VC Deals: SoftBank Invests $250M In Brazilian Renting

Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU) Ventures joined the $37M Series B for AI-powered drug delivery startup Insilico. Qiming Venture Partners led the round.

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  • SoftBank (OTCPK:SFTBF,OTCPK:SFTBY) led the $250M Series D for Brazilian rental property marketplace QuintoAndar, pushing the company into unicorn territory. The startup’s marketplace lets users search, book, and advertise rental properties in the region. There’s also a credit analysis system that eliminates the need for co-signers, deposits, or rental insurance. The company projects over 2M visits scheduled in 2019 and 4,500 contracts signed per month. The funding will help expand into additional Brazilian cities, hire talent, and build out broker partners.
  • GV (GOOG,GOOGL) joined the $70M round for British cybersecurity company Snyk. Accel led and Boldstart Ventures also joined in. Snyk’s system detects security breaches and code license violations and corrects the problem. The protection is built from a data pool of vulnerabilities and covers the full cycle from code to the launched application. The company plans to use the money for hiring and marketing its products.
  • HPE (NYSE:HPE) joined the $51M Series F for Shape Security, a bot and online fraud mitigation startup that had a $1B pre-money valuation. C5 Capital led with assistance from the likes of Kleiner Perkins and Norwest Venture Partners. Shape uses AI to detect bots and quickly shuts down the attempted logins. The startup says it now protects against 2B fraudulent logins each day. The funds will fuel international expansion and product development. Shape is now gearing up to go public.
  • Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU) Ventures joined the $37M Series B for AI-powered drug delivery startup Insilico. Qiming Venture Partners led the round. Insilico recently had work published in Nature Biotechnology that showed how machine learning networks could take years off traditional timelines for drug development. The money will help commercialize the technology and build out the senior management team.
  • Autonomous ride-hail company Voyage raised $31M in a round led by Franklin Templeton, which was joined by Khosla Ventures,Chevron Technology Ventures, and Jaguar Land Rover’s VC arm. Voyage differs from competitors like Waymo and Uber (NYSE:UBER) with its focus on retirement communities and is already in operation in The Villages, the retirement city with over 115K residents. The capital will help get the self-driving tech ready for commercialization, grow its team and G2 car fleet, and introduce the G3 vehicle.
  • Airbnb (AIRB) led the $20M Series B for media and experience company Atlas Obscura. A+E Networks and New Atlantic Ventures also participated. Atlas will use the money to expand its trips and local experience offerings. As part of the investment, Airbnb will include Atlas Obscura booking through its platform.

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Shape Security raises $51M in funding to expand fraud protection overseas

Beyond C5, other investors in the round include Kleiner Perkins, HPE Growth, Norwest Venture Partners, Focus Ventures, JetBlue Technology …

C5 Capital said it led a funding round of $51 million for Shape Security, a platform for bot and fraud mitigation, bringing the company’s valuation to $1 billion.

Shape Security, based in Mountain View, California, provides online fraud protection for about half of the online banking industry in North America, as well as numerous other industries.

“This investment will help us scale our international operations and fuel our AI development,” Derek Smith, co-founder and CEO of Shape Security, said in a release from C5. “Our new and returning investors, coupled with our continued track record of growth, underscore our vision to protect all enterprises from fraudulent Internet transactions.”

Beyond C5, other investors in the round include Kleiner Perkins, HPE Growth, Norwest Venture Partners, Focus Ventures, JetBlue Technology Ventures, Top Tier Capital Partners and Epic Ventures. The investment brings the total funding raised by the firm to $173 million.

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Norwest Venture Partners X LP Position in Mobileiron INC (MOBL) Has Cut as Stock Value Rose

Investors sentiment increased to 2.34 in 2019 Q1. Its up 0.27, from 2.07 in 2018Q4. It increased, as 9 investors sold MOBL shares while 20 reduced …

MobileIron, Inc. (NASDAQ:MOBL) LogoInvestors sentiment increased to 2.34 in 2019 Q1. Its up 0.27, from 2.07 in 2018Q4. It increased, as 9 investors sold MOBL shares while 20 reduced holdings. 21 funds opened positions while 47 raised stakes. 57.48 million shares or 0.03% more from 57.46 million shares in 2018Q4 were reported. Parametric Port Assocs Lc holds 0% in MobileIron, Inc. (NASDAQ:MOBL) or 64,729 shares. Gsa Prns Ltd Liability Partnership accumulated 33,402 shares or 0.02% of the stock. Element Limited Company holds 0% in MobileIron, Inc. (NASDAQ:MOBL) or 23,961 shares. California Pub Employees Retirement Systems stated it has 0% in MobileIron, Inc. (NASDAQ:MOBL). Blackrock has invested 0% in MobileIron, Inc. (NASDAQ:MOBL). Ack Asset Mngmt Lc accumulated 2.06 million shares or 0% of the stock. Millennium Management Limited Liability Co reported 0.01% of its portfolio in MobileIron, Inc. (NASDAQ:MOBL). Acadian Asset Ltd reported 478,756 shares or 0.01% of all its holdings. Connor Clark & Lunn Investment Management Limited invested in 0% or 77,342 shares. California State Teachers Retirement Sys, a California-based fund reported 113,969 shares. Tower Research Ltd Limited Liability Company (Trc) has 0% invested in MobileIron, Inc. (NASDAQ:MOBL). Vanguard Grp Inc accumulated 5.29 million shares. Employees Retirement System Of Ohio reported 347,580 shares stake. Metropolitan Life Ny reported 16,468 shares stake. Menta Capital Ltd Co has 0.21% invested in MobileIron, Inc. (NASDAQ:MOBL) for 86,008 shares.

Norwest Venture Partners X LP decreased its stake in Mobileiron Inc. (MOBL) by 42.75% based on its latest 2019Q1 regulatory filing with the SEC. Norwest Venture Partners X LP sold 3.56 million shares as the company’s stock rose 17.35% . The institutional investor held 4.76M shares of the technology company at the end of 2019Q1, valued at $26.06M, down from 8.32M at the end of the previous reported quarter. Norwest Venture Partners X LP who had been investing in Mobileiron Inc. for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $802.48 million market cap company. The stock increased 3.44% or $0.25 during the last trading session, reaching $7.51. About 508,314 shares traded. MobileIron, Inc. (NASDAQ:MOBL) has risen 48.39% since September 11, 2018 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 48.39% the S&P500.

Analysts await MobileIron, Inc. (NASDAQ:MOBL) to report earnings on October, 29. They expect $-0.06 earnings per share, up 14.29 % or $0.01 from last year’s $-0.07 per share. After $-0.12 actual earnings per share reported by MobileIron, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -50.00 % EPS growth.

More notable recent MobileIron, Inc. (NASDAQ:MOBL) news were published by: Nasdaq.com which released: “Here’s Why You Should Buy MobileIron (MOBL) Stock Right Now – Nasdaq” on December 27, 2018, also Nasdaq.com with their article: “5 Top Tech Stocks Under $20 That Promise More Gains – Nasdaq” published on August 29, 2019, Nasdaq.com published: “Here’s How to Find Top-Ranked Stocks Under $10 to Buy – Nasdaq” on August 27, 2019. More interesting news about MobileIron, Inc. (NASDAQ:MOBL) were released by: Businesswire.com and their article: “MobileIron Named a Leader Again in the Second Gartner Magic Quadrant for Unified Endpoint Management Tools – Business Wire” published on August 12, 2019 as well as Nasdaq.com‘s news article titled: “MobileIron (MOBL) Reports Q2 Loss, Tops Revenue Estimates – Nasdaq” with publication date: August 01, 2019.

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Norwest Venture Partners X LP Has Cut Its Mobileiron (MOBL) Holding by $17.79 Million; Market …

Zuckerman Investment Group Llc decreased its stake in Dollar Tree Inc (DLTR) by 96.97% based on its latest 2019Q1 regulatory filing with the SEC.

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Zuckerman Investment Group Llc decreased its stake in Dollar Tree Inc (DLTR) by 96.97% based on its latest 2019Q1 regulatory filing with the SEC. Zuckerman Investment Group Llc sold 97,110 shares as the company’s stock declined 7.20% . The institutional investor held 3,035 shares of the consumer services company at the end of 2019Q1, valued at $319,000, down from 100,145 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Zuckerman Investment Group Llc who had been investing in Dollar Tree Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $23.98 billion market cap company. The stock increased 0.48% or $0.52 during the last trading session, reaching $109.42. About 936,386 shares traded. Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ:DLTR) has risen 13.03% since September 10, 2018 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 13.03% the S&P500. Some Historical DLTR News: 07/03/2018 – Dollar Tree Weighs on Discounters — Market Mover; 07/03/2018 – DOLLAR TREE INC DLTR.O SEES FY 2018 SHR $5.25 TO $5.60; 15/05/2018 – Lone Pine Capital Buys New 2.7% Position in Dollar Tree; 15/05/2018 – MELVIN REDUCED EA, WYN, FLT, DLTR, HDS IN 1Q: 13F; 31/05/2018 – DOLLAR TREE INC – DURING QTR, CO OPENED 130 STORES, EXPANDED OR RELOCATED 26 STORES, AND CLOSED 5 STORES; 31/05/2018 – Dollar Tree Lowers Full-Year Outlook — Earnings Review; 18/04/2018 – R.J. Brunelli & Co. Announces Leases for Dollar Tree, Royal Farms and Others Throughout New Jersey; 07/03/2018 – DOLLAR TREE 4Q ADJ EPS $1.89; 07/03/2018 – DOLLAR TREE INC – QTRLY ENTERPRISE SAME-STORE SALES INCREASED 2.4% ON A CONSTANT CURRENCY BASIS; 16/03/2018 – Dollar Tree Appoints Jeffrey Naylor to Board of Directors

Norwest Venture Partners X LP decreased its stake in Mobileiron Inc. (MOBL) by 42.75% based on its latest 2019Q1 regulatory filing with the SEC. Norwest Venture Partners X LP sold 3.56 million shares as the company’s stock rose 17.35% . The institutional investor held 4.76 million shares of the technology company at the end of 2019Q1, valued at $26.06 million, down from 8.32M at the end of the previous reported quarter. Norwest Venture Partners X LP who had been investing in Mobileiron Inc. for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $775.23 million market cap company. The stock increased 0.48% or $0.04 during the last trading session, reaching $7.26. About 626,485 shares traded. MobileIron, Inc. (NASDAQ:MOBL) has risen 48.39% since September 10, 2018 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 48.39% the S&P500. Some Historical MOBL News: 26/04/2018 – MobileIron Backs 2018 Rev $190M-$200M; 20/04/2018 – DJ MobileIron Inc, Inst Holders, 1Q 2018 (MOBL); 20/03/2018 – MobileIron Reports Inducement Grants Under NASDAQ Listing Rule 5635(c)(4); 14/03/2018 – MobileIron Forms Golden Cross: Technicals; 26/04/2018 – Union Investment Mobilizes Work Processes with Mobilelron; 09/03/2018 – Cortado Server 9.0 Enhances Features for Secure Management of Mobile Productivity; 16/05/2018 – MobileIron and ThinPrint Partner to Bring Managed and Secure Mobile Printing to Enterprises; 20/03/2018 – Mobilelron Reports Inducement Grants Under NASDAQ Listing Rule 5635(c)(4); 26/04/2018 – MobileIron 1Q Adj Loss/Shr 6c; 19/03/2018 – Sohail Parekh Joins Mobilelron to Lead Engineering

More notable recent Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ:DLTR) news were published by: Nasdaq.com which released: “Dollar General (DG) Displays Solid Run, Adds 20% in 3 Months – Nasdaq” on September 05, 2019, also Nasdaq.com with their article: “Dollar Tree (DLTR) Q2 Earnings and Revenues Top Estimates – Nasdaq” published on August 29, 2019, Nasdaq.com published: “Costco (COST) Stellar Comps Aiding Stock’s Run on Bourses – Nasdaq” on August 20, 2019. More interesting news about Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ:DLTR) were released by: Nasdaq.com and their article: “Q2 GDP Revision Slides to 2.0% – nasdaq.com” published on August 29, 2019 as well as Nasdaq.com‘s news article titled: “What’s in Store for BIG, DLTR, DG & COST This Earnings Season? – Nasdaq” with publication date: April 17, 2019.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.12 in Q1 2019. Its up 0.13, from 0.99 in 2018Q4. It improved, as 46 investors sold DLTR shares while 189 reduced holdings. 90 funds opened positions while 173 raised stakes. 217.41 million shares or 0.37% more from 216.60 million shares in 2018Q4 were reported. United Kingdom-based Gsa Limited Liability Partnership has invested 0.03% in Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ:DLTR). Bnp Paribas Asset Sa invested in 6,107 shares. Atria Investments Lc, North Carolina-based fund reported 2,994 shares. Hbk Investments LP stated it has 0.01% in Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ:DLTR). Smithfield Trust holds 0.07% or 6,391 shares. Redmond Asset Management Lc, a Virginia-based fund reported 49,020 shares. Callahan Advsrs Ltd Liability Co accumulated 34,260 shares. Peoples Fincl Service has invested 0% of its portfolio in Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ:DLTR). Gamble Jones Invest Counsel holds 67,698 shares or 0.63% of its portfolio. Shellback Lp owns 95,000 shares or 1.19% of their US portfolio. North Carolina-based Sterling Capital Mngmt Limited Company has invested 0% in Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ:DLTR). Citadel Advisors Ltd Liability Co accumulated 0.11% or 2.08 million shares. Alliancebernstein Ltd Partnership accumulated 1.35 million shares or 0.09% of the stock. Capital Fincl Advisers Lc accumulated 5,436 shares. National Wi owns 3.31% invested in Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ:DLTR) for 28,773 shares.

Since March 15, 2019, it had 1 buying transaction, and 0 selling transactions for $99,980 activity.

Analysts await Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ:DLTR) to report earnings on December, 5. They expect $1.11 EPS, down 5.93% or $0.07 from last year’s $1.18 per share. DLTR’s profit will be $243.27 million for 24.64 P/E if the $1.11 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.92 actual EPS reported by Dollar Tree, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 20.65% EPS growth.

More notable recent MobileIron, Inc. (NASDAQ:MOBL) news were published by: Nasdaq.com which released: “5 Top Tech Stocks Under $20 That Promise More Gains – Nasdaq” on August 29, 2019, also Businesswire.com with their article: “MobileIron Named a Leader Again in the Second Gartner Magic Quadrant for Unified Endpoint Management Tools – Business Wire” published on August 12, 2019, Finance.Yahoo.com published: “When Should You Buy MobileIron, Inc. (NASDAQ:MOBL)? – Yahoo Finance” on June 21, 2019. More interesting news about MobileIron, Inc. (NASDAQ:MOBL) were released by: Seekingalpha.com and their article: “MobileIron Q2 2019 Earnings Preview – Seeking Alpha” published on July 31, 2019 as well as Marketwatch.com‘s news article titled: “Charting a bullish technical tilt, S&P 500 sustains September breakout – MarketWatch” with publication date: September 10, 2019.

Analysts await MobileIron, Inc. (NASDAQ:MOBL) to report earnings on October, 29. They expect $-0.06 EPS, up 14.29% or $0.01 from last year’s $-0.07 per share. After $-0.12 actual EPS reported by MobileIron, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -50.00% EPS growth.

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Growth Equity Firm Norwest Invests in Rapidly Growing Activewear Brand Vuori

PALO ALTO, Calif: Norwest Venture Partners announced today that it has made a growth equity investment in Vuori, a leading performance apparel …

PALO ALTO, Calif: Norwest Venture Partners announced today that it has made a growth equity investment in Vuori, a leading performance apparel brand based in Encinitas, California.

Vuori is profitable and has experienced rapid growth since its founding in 2015. Jon Kossow, Managing Partner at Norwest, will join Vuori’s board of directors as part of this meaningful minority investment.

Vuori joins other consumer companies in Norwest’s portfolio including Birdies, Casper Sleep, Grove Collaborative, Jolyn, Kendra Scott, Madison Reed, and Topo Athletic, and aligns with the firm’s strategy of investing in direct-to-consumer and omni-channel brands. Norwest will secure a minority stake in Vuori as part of the deal.

Joe Kudla, Vuori’s founder and CEO, first saw the opportunity to launch the company while living in San Diego. A lifelong athlete, Kudla was engaging in outdoor fitness activities such as hiking, yoga, running, and mountain biking. At the time, he was continually searching for the appropriate clothing to suit his own athletic endeavors, but found himself dissatisfied with the limited options available in the market.

Through his own experience, Kudla became aware of the massive vacancy for a brand that genuinely catered to the men’s athletic market. In 2015, Kudla launched Vuori’s first collection of men’s athletic apparel that was designed to move and sweat in, but styled for everyday life. Thanks to Vuori’s innovative fabrics and sleek, eye-catching designs, Kudla and his team were soon in business with reputable retail partners including REI, Nordstrom, Equinox, and Core Power Yoga. Today, Vuori offers products for men and women alike, each item meticulously designed with a new perspective on performance apparel that seamlessly transitions from physical activity to leisure and beyond.

As devoted customers, it was apparent to us that Vuori had built versatile products with tremendous energy and soul, said Jon Kossow, managing partner at Norwest. This is exactly the type of positive brand experience we search for in our consumer investments, and we look forward to supporting Joe and the team as they continue to bring new products to market and delight their customers.

Since launching Vuori, we’ve added so many incredible team members to our community, all of them completely aligned with our mission to deliver the best activewear in the market, said Joe Kudla, founder and CEO at Vuori. From our employees, to our retail partners, to the folks who drop by our stores just to say hello, starting this business has been a team effort since day one. We are thrilled that our team is further expanding to include Norwest, and look forward to what our partnership will bring.

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