May 2, 2011
Venture capitalists orient their choices regarding the companies they want to fund based on the most important trends on the market, whishing thus to invest in companies that are sure to bring them a high return rate. If last year showed us that the venture capitalistsâ€™ attention has been drawn by the fields of energy saving and life care, this year shows us that investors are more likely to fund companies activating in the social media, the medical and the traveling fields.
This month has brought us news on such funding deals as Spiceworks has managed to raise $25 million in round D of founding. This money is supposed to help the expansion of the Spicework business model in order for it to integrate commerce within the professional business network destined to IT professionals and to the technology vendors. â€žThe average business in the Spiceworks network spends over $275,000 annually on technology. By marrying social networking, IT management and commerce, weâ€™re transforming how businesses will discover, research, and buy products and services in the trillion dollar IT industry.â€, declared Scott Abel, the co-founder and CEO of Spiceworks, explaining the companyâ€™s profile and intentions. The founding round has been led by the Investors Adams Street Partners and Tenaya Capital. The other existing investors have also participated to this new founding round.
Another successful company is Xlumena, Inc., which has managed to raise $7 million in the B series of founding. Xlumena is a private provider of innovative technology for the interventional endoscopist and endoscopic surgens. This founding round has been led by the Aperture Venture Partners, LLC. The Western Technology Investment group has also joined the funding round. After this founding round, Eric Silman of Aperture Venture Partners and Avi Kometz, the MD of Ascent Biomedical Ventures will goin the board of directors at Xlumena.
Also, Inspirato has managed to raise $11 million for launching the next generation destionation club in January. The funds will be used in order to expand the companyâ€™s proprietary technology platform, to find new partnerships and to grow the brandâ€™s awarness. The club is in an ascendant lane, adding about 100 new members each month and generating more than $4 million in sales since its launch. This luxury vacation destination is likely to reach huge sales in the immediate period to come due to the extraordinary quality of the products provided.
This compnaies wouldnâ€™t have managed to raise these founds if they would have not had access to the contact data of the relevant investors for their venture.
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