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SparkLabs Global Ventures: Our First 16 Months

SparkLabs Global Ventures is a new seed-stage fund founded by entrepreneurs. We are a global fund that
believes exceptional entrepreneurs can be found anywhere. All six partners have created new businesses
across the globe, and are currently based in London, Tel Aviv, Seoul, Singapore and Silicon Valley.

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SparkLabs Global Ventures: Our First 16 Months

  2. 2. SparkLabs Global: A New Seed-Stage Fund SparkLabs Global Ventures is a new seed-stage fund founded by entrepreneurs. We are a global fund that believes exceptional entrepreneurs can be found anywhere. All six partners have created new businesses across the globe, and are currently based in London,Tel Aviv, Seoul, Singapore and Silicon Valley.
  3. 3. Since October 2013, we have invested in 43 companies. Our global approach means that we can pick the best deals in the right geographies where the sectors are hottest. For example, London has become the leader in FinTech, deep tech is growing fast in Israel and Scandinavia, e-commerce and mobile gaming is booming in Asia and AI/Big Data is dominated by Silicon Valley. 23 U.S. companies (2 originated from South Korea) 11 European companies (5 from Barclays Accelerator partnership) 6 Asian companies (not including 2 originated from South Korea) 1 Israeli company 1 Latin American company 1 African company Summary of Investment Activity: Geography
  4. 4. Summary of Investment Activity: Industry Since October 2013, we have invested across most sectors besides capital intensive startups (i.e. biotech, pharma, cleantech), but have concentrated on 5 general areas: FinTech, Mobile App, IoT, Online Gaming, and Ecommerce sectors. 10 FinTech 7 Mobile Applications 6 Internet of Things 6 Online Gaming 4 Commerce Others: Education Tech, SaaS, Healthcare, Human Resources and etc.
  5. 5. We have co-invested with many top tier firms and individuals, but the most frequent have been: SV Angel (4), NEA (3), Google Ventures (2), Box Group (2), Lerer Hippeau (2), Softbank (2) and Felicis Ventures (2). Summary of Investment Activity: Co-investors
  6. 6. Portfolio Companies: Sector Social Social Social Social Social Social SocialIoT FinTech Mobile Commerce HR Gaming Security Social Social SocialSaaS Healthcare Education SocialSocial
  7. 7. Portfolio Companies: Country U.S.A Korea England Ireland Sweden Israel Nigeria Peru
  8. 8. Net Jacobsson,Tel Aviv Frank Meehan, London Bernard Moon, Palo Alto HanJoo Lee, Seoul & Mumbai Jimmy Kim, Seoul Jay McCarthy, Singapore & HK Eugene Kim, Seoul Rob DeMillo, San Francisco Peter Chang, San Jose & Seoul Team Entrepreneurs Growing Entrepreneurs
  9. 9. Net Jacobsson is a Co-Founder & Partner at SparkLabs Global Ventures. He is a former Facebook executive, entrepreneur and investor with vast international experience from many pioneering companies. Net started out in Sweden Ericsson Mobile Communications (now SonyEricsson) in 1998 with user interface design but then moved into different start-up product, business development and marketing roles. In Israel Net led international business for Icq/AOL and then joined Chinese browser company, Maxthon in 2005 as partner & SVP. Net put Maxthon on the world map and brought in CRV and Google as investors. Today, Maxthon has over 1 billion downloads. In 2007 Net joined Facebook as the head of International business development with focus on new user Net Jacobsson Co-Founder & Partner Frank Meehan Co-Founder & Partner Frank Meehan is a Co-Founder & Partner at SparkLabs Global Ventures and a Partner at SparkLabs, Asia’s premier accelerator based in Seoul. Frank was selected as part of the 2012 Wired UK Top 100 in tech, and Vanity Fair's The Next Establishment list 2010. Previously Frank was with Horizons Ventures (HK), representing them on the boards of Spotify, Siri, Summly, Affectiva, Bitcasa, Fixmo, DoubleTwist, Ginger, Desti and Magisto. He also is the founder of Kuato Studios, a leading educational games studio, and INQ Mobile which was an early pioneer in mobile internet, winning Best Handset at Mobile World Congress 2009. Frank started acquisitions, new markets and early M&A opportunities. In addition Net was responsible for Facebook's mobile business and led a number of deals with mobile operators and handset manufacturers. Since 2009 Net has been involved an advisor and investor in Crowdstar, OpenFeint (sold to GREE for $104M), Playhopper (Founder), PixOwl, P1 (Board of Directors), and Deeplink. Net has also served as an advisor to King.com. During 2012, Net assumed the role as CEO for Ginger Software. Net is also a Partner at SparkLabs, a startup accelerator in Seoul, Korea. with Ericsson in 1994 as a coder and troubleshooter, lived in Singapore and HK, and then joined Hutchison Whampoa in 2001 and was responsible for the technical integration of the first 3G(WCDMA) networks around the world, launched under the Three(3) brand in multiple countries in 2003. He then ran the Three Groups’ global handset business, and developed and launched a range of products (Skypephone and INQ1), which pioneered mobile and internet communications. Team
  10. 10. Bernard Moon is a Co-founder & Partner at SparkLabs Global Ventures. He is also a Co-founder & Partner at SparkLabs, a startup accelerator in Korea. Previously, he was Co-founder & CEO of Vidquik, a web conferencing & sales solutions platform. Bernard was a Managing Director at the Lunsford Group, which is a private investment firm with holdings in real estate, healthcare and other industries. Bernard was Co- founder & VP of Business Development of GoingOn Networks, a social media platform for companies, and also led their product development where BusinessWeek recognized them in their "Best of the Web" list. Previously, Bernard was a Director at iRG, a leading boutique investment bank in Asia, where he focused on TMT companies. John Lee is Co-founder & Partner at SparkLabs Global Ventures. He is also a Co-founder & Partner at SparkLabs, a startup accelerator in Korea. John is a co- founder & EVP of Corporate Development and Strategy of Hostway. Hostway was acquired by Littlejohn & Co in 2014. He served additional responsibilities as CEO of Hostway Korea and Hostway India, where he is actively involved today. John and his fellow co- founders bootstrapped Hostway into a top 5 web hosting company in the world with over 700 employees. Bernard Moon Co-Founder & Partner He is a frequent guest writer to various technology journals, such as VentureBeat, Mashable, TechCrunch, and ReadWrite, and has been published in The New York Times,The Washington Post, and other publications. He was selected as one of 8 global judges for EDF's innovation contest (EDF is the world's biggest electricity producer based in France) and serves on the Advisory Board for GAN (Global Accelerator Network), which is the global champion of the seed-stage, mentorship-driven accelerator model and includes over 50 of the most respected accelerators from six continents around the world. John Lee Co-Founder & Partner Hostway is a multinational web hosting company headquartered in Chicago, and serves more than 600,000 customers worldwide. He is currently responsible for overall corporate strategy, strategic alliances, and mergers and acquisitions. Previously, he has held positions in every department of the company, including leading global marketing and sales and overall P&L for North America. John was born and raised in Korea and immigrated to the United States at age 13. He holds a BA in Biology from the University of Chicago. Team
  11. 11. Jimmy Kim is Co-founder & Partner at SparkLabs Global Ventures. He is also a Co-founder & Partner at SparkLabs, a startup accelerator in Korea. Jimmy is Co-founder and President of N3N, an interactive software company that mixes passion, creativity and technology to create new interactive user experiences and innovative presentation solutions. N3N’s client lists include BMW, Infiniti, Nike Golf, Dentsu, Korea Telecom and other leading worldwide companies. He previously served as N3N’s CEO. Jimmy is sought- after speaker on online gaming and technology and has spoken at various conference such as LeWeb, Ad:Tech, and Web 2.0 Expo. Previously, Jimmy was CEO of Nexonova, a game development studio of Nexon Corp that specializes in Social Network Games. Prior to Nexonova,Jimmy served as Jay McCarthy is a Co-founder & Partner at SparkLabs Global Ventures. He is also a Partner at SparkLabs, a startup accelerator in Korea. Jay has more than 22 years’ experience in Asia. Currently, as a Managing Partner of Pacific Advisers, he has advised, financed and invested in a range of deals in Asia across industries, principally mining & energy, technology, luxury consumer and property. In recent years, Jay has focused on originating investment mandates for PA to invest its own capital in both publicly listed and private companies. Such origination leads to co-investment opportunities selectively with the hedge fund and institutional investor communities.Jay has significant experience with structuring deals and working Jimmy Kim Co-Founder & Partner Executive Vice President of Nexon Corp, and Head of Nexon’s Portal (www.nexon.com, market cap: $5 billion) and Web Services. Nexon is one of the most successful online gaming providers, with games such as Maple Story, Dungeon and Fighter, Combat Arms, and Kart Rider. Nexon services over 20 games across 60 countries to an audience of 300 million. Jimmy was the founding investor and active deal adviser of Studio Ex, an online gaming studio that was acquired by Disney in 2012. Jimmy received his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University, and also a M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). Jay McCarthy Co-Founder & Partner with the relevant investor, industry and service (legal and advisory) counterparts. Previously, Jay served as an Executive Director in the Equity Division at Morgan Stanley and worked in the Tokyo, HK, Beijing and Singapore offices over a 16- year period. Within this time, Jay served 2 years as Morgan Stanley’s “secondee” to China International Capital Corporation, their JV Chinese Investment Bank, as the Dealing Director in charge of the Equity Division in Hong Kong and Beijing. Prior to that, Jay worked at Coopers & Lybrand in New York (USA). Jay graduated from Boston College in Newton, MA, USA and has basic speaking skills in Japanese. Team
  12. 12. Eugene Kim is currently a Principal of SparkLabs and manages the day –to-day operations of the SparkLabs accelerator program. Eugene previously served as a Director of Global Business Development at Tencent Korea. He was responsible for the sourcing of Korean game titles to China and Tencent’s global publishing network, headed the global sales of Tencent game titles, and he managed relationships with Tencent’s global publishing partners. Prior to Tencent, Eugene was Director of Business Development and Marketing at Podotree, an online educational app developer in Korea. He was responsible for their marketing and launch effort into the U.S. Previously, he was with Vertigo Games as the Group Manager of the Overseas Business Group. Eugene led all overseas sales Rob DeMillo is a Venture Partner at SparkLabs Global, and CTO of StudioNow, a video production marketplace. Prior to StudioNow, Rob was the CTO of Discovery Digital Networks which he came through via Discovery's acquisition of Revision3. DeMillo is also the Co-Founder of VidQuik, a customer relationship management company. In 2013, DeMillo was named to Econtent’s “Fabulous 15: The Top Digital Media Influencers” along with Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg. DeMillo was the Chief Technology Officer & Co-founder of Transpera, where he was responsible for the technology and operational aspects of the company and serves as the technical liaison to mobile operators, video content providers and ad agencies globally. Prior to Transpera, DeMillo was the CTO for Rob DeMillo Venture Partner Eugene Kim Principal and service support, and all business development and game engine licensing activities. Eugene was a Manager and Group Head of the Quality Assurance and Localization Group for NHN USA. He previously served as Project Manager of the Publishing Group at NHN USA and Assistant Manager of Global Strategy & Marketing Development at NHN Corporation. He began his career at The Contents Company, an SK company, in business development and played a key role in launching Korea’s first pilot IP TV service with overseas partners. He earned his BA in Economics and Philosophy from the University of Michigan. Third Screen Media, a mobile advertising company that was acquired by AOL in 2007. DeMillo also served as SVP of Mobile Technology at VeriSign, following the acquisition by Verisign of m-Qube where DeMillo was Senior Vice President of Engineering and managed over 1,000 engineers. DeMillo was also Founder and CEO of MediaRush, an early market leader for media distribution within the home, and held technology leadership positions at ATG, a personalization and eCommerce leader, and SynaPix, a computer graphics and video effects company. Team
  13. 13. Christine Aum is a Senior Associate at SparkLabs Global Ventures. Christine was previously an equity analyst at Mirae Asset Securities and has experience of analyzing Korea's two biggest industries, Automobile and IT sectors. She was responsible for forecasting the market and share prices of the companies that are listed in Korea’s stock market, and published analyst reports, which involves analyzing data and fundamentals of the relevant industries and companies. She also managed relationships with IR teams of various companies in Korea and investors in Seoul, Hong Kong, New York and London. Peter Chang is a Venture Partner and technical adviser at SparkLabs Global Ventures. Peter Chang is co-founder and CTO of N3N, an interactive software company that mixes passion, creativity and technology to create new interactive user experience and innovative presentation solutions. He is currently leading the product development of INNOWATCH which is a C4 level command and control center solution. Existing customers include G20 Summit Seoul, Nuclear Summit Seoul, Samsung, Hyundai, Posco, and LG. Peter has broad experiences in business planning and technology development in telecommunication, IT, CATV, physical security and Peter Chang Venture Partner Christine Aum Senior Associate Christine graduated from the University of Michigan with BA degree in Economics and Chinese language. Christine loves traveling and collecting new electronic gadgets. She also enjoys playing games, online shopping, exploring new entertainment (movies/music/games) and reading blogs on new electronic products in her free time to keep up with new trends in culture and technology. automobile industries. Previously, he was Co-founder and CTO of HeyAnita Korea, an interactive voice portal service backed by Softbank. Peter was also co-founder and CTO of ViewPlus, an video-on-demand system for cable and satellite services. Peter received his masters and bachelor degrees in computer and electrical engineering from POSTECH and Brown University respectively. Team
  14. 14. Advisors John Pleasants is EVP, Media Solutions of America at Samsung Electronics. John Pleasants is a dynamic, high-tech internet executive that has led public and private companies to implicit market capitalization and investor gains of more than $5 billion over the past 15 years. As a CEO and President, Pleasants has built and run start-ups as well as divisions of worldwide media and Internet conglomerates. Pleasants served as Co-President of Disney Interactive. Previously, Pleasants served as CEO of Playdom and as President of Publishing and COO of Electronic Arts. John Pleasants Advisor Greg Badros earned bachelors degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science from Duke University. He started graduate school and earned his masters and doctoral degrees in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Washington in Seattle. Since then, he worked at Google for over six years where he was a Sr. Director of Engineering. From mid 2009 to October 2013, Greg worked at Facebook where he was VP Engineering & Products and led numerous teams including Ads, Search, Photos, Messages, and Data Science. After his nearly 4.5 years at Facebook, he founded Prepared Mind Innovations and now acts as an advisor to several startup companies. Greg Badros Advisor Brian Behlendorf is a Managing Director at Mithril Capital Management. He has had stints in startups, government, and international organizations, focusing the positive impact that open technologies can have on society. He was a primary developer of the Apache Web server, the most popular web server software on the Internet, and started the Apache Software Foundation. Previously, Brian was the CTO at the World Economic Forum, where he rebooted a 30 year old legacy environment with open software and open thinking. Brian is on the Boards of Director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Mozilla Foundation, Benetech, and CollabNet. Maurice Werdegar joined WTI in 2001 and is currently President and CEO at the oldest & largest venture debt firm in the U.S. He led investments in companies including Facebook, Palantir, Youku, Quantcast, Invensense, 3PAR, IronPort, CV Ingenuity, PEAK Surgical, Merced Systems, Oscar Health, StitchFix, PlayStudios, and Volcano Technologies. His background includes positions as a Venture Partner at Outlook Ventures, an early stage venture firm, and Chief Investment Officer at MetaMarkets, an online mutual fund company. Mr. Werdegar also founded and served as CEO of Left at Albuquerque, a venture-backed chain of restaurants. Jonathan Teo is a Founder and Managing Director at Binary. Previously, Jonathan was a General Partner at General Catalyst Partners and invested in both new and existing technology businesses. His areas of special interest include: enterprise software/infrastructure and social media. He currently advises or sits on the boards of Chloe + Isabel, Couchsurfing, Nodejitsu, and Snapchat (angel investor) Jonathan was a Principal at Benchmark Capital where his investments include Twitter and Instagram. Prior to Benchmark, he served as an Engineering PM in the Search Properties and Enterprise Products groups at Google. Brian Behlendorf Advisor Jonathan Teo Advisor Maurice Werdegars Advisor
  15. 15. Select Portfolio Companies
  16. 16. Memebox Launched in 2012, Memebox is an e-commerce beauty retailer launched in Seoul, Korea, and now headquartered in San Francisco, California. Memebox.com is the leading beauty e-commerce and mobile commerce in Korea and rapidly growing operations in the U.S. The company aims to offer the most comprehensive and exciting platform for the customers to explore innovative beauty products curated by its team of beauty industry experts. Each month, Memebox members will anticipate a curated Memebox (subscription beauty box full of trial sizes) arriving on their doorstep and have the opportunity to discover new products. In addition to its box series, full size products are available to members for purchase at the best price. Memebox raised $800,000 from SparkLabs Global Ventures, Y Combinator and others. After graduating SparkLabs’ accelerator’s 1st class in Korea, Memebox became the first Korean company to be accepted into Y Combinator’s accelerator. Recently closed their Series A and Series B rounds totaling $29 million with Formation 8, Goodwater Capital, Pejman Mar Ventures, Cowboy Ventures, and Altos Ventures. •  Sector: E-commerce, Beauty •  Location: San Francisco & Seoul, Korea •  Major product: Subscription box & e-commerce •  Co-investors: Y Combinator, Formation 8, Goodwater •  http://www.memebox.com
  17. 17. Petnet Petnet’s first product, the SmartFeeder programs itself around your life and the wellness of your pet. SmartFeeder assesses the dietary requirements of your pet, creates a custom feeding regimen to meet those requirements, alerts you when your pet has been fed and even reminds you to purchase more food when you run low. From your smartphone, tablet or computer, you and all your pet’s caregivers can monitor and/or adjust feeding schedules, compare your pet’s diet to other similar pets, order food, and more. In 2013, spending in the U.S. hit an estimated $55.53 billion, with most of that amount, or $21.26 billion, going toward food. The U.S. pet care market is worth about $55.5 billion, and the connected devices market is expected to reach hit $309 billion by 2020 so expect to see many more devices that help owners remotely care for and pamper their dogs and cats. Petnet raised a seed round from Grishin Robotics, Kima Ventures, and SparkLabs Global Ventures. Petnet received initial funding while participating in Bolt, a seed-stage fund and incubator in Boston for hardware startups. •  Sector: Internet of Things / Hardware •  Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA •  Major product: Smart Feeder •  Co-investors: Grishin Robotics, Kima Ventures •  http://www.petnet.io
  18. 18. Iodine Founded in 2013, Iodine mines clinical data to help consumers make better decisions about drugs.We crunch open government datasets (FDA, CMS,VA) to create targeted, actionable tools that drive better decisions, better adherence, and better outcomes. Iodine combines large healthcare datasets with a user's individual needs and background to create a personalized resource for better understanding and decision-making about health. Iodine addresses a massive need among Internet users: 23% are searching for drug information, and half of these are unsatisfied by what they find. We believe that too much information offered to patients today is generic, anecdotal, and out-of-date. We believe that data science can create better information that will improve adherence, enhance behavior, and make people more confident about their health. Iodine raised a seed round from SVAngel, Maveron, Felicis Ventures, BoxGroup,Jeremy Stoppelman and SparkLabs Global. •  Sector: Healthcare •  Location: San Francisco, CA, USA •  Major product: Clinical data •  Co-investors: SVAngel, Maveron, Felicis Ventures, Box Group, and Jeremy Stoppelman •  http://www.iodine.com
  19. 19. CwaveSoft •  Sector: Online gaming •  Location: Seoul, Korea •  Major product: Online game •  Co-investors: Former Nexon executives Eun-Do Chae CEO & Founder CwaveSoft was founded by former Senior Director of Nexon, the largest online gaming company in Korea. They are developing an AOS game called Hyper Universe, and closed a publishing deal with Nexon. The founder was Head of Live Operations and Development for Nexon’s Maplestory, which has amassed over 39 million online users. In 2013, Maplestory generated $326 million in revenues and in 2014 generated over $250 million in revenues. It has consistently been in the top 10 worldwide in terms of revenues for a single online game.Afterwards, Eun-Do became Head of Live Game Operations across all of Nexon’s games in Korea. CwaveSoft raised seed capital from SparkLabs Global Ventures and former Nexon executives.
  20. 20. Soundwave Founded in June 2013, Soundwave is a music discovery app that shows you what music people are listening to and where in real-time. Soundwave aims to connect music lovers worldwide to discover, share, discuss and track their music consumption across Android and iOS devices. The Soundwave music map is an innovative feature that allows a user to pick a destination and see in real-time the music that is being consumed in that area by other Soundwave users. After a successful launch of the free Music Discovery app - Soundwave has received great feedback and engagement worldwide. As of March 1st 2014 Soundwave has been downloaded in over 190 countries worldwide with close to 1 million downloads. Soundwave also recently achieved the top music app position in the App store in France, which resulted in 10,000 downloads in a single day. 65 million song plays have been tracked by the app’s users to date. Soundwave’s seed round included SparkLabs Global Ventures, Mark Cuban, ACT Venture Capital, Enterprise Ireland, Matthew Le Merle, and Trevor Bowen, one of the people behind U2 s management company Principle Management. •  Sector: Mobile App, Online Music •  Location: Dublin, Ireland •  Major product: Music discovery application •  Co-investors: Mark Cuban, ACTVentures •  http://soundwave.com
  21. 21. Payoff Founded in 2009, Payoff is a technology-enabled, consumer-focused financial services company. Payoff builds transparent and empowering financial products with the customer’s best interest in mind. Payoff is backed by top tier venture capital firms and some of the most prominent individuals in financial services. Payoff wants to build a global consumer financial services brand, starting with a Peer-to-Peer (P2P) loan product designed to pay off higher interest rate credit card debt. Payoff enhances people’s intrinsic motivation to achieve financial goals through rewards and by illustrating the connection between short-term financial behaviors and long-term goals.They want to help more people sleep better with funded savings and lighter debt loads Payoff recently raised $12 million of funding from Mohamed El-Erian (former PIMCO CEO), FirstMark, Anthemis Group, Great Oaks Venture Capital, Brandon Beck (Founder & CEO of RIOT Games), Deborah Kerr (Former CTO, FICO), SparkLabs Global Ventures, and others. Payoff’s board members include Arianna Huffington, Arkadi Kuhlmann (former CEO of ING Direct), and Joe Saunders (former CEO of Visa). •  Sector: FinTech •  Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA •  Major product: Peer-to-Peer lending platform •  Co-investors: Mohamed El-Erian (former PIMCO CEO), FirstMark Capital,Anthemis Group •  http://www.payoff.com
  22. 22. KnowRe Founded in 2010, KnowRe is an educational technology company developing adaptive learning applications for the web, tablets, and mobile devices. KnowRe’s product features include a gamified learning platform (interactive learning map, coins-and star- based achievement system, and a quest-like assessment system), a personalized curriculum (cartoons, practice problems, applications, and standards-based lessons), and a teacher dashboard (real-time assessment data display, coded classroom and student progress data, and adjustable score settings) KnowRe raised $1.8 million of funding from Softbank Ventures Korea and SparkLabs accelerator ($25,000). KnowRe was named winner of “Best Instructional App” in the NYC Schools 2013 Gap App Challenge and was Grand Prize winner of Google’s Global K-Startup. It was also listed in Fast Company's Most Innovative Companies 2014 series as one of "The World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Education.” KnowRe’s Series A round was $6.8 million led by SoftBank Ventures Korea, with participation from KTB Network Partners Fund, Partners Investment, and SparkLabs Global Ventures. •  Sector: Education Tech •  Location: New York City & Seoul •  Major product: Adaptive learning platform •  Co-investors: SoftBank Ventures •  https://www.knowre.com
  23. 23. Lifesum Lifesum is a Stockholm-based digital health startup that offers its users a flexible platform to support and encourage a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Lifesum wants to make people healthier and happier by helping users to forge good habits on their journey towards a better lifestyle, as well as an improved overall quality of life. Having already achieved over 6.5 million downloads across Europe, the Lifesum app is available on Android and iOS, and can be tailored by individual users and adapted to specific goals and aims, offering personal guidance based on personal data. Lifesum raised $6.7 million of funding from Bauer Media and SparkLabs Global Ventures. •  Sector: Mobile Application •  Location: Stockholm, Sweden •  Major product: Health & Fitness App •  Co-investors: Bauer Media •  http://www.lifesum.com
  24. 24. Andela •  Sector: HR / Social Enterprise •  Location: New York City, NY & Lagos, Nigeria •  Major product: Online platform •  Co-investors: Steve Case, Rothenberg Ventures, Omidyar Network, Founder Collective •  http://www.andela.co Andela is a global talent accelerator that produces world-class developers and connects them with top employers. Andela finds the brightest young people in Africa and gives them the training and mentorship needed to thrive as full-time, remote developers for companies around the world. Andela has been recognized by Inc. magazine as “10 Tech Companies Shaking Up Their Industries” and VentureBeat’s list of “14 startups that will change our everyday life”. Andela raised seed funding from SparkLabs Global Ventures, Steve Case, Omidyar Network, Founder Collective, Rothenberg Ventures, Learn Capital, Melo7 Tech Partners and Chris Hughes.
  25. 25. Blend Blend bridges the gap between the brands and students creating an innovative channel that offers a curated collection of the hottest brands and the finest products specifically for the college audience. On Blend, brands receive promotional consideration to the most sought-after demographic - the millennial student. This exclusive college-only app offers a new engaging way for students to share their unique experiences. Students share photos relating to the theme of the day, earn Snaps (likes) from peers nationwide, and use their Snaps to redeem free gifts. Blend integrates free products and gift cards directly into students’ photo feeds, putting brands front and center. Blend only partners with brands that we know appeal to the college audience. The app is available at almost any college in the U.S. Blend secured a seed round led by New Enterprise Associates, with participation from Trinity Ventures, Foundation Capital, Lerer Hippeau, Maveron, BoxGroup, XG Ventures, CAA, and SparkLabs Global Ventures. •  Sector: Mobile App, Social Network •  Location: San Francisco, CA, USA •  Major product: Consumer photo sharing app •  Co-investors: NEA, Maveron, Foundation, Box Group, Lerer Hippeau, CAA •  http://www.blend.la
  26. 26. WOO Sports The Woo is an action sports motion sensor designed to capture and visualize users’ kiteboarding experience. Users can attach the sensor to their board and start tracking their jump height, airtime, and landing G-force. Founded by three passionate European kite boarders,WOO is redefining the way action sports is played, viewed and consumed with the first-ever onboard motion sensor device + app experience.Woo Sports build the technology to allow action sports athletes to measure their performance, share the results with their friends, and compete against their peers and the best in the world in a fun and engaging way. •  Sector: Internet of Things / Hardware •  Location: Boston, MA, USA •  Major product: Action sports motion sensor •  Co-investors: Techstars Boston •  http://www.woosports.com
  27. 27. Stitch Stitch helps salespeople close more deals and be more responsive.They are building the best mobile-first, sales productivity platform.Their first product is a mobile email application for salespeople.With Stitch, salespeople can communicate faster by having the right information, insights, and tools at their fingertips. Stitch lets its users track email opens and link clicks sent from their mobile email.They will know and can follow up immediately with the right information.The app indexes all files and attachments. Users can send files from Dropbox, Google Drive, Hightail, and Box, and can easily access files they’ve recently sent or received. Located in San Francisco, CA, Stitch was founded in 2013 by Somrat Niyogi, Wiebke Poerschke, and Jason McDowall - all formerly at Salesforce.com. ACQUIRED. Stitch was acquired by SugarCRM in March 2015. •  Sector: Mobile App, Sales Enablement •  Location: San Francisco, CA, USA •  Major product: Mobile email for salespeople •  Co-investors: Google Ventures, SoftTech, Freestyle Capital, Foundation Capital,Tekton •  http://www.stitchapp.com
  28. 28. Zanbato Zanbato is a platform that builds technology to empower family offices and institutional investors to more intelligently transact in the alternative asset classes. Our platforms provide members with access to investment opportunities, aligned co-investment partners, and a suite of tools to coordinate and evaluate transactions. Over the last few years, Zanbato has emerged as a global leader in alternative investment technology by partnering with preeminent financial institutions and established investment networks. Our dynamic Silicon Valley team is constantly innovating on our product to bring greater efficiency to the world's private capital markets. Zanbato’s funding totals $7 million. Other investors include Blumberg Capital, Alberta Investment Management Corp. (AIMCo), Webb Investment Network, and Joe Lonsdale. •  Sector: FinTech •  Location: Mountain View, CA, USA •  Major product: SEC/FINRA registered Alternative Trading System •  Co-investors: Blumberg Capital, Alberta Investment Management Corp. (AIMCo), and Joe Lonsdale •  http://zanbato.com
  29. 29. PayByGroup PayByGroup is a group payments platform that lets friends split the cost of purchase on bigger items like vacation rentals, parties, trips, sports tickets and more. Consumers can start large purchases risk-free because no one is charged until a tipping point is reached, after which everyone pays their fair share. Merchants no longer suffer from shopping cart abandonment that results when groups try to purchase together via conventional means and thus on average increase their sales by 10% using PayByGroup. PayByGroup exists primarily as a checkout button on merchant sites, but is also available for consumer use at PayByGroup.com. PayByGroup has partnered with HomeAway Software to provide split payments for vacation rental travelers. HomeAway Software connect property managers to the leading vacation rental listing sites HomeAway.com and VRBO.com. PayByGroup raised a seed round from 500Startups, Kima Ventures, SparkLabs Global Ventures, and others. The San Francisco-based startup has partnered with 53 payment gateways in 71 countries, including France, Brazil, Germany, India, and others. •  Sector: FinTech •  Location: San Francisco, CA, USA •  Major product: Group payment platform •  Co-investors: 500Startups, Kima Ventures •  http://paybygroup.com
  30. 30. MangoPlate MangoPlate is a mobile app that provides customized restaurant recommendations in Seoul. What makes it different from other restaurant apps is that MangoPlate offers personalized restaurant reviews and recommendations results made by people you know. MangoPlate analyzes the individual preference of each user using a wide array of data points, and lets them receive different results based on their personal tastes when searching for restaurants. MangoPlate graduated from SparkLabs accelerator’s 2nd class. •  Sector: Mobile App •  Location: Seoul, Korea •  Major product: Restaurant Recommendations •  Co-investors: SoftBank Ventures •  http://www.mangoplate.com
  31. 31. 42 42 is an intuitive, web-based analytics platform for retailers. Their platform leverages data mining to find revenue opportunities from raw data. For instance, 42 can turn point-of-sale data into insights on top customers, best selling items, inventory sell through, and more. Retailers are faced with an ever increasing volume of information.The 42 platform combines the power of databases and the usability of consumer websites to effectively analyze large data sets.They enable anyone within a retail organization to make more data driven decisions to grow revenue and margin. •  Sector: B2B, Retail Analytics •  Location: San Francisco, CA •  Major product: Web-based analytics platform •  Co-investors: Y Combinator, 500Startups •  http://www.42debut.com
  32. 32. Timecast Timecast is a online gaming company that provides mobile games, entertainment services and E-books. Founded in 2010,Timecast has released 8 games so far. The most popular ones are Mon Mon Mon, Shadow Move, and Every Face. Mon Mon Mon was published by Nexon, the largest online gaming company in Korea. It was ranked as the #1 free app on Google play. Shadow Move, which was also published by Nexon, was co-developed by Timecast and Nexon Mobile. It was ranked as No.1 in puzzle game category on iTunes store in over 30 countries in the world. Every Face is a new concept of face character making application. Over 4 million were downloaded in Korea and it was ranked as #1 on Google Play’s non Kakao Talk category two weeks in a row. Timecast also developed a smart learning engine and apps for kids. It released Beanbook 2.0, Morotobis’s Adventure, and Kids Songs. •  Sector: Mobile/Online Gaming •  Location: Seoul, Korea •  Major product: Online Game Platform •  Co-investors: 4:33, IHQ •  http://www.timecast.co.kr
  33. 33. Code Kingdoms Code Kingdoms teaches computer science and programming in a way that’s fun for kids. Kids design their own game levels with real JavaScript code, they then share and challenge friends with. Kids learn a real programming language, starting with drag & drop, before progressing to real text-based JavaScript which controls the game.Writing code let's kids do things which are fun and the computational thinking skills learnt can be used outside of the game. Code Kingdoms runs in the web browser, iPads & Android tablets. •  Sector: Education Tech •  Location: London, UK •  Major product: Gamified learning platform •  http://codekingdoms.com Hugh Collins Co-founder Ross Targett Co-founder
  34. 34. Insensi •  Sector: Internet of Things, Hardware •  Location: New York, NY •  Major product: Insensi •  Co-investors: Felicis Ventures, Gilles Pelisson (former CEO of Accor), Nick Price (CTO at Mandarin Oriental Group), and David Marcus (Former President of PayPal) •  http://www.insensi.com Ilan Abehassera CEO & Founder Jocelyn Masserot Founding Engineer Etienne Castanié Founding Engineer Insensi is a hardware + software play with a mission to bring families closer together. Insensi raised seed funding from SparkLabs Global Ventures, Felicis Ventures, and angel investors like David Marcus (paypal / facebook now), Kai Huang (Guitar Hero), Dan Porter (omgpop), and Daniel Marhely (Deezer).
  35. 35. Quarterly •  Sector: E-commerce •  Location: Los Angeles, CA •  Major product: Curated Subscription Box •  Co-investors: SVAngel,True Venture, Collaborative Fund •  https://quarterly.co Quarterly is a platform to connect influencers with their biggest fans and followers through a subscription commerce experience. Users sign up to receive a curated box in the mail every three months which contains limited edition items, exclusive products, and high-value consumer goods—each hand selected by one of our celebrity curators. Each box tells a story and delivers an experience that goes beyond the value of the subscription price to build deeper fan engagement and meaningful offline interactions. Unlike other social media platforms, Quarterly allows influencers to monetize their audience directly in an organic way that benefits them, their followers, and product vendors. Some notable curators are Pharrell Williams, Rosario Dawson, Nina Garcia, Timothy Ferriss, Kevin Rose, and brands such as GQ and GE.
  36. 36. Castle •  Sector: Security •  Location: Malmö, Sweden •  Major product: Security Software •  Co-investors: Henrik Torstenson, Hampus Jakobsson •  https://userbin.com Castle makes it easy for any online business to prevent fraudulent users from logging in to their service. The very second someone starts behaving suspiciously or tries to log in with a stolen password, the administrators get alerted and the high-risk account is automatically locked down. Every user that comes to the site is scored according to Castle’s machine learning algorithms which look at unique device characteristics, keystrokes, site browsing history, and hundreds of other properties.The developer can then choose what to do with the information, whether they’d like to send a notification to the user, or immediately lock the account and force a password reset. Or if they want Castle to do all of that automatically for them. Johan Brissmyr Co-founder & CEO Sebastian Wallin Co-founder & CTO
  37. 37. Brewbot •  Sector: Internet of Things, Hardware •  Location: Belfast, UK & Austin,TX •  Major product: Brewbot •  Co-investors: FG Angels,Techstars, Michael Birch, Federico Pirzio-Biroli •  http://www.brewbot.io Brewbot uses sensor technology to track and automate the brewing process. Simply follow the instructions in the app, add the ingredients when prompted and, hey presto, you can call yourself a brewer. Brewing has never been so easy. Brewbot provides the perfect brewing environment.The sensors provide precise temperature and volume readings, gathering data at every step for consistent and repeatable results. Monitor, track and understand how water turns into beer using the mobile app, from adding the ingredients on brew-day to the day it is ready to drink. Brewbot provides an insight into how your beer is doing every step of the way. Chris McClelland CEO & Founder Jonny Campbell Designer
  38. 38. Hullabalu •  Sector: Mobile Gaming •  Location: New York, NY •  Major product: Pandora "Pan" Beribolt •  Co-investors: SVAngel, Rothenberg Ventures, Great Oaks Venture Capital, Melo7 Tech •  https://hullabalu.com Hullabalu is an independent company creating the next generation of stories for kids! Their story apps feature original characters, illustration, music, and activities where a child's touch makes a magical world of adventures come to life.The Adventures of Pan is a series that tells the story of Pandora "Pan" Beribolt, a young purple panda in the clouds, and her merry band of friends as they go on a quest to find her family and save the world. In Apple's App Store during 2014, they were #1 in 32 countries under Books, #1 in 16 countries under Kids, listed under "Essentials" under Books, and "Best New Apps" (2013).
  39. 39. Cryex •  Sector: FinTech •  Location: Stockholm, Sweden •  Major product: Crypto-currency Exchange •  Co-investors: Founder of FX Online, President of ICE Swap desk, Head of Global FX at JP Morgan,White Star Capital http://www.cryex.com Cryex believes in the positive impact an open source value transferal protocol has on the long term development of our connected society.Their key conclusion is that we are at the verge of merging the Internet of Everything with digital money once an infrastructure and market structure supports the management of liquidity flows. Cryex uses their in-depth knowledge to build an efficient marketplace and settlement structure, providing the tipping point that allows for pooling of global liquidity into one order book, transferal of risk, fair price discovery, the transferal of liquidity and the facilitation of international trade. Scott Millar Founder & CEO Klas Hesselman COO
  40. 40. SelfScore SelfScore is a consumer analytics company, which provides scoring and "data as a service" solutions to supplement FICO scores and inform a wide array of data-driven decisions. Their technology combines online profiles, phone/sensor data, psychometric questions and network-based feedback to provide insights to users and contextual information to businesses. SelfScore measures people in better ways using more information which is possible today due to the convergence of social media, smart phones & "big data" technologies. Get scored to unlock great offers.Your score primarily relies on the completeness, accuracy, and timeliness of your data and secondarily on our analysis and algorithms. •  Sector: FinTech •  Location: Palo Alto, CA •  Major product: Credit Scoring System •  Co-investors: Aspect Ventures,Tim Main (Jabil) •  http://www.selfscore.com Kalpesh Kapadia CEO & CO-Founder Michael Hallinan CPO & CO-Founder Saurav Chatterjee CTO
  41. 41. Mi Media Manzana •  Sector: Online Dating •  Location: Lima, Peru •  Major product: Online dating platform •  Co-investors: Peruvian angel investors •  http://mimediamanzana.pe Mi Media Manzana’s first product is the first online matchmaking website (www.mimediamanzana.com) in Latin America directed at middle to high income adults between 35 to 55 years old who are looking for a serious relationship. Through intensive interaction with customers, their team has created, improved and iterated a culturally localized matchmaking algorithm that only sends compatible couples to their users. Their main value proposition is that they reduce the time an adult spends looking for a serious partner from 12-18 months to 3-4 months. They have reached a 20-fold increase of the probability that their paying users find a couple. There are more than 80 million single adults in the U.S. that generate US$1.5 billion per year in online dating. However, in Spanish speaking LATAM, there is an unaddressed market of over 104 million single adults that are not yet using the internet to find a couple. Mi Media Manzana’s vision is to create an online dating experience for Latin America that will change the culture. The company originally started in Peru, but has expanded to Mexico, Colombia, and Chile with a fully localized and customized solution for each country. Pedro Neira CEO & Founder Cesar Hoshi CMO & Co-founder Jose Planas STO & Co-founder
  42. 42. MinoMonsters Josh Buckley CEO Martin Wells CTO Sasha Mackinnon Product Lead MinoMonsters is a social game where players collect, train and battle pet monsters. MinoMonster graduated from Y Combinator’s accelerator program. It is currently available on iOS. MinoMonsters raised seed funding from Andreessen Horowitz, Y Combinator, SV Angel, Michael Birch, and SparkLabs Global Ventures. •  Sector: Mobile Gaming •  Location: San Francisco, CA •  Major product: MinoMonsters •  Co-investors: Andreessen Horowitz, Michael Birch, Y Combinator, SVAngel, •  http://www.minomonsters.com
  43. 43. Parko Parko developed various products within the parking data analytics space. With its advanced algorithms, ParkoData™ is capable of providing parking availability information for any area, every hour of the day. The data collected by ParkoData™ is composed of everything from historical crowdsourced data, to updates that are occurring at this very moment. In addition, GIS land-use information, parking supply figures, road types, regulations, current traffic, day of the week, weather, holidays, and local events all come into play, to complement the dynamically-updating data which is passively received from users, via up to nine different sensors found inside their smartphones. ParkoLastMile™ provides an application’s users with the most efficient route for finding parking with stunning turn-by-turn, voice-guided directions to find on-street parking. ParkoLastMile™also provides the estimated parking search time, gives drivers real-time updates from other drivers, and even navigates them to the closest or cheapest parking lot available for those times when on-street parking just isn’t possible. Basically, ParkoLastMile™ picks up where navigation systems leave off. •  Sector: B2B, Mobile App •  Location: Tel Aviv, Israel •  Major product: Crowd-sourced parking algorithms •  Co-investors: OurCrowd •  http://www.parko.co.il
  44. 44. Evain 'What`s this number' is the first domestic app to identify phone numbers and has satisfied users in filtering spamming through the very first application of collective intelligence. Since its debut in August 2012, total number of downloads has reached 7 million as of December 2014.The app provides information regarding any incoming calls that are not registered in user's phonebook through domestic wire/wireless phone information, internet search results and users' collective intelligence.With this service, users can instantly figure out incoming calls and thus prevent any unnecessary calls such as voice- phishing or unwanted calls. •  Sector: SaaS, Mobile •  Location: Seoul, Korea •  Major product: Mobile Caller ID •  Co-investors: Capstone Partners •  http://evain.co.kr Young Jung Youn CEO Sun Woo Han Head of BD Hang Rok Lee Head of Engineering
  45. 45. Flow State Media •  Sector: Online/Mobile Gaming •  Location: Burlingame, CA •  Major product: Letter UP •  Co-investors: F50, SparkLabs (accelerator) •  http://flowstatemedia.com Flow State Media is a mobile gaming company composed of MIT & Zynga alumni focused on creating live mobile multiplayer gaming experiences.Their hit word game "Letter UP" was the#1 Word Game in the Apple App Store in 13 countries in just 5 days after launch. They were also featured as a Best New Game by Apple. They foresee live, synchronous multiplayer play as the next evolution in mobile gaming, and believe gaming companies that offer both synchronous and compelling offline play as the next winners in the market.With their proprietary, cross-platform multiplayer engine, they are well-positioned to take advantage of this on coming trend. The team has over 75 years of combined experience in gaming and has worked on massive franchises such as Call of Duty, Zynga Poker and FarmVille.
  46. 46. Sutro Sutro is a water testing and data analytics company. Sutro’s first product, the Sutro Pool, is a sensor- driven, connected, learning device to right-size your water chemistry. It automates testing - keeping you and your family safe, and saving you time and money. Sutro is a "drop-in" automatic water chemistry monitor that uses sensors to measure pH, chlorine levels,Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), temperature (ambient air and water), and Oxidation Reduction Potential (ORP).There are 14 million residential swimming pools and spas in the US and the chemical market alone is $13.3 billion. Through patent pending technology, Sutro detects the essential water parameters specific to your backyard. •  Sector: Internet of Things, Hardware •  Location: San Francisco, CA •  Major product: Sutro Pool •  Co-investors: Bolt •  http://mysutro.com Ravi Kurani Lead Engineer Amanda Nagai Strategy & Marketing
  47. 47. Good.co Good.Co is a self-discovery platform and network for a new generation of professionals looking for more meaning in their careers. It helps job seekers and employees identify their professional archetype, assess a company’s fit, and give them the tools and resources they need to find true happiness in the workplace. Dubbed “the job-hunting lovechild of e-Harmony and LinkedIn”, Good.Co’s PPA (Proprietary Psychometric Algorithm), taps into over 20 years of career psychometrics and psychological analysis, helping people identify their professional style for better fit with current and potential employers and teams. Our theory is simple: in order to find the right answers, you need to ask the right questions.That’s why Good.Co’s proprietary psychometric algorithm starts with the most important element: you.We start by asking you questions that help you discover your Archetype blend and personal strengths. Once you’ve discovered your core strengths, you can continue your personality journey via additional quizzes that explore various aspects of your personality. •  Sector: Consumer Web / HCM Tech (Human Capital Management) •  Location: San Francisco, CA, USA •  Major product: Online personal & career assessment •  Co-investors: Norwest Venture Partners,Techstars •  http://www.good.co
  48. 48. Barclays Accelerator Companies SparkLabs Global Ventures secured a partnership with Barclays Accelerator (www.barclaysaccelerator.com) as the only follow-on fund and offers each of the program’s ten participants $30,000 at $2.5 million valuation with a 20% discount. From the inaugural class, the following 5 companies accepted our follow-on funding: http://www.clausematch.com ClauseMatch http://www.gustpay.com Gust Pay http://www.wagevance.com Wagevance http://www.tryum.com Tryum http://aire.io Aire