Category Archives: Bayrock Ventures

Fitspot – Get A Personal Trainer At Home

It’s sometimes hard to find the the time or motivation to go to the gym and exercise. It’s often much more convenient to be able to exercise wherever you are. Fitspot offers an app that lets you request a personal trainer to come at home or to the office and train you for a flat fee. […]

Iconomi – Open Fund Management Platform For Cryptocurrencies

Cryptocurrencies such as bitcoins have taken the world by storm and created many discussions in the past few years, mostly in the financial community. Today, an increasing number of people and merchants are using and accepting bitcoins for everyday transactions. One of the technology that makes bitcoins possible is called the blockchain. A blockchain is a distributed database […]

Triller – A Music Video App & Social Network

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Launched over a year ago, Triller is a great music video making tool. The app lets you easily create and edit your own music videos in a way that was previously kept for professional recording artist only. After more than 10 millions download, the app is now becoming more than just a tool to create cool music videos. […]

Roomi Raises $4M to Help You Find The Perfect Roommate

Roomi has developed a platform that helps you find a better roommate. The company just announced that it has raised an additional $4 million to start expanding internationally. The platform has already more that 375,000 users across the United States and is rapidly growing. More and more people are looking for roommates these days. Rents and list prices […]

Smart Health Scheduling With Orchestra One

Orchestra One offers a software platform to schedule, bill and communicate intelligently with patients for direct-pay health providers. The company lets doctors and clinics offer a world-class experience to their patients which is unmatched by regular health practices. The system lets patients chat directly with their health providers, automatize payments and even create memberships plan […]

Dollar Shave Club Is Acquired For $1 Billion

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Great news today as Unilever, the large FMCG conglomerate acquired Dollar Shave Club for $1bn. The move by Unilever is to better compete with its largest rival, Procter & Gamble which owns the historic leader in the shaving category, Gillette. The growth and rise of Dollar Shave Club has been absolutely stellar with great offerings […]

Earny – Automating Price Protection

Earny offers an automated price protection service. Whenever you buy something, Earny will review the receipt you receive in the email and check if there is a merchant that offers a lower price on the item you just bought. Because of the money-back guarantee of many retailers and several credit card companies, Earny is then […]

Tablelist Acquires NightPro

Tablelist has just announced the acquisition of NightPro, a global venue, ticketing and CRM platform targeted at the $75bn nightlife market. NightPro has already helped manage more than 4 million guests in 22 cities. Tablelist is the leading company provider for real time and online reservations for nightclubs, bars & lounges in the United States, the […]

Singularity University

Singularity University (SU) is a platform that offers cutting-edge educational programs as well as a startup accelerator among other offerings. On the education side, Singularity University offers live and online executive education programs and conference. On the innovation side, the SU Labs help catalyze innovative projects, companies and initiatives. The university has also a global […]

Roomi – Finding The Right Roommates

Roomi has developed a platform for people who are looking for roommates. Finding the right roommate is often difficult and Roomi offers a numbers of features to make sure that people who gets to live together are making the right choice. With current high real estate prices for most cities in the U.S., the market is rapidly […]

Rappi – South America

Rappi offers instant delivery of groceries leveraging a crowdsourcing model through a large network of drivers that delivers online orders to consumers. The Y Combinator startup focuses its efforts primarily in Colombia and partners with large retailers and brands to offer a unique and targeted offering to its user. The demand for ecommerce, online deliveries and instant […]

Planetary Resources Raises $21Million

Planetary Resources, a company specialized in the earth observation business announced that it has raised $21M from investors such as Tencent and Google co-founder Larry Page. The company leverages its Ceres system, a constellation of satellites equipped with infrared and hyperspectral imaging capabilities, to provide real-time, intelligent and useful data to industries such as agriculture, gas […]

Cabify Raises $120M Valuing The Company At $320M

Cabify, which competes in the on-demand transportation market, just announced a large Series C round of $120 million lead by Rakuten, the Japanese e-commerce giant. The round values Cabify at $320 million post-money. Cabify is one the leaders of its market in South America and has also an extensive presence in Spain. The company currently operates […]

Dil Mil – South Asian Matchmaking

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We are all aware than one of the largest and the relatively untapped market for technology in the coming years will be South Asia and most particularly India. With more than a billion people, strong growth rates and the rapid adoption of the latest technologies by the population, the opportunity for digital companies seems endless. One […]

Better Child Care With Trusted

Trusted offers an on-demand service to help you find child care. The company has developed an app that let you easily pick a time and date and find the right provider for your child. With Trusted, you can directly engage in a discussion with potential child care, review the entire process and get additional information […]

Managed by Q

Managed by Q is the leading company in the U.S. which offers a new way to easily order anything you need to run your office. The goal of the company is to simplify managing and scheduling all the tasks that are usually required to have a properly functioning office. Think about cleaners, assistants, handymen and any other […]

Knightscope Introduces The K3 Robot

Knightscope has introduced this week a new indoor autonomous security robot, the K3. The K3 is specifically designed for indoor applications and is an addition to the existing outdoor K5. Knightscope is a security technology company that uses Software + Hardware + Humans to provide its customers with advanced anomaly detection capabilities. Deployment of the […]

Mattermark Raises $7.3M

Mattermark, a company that offers tools to discover, prospect and track companies just announced it has raised more than $7M in funding valuing the company at $42M post money. Bayrock has been a big fan and early investor as part of a syndicate for Mattermark since its earlier financing round and is excited to share this great news. […]

Virtual Reality Will Be Mobile

Virtual reality is on everybody’s lips today. We are constantly seeing new products being launched in the market and the largest technological companies such as Facebook and Samsung are investing massively in it. In the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona this week, both companies have presented new initiatives to accelerate the penetration of virtual reality. […]

The Secondary Market For Startups Is Rapidly Cooling

The secondary market which allow people to buy and sell unlisted shares is an important component of the startup world. By definition, shares and stocks of a startup are usually not listed in a trading exchange and therefore are quite illiquid. People find themselves owning shares of promising companies which they can’t resell easily. The […]

Digital Investments In India

It seems clear to everyone that India is going to be one of the largest markets for startups and technological companies in the coming years. Large companies such as Facebook and Amazon have already invested billions of dollars to try to get a good position in that market in the future. This vision is not only reserved to large conpanies. We […]

Batteries That Last Forever

Most of us have become increasingly more dependent on our smartphones and other electronic equipments to run our daily lives. Because of this reality, we usually dread running out of battery. We try to find a way to always stay connected. In one word, having enough “juice” is something that has become truly important for many of us. […]

Mattel Acquires Sproutling

Sproutling, a startup that creates innovative and smart IoT products for children has been acquired by Mattel. The acquisition builds on Mattel’s mission to be a leader in the play, learning and development segments and helps the company further its digital presence. The acquisition by Mattel is another sign that large and well positioned groups […]

Not Raising Money Is Sometimes Better Than Not Raising Sufficiently

We had an interesting business case and dilemma in the last week where we saw an interesting startup that had quite a lot of potential. The company offers an intelligent system for hotels to better manage and communicate with their clients through their phones. You can use the system to order for example new towels […]

The Digitalization Of Art Is Coming

One of the market which has for the moment been relatively protected from technological disruption is the art world. In what is still today a very exclusive world, most sales are done by the leading auction houses or between wealthy individuals through dealers. Recently, some startups have started to look into ways of entering in […]

Time To Invest Massively In Virtual Reality

Like many people around us, we do believe the virtual reality is going to experience a very important push in 2016 and beyond. Many companies have already received significant investments and this trend is about to continue this year. As the technology of the products underlying the virtual reality revolution is getting more stable and […]

Adding Physical Activity To Virtual Reality

With the expected explosion of the virtual reality industry and the recent announcement that the first Oculus handset will be shipped in March of this year to consumers, another area of virtual reality is getting some traction. A company called Virtuix has developed one of the first omni-directional platform that lets users physically move around while […]

The Earth Observation Industry

Leveraging existing and new asteroid prospecting technologies, Planetary Resources uses hyperspectral and infrared sensors to detect the composition of materials and measure thermographic properties of materials on earth from space. Planetary Resources is among a number of companies that compete in what is referred as the earth observation business. The idea is to gather new data […]

On-Demand Physicians

With the rapid changes technology is bringing to the healthcare industry, a number of companies are trying to offer on-demand services for in-house doctors and at-home procedures. A similar model exists for a number of years in Europe where people are used to call for doctors to come visit them at home. In the U.S. […]

The Age Of The Robots Is Coming

Some of us have been dreaming for a long time to be able to use robots for a multitude of tasks in our lives. Today, we see how robots are used in factories around the world to produce many of the products we consume or surgeons use them to perform better surgeries. Improvements in robotics have been tremendous […]

Europe Is Going Full Blast On Privacy

Let’s get ready. After long battles with American tech companies, the European Union just ratified a new set of laws regarding privacy which are extremely though. Those regulations will make it hard for big tech companies to comply without a lot of efforts, changes and money. For small startups, it will create important compliance barriers to enter the […]

The Dance Of The Mighty Unicorns Is Nearly Over

Did you ever see a unicorn? We didn’t (at least not consciously). A unicorn in the startup world is a company which value has reached a billion dollar. In the tech world, few succeed and many fail. When a company is worth a $1bn and you did participate in its last round, you really (really, […]

Why Don’t Venture Capitalists Sign An NDA?

Entrepreneurs often ask us why we are not willing to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) before they send us their project. An NDA is a confidentiality agreement to make sure that the dealings between two parties or more remain strictly confidential. Most serious venture capitalists don’t sign an NDA for most projects. One of the main […]

Clef Magical Login

Clef has developed a unique technology that allows users to log into websites without having to enter a password through the simplicity of their mobile phones. For website owners, it is relatively easy to add this nice and important feature on their own website through the Clef API in order to offer their users real two-factor authentication.

The Risk Of Overvaluation

We have been talking about the possibility of a tech bubble for couple of years already as the valuation of several startups have reached unprecedented levels. Those companies which valuation are above $1bn are usually referred as unicorns. 

The Connected Smartplug

Nearly every devices that we own will soon be connected to the Internet. This is what the industry usually refers to as the IoT (Internet of things). This is creating a big transformation on how we interact with the objects around us and is forcing hardware manufacturers to rethink some of the functionalities and design […]