Snapchat IPO chatter. Yahoo sell price. Online food delivery IPO.


In HBO’s new series Westworld, flesh-and-blood robots called "hosts" entertain humans in a Wild West-themed amusement park. 

In real life, bots on our phones remind us not to forget the milk or next week’s dentist appointment for the root canal. 

Both Samsung and Google made moves in AI this week. First, Google unveiled its Pixel phone, which will be the exclusive phone with a new AI, Google Assistant, built in. Later in the week, Samsung announced its purchase of virtual assistant platform Viv Labs, which had raised $30M in funding and was started by the team behind Apple’s Siri (see This Week In Data, below). 

The Viv acquisition was also the 42nd acquisition this year of a private AI company, according to our new analysis. 

At this rate there won’t be any respectable AI companies left to grab in a few months. 

Have a nice weekend.


The Week In Data

  • $0: The difference in price between the entry-level models of Google’s new Pixel phone announced this week and the recently announced iPhone 7. Google’s foray into the high-end smartphone market was widely perceived as a direct attack on Apple and a blow to Samsung’s smartphones (which carry Google’s Android OS), since the Pixel will have exclusives like a built-in AI, Google Assistant. Later in the week, Samsung announced that it would acquire Viv Labs — which develops a virtual assistant.

  • $1B: The rumored cost of the discount that Verizon is demanding to acquire Yahoo, after Yahoo suffered a massive data hack. Verizon had previously offered $4.8B for Yahoo. 

  • $25B: The Wall Street Journal reported that Snapchat is considering an IPO in 2017 that would value the company at $25B or more. While the reports are still vague and the path to an IPO always uncertain, an IPO of that magnitude would be the biggest VC-backed IPO in tech since Alibaba.
  • 2M: Google has now driven more than 2 million fully-autonomous miles on public roads. The first million took 6 years to drive, but the following million took just 16 months. Still, that is not be nearly enough to validate driverless cars. Autonomous driving is one of the technologies behind a flurry of auto tech deals, which we are tracking in our new Auto Tech Deals Tracker.

  • ~ $400: The cost of Kirobo, Toyota's mini-robot that is meant to serve as a conversation partner. Fuminori Kataoka, Toyota's chief design engineer, says the robot is meant to create an emotional connection with users through childlike traits such as wobbling and speaking with a babyish, high-pitched voice.
  • 8 years: Virginia-based candy company Mars Inc., one of the largest privately-held companies in the world, announced its plans to take full control of Wrigley. Since Mars acquired Wrigley 8 years ago in 2008, Berkshire Hathaway has held a minority stake in Wrigley. As a result of the buyout, the company will be known as Mars Wrigley Confectionary.
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Mosaic Momentum Alerts

These startups saw the biggest uptick in their Mosaic momentum scores in the last week. 

The CB Insights Mosaic algorithm is a National Science Foundation-backed score that tracks the health of private companies using public data.

1. Tapingo+200
Tapingo is a mobile shopping platform. Investors include Carmel Ventures and Khosla Ventures.

2. Planview+190
Planview provides portfolio management and project collaboration services. Investors include Insight Venture Partners and Apax Partners.

3. Ionic Security+160
Ionic Security, formerly Social Fortress, provides a data protection and control platform.

4. Figma+150
Figma has developed an online tool specifically for interface design. Investors include Greylock Partners and Index Ventures.

5. Gigster+140
Gigster is a smart software development service combining developers and designers with AI.

6. Tracx+140
Tracx is a social enterprise platform. Investors include Edison Partners and Flybridge Capital Partners.

7. LucidWorks+120 
LucidWorks, formerly Lucid Imagination, provides companies with the capabilities to create search and data applications.

8. Integrate+110
Integrate is an advertising technology provider that allows media buyers to plan, launch, analyze, and optimize marketing campaigns across performance, digital, and traditional media.

9. Ringly+90
Ringly is a NY-based company offering embedded hardware and software. The company aims to solve the recurring problem of missed calls and texts with its line of smart jewelry.

10. Netsertive+90
Netsertive automates localized digital advertising and channel marketing solutions, leveraging online search, online display, social media, and mobile platforms.
The Week's Top Deals

We tracked over 654 deals this past week. Here's the top 10. Run this search on CB Insights to see them all. 
1. RIMOWA sells majority stake for $716M
The Germany-based luggage maker known for its aluminum suitcase (a supposed favorite among celebrities such as Kim Kardashian) was bought by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton. Trailing Samonite, the deal makes LVMH the second-largest luggage maker, with roughly 6.5% of the global market. 

2. raises $368M at IPO
The Netherlands-based online food delivery marketplace had last raised a $103M Series B from Prime Ventures and Macquarie Capital Alliance Group.

3. Nutanix raises $238M at IPO
The San Jose, California-based virtualization platform went public at a $2.2B valuation. Nutanix raised more than $300 million from investors who included Lightspeed Venture Partners, Goldman Sachs, Khosla Ventures, and Blumberg Capital, among others.

4. TVS Logistics Services raises $180M Private Equity round
The India-based logistics solutions provider company raised from Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec.

5. Payoneer raises $180M Growth Equity round
The New York City-based payment services provider raised from Susquehanna Growth Equity and Technology Crossover Ventures.

6. Coupa Software raises $133M at IPO
The enterprise cloud solutions company went public at a $877M valuation, and has already seen its market cap lifted to more than $1.5B. Private backers included Battery Ventures, El Dorado Ventures, and BlueRun Ventures, among others. 

7. Mobike raises $100M Series C round
The China-based bike sharing service raised from Hillhouse Capital Management, Sequoia Capital China, and Warburg Pincus.

8. Carrick Therapeutics raises $95M Series A round
The Ireland-based cancer therapeutics company raised from ARCH Venture Partners, Cambridge Enterprise Seed Funds, Cambridge Innovation Capital, Evotec, Google Ventures, Lightstone Ventures, and Woodford Investment Managment.

9. GoEuro raises $70M Series C round
The Germany-based travel search platform raised from Atomico, Battery Ventures, Goldman Sachs, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Lakestar, New Enterprise Associates, and Silver Lake.

10. Saldum Ventures raises $56M Series A round
The Spain-based company operates several e-commerce brands (including Hawkers and Miss Hamptons) and raised from angels Felix Ruiz and Hugo Arevalo.
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