January 14, 2015
Scout Ventures, a New York-based venture capital firm, announced that they invested in Miami-based startup LiveNinja. This is Scout Ventures' first announcement in South Florida, an important move since they opened an additional office in Miami in September.
LiveNinja did not disclose the amount of money they raised in this round, which included the participation from Scout's existing Limited Partners (LP), as well as some of the fund’s new South Florida partners. What they did disclose was that Scout Ventures was able to raise four times what they initially invested from their LPs.
LiveNinja will use the funding to continue growing operations, and further expand their sales, marketing, and development teams. LiveNinja initially launched as a marketplace where users can video chat with experts on different topics. Just last year, they pivoted and released Katana, a customer service application that allows businesses to video chat with their customers directly on their website. The company has raised $1 million to date in two previous rounds of funding.
As for why they decided to invest in LiveNinja, Harrison explained that it had everything to do with how committed and meticulous Weinraub is when it comes to presenting the ins and outs of his company to investors.
“Will [Weinraub] understood the diligence process of raising funds. And that's what Miami needs: startups that do the work to keep company information organized to make it easier for investors fund them,” said Harrison. “With a unique and defensible technology stack, we believe LiveNinja is well positioned to capture market share in this rapidly growing segment of the customer service industry.”
Scout Venture comes to South Florida at a time when many startups in the community complain about reaching a “post-seed funding cliff,” and have trouble raising the next round of funding.
Tech Cocktail recently interviewed Scout Ventures' Principal Ed Boland in Miami, where he spoke about the company's decision to open an office in Miami.
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