RealtyShares Obtains $20 Million Series B

SAN FRANCISCO — RealtyShares, the online marketplace for real estate investing, connecting accredited investors to real estate investment opportunities nationwide, has obtained a $20 million Series B financing round.  The new financing was led by Union Square Ventures, a leading venture capital firm in the financial technology space, with participation from existing investors Menlo Ventures and General Catalyst Partners.

“I am incredibly excited to have one of the foremost VC firms leading this latest financing round,” said Nav Athwal, CEO of RealtyShares.  “Very few can match the Fintech acumen of Union Square Ventures, which has led financings for Lending Club, Kickstarter, Funding Circle and CircleUp, as well as other name brands such as Twitter, Zynga, Etsy, Tumblr and Meetup.  This financing ensures that RealtyShares will remain a committed and well-capitalized partner to our investors and our sponsor and borrower constituencies.”

Mainsail Partners Raises $384 Million for Fourth Fund

SAN FRANCISCO — Mainsail Partners, a growth equity firm that invests in bootstrapped companies, said it has successfully raised $384 million for its fourth fund, Mainsail Partners IV, L.P. The oversubscribed fund closed in December and took just over two months to complete. The firm will use the fund to continue its strategy of investing in bootstrapped companies and driving accelerated growth through operational expertise and management support.

Masterclass Raises $15 Million Series B

SAN FRANCISCO — MasterClass, which offers online classes taught by Kevin Spacey, Dustin Hoffman, Serena Williams, James Patterson and Usher, has raised a $15 million Series B funding round. This latest round is led by New Enterprise Associates, Inc. (NEA) (Partner: Rick Yang) and reveals a previously undisclosed $4.5 million Series A led by Javelin Venture Partners (Partner: Alex Gurevich) and two seed rounds totaling $1.9 million both led by Harrison Metal (Founder: Michael Dearing).

Forty Seven Inc. Completes $75 Million Series A

PALO ALTO — Forty Seven Inc., a clinical-stage immuno-oncology company, has completed the first half of a committed $75 million Series A financing round and has licensed the rights to multiple immuno-oncology programs from Stanford University. 336601LOGO

The Series A financing was led by Lightspeed Venture Partners and Sutter Hill Ventures with participation from Clarus Ventures and GV (formerly Google Ventures). The license includes rights to over 100 issued or pending U.S. or foreign patents that cover the antibody Hu5F9-G4 and several other novel immune checkpoint inhibitors and cancer-specific antibodies.

 

Uber Raises $200 Million from LetterOne Fund

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LetterOne (L1), a Luxembourg-based venture capital fund, has made a strategic investment of $200 million in ride-sharing service Uber.

Mikhail Fridman, Chairman of L1, said; “I’m excited by our strategic partnership with Uber. As entrepreneurs, with experience in retail, banking, telecoms and energy sectors, and knowledge of diverse developed and emerging markets, we believe that Uber’s highly talented management team possesses the necessary vision and skills to build the company into one of the world’s preeminent technology businesses”.