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The most active investors in Y Combinator, 500 Startups and Techstars companies
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Accelerators play a vital role in the startup ecosystems. Not only do they give entrepreneurs a place to learn and develop skills, they also can act as an investment filter for VCs. The pools of founders that are chosen to participate in a given program, and subsequently complete the rigorous course, are often seen as attractive investment opportunities for venture capital firms as they have been de-risked, to a point.

Just as some businesses and people like to work together, some VCs seem to gravitate toward certain accelerators. While there are a handful of possible reasons for this, ranging from alignment of industry focus to an appreciation of how a specific accelerator trains its classes, being knowledgeable about these relationships can help empower entrepreneurs who are looking to narrow down which program to apply to.

So, who are the most active investors in companies coming directly out of the three biggest accelerators? Click here to find out.
 
Weekly VC Recap
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Here's a recap of our VC coverage this week:

  • When U.S. VC investment is broken down into regions, it's usually the Bay Area that takes the lead in many categories. The epicenter of the industry didn't disappoint in 2015, raising over a quarter of the total venture capital invested globally. But other U.S. regions finished the year with strong numbers as well. Click here to check out our datagraphics for the Bay Area, New York and the Pacific Northwest.
    Click here to see the Bay Area, PNW and NYC datagraphics
  • The U.K./Ireland raised more venture capital than any other European region during 2015, although deal activity took a major hit from the lofty number of financings in 2014. Click here to view our breakdown of Euro regions: the U.K. and Ireland, GSA, France/Benelux and the Nordics.

  • U.S. VC investment in healthcare often lands in the Boston area, so it's no surprise that the region's biotech sector received nearly $3 billion in funding during 2015. Check out our year-end datagraphics covering VC investment in Boston, Los Angeles and the U.S. Midwest & Great Lakes region by clicking here.

    Make sure to head over to our News & Analysis site for daily news, blog posts, Q&As with industry professionals, PitchBook reports and much more.
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    Anaplan raises $90M funding
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    Anaplan, an enterprise planning cloud company, has raised $90 million in funding led by Premji Invest. The company's platform unifies planning for functions including sales, HR, finance and marketing, helping businesses plan, execute and course-correct their operations. The new investment reportedly values the company at $1.1 billion; a $100 million round in May 2014 valued Anaplan at $685 million. DFJ Growth, Granite Ventures, Salesforce, Shasta Ventures and others also participated in the round, and Allen & Company served as financial advisor to Anaplan.
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    App Annie closes $63M Series E
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    Mobile app data and insights platform App Annie has closed a $63 million Series E financing led by Greenspring Associates, with participation from existing investors e.Ventures, Greycroft Partners, Institutional Venture Partners and Sequoia Capital. Currently employing approximately 425 employees across 15 international offices, App Annie is used by more than 500,000 app professionals to track and measure app performance metrics. The company has now raised $157 million in funding since its founding in 2010, including a $55 million Series D in early 2015 that valued it at $362 million.
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    Looker finds $48M Series C
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    Data platform Looker has raised $48 million in Series C funding led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. The financing will be used to invest in sales, marketing and engineering, as well as for international expansion. Looker has now raised a total of $96 million in VC since its launch in 2013, including a $30 million round last February at a $173 million valuation. The company's platform enables businesses to create custom metrics and build models to better analyze data.
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    Foursquare checks-in with $45M Series E
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    Foursquare
    Location-based discovery app Foursquare has secured $45 million in Series E funding led by previous investor Union Square Ventures, with participation from Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners, as well as previous investors DFJ Growth, Andreessen Horowitz and Spark Capital. The investment will be used for company growth, including hiring 30 new positions across sales, engineering and other functions. The round is said to value the company at approximately half of the $650 million valuation it garnered with a $77 million Series D raise in February 2014.
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    mitú snags $27M Series C financing
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    mitú, a digital media company geared towards Latino youth, has raised a $27 million Series C round of funding. New investors AwesomenessTV, WPP Digital and Verizon took part in the financing, as well as existing investors, including Upfront Ventures. mitú plans to invest in product and technology in order to expand its content publishing platform and audience data tools, launch its influencer-marketing platform and expand its ecosystem of apps.
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    VeloCloud forms $27M Series C round
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    Software-defined wide area network company VeloCloud Networks has raised a $27 million Series C round led by March Capital Partners and Cisco Investments. Founded in 2012, VeloCloud works to simplify the WAN by delivering virtualized services from the cloud to branch offices and mobile users. In August 2014, the company secured a $15 million Series B investment that generated a valuation of $66 million.
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    MiMedia grabs $15M Series C
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    MiMedia provides a personal cloud for digital content, including photos, video, music and documents, that can be accessed on a computer, tablet or other mobile device.
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    Series B of PolicyGenius totals $15M
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    PolicyGenius' insurance platform guides users through a five-minute Q&A to develop a personalized, in-depth review of all their insurance needs based on their financial and family situations. The company's fresh $15 million Series B investment values it at $54 million.
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    Boomerang Commerce lands $12M
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    Boomerang Commerce is the creator of a guided-analytics suite for retailers that features price optimization and price intelligence with actionable recommendations, assortment optimization in near real time and more.
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    Babylon Health books $25M Series A
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    Mobile health service Babylon Health has reportedly secured a $25 million Series A round led by Investment AB Kinnevik. Founded in 2013, the company offers users the ability to make appointments with doctors, talk to therapists and get answers to medical questions, all from their smartphones.
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    carwow's £12.5M Series B
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    carwow, operator of a platform for buying cars, has raised £12.5 million in Series B funding led by Accel, with participation from existing backers Balderton Capital, Samos Investments and Episode 1. The company had previously raised a £4.6 million round at a valuation of about £19 million in late 2014. Through the platform, buyers pick the car they like, then carwow sends up to five offers from dealers in the U.K. The buyer can then contact the dealers directly through the carwow system.
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    Pierret joins Idinvest Partners
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    Emmanuelle Pierret has joined Idinvest Partners from Naxicap Partners, where she worked for the past 15 years. In her new role as investment director of the Growth Capital team, Ms. Pierret will oversee the deployment of the NOVI 2 Equity Compartment, which takes stakes in SMEs with investments between €3 million and €20 million.
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