Deals That Matter

Top VC deals this week: Uber, robotic microscopes and babysitters on-demand

Key Points
  • Uber has agreed to take a big investment from SoftBank, which is also an investor in Ola, the ride-hailing pioneer's competition in India.
  • Founders Fund backed Nanotronics, a start-up that makes robotic microscopes used in factories for quality control at a nanoscopic level.
  • UrbanSitter raised $17 million for its babysitter booking site.
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Here's a round-up of the most important deals in venture capital this week.


Wal-Mart has acquired a startup called Parcel, Recode reported, to ramp up its same-day delivery services.

Amazon acquired Body Labs, a start-up that offers 3-D body scanning technology, for at least $50 million, TechCrunch reported. The company's technology could be used to help Amazon deliver clothes and shoes that fit perfectly. But Body Labs' tech also helps developers quickly create 3-D characters that could be used in games, films and as avatars online.

Start-ups funded

Uber agreed to take a big investment from SoftBank. The investor will put $1 billion to $1.25 billion into the ride-hailing company, and seeks to buy a 14 to 17 percent stake of shares from existing shareholders, sources told CNBC.

SoftBank is also reportedly in talks to invest in a $2 billion round for Ola, an Uber competitor in India, Reuters reported. Tencent and other investors are also allegedly lining up to back Ola.

Business software company Docker raised $61.8 million of a targeted $75 million round, according to an SEC filing published on Friday. Docker, whose container technology threatens VMWare's virtualization business, is reportedly valued at $1.3 billion, according to an earlier Bloomberg report. Among Docker's investors are Insight Ventures Partners, Benchmark and Sequoia Capital.

An Oakland, California start-up called Roofstock raised $35 million for its online real estate marketplace. The site features single-family home rental properties for sale that already have tenants in them. Investors included Canvas Ventures, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Bain Capital Ventures, Khosla Ventures and others.

Corporate venture investors piled into a $30 million series b round for FogHorn Systems, a maker of software for the "industrial internet of things." Investors included: Intel Capital, Saudi Aramco Energy, Honeywell Ventures and GE, among others.

Venture capitalist Peter Thiel of the Founders Fund and other technology executives and leaders attend the inaugural meeting of the American Technology Council in the Indian Treaty Room at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next door to the White House June 19, 2017 in Washington, DC.
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Peter Thiel's Founders Fund and the Investment Corp. of Dubai invested $30 million in Nanotronics, a start-up that makes robotic microscopes which are used in factories to evaluate components at a nanoscopic level. They microscopes use computer vision and deep learning software to determine if parts are flawed and potentially unsafe for consumers. competitors UrbanSitter raised $17 million to expand their childcare on-demand service across the U.S. As Forbes reported, investors in the babysitter booking start-up included Advance Venture Partners (AVP), Canaan Partners, Aspect Ventures, DBL Investors, Shatter Fund, First Round Capital, Menlo Ventures and others.

A cybersecurity startup called Hypr raised $8 million in a new round of funding from RRE Ventures and its earlier backers RTP Ventures, Boldstart Ventures and Mesh Ventures. Hypr is helping large corporations figure out how to safely use fingerprints, and other biometric data, in lieu of alphanumeric passwords.

The Mayfield Fund led a $4 million investment in a virtual reality startup called Tripp. The is developing interactive VR "experiences" that induce a state of calm in the viewer, CEO Nanea Reeves told CNBC in an e-mail.

New funds

Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group has started a private equity fund to expand and franchise the group's current restaurants while also investing in outside food and food-tech companies. According to Eater, the fund has already raised $200 million and invested in Resy, the restaurant reservations app, and several restaurants and cafes.