Money in the Bank: Yesterday’s Term Sheet included a last-minute deal announcement that deserves a little extra attention today: Battery Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz and Ribbit Capital invested $28 million in Cross River Bank.
As the company’s name suggests, Cross River isn’t a hot fintech startup working out of a WeWork in SoMa. It’s a boring old FDIC-insured, deposit-taking community bank. It is eight years old and has a single branch in Teaneck, New Jersey.
So why would three venture firms throw so much money at a bank? Well, they think Cross River can become the next Bank of America. As WSJ and others reported yesterday, the bank is doing some interesting partnerships with companies like Stripe and Mastercard, as well as online lenders.
But there’s one key element that wasn’t reported in yesterday’s announcement: Cross River is stealthily building a brand-new “next generation” consumer bank.
It’s called Almond Bank, and its run by Ben Weiss, who was most recently entrepreneur-in-residence at Two Sigma Ventures. Prior to that he did business development at Opera Solutions and StockTwits.
A Cross River rep declined to share any more information about Almond Bank, but from what I understand, it’s meant to be an innovative “bank within a bank.” Based in New York, the division has been in the works for about a year. LinkedIn lists around ten employees.
One source described Almond as “if BBVA had incubated Simple instead of buying it.” You remember Simple: It was meant to be a new kind of bank with no branches and no ATM fees. It even marketed itself as an “anti-bank.” But it was plagued by outages and glitches, which led to lots of toldja-sos. (“This is what happens when your bank is an app!”) When it comes to money, trust will always trump good UX. Simple eventually sold to BBVA in 2014, and it has stayed quiet since. From the looks of it, Almond aims to pick up where Simple left off.
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• Biohaven, a New Haven, Conn.-based biopharmaceutical company, has raised $80 million in funding. Venrock led the round, and was joined by RA Capital Management, Vivo Capital, Aisling Capital, Rock Springs Capital, John W. Childs, Knoll Capital Management, Osage University Partners, Aperture Venture Partners, Connecticut Innovations, Greg Bailey and Litmore Capital.
• Rokid, a San Francisco-based artificial intelligence and robotics smart home company, has raised more than $50 million in Series B funding at a post-money valuation of $450 million. Advantech led the round, and was joined by existing investors IDG Capital Partners and Walden International. Note: A prior edition of Term Sheet overstated the amount raised by Rokid.
• Turnstone Biologics, an Ottawa-based biotech company that develops viral immunotherapies to treat cancer, has raised $41.4 million in Series B funding. OrbiMed led the round and was joined by F-Prime Capital Partners,FACIT and Versant Ventures.
• MiRagen, a Boulder-based biotech company, has raised $40 million in funding from investors including Fidelity Management and Research Company, Brace Pharma Capital, Atlas Venture, Boulder Ventures, JAFCO, MP Healthcare Venture Management, MRL Ventures, and Remeditex Ventures. MiRagen also announced has agreed to merge with Signal Genetics, a Carlsbad, Calif.-based molecular diagnostic company.
• Paktor, a Singapore-based Tinder-like dating app, has raised $32.5 million K2 Global and MNC Media Group led the round.
• Classy, a San Diego-based crowdfunding platform for social enterprises, has raised $30 million in Series C funding. JMI Equity led the round and was joined by Bullpen Capital, Galileo Partners, Mithril Capital Management, and Salesforce Ventures.
• ConcertoHealth, an Irvine, Calif.-based provider of healthcare services for seniors, has raised $30 million in a round led by Aboretum and Deerfield Management Company.
• Axonify, an Ontario-based company that builds gamified training platforms for employees, has raised $27 million in Series C funding. JMI Equity led the round and was joined by BDC IT Venture Fund, BDC Capital’s VC arm.
• Relayr, a Berlin-based startup creating Internet of Things technology for industrial customers, has raised $23 million in funding. Munich Re/HSB Ventures led the round, and was joined by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and Munich Venture Partners.
• uBiome, a San Francisco-based consumer microbial sequencing company, has raised $22 million in Series B funding, according to TechCrunch. 8VC led the round, and was joined by Slow Ventures, StartX, and angel investors. Read more.
• Atlas Informatics, a Seattle-based digital content organization company founded by Napster cofounder Jordan Ritter, has raised $20.7 million in funding. Investors include Microsoft, Nathan Myhrvold, and Aspect Ventures. The company also announced the launch Atlas Recall, a new product that allows consumers to build a cross-platform searchable index of their digital activity.
• Interana, a Redwood City, Calif.-based behavioral analytics company, has raised $18 million in funding in a round led by Vertex Ventures led the round, with participation from Battery Ventures, Data Collective, Allen Company, Fuel Capital, and Index Ventures.
• Teforia, a Mountain View, Calif.-based smart tea infuser and app, has raised $12 million in Series A funding. Translink Capital led the round, and was joined by Upfront Ventures, Lemnos Labs, Mousse Partners, and Correlation Ventures.
• ValiMail, a San Francisco-based automated email authentication service, has raised $12 million in Series A funding. Shasta Ventures led the round, and was joined by Flybridge Capital and Bloomberg Beta.
• Spongecell, a New York City-based ad tech company, has raised $10.5 million in a combination of equity and debt financing. Existing investor Safeguard Scientifics participated, and was joined by venture debt company Pivotal Capital.
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