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I will be mostly networking for 90 days and will share my raw experience via Social Media #networking90days (referrals to just giving me a company name or owners name is welcome)!

Text me at 858-869-9483 anytime and let us setup online 15 minute meeting or two day retreat in SoCal or DC about industries and companies!

My focus is on private companies with $5 million plus EBITDA!  However, just finding great people that like to network and provide referrals is great!

Happy Investing & Networking,

JD Morris

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2017 in Government IT is going to be huge!

According to a recent Bloomberg Government report, nine of the top 20 Federal contract opportunities in fiscal 2017 will be professional services-related, with those nine contracts representing a combined ceiling value of nearly $142 billion.  The largest of these contract vehicles, OASIS and Seaport-NG, together account for more than $110 billion in potential spending.  The report noted that there should be at least one more set-aside on-ramp expected for OASIS in 2017, and that the General Services Administration (“GSA”) “will likely face pressure to allow more small businesses into the program.”  These contracts will be used to procure a variety of Federal support services, including consulting, logistics, engineering, and financial services.

If you are thinking of buying, selling, or organic growth, let us setup a two day strategy meeting with experts!

Happy Networking and Investing,

JD Morris


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The Unicorn List

CB Unicorn

Total Number of Unicorn Companies: 170

Total Cumulative Valuation: $620B

I would enjoy speaking to people about trying to make a unicorn!  VC backed, LBO, MBO, or M&A unicorn as I believe!  Text and call JD anytime at 858-869-9483 as 170 companies = “if you do not play, you can not win!”

Here is a list of of recent top Unicorns!


Company              Value                 Date Joined         Country            Type                    Key Investors

Uber $68 8/23/2013 United States On-Demand Lowercase Capital, Benchmark Capital, Google Ventures
Xiaomi $46 12/21/2011 China Hardware Digital Sky Technologies, QiMing Venture Partners, Qualcomm Ventures
Didi Chuxing $36 12/31/2014 China On-Demand Matrix Partners, Tiger Global Management, Softbank Corp.,
Airbnb $30 7/26/2011 United States eCommerce/Marketplace General Catalyst Partners, Andreessen Horowitz, ENIAC Ventures
Palantir Technologies $20 5/5/2011 United States Big Data RRE Ventures, Founders Fund, In-Q-Tel $18.5 12/26/2014 China Fintech Ping An Insurance CDH Investments, Bank of China
China Internet Plus Holding $18 12/22/2015 China eCommerce/Marketplace DST Global, Trustbridge Partners, Capital Today
Snapchat $18 12/11/2013 United States Social Benchmark Capital, General Catalyst Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners
WeWork $16 2/3/2014 United States Facilities T. Rowe Price, Benchmark Capital, Wellington Management
Flipkart $16 8/6/2012 India eCommerce/Marketplace Accel Partners, Digital Sky Technologies, Iconiq Capital
SpaceX $12 12/1/2012 United States Other Transportation Founders Fund, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Rothenberg Ventures
Pinterest $11 5/19/2012 United States Social Andreessen Horowitz, Bessemer Venture Partners, Firstmark Capital
Dropbox $10 10/5/2011 United States Internet Software & Services Accel Partners, Greylock Partners, Index Ventures
DJI Innovations $10 5/6/2015 China Hardware Accel Partners, Sequoia Capital
Spotify $8.53 6/17/2011 Sweden Internet Software & Services Horizons Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, Technology Crossover Ventures
Zhong An Insurance $8 6/11/2015 China Fintech SAIF partners, CDH Investments, Morgan Stanley
Snapdeal $7 5/21/2014 India eCommerce/Marketplace Intel Capital, Kalaari Capital, Nexus Venture Partners
Lianjia $6.2 4/8/2016 China eCommerce/Marketplace Tencent, Baidu, Huasheng Capital
Lyft $5.5 3/12/2015 United States On-Demand Founders Fund, Mayfield Fund, Floodgate
Intarcia Therapeutics $5.5 4/1/2014 United States Healthcare New Enterprise Associates, New Leaf Venture Partners, Charter Venture Capital
Stripe $5 1/23/2014 United States Fintech Khosla Ventures, Lowercase Capital, Redpoint Ventures
Olacabs $5 10/27/2014 India On-Demand Accel Partners, Matrix Partners, Sequoia Capital
Coupang $5 5/28/2014 South Korea eCommerce/Marketplace Sequoia Capital, Founder Collective, Wellington Management $4.5 8/28/2015 China On-Demand Sequoia Capital China, GSR Ventures, Horizons Ventures
Magic Leap $4.5 10/21/2014 United States VR/AR Obvious Ventures, Qualcomm Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz
Cloudera $4.1 3/18/2014 United States Big Data Greylock Partners, Ignition Partners, Google Ventures
Yello Mobile $4 11/11/2014 South Korea Mobile Software & Services Formation 8
Vice Media $4 8/17/2013 United States Media Technology Crossover Ventures, A&E Television Networks
One97 Communications (Paytm) $4 5/12/2015 India Fintech Intel Capital, Sapphire Ventures, Alibaba Group
Social Finance $4 2/3/2015 United States Fintech Baseline Ventures, Doll Capital Management, Institutional Venture Partners
Slack Technologies $3.8 10/31/2014 United States Internet Software & Services Google Ventures, Institutional Venture Partners, Index Ventures
Garena $3.75 3/15/2015 Singapore Mobile Software & Services Keytone Ventures, Khazanah Nasional Berhad, General Atlantic
Tanium $3.5 3/31/2015 United States Cybersecurity Andreessen Horowitz, Nor-Cal Invest
Credit Karma $3.5 9/29/2014 United States Fintech Felicis Ventures, SV Angel, Founders Fund
Delivery Hero $3.1 11/3/2014 Germany eCommerce/Marketplace Rocket Internet, Phenomen Ventures, Insight Venture Partners
Fanatics $3.1 6/6/2012 United States eCommerce/Marketplace Insight Venture Partners, Andreessen Horowitz, Temasek Holdings
VANCL $3 12/14/2010 China eCommerce/Marketplace Ceyuan Ventures, QiMing Venture Partners, Temasek Holdings
DocuSign $3 3/4/2014 United States Internet Software & Services Accel Partners, Bessemer Venture Partners, Ignition Partners
Moderna $3 12/19/2014 United States Healthcare Flagship Ventures, Invus Group, Wellington Management
ContextLogic (dba. Wish) $3 5/18/2015 United States eCommerce/Marketplace Founders Fund, GGV Capital, Digital Sky Technologies
Hellofresh $2.9 9/17/2015 Germany eCommerce/Marketplace Rocket Internet, Phenomen Ventures, Insight Venture Partners
Pivotal $2.8 4/24/2013 Germany Internet Software & Services Rocket Internet, Phenomen Ventures, Insight Venture Partners
Oscar Health Insurance Co. $2.7 4/20/2015 United States Healthcare BoxGroup, Formation8, Khosla Ventures
Bloom Energy $2.7 3/6/2009 United States Greentech Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, ATEL Ventures, DAG Ventures
Mozido $2.39 10/22/2014 United States Fin Tech Wellington Management, TomorrowVentures, Mastercard Worldwide
Adyen $2.3 12/16/2014 Netherlands Fintech Felicis Ventures, Index Ventures, Temasek Holdings
Houzz $2.3 9/30/2014 United States eCommerce/Marketplace New Enterprise Associates, Sequoia Capital, Comcast Ventures
Klarna $2.25 12/12/2011 Sweden Fintech Institutional Venture Partners, Sequoia Capital, General Atlantic
SurveyMonkey $2 12/14/2011 United States Internet Software & Services The Social+Capital Partnership, TPG Capital, Google Capital
Evernote $2 5/24/2012 United States Internet Software & Services Salesforce Ventures, Morgenthaler Ventures, New Enterprise Associates
Zenefits $2 5/6/2015 United States Fintech SV Angel, Institutional Venture Partners, Venrock
Greensky $2 10/22/2015 United States Fintech DST Global, QED Investors, TPG Capital
Avant $2 9/30/2015 United States Fintech RRE Ventures, Tiger Global, August Capital
Nutanix $2 1/14/2014 United States Big Data Battery Ventures, Khosla Ventures, Wellington Management
Github $2 7/30/2015 United States Internet Software & Services Sequoia Capital, Thrive Capital, SV Angel
Meitu $2 6/30/2014 China Social QiMing Venture Partners, Innovation Works
Domo Technologies $2 4/8/2015 United States Big Data Institutional Venture Partners, Benchmark Capital, Founders Fund
Trendy Group International $2 2/13/2012 China Clothing & Accessories L Capital Partners
Weiying $2 11/17/2015 United States eCommerce/Marketplace Tencent, iDreamSky Technology, GGV Capital
Instacart $2 12/30/2014 United States On-Demand Khosla Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Collaborative Fund
Blue Apron $2 6/9/2015 United States eCommerce/Marketplace Bessemer Venture Partners, First Round Capital, BoxGroup
Prosper Marketplace $1.9 4/8/2015 United States Fintech Accel Partners, DAG Ventures, Draper Fisher Jurvetson
AppDynamics $1.9 7/22/2014 United States Big Data Battery Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Institutional Venture Partners
Zocdoc $1.8 8/20/2015 United States Healthcare Founders Fund, Khosla Ventures, Goldman Sachs
Sprinklr $1.8 3/31/2015 United States Internet Software & Services Azure Capital Partners, Battery Ventures, Intel Capital
GrabTaxi $1.8 12/4/2014 Singapore On-Demand GGV Capital, Vertex Venture Holdings, Softbank Corp.
CJ Games $1.79 3/26/2014 South Korea Gaming Tencent
The Honest Company $1.7 8/13/2015 United States eCommerce/Marketplace General Catalyst Partners, Iconiq Capital, Lightspeed Venture Partners
CureVac $1.65 03/05/2015 Germany Healthcare Northview Ventures, dievini Hopp BioTech Holding & Co.m Baillie Gifford & Co.
MongoDB $1.6 10/4/2013 United States Big Data Intel Capital, Salesforce Ventures, Union Square Ventures
BlaBlaCar $1.6 9/16/2015 France On-Demand Accel Partners, Index Ventures, Insight Venture Partners
Skyscanner $1.6 1/12/2016 Scotland Internet Software & Services Sequoia Capital, Scottish Equity Partners, Yahoo $1.5 4/28/2014 United States Big Data Microsoft Ventures, US Venture Partners, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Mu Sigma $1.5 2/7/2013 United States Big Data Sequoia Capital, General Atlantic
Jawbone $1.5 7/13/2011 United States Hardware Mayfield Fund, Khosla Ventures, T-Venture
GuaHao $1.5 9/22/2015 China Healthcare Tencent, Morningside Group
Farfetch $1.5 3/4/2015 United Kingdom eCommerce/Marketplace Advent Venture Partners, Index Ventures,
Razer $1.5 10/15/2014 United States Hardware Accel Partners, Intel Capital
MuleSoft $1.5 5/19/2015 United States Internet Software & Services New Enterprise Associates, Sapphire Ventures, Salesforce Ventures
Buzzfeed $1.5 8/18/2015 United States Media SV Angel, RRE Ventures, New Enterprise Associates
ironSource $1.5 8/11/2014 Israel Mobile Software & Services Access Industries, Clal Industries and Investments
Unity Technologies $1.5 7/13/2016 United States Gaming Sequoia Capital, iGlobe Partners, DFJ Growth
Koudai Gouwu $1.4 10/23/2014 China eCommerce/Marketplace New Enterprise Associates, Tiger Global management, Tencent
Hike $1.4 8/16/2016 India Social Foxconn, Tiger Global management, Tencent
DraftKings $1.35 7/26/2015 United States Internet Software & Services Accomplice, GGV Capital, Redpoint Ventures
Deem $1.35 11/15/2011 United States Big Data Empire Ventures, Foundational Capital, Oak Investment Partners
Thumbtack $1.3 9/29/2015 United States eCommerce/Marketplace Tiger Global, Sequoia Capital, Google Capital
Go-Jek $1.3 8/4/2016 Indonesia On-Demand Formation Group, Sequoia Capital India, Warburg Pincus
Appnexus $1.2 8/18/2014 United States Adtech Khosla Ventures, Technology Crossover Ventures, Tribeca Venture Partners
Warby Parker $1.2 4/30/2015 United States eCommerce/Marketplace BoxGroup, Felicis Ventures, First Round Capital
Auto1 Group $1.2 8/3/2015 Germany eCommerce/Marketplace Digital Sky Technologies, Piton Capital, DN Capital
Human Longevity $1.2 4/5/2016 United States Healthcare Celgene, GE Ventures, Draper Fisher Jurvetson
Infinidat $1.2 4/29/2015 Israel Hardware TPG Growth
Okta $1.2 9/8/2015 United States Cybersecurity Andreessen Horowitz, Floodgate, Sequoia Capital
Automattic $1.16 5/27/2013 United States Internet Software & Services Insight Venture Partners, Lowercase Capital, Polaris Partners
Global Fashion Group $1.13 4/8/2015 Luxembourg eCommerce/Marketplace Access Industries, Rocket Internet, Tengelmann Ventures
Shopclues $1.1 1/12/2016 India eCommerce/Marketplace Nexus Venture Partners, GIC Special Investments, Tiger Global Management
Uptake $1.1 10/27/2015 United States Big Data GreatPoint Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, Caterpillar
Proteus Digital Health $1.1 6/2/2014 United States Healthcare Novartis, Essex Woodlands, The Carlyle Group
Actifio $1.1 3/24/2014 United States Big Data Greylock Partners, North Bridge Venture Partners, Technology Crossover Ventures
TangoMe $1.1 3/20/2014 United States Social Draper Fisher Jurtson, Qualcomm Ventures, Alibaba Group
Nextdoor $1.1 3/4/2015 United States Social Benchmark Capital, DAG Ventures, Insight Venture Partners
TransferWise $1.1 1/26/2015 United Kingdom Fintech IA Ventures, Index Ventures, SV Angel
23andMe $1.1 7/3/2015 United States Healthcare Google Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, MPM Capital
Anaplan $1.09 1/14/2016 United States Internet Software & Services Shasta Ventures, Granite Ventures, DFJ Growth Fund
Jiuxian $1.05 7/30/2015 China eCommerce/Marketplace Sequoia Capital China, Rich Land Capital, Merrysunny Wealth
Africa Internet Group $1.04 2/8/2016 Nigeria eCommerce/Marketplace AXA
AppDirect $1.04 10/7/2015 United States Internet Software & Services Foundry Group, iNovia Capital, StarVest Partners
Home24 $1.03 6/1/2015 Germany eCommerce/Marketplace Rocket Internet, JP Morgan Chase & Co.
Udacity $1 11/11/2015 United States Internet Software & Services Andreessen Horowitz, CRV, Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments
Xuanyixia $1 11/24/2015 China Social Sequoia Capital China, Sina Weibo, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Redpoint Ventures
Medallia $1 7/21/2015 United States Internet Software & Services Sequoia Capital
Shazam $1 1/20/2015 United Kingdom Mobile Software & Services IDG Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Buran Venture Capital
Apus Group $1 1/16/2015 China Mobile Software & Services Redpoint Ventures, QiMing Venture Partners, Chengwei Capital
Docker $1 4/14/2015 United States Internet Software & Services Greylock Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Lowercase Capital
CloudFlare $1 12/1/2012 United States Cybersecurity New Enterprise Associates, Pelion Venture Partners, Union Square Ventures
Eventbrite $1 3/13/2014 United States eCommerce/Marketplace Sequoia Capital, SoftTech VC, Tiger Global Management
Lookout $1 8/13/2014 United States Cybersecurity Accel Partners, Greylock Partners, Lowercase Capital
SimpliVity $1 3/10/2015 United States Big Data Accel Partners, Swisscom Ventures, Meritech Capital Partners
Hootsuite $1 9/25/2014 Canada Internet Software & Services Accel Partners, OMERS Ventures, Insight Venture Partners
Kabam $1 8/1/2014 United States Gaming Intel Capital, Redpoint Ventures, Pinnacle Ventures
Funding Circle $1 4/23/2015 United Kingdom Fintech Accel Partners, Index Ventures, Ribbit Capital
Tujia $1 6/17/2015 China eCommerce/Marketplace GGV Capital, QiMing Venture Partnersl
China Rapid Finance $1 7/29/2015 China Fintech Broadline Capital, UBS
Fanli $1 4/20/2015 China eCommerce/Marketplace QiMing Venture Partners, Steam boat Ventures
Zomato Media $1 4/10/2015 India Social Sequoia Capital, VY Capital
JustFab $1 8/29/2014 United States eCommerce/Marketplace Matrix Partners, Passport Capital, Rho Ventures
Qualtrics $1 9/24/2014 United States Big Data Accel Partners, Insight Venture Partners, Sequoia Capital
Mogujie $1 6/6/2014 China Social IDG Capital Partners, QiMing Venture Partners, Banyan Capital
Illumio $1 4/14/2014 United States Cybersecurity Data Collective, Formation 8, General Catalyst Partners
BeiBei $1 1/22/2015 China eCommerce/Marketplace Banyan Capital, New Horizon Capital, IDG Capital Partners
Panshi $1 5/5/2015 China Adtech WI Harper Group, Fang Fund Partners, NewMarging Ventures
Pluralsight $1 8/27/2014 United States Internet Software & Services Felicis Ventures, Iconiq Capital, Insight Venture Partners
InMobi $1 12/2/2014 Singapore Adtech Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Softbank Corp., Sherpalo Ventures $1 5/6/2015 China eCommerce/Marketplace Morningside Group, GGV Capital, Banyan Capital
AVAST Software $1 2/5/2014 Czech Republic Cybersecurity Summit Partners, CVC Capital Partners
MarkLogic $1 5/12/2015 United States Big Data Sequoia Capital, Tenaya Capital, Northgate Capital
Coupa Software $1 6/1/2015 United States Fintech Battery Ventures, Iconiq Capital, T. Rowe Price
Fanduel $1 7/14/2015 United States Internet Software & Services Pentech Ventures, Bullpen Capital, KKR
Zeta Interactive $1 7/15/2015 United States Internet Software & Services GSO Capital Partners, Franklin Square
Zscaler $1 8/3/2015 United States Cybersecurity TPG Growth, Lightspeed Venture Partners
Vox Media $1 8/12/2015 United States Media Accel Partners, Comcast Ventures, General Atlantic
Kik Interactive $1 8/18/2015 Canada Social Union Square Ventures, RRE Ventures, Spark Capital
Decolar $1 3/10/2015 Argentina Internet Software & Services Sequoia Capital, TPG capital, Accel Partners
Carbon3D $1 8/20/2015 United States Hardware Google Ventures, Sequoia Capital, Wakefield Group
Apttus $1 9/1/2015 United States Internet Software & Services Iconiq Capital, K1 Capital, Salesforce Ventures
Kabbage $1 10/14/2015 United States Fintech BlueRun Ventures, SV Angel, Mohr Davidow Ventures
Datto $1 11/17/2015 United States Hardware Technology Crossover Ventures, General Catalyst Partners
TutorGroup $1 11/18/2015 China Ed Tech QiMing Venture Partners, Temasek Holdings, Silverlink Capital
Gusto $1 12/18/2015 United States Fintech General Catalyst Partners, Google Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Zhangyue $1 1/4/2016 China Hardware Guo Jin Capital, Alpha Animation & Culture
Dada $1 12/31/2015 China eCommerce Sequoia Capital China, DST, Greenwoods Asset Management
Rong360 $1 10/12/2015 China Fintech Sequoia Capital China, Sailing Capital, Star VC
ForeScout $1 12/9/2015 United States Cybersecurity Wellington Management, Accel Partners, Intel Capital
MindMaze $1 2/17/2016 Switzerland VR/AR Hinduja Group
Souq $1 2/29/2016 United Arab Emirates eCommerce/Marketplace Tiger Global Management, Naspers, Baillie Gifford & Co.
Mercari $1 3/2/2016 Japan eCommerce/Marketplace East Ventures, Global Brain Corporation, ITOCHU Technology Ventures $1 9/8/2015 China eCommerce/Marketplace Sequoia Capital China, ZhenFund, K2 Ventures
Xiaohongshu $1 3/31/2016 China eCommerce/Marketplace GGV Capital, ZhenFund, Tencent
Icarbonx $1 4/12/2016 China Healthcare Tencent, Vcanbio
Age of Learning $1 5/3/2016 United States Edtech Iconiq Capital
Zoox $1 5/27/2016 United States Auto Tech AID Partners, Draper Fisher Jurvetson
Glassdoor $1 6/3/2016 United States Internet Software & Services T. Rowe Price, Battery Ventures, Tiger Global Management
Cylance $1 6/8/2016 United States Cybersecurity In-Q-Tel, Dell Ventures, Blackstone Group
SMS Assist $1 6/13/2016 United States Internet Software & Services Goldman Sachs, Insights Venture Partners, Pritzker Group Venture Capital
Stratified Medical $1 6/2/2015 United Kingdom Healthcare Woodford Investment Management
Mofang Gongyu $1 4/13/2016 China Facilities Warburg Pincus, Aviation Industry Corporation of China
Liepin $1 6/28/2016 China Internet Software & Services Matrix Partners China, Warburg Pincus, China Mobile
UBTECH Robotics $1 7/26/2016 China Robotics CDH Investments, Goldstone Investments, Qiming Venture Partners
Deliveroo $1 8/5/2016 United Kingdom On-Demand Index, DST Global, Accel Partners

Happy Networking and Investing,

JD Morris

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VC Day with the case of two Venture Capital firms and our “venture capital pipeline” vs. the normal PEG pipeline


The case of two Venture Capital firms!  Thrive Capital has less than 25 words on their website, but all you have to say in referrals and networking!

Here is what they say on their website: “Thrive Capital is a venture capital investment firm focused on internet and software investments.” Use this URL to see almost nothing:

On the other hand, the fund “Union Square Ventures” does what I love!  Blog, Social Media, and more!  See fun VC website via this URL:

I think both are amazing based on results!  However, what does each website say about the leadership?


• Avelas Biosciences Inc., a San Diego-based developer of targeted cancer therapeutics, has raised $20 million in Series C funding. Pharmstandard International led the round, and was joined by Ervington Investments, Alexandria Venture Investments and return backers Avalon Ventures, Bregua Corp. and WuXi Healthcare Ventures.

• DriveTribe, a London-based digital media platform focused on “motoring and adventure,” has raised $5.5 million in Series A funding. Breyer Capital led the round and was joined by Atomico and individual angels.

• Happify, a New York-based provider of emotional wellbeing and mental health software, has raised $5 million in VC funding from Marketplace Fund II and Hills Capital.

• InsiteVR, a provider of virtual reality-based modeling solutions for architects, has raised $1.5 million in seed funding. Backers include Y Combinator, CyberAgent Ventures, GREE VR Fund and individual angels.

• Instavest, a social investing platform, has raised $1.7 million in seed funding from backers like Y Combinator and Cherubic Ventures.

• ID Experts, a Portland, Ore.-based provider of software and services for cyber breach and identity fraud protection, has raised $27.5 million in new VC funding.Peloton Equity and Trident Capital Cybersecurity co-led the round, and were joined by return backers BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners and the Sandbox Advantage Fund.

• Netlify, a startup for building, deploying and hosting static sites or apps that is integrated with GitHub, has raised $2.1 million in VC funding from Bloomberg Beta and Tank Hill Ventures.

• NextHealth, a Denver-based healthcare analytics platform aimed at reducing costs for insurers, has raised $8.5 million in Series A funding from Norwest Venture Partners.

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• Virtru, a San Francisco-based provider of encryption and data protection solutions, has raised $29 million in Series A funding. Bessemer Venture Partners led the round, and was joined by NEA, Soros Fund Management, Haystack Partners, Quadrant Capital Advisors and Blue Delta Capital.

• VUV Analytics Inc., an Austin, Texas-based developer of vacuum ultraviolet absorption spectroscopy, has raised $6.5 million in Series B funding. New Science Ventures led the round, and was joined by S3 Ventures.

• ZeroCater, a San Francisco-based corporate catering startup, has raised $4.1 million in new VC funding from Romulus Capital and Struck Capital. The deal was done at a valuation north of $100 million.

Information provide by Associated Press, CB Insight, Crunchbase, Forbes, Market Watch, Reuters, and other sources.  Please check company website for best information.

Contact JD Morris anytime via text 858-869-9483 about $4 million plus EBITDA deals.  Our network of deal people can do billion dollar to just few million dollar M&A deals.

Happy Networking,

JD Morris

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PEG Pipeline and Telecom

TPG Capital has agreed to acquire regional broadband services providers RCN Telecom Services and Grande Communications Networks from ABRY Partners, via a pair of separate transactions valued at $1.6 billion and $650 million, respectively.

I have been very luck to help some top telecom executive over last past few decades and yes I can now say decades with an “S” on the end.  From early mobile, long distance, satellite, and apps are the big hit or miss.  If you own an early stage app company or better yet a EBITDA telecom company, contact me at +1 858-869-9483 anytime.

Telecom Bloomberg


• Advent International has agreed to acquire Fort Dearborn Co., an Elk Grove, Ill.-based provider of prime labels for the consumer goods industry, from KRG Capital Partners. No financial terms were disclosed, although earlier media reports suggested an $800 million price-tag. Losing bidders included The Carlyle Group and CCMP Capital Partners.

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• Aclara Technologies LLC, a Hazelwood, Mo.-based portfolio company of Sun Capital Partners, has acquired the smart grid business of Tollgrade Communications Inc., a Cranberry Township, Penn.-based portfolio company ofGolden Gate Capital. No financial terms were disclosed.

• Axiom Materials, a Santa Ana, Calif.-based provider of composites development and manufacturing, has secured an undisclosed amount of private equity funding from Sorenson Capital.

• The Carlyle Group has agreed to acquire NetMotion Wireless Inc., a Seattle-based provider of mobile security software, from Clearlake Capital Group. No financial terms were disclosed for the deal, which is expected to close later this quarter.

• Davalor Mold Corp., a Chesterfield, Mich.-based manufacturer of injection molded plastic products, has raised an undisclosed amount of private equity funding from Blackford Capital.

• KKR is considering a takeover offer for Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE: ETO), a British television distributor that owns preschool cartoon Peppa Pig, according toBloomberg. The possible approach comes after Entertainment One rejected a bid from ITV PLC (LSE: ITV). Entertainment One has a current market cap just north of £1 billion.


• Norland Capital, Iconiq Capital and RIT Capital Partners have jointly acquired CSL, a UK-based provider of connectivity solutions for machine-to-machine communications, from Bowmark Capital. No financial terms were disclosed.

• Oncap has agreed to acquire Tecta America Corp., a Rosemont, Ill.-based provider of commercial roofing services, from Oaktree Capital Management. The deal is valued at $280 million.

• Tall Tree Foods, a portfolio company of Altamont Capital Partners, has acquired The January Co., a Kent, Wash.-based manufacturer of Chinese-style meat products. No financial terms were disclosed.

• Topspin Partners has acquired a majority stake in Texas Family Fitness, an operator of fitness clubs in suburban Dallas, from founder Trevor Rogers (who will retain an ownership stake). No financial terms were disclosed. Going forward, the company will be led by new CEO Aaron Watkins, former president of Gold’s Gym International Inc.

TPG Capital has agreed to acquire regional broadband services providers RCN Telecom Services and Grande Communications Networks from ABRY Partners, via a pair of separate transactions valued at $1.6 billion and $650 million, respectively.

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• Trident Maritime Systems, a Virginia-based portfolio company of J.F. Lehman & Co., has agreed to acquire Callenberg Technology Group, a Swedish maker of HVAC, electrical energy management and insulation systems for commercial and government vessels, from Wilhelmsen Maritime Services AS. No financial terms were disclosed.

• Velodyne LiDAR, a Morgan Hill, Calif.-based provider of  technology that lets self-driving cars see and avoid what’s around them, has raised $150 million in equity funding from Ford Motor Co. and Baidu.

Information provide by Associated Press, CB Insight, Crunchbase, Forbes, Market Watch, Reuters, and other sources.  Please check company website for best information.

Contact JD Morris anytime via text 858-869-9483 about $4 million plus EBITDA deals.  Our network of deal people can do billion dollar down to just few million dollar M&A deals.

Happy Networking,

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PEG Pipeline and EBITDA Deals

We continue to focus on my goal of networking for 90 days ( #networking90days ) and are very thankful for all the amazing referrals.  Today focus is speaking to 3 beer companies and one government contractor.  Although not all deals are easy to fund, strong EBITDA as always makes the deal easier!

Happy Networking and now for PEG PIPELINE and JPG of the day!


Many investors in Cyber Security, but clear winners and breakout companies remain a gamble!  NEA, Intel Capital, and ACCEL Partners invest in many.

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Cal Net Technology Group, a Chatsworth, Calif. -based customer support services provider, will acquire inhouseIT, a provider of managed IT services in Orange County. Cal Net is a portfolio company of Boathouse Capital and Olympic Valley Capital.

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice is in talks to acquire Drive DeVilbiss, a Port Washington, N.Y.-based wheelchair manufacturer, for about $750 million, according to Reuters.

CVR Energy, a Texas-based refiner owned by Carl Icahn, is preparing an offer forDelek U.S. Holdings, a refiner in Arkansas and Texas, according to The New York Post. Read more.

FIMI is in advanced discussions to acquire the Israeli subsidiary of British security giant G4S, according to Haaretz. The deal could reportedly be valued at $104.9 million. Read more. 

First Reserve portfolio company Saddle Barnett Resources has agreed to acquire the interests of Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE: CHK) in the Barnett Shale operating area in North Texas.

Platinum Equity has agreed to acquire Electro Rent Corporation (NASDAQ: ELRC), a seller and renter of computing equipment, for about $382

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PAI Partners will acquire Roompot Vakanties, a Netherlands-based provider of recreation parks.

Stem, a provider of energy storage solutions based in Millbrae, Calif., has raised up to $100 million in financing from affiliates of Starwood Energy Group 

Valentus Specialty Chemicals, a portfolio company of Huron CapitalPartners, has acquired the wood floor finishes business of New Rochelle, N.Y.-based Paint Over Rust Products. No financial terms were disclosed.

Wellspring Capital Management is selling National Seating & Mobility, a provider of custom mobility, rehab, and adaptive seating systems based in Franklin, Tenn., to Court Square Capital Partners. Terms were not disclosed.

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Let us talk Beer! Well Beverage companies with EBITDA or the desire for an exit strategy!

Beer Market

Craft beer companies are hot and I am interested as well as some limited partners and private equity friends.  Green Flash was just an startup when I moved to San Diego and now the are number 49 nationwide in the US!  I have few industry experts at my fingertips and would enjoy speaking 15 minutes or 2 day strategy meeting in DC or SoCal!  The Brewers Association estimates that craft brands more than doubled their share of the $100 billion beer market, to 11%, in the past four years, while sales of mass-market beer stagnated.  In 2015, 19 craft-beer deals worth $13 billion were announced in the U.S., according to research firm Dealogic. AB InBev, MillerCoors, Constellation Brands, and Heineken—which together control 81% of the U.S. market—all announced deals.

And now for some raw data:

Top Craft Beer Company (Rank, Company, Location, State)

1 D. G. Yuengling and Son, Inc Pottsville PA
2 Boston Beer Co Boston MA
3 Sierra Nevada Brewing Co Chico CA
4 New Belgium Brewing Co Fort Collins CO
5 Gambrinus San Antonio TX
6 Lagunitas Brewing Co* Petaluma CA
7 Bell’s Brewery, Inc Comstock MI
8 Deschutes Brewery Bend OR
9 Minhas Craft Brewery Monroe WI
10 Stone Brewing Co Escondido CA
11 Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits* San Diego CA
12 Brooklyn Brewery Brooklyn NY
13 Firestone Walker Brewing Co Paso Robles CA
14 Oskar Blues Brewing Holding Co Longmont CO
15 Duvel Moortgat USA Kansas City & Cooperstown MO/NY
16 Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Milton DE
17 Matt Brewing Co Utica NY
18 SweetWater Brewing Co Atlanta GA
19 Harpoon Brewery Boston MA
20 New Glarus Brewing Co New Glarus WI
21 Great Lakes Brewing Co Cleveland OH
22 Alaskan Brewing Co Juneau AK
23 Abita Brewing Co Abita Springs LA
24 Anchor Brewing Co San Francisco CA
25 Stevens Point Brewery Co Stevens Point WI
26 Victory Brewing Co Downingtown PA
27 August Schell Brewing Co New Ulm MN
28 Long Trail Brewing Co Bridgewater Corners VT
29 Summit Brewing Co Saint Paul MN
30 Shipyard Brewing Co Portland ME
31 Full Sail Brewing Co Hood River OR
32 Odell Brewing Co Fort Collins CO
33 Southern Tier Brewing Co Lakewood NY
34 Rogue Ales Brewery Newport OR
35 21st Amendment Brewery Bay Area CA
36 Ninkasi Brewing Co Eugene OR
37 Flying Dog Brewery Frederick MD
38 Narragansett Brewing Co Providence RI
39 Left Hand Brewing Co Longmont CO
40 Uinta Brewing Co Salt Lake City UT
41 Green Flash Brewing Co San Diego CA
42 Allagash Brewing Co Portland ME
43 Lost Coast Brewery Eureka CA
44 Bear Republic Brewing Co Cloverdale CA
45 Troegs Brewing Co Hershey PA
46 Karl Strauss Brewing Co San Diego CA
47 Breckenridge Brewery* Littleton CO
48 North Coast Brewing Co Fort Bragg CA
49 Four Peaks Brewing Co* Tempe AZ
50 Revolution Brewing Co Chicago IL


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More great data on Ed Tech! 15 minute to 2 days strategy meetings!

Again, Love the Ed Tech space!  If I had to do one thing, it would be education!  If you are looking to be a Unicorn, contact JD Morris via text at +1 858-869-9483 anytime!  Look forward to learning with you!




The Ed Tech Company List
Company Select Investors Category
Coursera NEA, Learn Capital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Broad Online Learning Platforms Redpoint Ventures Broad Online Learning Platforms
Descomplica Social Capital, Valar Ventures, Valor Capital Group Broad Online Learning Platforms
Edukart 500 Startups Broad Online Learning Platforms
Khan Academy Google, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Broad Online Learning Platforms
Knewton Accel Partners, FirstMark Capital, Bessemer Venture Partners Broad Online Learning Platforms
Learnist Benchmark Capital, GSV Capital, Atlas Venture Broad Online Learning Platforms
PanOpen Kaplan Ventures, Zen Group Broad Online Learning Platforms
Popexpert BoxGroup, Learn Capital Broad Online Learning Platforms
Udemy Insight Venture Partners, MHS Capital, Norwest Venture Partners Broad Online Learning Platforms
Achieve3000 Insight Venture Partners Curriculum Production
Apex Learning Maveron, MK Capital, Kaplan Curriculum Production
Cengage Learning Undisclosed Curriculum Production
Kidaptive Menlo Ventures, Veddis Ventures, Formation 8 Early Childhood Education
Knowledge Adventure Azure Capital Partners, TeleSoft Partners, Random House Ventures Early Childhood Education
Speakaboos Advancit Capital, 212 Media Early Childhood Education
Tinkergarten 500 Startups, Omidyar Network, Blue Seed Collective Early Childhood Education
Tinybop KEC Ventures, Two Sigma Ventures Early Childhood Education
Tynker 500 Startups, NEA, GSV Capital Early Childhood Education
Declara Data Collective, Founders Fund, GSV Capital Enterprise Learning
Degreed Rethink Education, Signal Peak Ventures, Jump Capital Enterprise Learning
edCast Softbank Capital, Cervin Ventures Enterprise Learning
ExecOnline Dingman Center Angels, Kaplan Ventures Enterprise Learning
Grovo Learning Accel Partners, Costanoa Venture Capital, SoftTech VC Enterprise Learning
Inkling Systems Sequoia Capital, Tenaya Capital, Felicis Ventures Enterprise Learning
Kaltura 406 Ventures, Nexus Venture Partners Enterprise Learning
Lessonly Allos Ventures, High Alpha, OpenView Venture Partners Enterprise Learning
NovoEd Kapor Capital, Learn Capital, Foundation Capital Enterprise Learning
Qstream Launchpad Venture Group, FrontLine Ventures Enterprise Learning
51Talk DCM Ventures, Sequoia Capital China Language Learning
Babbel VC Fonds Technologie, Nokia Growth Partners Language Learning
Colingo 500 Startups, Atlas Venture, Social Leverage Language Learning
Duolingo NEA, Union Square Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Language Learning
HuJiang Baidu, China Minsheng Investment Language Learning
NoRedInk Social Capital, Rethink Education, Kapor Capital Language Learning
OkPanda 500 Startups, Kapor Capital, Innovation Endeavors Language Learning
Open English Flybridge Capital Partners, Kaszek Ventures Language Learning
TutorGroup Qiming Venture Partners, Alibaba Group Language Learning
17Zuoye Shunwei Capital Partners, Tiger Management Corp Learning Management Systems
Blackboard Providence Equity Partners, Aurora Funds Learning Management Systems
Brightwheel Crosslink Capital, Sherpa Capital Learning Management Systems
Civitas Learning Austin Ventures, Emergence Capital Partners Learning Management Systems
ClassDojo General Catalyst Partners, SoftTech VC, Reach Capital, Slow Ventures Learning Management Systems
Classkick Great Oaks Venture Capital, Kapor Capital Learning Management Systems
Desire2Learn NEA, OMERS Ventures Learning Management Systems
Echo360 Court Square Ventures, Softbank Capital, SCP Partners Learning Management Systems
Edmodo Learn Capital, Union Square Ventures, Greylock Partners, Benchmark Capital, NEA Learning Management Systems
eSpark 500 Startups, Learn Capital Learning Management Systems
EverFi NEA, TomorrowVentures, Rethink Education Learning Management Systems
Flat World Bessemer Venture Partners, Tribeca Venture Partners Learning Management Systems
FreshGrade Accel Partners, Social Capital, NewSchools Venture Fund Learning Management Systems
HotChalk Berg & Berg Enterprises, McGraw-Hill Ventures Learning Management Systems
LearnZillion DCM Ventures, Learn Capital, O’Reilly Alpha Tech Ventures Learning Management Systems
MasteryConnect Catamount Ventures, Learn Capital Learning Management Systems
Nearpod Reach Capital, New Schools Venture Fund Learning Management Systems
Phoenix E-Learning Corporation TAL Education Group Learning Management Systems
PowerSchool Group Vista Equity Partners Learning Management Systems
Remind First Round Capital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Social Capital Learning Management Systems
Schoology FirstMark Capital, Meakem Becker Venture Capital Learning Management Systems
Schoolzilla Foundry Group, Kapor Capital Learning Management Systems
Top Hat iNovia Capital, SoftTech VC, Felicis Ventures Learning Management Systems
AltSchool First Round Capital, Harrison Metal, Learn Capital Next-Gen Schools
Quad Learning New Atlantic Ventures, NEA Next-Gen Schools
The Minerva Project Benchmark Capital, TAL Education Group Next-Gen Schools
UniversityNow Kapor Capital, University Ventures, Floodgate Next-Gen Schools
Agnitus Innovation Endeavors, Social Capital Next-Gen Study Tools
Course Hero GSV Capital, Maveron Next-Gen Study Tools
Curriculet Kapor Capital, NewSchools Venture Fund Next-Gen Study Tools
Dreambox Owl Ventures, GSV Capital Next-Gen Study Tools
GoNoodle Chrysalis Ventures, Childrens Medical Center Next-Gen Study Tools
Kahoot Northzone Ventures Next-Gen Study Tools
Lumosity Harrison Metal, Menlo Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners Next-Gen Study Tools
Picmonic Tallwave Capital, Desert Angels Next-Gen Study Tools
WriteLab Kapor Capital, Learn Capital, Reach Capital Next-Gen Study Tools
Changingedu Sequoia Capital China, TAL Education Group Online to Offline
Gaosi Education JD Capital Management Online to Offline
Genshuixue Banyan Capital, QF Capital Online to Offline
Varsity Tutors Technology Crossover Ventures Online to Offline
WyzAnt Accel Partners Online to Offline
Yup Formation 8, Index Ventures Online to Offline
Allovue Rethink Education, Red House Education, Kapor Capital School Administration
BloomBoard Birchmere Ventures, Learn Capital School Administration
BrightBytes Rethink Education, Learn Capital,  Bessemer Venture Partners School Administration
Chalkable 500 Startups, Expansion VC School Administration
Clever Sequoia Capital, GSV Capital, Lightspeed Venture Partners School Administration
Everspring Carrick Capital Partners School Administration
Full Measure Education Bull City Venture Partners, Safeguard Scientifics School Administration
Parchment Novak Biddle Venture Partners, NewSchools Venture Fund School Administration
SchoolMint Fresco Capital, Crosslink Capital, Kapor Capital School Administration
AdmitSee Social Capital Search
Edunav Learn Capital, Opus Capital Search
GreatSchools NewSchools Venture Fund Search
Juesheng ChinaEquity Group Search
Bloc Shasta Ventures, First Round Capital, Learn Capital Tech Learning
CareerFoundry IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft Tech Learning
Codecademy Union Square Ventures, Index Ventures Tech Learning
Codecombat Andreessen Horowitz, Fenox Venture Capital, Third Kind Venture Capital Tech Learning
Codefights Felicis Ventures, Maiden Lane Ventures Tech Learning
CodeHS Kapor Capital, Learn Capital, NewSchools Venture Fund Tech Learning
Codementor Foundry Group, TMI, 500 Startups Tech Learning
General Assembly Maveron, Rethink Education, Learn Capital, GSV Capital Tech Learning
One Month Idea Bulb Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz Tech Learning
Pluralsight Insight Venture Partners Tech Learning
Udacity CRV, Andreessen Horowitz Tech Learning
BenchPrep Lightbank, NEA, Revolution Test Prep
Byju’s Sequoia Capital India Test Prep
Toppr Helion Venture Partners, SAIF Partners Test Prep
Xiaozhan Jiaoyu GGV Capital, Sequoia Capital China Test Prep


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