The last week of August has been a roller coaster, filled with both great and not-so-great news for some of the biggest names in tech. The news cycle stops for no one, but we take some time out every Friday to bring you the week’s highlights.
This week in numbers
— Index (@indexdotco) August 24, 2015
“This event was off the charts”
Gary Vaynerchuk was so impressed with TNW Conference 2016 he paused mid-talk to applaud us.
Monday started off the week on a rocky note. Various sources reported significant downturns in Facebook (-12.1 percent), Google (-6.5 percent), Microsoft (-5.8 percent) and Apples‘ (-10 percent) share prices when the market opened, compared to the closing prices from the previous Friday.
Index recorded 127 funding events this week. The median investment was $1.7 million, a decrease of 15 percent compared to last week. The largest investment was hauled in by Uber’s China affiliate, constituting another giant $1 billion round for the company.
Four breakout funding rounds
Intercom raised a $35 million Series C round for their costumer support tool from Bessemer Venture Partners, Iconiq Capital and the Social+Capital Partnership. Total funding now stands at $65.8 million.
ServiceMax, the mobile field-service company, raked in a late-stage $82 million Series F round to help its growth and expansion. The round was led by Premji Invest, and brings the company’s total funding to $204 million.
Instagram photos no longer have to be square [The Next Web]
The appeal of free: 75 million users download Windows 10 in first month [New York Times Bits]
That’s our overview of the week in funding news and trending headlines, refined from raw Index data and curated by our team.