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ZYPER RAISES $6.5 MILLION IN SERIES A FUNDING

ZYPER RAISES $6.5 MILLION IN SERIES A FUNDING

Investment Led by Talis Capital, with Participation by Forerunner Ventures and Y Combinator

New Marketing Platform Connects Retailers and Brands with Their Superfans

San Francisco – June 6, 2019 – At a time when many consumers are losing trust in influencers and blocking traditional online ads, Zyper – a new marketing platform that connects brands with their superfans to drive engagement, insights and sales – announced today that it has raised $6.5 million in Series A funding. This financing round, which brings Zyper’s total funding to date to $8.5 million, was led by Talis Capital, with participation from Forerunner Ventures and Y Combinator.

Zyper’s software uses computer vision and natural language processing to source the top 1% of a brand’s biggest fans and leverage them as brand advocates rather than as paid influencers. These superfans provide a constant stream of trusted, user-generated content (UGC) that sparks conversation and boosts sales while unearthing new product and purchase insights. Banana Republic, Coty, Nestlé and Topshop are among the companies already using Zyper to build communities of loyal brand fans.

Zyper was founded by Amber Atherton, a successful entrepreneur who has been named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list and the Vogue 100 Power List, who said, “Storytelling and transparency have become paramount for brands as consumers look to engage with them in a more authentic and unfiltered way. Zyper is creating an entirely new category of community-based brand advocacy that will drive sales and surface significant consumer insights. We’re thrilled to partner with this prestigious group of investors, who will be instrumental in helping us bring our platform to even more companies seeking true brand advocates.”

“We are excited to partner with Amber and her team as Zyper gives a voice to real brand fans instead of traditional paid influencers,” said Kirill Tasilov at Talis Capital. “Zyper is on a path to become a transformational company that enables brands to identify and collaborate with their superfans across a number of social media channels. The platform improves the quality, scalability and efficiency of community marketing by allowing brands to track and manage their fans automatically using advanced machine-learning models. Advertising as we know it is over and we’re proud to back this next-level technology.”

Zyper will use the new funds to open its headquarters in San Francisco, to continue to develop its predictive analytics engine and recommendation system algorithms, and to scale up its engineering and sales teams. Concurrently, Zyper announced that it has appointed Lauren Pye as Executive Director of Sales. Pye previously served as president of Festicket and as VP of Sales, North America, at Live Nation Entertainment.

Nicole Johnson, Investor at Forerunner Ventures, whose portfolio companies include Alchemy 43, Glossier and Warby Parker, said, “Brands are looking to engage online with consumers in an authentic, grassroots sort of way. Zyper’s community-building platform is at the forefront of peer-to-peer marketing. It allows brands to connect with people who were already their fans, who then share the brand’s story with friends in a genuine way.”

About Zyper

Zyper is a peer-to-peer-marketing software platform that enables brands to leverage their most loyal customers as a new marketing force. The platform uses technologies such as computer vision, natural language processing and predictive analytics to identify the top 1% of a brand’s most loyal fans, who create authentic brand-related content to share with their own communities, ultimately driving brand engagement, insights and revenues. Founded by entrepreneur Amber Atherton in 2017, Zyper is enabling beauty, apparel, footwear, and food and beverage companies around the world to connect with their superfans and build communities around them.

About Talis Capital

Talis Capital is a venture capital investment firm that takes smart money from some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs and business people and invests it strategically in early-stage technology companies with global potential. Talis has invested over $500 million worth of transactions since 2009 and the portfolio includes Darktrace, Onfido, iwoca, Pirate Studios, Luminance, Ynsect and Oh My Green. Focused on building long-term partnerships, Talis leverages its network to give some of the world’s most innovative startups opportunity to thrive. For more, see www.taliscapital.com.

About Forerunner Ventures

Forerunner Ventures is an early-stage venture capital firm dedicated to partnering with ambitious entrepreneurs who are meeting the challenges and opportunities of today’s rapidly evolving consumer and business landscape. The Forerunner team uniquely pairs deep domain expertise and an understanding of consumer behaviors, brand building, and product to successfully identify leaders and participate in their efforts to build meaningful companies. Representative investments include Dollar Shave Club, Glossier, Chime, Warby Parker, Away, Curology, Ritual, Faire, Attabotics, and Hims. For more information visit www.forerunnerventures.com.

About Y Combinator

Y Combinator (YC) is a startup fund and program. Since 2005, YC has invested in 2,000 companies, which have a combined valuation of $100B. YC supports founders throughout the life of their company. Startup School teaches the basics of starting a company. The YC batch program helps founders build their product, talk to their customers, and raise angel funding. Work at a Startup makes it easy for founders to find their first employees. YC Series A helps founders launch their fundraising round. YC Growth Program provides founders with resources to scale their companies and hire an executive team. YC Continuity invests in their later stage rounds. Y Combinator was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in San Francisco, with batches taking place in Mountain View.

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Insurdata raises $3m in seed funding

Insurdata raises $3m in seed funding

PRESS RELEASE

·       Funding led by Anthemis and Menlo Ventures

·       Five new VC firms participate

·       Capital will support next stage in Insurdata development

London, April 2019 – Insurdata, the award-winning insurtech firm which specialises in the augmentation of peril-specific exposure and risk data via its Exposure Engine Platform, has today announced that it has secured $3 million from a group of investors, led by Anthemis and Menlo Ventures.

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The group of investors is composed of both Venture Capitalists and Angels and includes: Alma Mundi Fund, Talis Capital, InsurTech Gateway, Ascend, Prototype Capital and Baloise Group. Insurdata secured an initial tranche of funding of $1 million in October 2017.

Insurdata was launched in 2017 to address the lack of property-specific data available to the re/insurance market. The firm’s platform enables re/insurers to generate high-resolution, accurate, risk-specific data globally in real-time at all points in the underwriting workflow. This includes accurate geocode information, building attributes and first-floor elevation data.

By providing access to precise data, Insurdata aims to give underwriters greater confidence in modelled loss estimates and accumulation analyses, resulting in better risk selection and improved portfolio management. This in turn supports better, more accurately priced products, more resilient balance sheets and ultimately helps reduce volatility.

Commenting on the funding, Jason Futers, CEO, Insurdata, said: “We are delighted to have secured the backing of a fantastic range of investors who fully understand the criticality of the service that Insurdata provides to the re/insurance market. Our work to date has exposed material deficiencies in the quality and scope of information which underwriters are reliant upon, which in turn have a detrimental effect on their ability to accurately price risk and manage portfolios effectively.”

“Moving forward, we aim to capitalise on the fact that our Exposure Engine can be applied to any peril by working with re/insurers to introduce more refined data sets for a broad range of exposures, including flood, windstorm, earthquake, terrorism and cyber. We are also evolving the Insurdata Customer Portal to make access to high-resolution data as straightforward and speedy as possible.”

Ruth Foxe-Blader, Managing Director, Anthemis, said: “We are delighted to continue our support of Insurdata. As the re/insurance industry undergoes a period of readjustment in the aftermath of two major loss years, the quality and granularity of data that supports their underwriting decisions will be vital to their ability to manage volatility. The data consistency that Insurdata provides I believe will become an industry standard.”

Javier Santiso, Founder & CEO, Mundi, said: “Insurdata provides an excellent opportunity to invest in a company which has the potential to refine and enhance the lifeblood of the re/insurance industry – data. Few other markets are as reliant upon such incredibly complex and comprehensive data sets. Ensuring that such information is of the highest possible resolution required to enable underwriter to make risk decisions with confidence should be a top priority for every organisation.”

Richard Chattock, CEO, InsurTech Gateway, said: “InsurTech is making major inroads into virtually every phase of the insurance process. Insurdata targets the core component of that process – exposure data. In our view, the firm brings together the right expertise, the right technology and the right capabilities at exactly the right time to make a tangible difference to the insurance market.”

Tom Williams, Principal, Talis Capital, said: “We are very excited to be partnering with Jason and his impressive team as they continue to provide a pioneering approach to risk data capture for insurers worldwide. With over 90% of modelled loss estimates for flood exposures currently underestimated by traditional methods due to a lack of accurate first-floor elevation data[1],this solution has the potential to vastly improve insurer analysis accuracy and significantly reduce their costs. We look forward to working with Insurdata as they boost their sales power and refine the technology to meet the ever-growing demand in the market”

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Nigel Allen                                                                    Suzanne Hirst

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About Insurdata

Insurdata is an insurtech firm which intelligently creates, enhances, scores and transfers high-resolution, peril-specific exposure and risk data globally via its proprietary Exposure Engine platform. The company provides insurers and reinsurers with building-level property data delivered at the point-of-underwriting to enable more accurate pricing, and to support underwriting and risk assessment decisions. The data is generated using Insurdata’s Exposure Engine and accessed via API or the Insurdata Customer Portal.

For more information, visit www.insurdata.io or follow @insurdata

[1] Source: Insurdata

Import.io Raises Series B Funding to Expand Industry-Leading Web Data Integration Platform

Import.io Raises Series B Funding to Expand Industry-Leading Web Data Integration Platform

Next Generation Solution Fuels Growth of $5B Web Data Integration Spending

Los Gatos, Calif. – Dec. 18, 2018 – Import.io, the leading web data integration solution provider, today announced it has closed a $15.5 million Series B funding round to accelerate global growth and expand its product offerings to meet the growing needs of enterprises.

Talis Capital, a London-based venture capital firm, led the investment with participation from existing investors IP Group, OpenOcean, Oxford Capital and Wellington Partners. This capital infusion comes at a time when companies are urgently trying to become “data-driven,” as a key part of digital transformation. Alternative data sources such as the web are crucial to gaining a competitive advantage. The web is the single largest data source on the planet, but traditional solutions for gathering that data are complex, unreliable, time intensive and poor quality.

With 90 percent of the world’s data having been created in the last two years, demand for data-driven insights leveraging web data continues to escalate. Total spend on web data integration is estimated to hit $5 billion in 2019 according to Opimas Research.

“Businesses around the world are losing trillions of dollars due to lack of timely access to high-quality data. In fact, IBM estimates that poor-quality data costs businesses in the U.S. more than $3 trillion annually,” said Gary Read, CEO of Import.io. “Import.io is committed to providing timely, high-quality data with little-to-no customer resource requirements. We empower our customer base of more than 800 companies to make business-critical decisions based on the data we provide every day; and we back that up with an aggressive service-level guarantee.”

“When we saw what Import.io was doing, we immediately understood the importance and recognized the game-changing capabilities of the solution,” said Matus Maar, co-founder and managing partner, Talis Capital. “We spoke to multiple Import.io customers who explained how important Import.io had become to their business and raved about the solution, support and quality of the data provided.”

In the 2018 IDC Business Analytic Solutions survey, IDC estimated that data professionals spend approximately 75 percent of their time gathering and cleaning data and only about 25 percent finding insights from the data. Import.io’s solution empowers data professionals to prioritize securing the insights and analytics that drive business innovation and competitive advantage.

This funding announcement highlights a momentous few years for Import.io. In 2016, Import.io appointed Read as CEO to scale the business, given his accomplished career of profitably growing companies in emerging industries – highlighted by Nimsoft's $350 million acquisition by CA Technologies in 2010. Since Read has taken the helm, Import.io has experienced three years of growth. In 2018 Import.io launched hundreds of new product capabilities and attracted more than 300 new customers across the financial services, retail and consulting industries, among others.

For more information on Import.io, please visit: www.import.io.

About Import.io

Import.io delivers the world’s data directly to enterprises, fueling business insight and competitive advantage. The Import.io highly scalable Web Data Integration solution extracts, prepares and integrates high-quality comprehensive web data into customers’ analytics platforms and business applications. The company delivers data to more than 800 enterprise customers from millions of web sources. Headquartered in Los Gatos, Calif., with offices in Denver and London UK, Import.io was founded in 2012. For more information, visit www.import.io

About Talis Capital
Talis Capital is a unique Venture Capital investment firm funded by a group of ultra successful and strategic high net worth entrepreneurs. Focused on backing emerging software technologies, Talis has completed over $500m worth of transactions since 2009 and the portfolio includes Darktrace, Onfido, iwoca, Pirate Studios, Luminance, Threads, Oh My Green to name just a few. Talis concentrates on building long term partnerships and leverages their exclusive investor network to create opportunity. The team looks for innovative high growth companies with sector defining ventures and sustainable business models.

www.taliscapital.com


Oh My Green Closes $20M Seed Funding

Oh My Green Closes $20M Seed Funding

Provider of Healthy Food and Wellness Services for Corporations Will Expand Investment in Technology Platform, Market Growth

 

London and San Francisco, 17 October 2018 – Talis Capital,  a unique London based VC family office focused on early-stage technology companies and one of the largest investors in Oh My Green, is pleased to announce a $20 million seed funding round into Oh My Green, a concierge-style provider of healthy food and wellness services for corporations of all sizes.

 

Other investors that participated in the round included Y Combinator, Initialized Capital, Powerplant Ventures, Backed VC, ZhenFund, and Stanford-StartX Fund. The new capital will be used to further advance Oh My Green’s innovative wellness platform, which incorporates artificial intelligence and IoT technology to enhance supply chain management and improve personalization of the company’s food services. Additionally, the funds will support continued growth of Oh My Green’s supplier and customer network in North America, and eventually its international expansion.

 

Founded by Heinrich while he was in graduate school at Stanford in 2014 and backed by Y Combinator in 2016, Oh My Green creates an entirely new food experience for companies, offering a variety of services ranging from the delivery of healthy office snacks and kitchen design and stocking services, to catering, cafe management and wellness programming. The company works with a number of unique suppliers to offer a carefully curated selection of nutritious and delicious products, with the goal of helping companies easily stock their kitchens and cafeterias while amplifying the health, productivity and engagement of their employees.

 

Oh My Green’s offering is built on a technology platform that utilizes machine learning to personalize product recommendations and efficiently manage the supply chain at scale, assuring optimal quality, quantity, and variety while minimizing food waste. When choosing food and beverage suppliers, Oh My Green prioritizes organic, non-GMO and locally sourced products. The company’s customers include organizations like Mixpanel, Greenhouse, Flatiron Health, and many others.

 

According to industry watcher Grand View Research, the global healthy snack market alone is expected to reach $32.8 billion by 2025.

 

“More and more businesses are investing in wellness as a means to improve employee productivity, engagement and retention,” said Michael Heinrich, CEO & Founder of Oh My Green. “Good nutrition is an essential part of any wellness strategy, yet a recent survey by the Center for Disease Control shows that the foods people eat at work tend to contain high amounts of sodium and refined grain. Our mission is to empower companies to provide their people with healthier choices, so that they can reach their full potential, both at work and in their daily lives.”

 

Matus Maar, Managing Partner & Co Founder at Talis, one of the leads, and largest investors in Oh My Green, said: “As corporates the world over increase focus on bringing wellness to the workplace and educating the workforce around the benefits of good nutrition, Oh My Green is perfectly placed to capture the significant market opportunity that exists there. We greatly look forward to partnering with Michael and the entire team at Oh My Green, as they continue to build on the significant momentum they have achieved to date.”

 

About Oh My Green

Oh My Green is concierge-style provider of healthy food and wellness services for corporations of all sizes. Founded out of the Stanford-StartX Fund

and Y Combinator, the company offers a user-friendly wellness platform that brings nutritious snacks, meals, drinks and wellness practices to the workplace through micro-kitchens, micro-markets, catering, café management, subscription boxes and more. Combining innovative AI and IoT technologies for easy ordering, replenishment and account management with a carefully curated selection of products, Oh My Green aims to help companies and their workers Eat Healthy and Work Happy, with the goal of improving well-being, productivity and engagement. With clients ranging from tech startups to Fortune 500 companies, the company is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area. Visit www.ohmygreen.com for more information and join our community on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @OhMyGreenHQ

 

About Talis Capital

Talis Capital is a unique VC family office funded by a group of successful and strategic high net worth entrepreneurs. Focused on backing emerging technologies Talis has completed over $500m worth of transactions since 2009. The fund counts some of the fastest growing tech companies in its stellar portfolio including Darktrace, Onfido, iwoca, Pirate Studios, Luminance, among many others. 

For more information, visit www.taliscapital.com

 

Media Contacts

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Smithfield for Talis Capital

taliscapital@smithfieldgroup.com

+44(0)20 3047 2268

This communication has been prepared by Talis Capital Limited which is an Appointed Representative of Privium Fund Management (UK) Limited (“Privium”). Privium is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority ("FCA") in the United Kingdom. It is not intended for distribution to or use by any person or entity in any jurisdiction or country where such distribution or use would be contrary to local law or regulation. This communication is not intended for distribution to retail clients. Past performance does not necessarily predict future results and the capital value of the investments and the income generated can fluctuate. The registered office of Privium is The Shard, 24th Floor, 32 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9SG

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Talis leads $3m seed funding round into Edge Intelligence

Talis Capital Announces Strategic Investment in Edge Intelligence

Investment Will Fund Further Product Innovation and Market Penetration in North America

London, UK and Boston September 25, 2018 – Talis Capital (Talis), a London-based venture capital firm focused on early-stage technology companies, today announced it has led a $3 million seed funding round into Edge Intelligence (Edge), developer of the first geographically distributed analytics platform built for both edge computing and hybrid cloud environments.

Existing investors in Edge Intelligence include Jerry Yang, co-founder of Yahoo; Scott McNealy, co-founder of Sun Microsystems, as well as Morado Venture Partners and Wellington Partners. In partnership with Talis and its other investors, Edge Intelligence will invest further in building out its pre-sales, sales, marketing and support functions as well as in expanding its product portfolio, with new analytics solutions required by telecommunications providers and cable multiple system operators.

Revenues for big data and business analytics are expected to grow to more than $260 billion by the end of 2022, according to IDC’s Worldwide Semiannual Big Data and Analytics Spending Guide. The challenge remains for companies to gain timely access to data being generated at the edges of their networks and to gain actionable insight.  Edge Intelligence has built a unique solution for the centralized management and analysis of geographically distributed data. In doing so, it is changing the archaic way in which companies implement secure, scalable and high-performing big data architectures. Its patented technology solution supports fast, secure access to data that may reside in thousands of locations.

“Data is critical for digital transformation success, yet it is becoming increasingly difficult to gain actionable insight from data. Transferring large volumes of data across geographies takes too long, costs too much, and increases data privacy concerns,” said Kate Mitchell, co-founder and CEO of Edge Intelligence. “We've developed a new approach to analytics, making it faster and easier to analyze vast amounts and types of globally distributed data generated by devices, machines and sensors – whether the data is seconds or years old. By keeping data close to where it’s generated without ever having to move the data, organizations gain near real-time, actionable insight to improve operational efficiency, profitability and gain a competitive advantage.”

“As the growth of the Internet of Things continues, Edge Intelligence has created an innovative solution whose analytics capabilities far outstrip the outdated methods of managing and analyzing data, that are currently available in the market,” said Matus Maar, Managing Partner at Talis. “We greatly look forward to partnering with Kate and the entire team at Edge, as they embark on this next, exciting phase of growth.”

  

 

Media Contacts

Edward Brown

Smithfield for Talis Capital

taliscapital@smithfieldgroup.com

+44(0)20 047 2268

Jessica Mularczyk

JHM Public Relations for Edge Intelligence

mularczykpr@verizon.net

508-498-9300

 

About Edge Intelligence

Edge Intelligence has developed the industry’s first distributed analytics platform built for both edge computing and hybrid cloud environments. Communication providers, enterprises and government entities are able to efficiently store, analyze and process all types of data across geographies without physically moving it. Edge Intelligence directly overcomes the challenges that must be addressed to instantly realize actionable insight from big data. Customers gain near real-time intelligence from data whether it is seconds or years old which is critical to success with their digital transformation efforts. To learn more, visit us at www.edgeintelligence.com.

 

About Talis Capital
Talis Capital is a London based venture capital firm and has completed over $500m of transactions since 2009. The fund counts some of the fastest growing tech start-ups in its portfolio – Darktrace, Onfido, Iwoca, Luminance, Pirate Studios - among many others.

For more information, visit www.taliscapital.com

This communication has been prepared by Talis Capital Limited which is an Appointed Representative of Privium Fund Management (UK) Limited (“Privium”). Privium is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority ("FCA") in the United Kingdom. It is not intended for distribution to or use by any person or entity in any jurisdiction or country where such distribution or use would be contrary to local law or regulation. This communication is not intended for distribution to retail clients. Past performance does not necessarily predict future results and the capital value of the investments and the income generated can fluctuate. The registered office of Privium is The Shard, 24th Floor, 32 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9SG
Copyright©2018, Talis Capital Limited. All rights reserved.