Chewse – Online Office Catering Service in California Raises $19M

Raising the total funding amount to $33.9M, Chewse – a San Francisco based online office catering service with corporate meal programs has bagged another $19M after going through its Series C funding round. The funding round was led by Foundry Group with participation from other investors including 500 Startups and Gingerbread Capital.

Chewse was added to our portfolio in 2014. In September 2015 and June 2017, Chewse went through Series A and Series B rounds respectively. Now, Chewse is serving Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco and Silicon Valley markets.

“We initially started with a contractor model but then very quickly started to realize our customers often mentioned the host or the driver in their feedback,” Chewse CEO and co-founder Tracy Lawrence told TechCrunch.

“I know there’s a lot of other companies that are like food tech or logistics but for us, it’s all about elevating and improving company culture,” Lawrence said. “We have technology but we’re investing in it to create an exceptional real-life experience.”

“On the tech side, we’re using a ton of machine learning and algorithms to learn what people like to eat and create custom meal schedules,” Lawrence said.

Please read full story at TechCrunch.

Drivezy – Self Drive Rental Service in India Raises $20M

Two years ago, we added Drivezy (formerly JustRide) to our portfolio and in such a short span of time, Drivezy has become one of the biggest marketplaces in India for renting cars and motorbikes.

Drivezy is constantly adding more funds to keep its fuel tank full for a long and successful journey. For instance, it has raised $20M in Series B round led by Das Capital (other investors include Yamaha Corporation, Axan Partners and IT-Farm). Not just that, Drivezy has also signed a $100M asset financing deal with Japan based ICO (Initial Coin Offering) advisory service, AnyPay which is great. Keep driving forward, Drivezy!

Abhishek Mahajan, one of the company’s five co-founders, told TechCrunch in an interview that the fleet should add a further 50,000-60,000 new vehicles, 75 percent of which would be two-wheelers, thanks to the AnyPay deal.

Mahajan said that Drivezy is currently market leader when it comes to self-drive two-wheelers — “self-drive” meaning vehicles that can be rented for a trip — with motorbikes and scooters accounting for “the bulk” of transactions, but just 20 percent of revenue. (That’s opposed to 80 percent for cars.) Revenue itself is 25 percent of the cut of a rental.

Aside from the asset financing deal — which will see AnyPay’s Harbourfront Capital vehicle own the new assets — Drivezy uses peer-to-peer and dealership partners for its fleet. The peer-to-peer appeal centers around increasing the utility of vehicles (and providing additional income to owners); that’s a similar pitch to car dealerships, who can draw income from vehicles used on Drivezy that would otherwise sit idle waiting to be purchased.

But the AnyPay deal is a “game changer,” according to Mahajan.

“When we fast-forward five years, we can’t imagine a scenario that car ownership in India goes from eight percent [right now] to U.S. level of 80 percent. India will have to skip a cycle on the culture of ownership and move into a sustainable sharing of cars model,” he added.

Please read full story at TechCrunch.

UpKeep – Fully Mobile CMMS Raises $10M

UpKeep, a fully mobile maintenance management software, added just an year ago to our list of portfolio startups has shown amazing growth in a short span of time and has successfully raised $10M funding in Series A round led by Emergence Capital. Well done UpKeep!

UpKeep, which helps technicians create and track work orders, raised a $10 million Series A round led by Emergence Capital on Tuesday. The company also counts Bain Capital, Battery Ventures and Y Combinator as investors.

The company’s high rate of organic adoption is a testament to that competitive edge. UpKeep doesn’t have a marketing budget and the application has been free on the App Store since its inception. The majority of its clients, like Unilever, sought out deals with UpKeep after their workers downloaded and began using the product themselves. That has led to a user base of 50,000 workers across 1,000 businesses, including other major companies like Marriott, Jet.com and McDonald’s. The premium model used by these companies allows employees to collaborate and management to deploy advanced analytics and reporting features.

UpKeep reports that its customers experience as much as a 90% reduction in the time it takes to complete maintenance jobs. Chan, who landed on this year’s Forbes 30 Under 30 Manufacturing & Industry list, attributes this to the fact that the easy-to-use system is more likely to be adopted and continually used by workers.

The most recent fundraising round has brought the company’s total funding to almost $13 million. In addition to enabling new iterations of the software, Chan hopes to build a collaborative platform for workers to troubleshoot maintenance problems. “We really want to build a community around maintenance,” says Chan. “We have this fragmented industry where they aren’t as online and learning from each other as other industries…. We want to help support those conversations.”

Please read full story at Forbes.

Eight – Smart Sleep Products Company Raises Another $14M

Almost an year ago, we announced about $5M funding raised by our portfolio startup, Eight in Series A round. And we are very excited to share that Eight, a smart sleep products manufacturing company has also raised another $14M in Series B funding round led by Khosla Ventures in participation with existing investors Yunqi Partners and YCombinator.

“The partnership with Khosla is a clear fit for us. They share our vision of a future in which technology and data make healthcare more scientific and consistent. With this new funding, our growing team and investors reaffirm the commitment we made in 2014 to bringing the biggest technological evolution that sleep has seen in the last 300 years.”, said Matteo Franceschetti Co-founder and CEO, Eight.

“Thanks to over 20,000 of you, we are on a path to become the largest sleep database in the world. In addition to tracking over 2.5 million nights of sleep, we have also collected and processed 500 terabytes of data, executed over 200,000 sleep-related smart home actions, and warmed up beds for over 1 million hours.” added Matteo Franceschetti.

Please read full story at Eight.

SendBird – Messaging and Chat API for Mobile Apps and Websites Raises $16M

SendBird, a messaging SDK and chat API for developers to add secure one to one messaging, group chat or open channels in mobile apps or websites has raised $16M in Series A funding round. We added SendBird to our startups portfolio two years ago after it got graduated from YCombinator Winter 2016 batch and we are happy for their growth. Congrats to SendBird!

SendBird, a company that provides the infrastructure for developers to build messaging and chat services into their apps, has raised $16 million in a series A round of funding led by Shasta Ventures and August Capital, with participation from Y Combinator and FundersClub.

“It’s our mission to digitize human interactions for businesses,” noted SendBird CEO and cofounder John S. Kim. “With the new round of financing, we can accelerate our plan to help companies rapidly increase the engagement and retention of their users by enabling real-time conversation with our chat API.”

The company claims that it powers chat and messaging for more than 6,500 applications globally, with the ability to support more than a million concurrent users per application. Its customers include Asian Uber rival Go-Jek, recently touted as Indonesia’s first billion-dollar startup; Korean video game giant Nexon; and Korean bank KB Kookmin Bank.

Please read the full story at VentureBeat.

MyVR – Vacation Rental Management Platform Raises $6.1M

MyVR, a cloud based complete solution for vacation rental management is quite special for us because it’s one of our initial portfolio startups in 2012 after we incorporated Zillionize and we are glad to announce that finally MyVR has raised $6.1M in Series A funding round. This round pushes their total funding amount forward to $7.5M since their launch in October 2010. We wish them good luck for a better future ahead.

The $6.1 million round was led by True Ventures, with participation from existing angel investors. Previous investors in MyVR include SV Angel, Hotwire president Clem Bason, and Chris Dixon (prior to his joining Andreessen Horowitz).

The company is focused on serving Airbnb hosts and property managers who handle up to roughly 20 properties. MyVR’s software places listings on popular sites like Booking.com, Airbnb, and Home Away. The new funds will be used to expand the management platform’s app and service ecosystem for property managers.

“In the past year, we’ve launched an app marketplace and services marketplace, and this is one of the big reasons for our funding. We want to ramp up these third-party integrations with third-party service providers,” MyVR CEO and cofounder Jonathan Murray told VentureBeat in a phone interview. In terms of focus, Murray said: “cleaners, maintenance, and service providers; home automation; and financial stuff are the big categories we’ll focus on first.”

Please read full story at VentureBeat.

Jopwell – Digital Diversity Recruitment Platform Raises $7.5M

Jopwell, a startup with the mission to connect under-represented professionals and students from ethnic minorities including Black, Latinx and Native Americans with the employers was added to our portfolio in August 2015. We are happy to announce that Jopwell has successfully raised a funding of $7.5M in Series A round which will help them to grow their network of students, professionals and employers.

The round was led by pre-existing investor Cue Ball Capital. Returning investors in this round include Y Combinator, Omidyar Network, Kapor Capital, and Valar Ventures. Among our new investors are SJF Ventures, Blue Ivy Ventures, and Teneo Ventures. This capital from our investors, both returning and new, will enable us to continue working toward our mission to diversify the workforce, while supporting the career advancement of our growing community.

We will put this investment to work to deliver mentorship and career advice in an even bigger way, create more networking opportunities, build tools and resources so users can continue to learn and grow in their careers, and expand the stories we are able to share via our digital magazine, The Well. Through new content, events, and initiatives, we want to provide our community a space to discuss the unique challenges they face in the workplace and celebrate the triumphs.

This round of investment will also help us expand our product suite to reach more partner companies of all sizes, from the scrappy startup to the Fortune 500. We not only want to increase the breadth of roles candidates can apply for through Jopwell.com – we also want to ensure we are working with young companies to help them prioritize diversity from day one.

Please read full story at Jopwell.