Our investment in Truecaller - making the right connection at the right time10/08/2014
Mobile phones are central to our lives, but despite all of today's tech advances, until recently little has been done to make the phone experience more intelligent, powerful and useful. For millions of people, it can still be hard work to make sure they have the right information to stay connected to businesses and people who matter to them, while avoiding nuisance calls from spammers who don't.
That's why we're delighted today to be investing in Stockholm-based Truecaller in a $60m Series C round, alongside Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Sequoia Capital. Truecaller aims to help users connect as easily as possible, with more than 85 million people who use the service to search the right contact numbers and identify incoming calls.
Smart team, smart product, and very smart global opportunity: our investment in SmartNews08/08/2014
The $150B+ global news industry has been undergoing a profound transformation for well over a decade. News is more accessible and more widely consumed than ever before, but the means of delivery and the industry’s economic model are still undergoing significant disruption.
If the first wave of change was brought by the explosion of desktop Internet access, the second wave has been fuelled by the spread of smartphones and tablets, enabling entirely new ways to discover and consume news. Against this backdrop of ongoing disruption, there is a huge opportunity for products that are both loved by users and also work economically for news publishers.
Bebê, meet Baby07/24/2014
Bebê Store (www.bebestore.com.br), Brazil’s leading online baby goods retailer and a company we've been proud to back since 2011, has just announced the acquisition of its main competitor in the country - Baby (www.baby.com.br).
We’ve believed in founders Leonardo and Juliana Simão and their vision for Bebê Store for a long time, becoming their first outside investors. Since then, we've worked with the team to help scale the business and are delighted that they're consolidating their leadership of the market with this transaction. Baby has undoubtedly been a major player in Bebê Store’s field, having attracted over $50 million in investment prior to its acquisition, and the combination of their operations will help Leonardo, Juliana and the team take the business to a new level of success.