SparkLabs Global Ventures: First Ten Months, First 29 Investments

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Since October 2013, SparkLabs Global Ventures has invested in 29 companies: 18 U.S. companies, 8 European, 2 Asian, and 1 Israeli.

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  • SparkLabs Global Ventures First 10 Months
  • About SparkLabs Global Ventures Entrepreneurs Growing Entrepreneurs We are a new type of seed-stage fund.We believe business is now truly global. Exceptional entrepreneurs, that are building strong, category dening companies at highly advantageous valuations can be found anywhere.We are a team highly experienced in nding such talent and helping our entrepreneurs to develop, grow, network, and scale into other markets throughout the world. Please visit www.sparklabsglobal.com
  • Summary of Investment Activity: Geography Since October 2013, we have invested in 29 companies. It has weighed heavily in the U.S., but this will become more distributed given our current deal focus across Europe,Asia and Israel. The distribution so far: 18 U.S. companies (2 originated from South Korea) 8 European companies (5 from the Barclays Accelerator partnership) 2 Asian companies (not including 2 originated from South Korea) 1 Israeli company
  • Since October 2013, we have invested across most sectors besides capital intensive industries (i.e. biotech, pharma, cleantech), but have concentrated on 4 general areas: 8 FinTech 6 Mobile Applications 3 Internet of Things 3 Online Gaming Summary of Investment Activity: Sector
  • Summary of Investment Activity: Co-investors We are proud to have co-invested with many top tier funds in the world.
  • Select Proles of Our 29 Investments
  • Founded in 2013 by Alex Halliday,Yael Citro and Ross Crawford, LawPal is an elegant and complete solution to one of laws intractable problems: project management. If youve ever negotiated a contract you will have suffered through the endless email back-and-forth, confusing changes, and byzantine paper trails. LawPal streamlines this entire process. It is part deal room, part project manager giving you a cloud-based workspace for planning, executing and tracking your deals. LawPal helps everyone on the team communicate ideas and organize the work to be done, delivering a better client experience and a better nal product. Lawpal These materials are supplied to you in connection with your proposed investment in the SparkLabs Global Ventures fund (the Fund) and provide certain confidential information on its investment adviser. These materials do not constitute an offering of interests in the Fund, and any interests in the Fund are being offered solely on the basis of the Funds definitive documentation. Do not copy or distribute. Proprietary and Confidential. Sector: SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) Location: Menlo Park, CA, USA Major product: Online productivity tool Co-investors: Founders Fund/Peter Thiel http://lawpal.com
  • Launched in 2013, Memebox is an e-commerce beauty retailer launched in Seoul, Korea, and now headquartered in San Francisco, California. Memebox.com is the leading beauty e-commerce and mobile commerce in Korea and rapidly growing operations in the U.S. The company aims to offer the most comprehensive and exciting platform for the customers to explore innovative beauty products curated by its team of beauty industry experts. Each month, Memebox members will anticipate a curated Memebox (subscription beauty box full of trial sizes) arriving on their doorstep and have the opportunity to discover new products. In addition to its box series, full size products are available to members for purchase at the best price. Memebox raised $800,000 from SparkLabs GlobalVentures (invested $500,000), Y-Combinator and others. After graduating SparkLabs accelerators 1st class in Korea, Memebox became the rst Korean company to be accepted intoY-Combinators accelerator. Despite a minimal marketing and sales presence in the U.S., the company has managed to rapidly gain 10,000 customers across the country. Memebox These materials are supplied to you in connection with your proposed investment in the SparkLabs Global Ventures fund (the Fund) and provide certain confidential information on its investment adviser. These materials do not constitute an offering of interests in the Fund, and any interests in the Fund are being offered solely on the basis of the Funds definitive documentation. Do not copy or distribute. Proprietary and Confidential. Sector: E-commerce, Beauty Location: San Francisco & Seoul, Korea Major product: Subscription box & e-commerce Co-investors: Y-Combinator http://www.memebox.com
  • At the Orange Company we are making the kitchen a place of condence and discovery. Were creating a smart ecosystem for the kitchen made up of quality products built with an emphasis on simple design, maintaining the craft of cooking, and using local and sustainable materials. We strive to give our customers the tools to understand and navigate their nutritional, culinary and spoon- licking lives. Whether youre a cupcake baker, a kimchi pickler, a quinoa connoisseur, or a leftover- reheater whoever you are, whatever youre eating, were here to connect you to your food. The Orange Chef raised $3 million in a seed round led by GoogleVentures and Spark Labs Global Ventures, along with NEA, Lerer Hippeau, ForerunnerVentures, Social+Capital, Bertelsmann Digital Media, and TektonVentures. Williams-Sonoma has limited exclusively carry The Orange Chef products in their stores. The Orange Chef These materials are supplied to you in connection with your proposed investment in the SparkLabs Global Ventures fund (the Fund) and provide certain confidential information on its investment adviser. These materials do not constitute an offering of interests in the Fund, and any interests in the Fund are being offered solely on the basis of the Funds definitive documentation. Do not copy or distribute. Proprietary and Confidential. Sector: Internet of Things / Hardware Location: San Francisco, CA, USA Major product: Prep Pad Co-investors: GoogleVentures, Social + Capit al, Bertelsmann Digital Media, KimaVentures, NEA, TektonVentures, and Kai Huang http://theorangechef.com
  • Founded in 2012, Good.co is a career site that wants to help put the human back in human resources. Good.co users ll out a variety of surveys to help determine what their working style is, and whether or not they are a good t with specic companies or managers. The sites goal is to enable job seekers nd positions they will ourish at, which in turn helps employers save the hassle and expense of hiring people who end up leaving or getting red within a few months. Good.co ts into the same niche as startups like15veandCulture Amp, in that they all seek to increase employee retention rates boosting workplace morale. Good.co has raised $1.5 million from NorwestVenture Partners, SparkLabs GlobalVentures, and others. Good.co These materials are supplied to you in connection with your proposed investment in the SparkLabs Global Ventures fund (the Fund) and provide certain confidential information on its investment adviser. These materials do not constitute an offering of interests in the Fund, and any interests in the Fund are being offered solely on the basis of the Funds definitive documentation. Do not copy or distribute. Proprietary and Confidential. Sector: Consumer Web / HCM Tech (Human Capital Management) Location: San Francisco, CA, USA Major product: Online personal & career assessment Co-investors: NorwestVenture Partners, Techstars http://www.good.co
  • Parko developed a mobile application that automatically identies parking spots that are about to become available and navigates users to available spots. Parkos social parking platform brings a crowd-sourcing solution to the common pain that drivers in every big city go through when they circle the blocks looking for a parking spot. Parko is the unique combination of a social community both actively and passively sharing information on their soon-to-be-free parking spots using cutting-edge technology. Parkos proprietary algorithms make use of information from more than 9 sensors found in a typical smartphone today to accurately identify parking spots that are about to become available in a completely passive way, without the users even needing to take their phones out their pockets. Parkos API provides the parking ecosystem the ability to help drivers discover the optimal navigation route to a parking spot with real-time updates from other drivers. Parkos technology analyzes the parking habits of opt-in users. Parko raised $1 million in a seed round from OurCrowd and SparkLabs GlobalVentures. Parko These materials are supplied to you in connection with your proposed investment in the SparkLabs Global Ventures fund (the Fund) and provide certain confidential information on its investment adviser. These materials do not constitute an offering of interests in the Fund, and any interests in the Fund are being offered solely on the basis of the Funds definitive documentation. Do not copy or distribute. Proprietary and Confidential. Sector: B2B, Mobile App Location: Tel Aviv, Israel Major product: Crowd-sourced parking algorithms Co-investors: OurCrowd http://www.pa