain software startup that has been working with one of the UK’s biggest aerospace and defence manufacturers to develop a proof of concept to improve record keeping for its supply chain has raised £1.4m in seed funding from investors led by LocalGlobe. Marylebone-based Gospel has developed a way of securely distributing data across modern decentralised infrastructures. It offers companies like this major aerospace and defence company the potential to automate records for complex products that currently require significant manual management. With Gospel Technology the manufacturer can share only the information it needs to, securely, with other partners in its supply chain, potentially leading to improved efficiency and lower costs of information recall. Founded in December 2016 by entrepreneur Ian Smith,
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Elucidata Corp grabs $1.7 mln seed

Cambridge, Massachusetts and New Delhi, India-based Elucidata Corporation, a data science company focused on developing tools and software solutions for drug discovery, has raised $1.7 million in seed funding. Hyperplane Venture Capital led the round. Source: Press Release

Zenaton scores $2.35 mln seed

Zenaton, a SaaS developer tool company, has secured $2.35 million in seed funding. Accel and Point Nine Capital led the round with participation from other investors that included the Slack Fund and Kima Ventures. PRESS RELEASE 18th June 2018: Zenaton (https://zenaton.com), a cloud-based developer tool company that makes building workflows easy, today announces a $2.35 million (€2 million) seed investment led by Accel and Point Nine Capital, with participation from the Slack Fund, Kima Ventures, and business angels including Julien Lemoine, CTO and co-founder of Algolia, and Francis Nappez, CTO and co-founder of BlaBlaCar. Most businesses have coded workflows governing how their users interact with their service or automating internal tasks. For example, ordering an item on an ecommerce website will trigger a workflow that steers the process through specific steps, from order fulfillment through delivery and customer follow-up. These workflows are typically coded by developers
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Australian esports media network Gamurs grabs $2.2 mln

Sydney, Australia-based Gamurs, an esports media network, has secured $2.2 million in funding. The investors included Alium Capital. PRESS RELEASE Sydney, Australia, June 15 2018 – GAMURS, a leading esports media network, today announces that it has raised 2.2M USD (3M AUD) in funding from angel investors and Alium Capital, a Sydney-based cross-over investment fund focused on technology investments. This recent funding has brought GAMURS Group’s total amount raised to 5.7M USD (7.5 AUD). GAMURS is a media network allowing passionate gamers to share their achievements, keep up to date with esports news, and improve their skills all under one platform. It will utilize this new influx of capital to target a series of initiatives, including the expansion of Dot Esports, a leading online publication and community page covering esports and competitive gaming. The all-in-one platform offers members breaking news, in-depth coverage of esports personalities
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CRM platform Kustomer snags $26 mln Series B

New York City-based Kustomer, a modern CRM platform for customer experience, service, and support, has raised $26 million in Series B financing. Redpoint Ventures led the round with participation from Canaan Partners, Boldstart Ventures, Social Leverage and Cisco Investments. In addition to the funding, Tomasz Tunguz, a partner at Redpoint Ventures, will join Kustomer’s board of directors. Source: Press Release

Influential nabs $12 mln Seies B

Las Vegas and Beverly Hills-based Influential, an AI-powered influencer marketplace, has secured $12 million in Series B financing. Capital Zed and Europlay Capitol Advisors led the round with participation from WME. Source: Press Release

Sequoia leads Series A round for RideOS

RideOS, a technology platform designed to accelerate the roll-out of self-driving vehicles, has raised $9 million in Series A funding. Sequoia Capital led the round with participation from Graph Ventures and SV Angel. In conjunction with the funding, Sequoia Partner Mike Vernal has joined the RideOS board of directors. Source: Press Release

Battery Ventures backs Israeli cybersecurity firm CHEQ

Tel Aviv-based CHEQ, a cybersecurity company, has secured $5 million in Series A funding. The investor was Battery Ventures. In addition to the funding, Itzik Parnafes, a general partner at Battery, is joining the CHEQ board. PRESS RELEASE NEW YORK–June 15, 2018–Cybersecurity company CHEQ today announced the closing of $5M in Series A funding, which will help it enable digital advertisers to publish ads in a brand-safe environment and prevent ad fraud. CHEQ’s Autonomous Brand Safety solution uses military-grade AI and Natural Language Processing (NLP) to rapidly analyze content and users so that brands can prevent in real time having their ads served to bots or alongside negative content. “Our goal is to provide digital advertisers with a comprehensive, ‘one-stop-shop’ solution for digital ad control that does everything automatically for ad buyers, in real time, instead of forcing them to act upon endless reporting suites after the fact,”
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Life insurance startup Ethos rakes in $11.5 mln

San Francisco-based life insurance startup Ethos has raised $11.5 million in funding. Sequoia Capital led the round with participation from other investors that included Stanford University, Arrive, a subsidiary of Roc Nation, Robert Downey Jr.’s Downey Ventures, Kevin Durant’s Durant Company, Will Smith’s Smith Family Circle and Silicon Valley Bank. In addition to the funding, Roelof Botha, a partner at Sequoia Capital, has joined the Ethos board of directors. Source: Press Release

Life insurance startup Ethos rakes in $11.5 mln

San Francisco-based life insurance startup Ethos has raised $11.5 million in funding. Sequoia Capital led the round with participation from other investors that included Stanford University, Arrive, a subsidiary of Roc Nation, Robert Downey Jr.’s Downey Ventures, Kevin Durant’s Durant Company, Will Smith’s Smith Family Circle and Silicon Valley Bank. In addition to the funding, Roelof Botha, a partner at Sequoia Capital, has joined the Ethos board of directors. Source: Press Release

Life insurance startup Ethos rakes in $11.5 mln

San Francisco-based life insurance startup Ethos has raised $11.5 million in funding. Sequoia Capital led the round with participation from other investors that included Stanford University, Arrive, a subsidiary of Roc Nation, Robert Downey Jr.’s Downey Ventures, Kevin Durant’s Durant Company, Will Smith’s Smith Family Circle and Silicon Valley Bank. In addition to the funding, Roelof Botha, a partner at Sequoia Capital, has joined the Ethos board of directors. Source: Press Release

Life insurance startup Ethos rakes in $11.5 mln

San Francisco-based life insurance startup Ethos has raised $11.5 million in funding. Sequoia Capital led the round with participation from other investors that included Stanford University, Arrive, a subsidiary of Roc Nation, Robert Downey Jr.’s Downey Ventures, Kevin Durant’s Durant Company, Will Smith’s Smith Family Circle and Silicon Valley Bank. In addition to the funding, Roelof Botha, a partner at Sequoia Capital, has joined the Ethos board of directors. Source: Press Release

Life insurance startup Ethos rakes in $11.5 mln

San Francisco-based life insurance startup Ethos has raised $11.5 million in funding. Sequoia Capital led the round with participation from other investors that included Stanford University, Arrive, a subsidiary of Roc Nation, Robert Downey Jr.’s Downey Ventures, Kevin Durant’s Durant Company, Will Smith’s Smith Family Circle and Silicon Valley Bank. In addition to the funding, Roelof Botha, a partner at Sequoia Capital, has joined the Ethos board of directors. Source: Press Release

Life insurance startup Ethos rakes in $11.5 mln

San Francisco-based life insurance startup Ethos has raised $11.5 million in funding. Sequoia Capital led the round with participation from other investors that included Stanford University, Arrive, a subsidiary of Roc Nation, Robert Downey Jr.’s Downey Ventures, Kevin Durant’s Durant Company, Will Smith’s Smith Family Circle and Silicon Valley Bank. In addition to the funding, Roelof Botha, a partner at Sequoia Capital, has joined the Ethos board of directors. Source: Press Release

Life insurance startup Ethos rakes in $11.5 mln

San Francisco-based life insurance startup Ethos has raised $11.5 million in funding. Sequoia Capital led the round with participation from other investors that included Stanford University, Arrive, a subsidiary of Roc Nation, Robert Downey Jr.’s Downey Ventures, Kevin Durant’s Durant Company, Will Smith’s Smith Family Circle and Silicon Valley Bank. In addition to the funding, Roelof Botha, a partner at Sequoia Capital, has joined the Ethos board of directors. Source: Press Release

Life insurance startup Ethos rakes in $11.5 mln

San Francisco-based life insurance startup Ethos has raised $11.5 million in funding. Sequoia Capital led the round with participation from other investors that included Stanford University, Arrive, a subsidiary of Roc Nation, Robert Downey Jr.’s Downey Ventures, Kevin Durant’s Durant Company, Will Smith’s Smith Family Circle and Silicon Valley Bank. In addition to the funding, Roelof Botha, a partner at Sequoia Capital, has joined the Ethos board of directors. Source: Press Release