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Investments

33

Portfolio Exits

6

Funds

4

About Grishin Robotics

Grishin Robotics is a global investment company that is dedicated to supporting personal robotics around the world. With an initial $25 million to invest in various projects and initiatives, Grishin Robotics is focused on raising the profile of the robotics industry and helping robotics entrepreneurs advance their products and ideas.<br /><br />Grishin Robotics was founded by Dmitry Grishin, the co-founder and chairman of the Mail.Ru Group. Dmitry is the sole investor in Grishin Robotics and personally considers each prospective opportunity, supported by a team of professionals.

Grishin Robotics Headquarter Location

112 West 34th Street

New York, New York, 10120,

United States

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Gen-Z Learning App Kadama Secures $1.7 Million Seed Funding After Impacting Millions During the Pandemic

Jun 8, 2021

Gen-Z Learning App Kadama Secures $1.7 Million Seed Funding After Impacting Millions During the Pandemic SEATTLE, June 7, 2021-- Kadama, the largest educational social media brand and popular Gen-Z learning app, raised a $1.7 million seed round led by Grishin Robotics after impacting millions of students worldwide and reaching a peak App Store ranking of #2 under education. Kadama is breaking the stigma Gen-Z has towards learning. Students can earn rewards after learning with their friends, get instant homework and exam help, attend viral events, and engage with the massive 2 million student community Kadama has built across TikTok, Instagram, and their mobile app. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Kadama's Gen-Z founders Amin Shaykho (ex-Apple Software Engineer), Marwan El-Rukby (ex-Getty Images Analyst), and Dani Shaykho (University of Washington Computer Science) knew that the two most popular activities students would be doing are learning online and consuming content on social media. Realizing that students were seeking fun ways to learn, Kadama started building a platform immersed with interactive experiences and communities that would appeal to the dynamic interests of Gen-Z. During the pandemic, social media consumption by students drastically increased. "I saw many videos go viral and decided to give it a shot. I posted a video and within a few hours it went viral. I posted another video. It went viral. It became clear that if we create a cool, exciting, and relatable brand around learning, we can become the largest educational social media presence ever," said Amin Shaykho, CEO of Kadama. Kadama's rapid initial success has attracted many investors, who mentioned that they were "long awaiting a disruptive Gen-Z go to market strategy through social media." Since launching 7 months ago, Kadama has accumulated over half a billion views on TikTok and Instagram, creating viral videos such as biting into a raw onion while sharing tips for school. Grishin Robotics led Kadama's $1.7 million seed round to continue propelling Kadama's viral marketing and rapid product growth through gamification, short-form content, and more. "We're excited to partner with Amin, Marwan, and Dani. This past year has made it clear that existing models of education are outdated. Kadama exists where Gen-Z students already spend their time: on their phones, on TikTok and social media. Students are empowered to use Kadama when and where they feel they need it, instead of being forced to rely on teacher- or parent-driven tutoring classes," said Dmitry Grishin, founder and managing partner of Grishin Robotics, who is joining Kadama's board. Kadama engages students beyond the learning environment through viral events such as weekly trivia and gaming tournaments, which have had tens of thousands of participants. These events are part of Kadama's product vision to create experiences that break the stigma that learning is boring. "As a team of students and recent college graduates, we are shocked to see the level of virality and relatability our brand has towards millions of students. We have never seen people our age talk about learning apps outside of the classroom," Shaykho says. Contact:

Grishin Robotics Investments

33 Investments

Grishin Robotics has made 33 investments. Their latest investment was in Kadama as part of their Seed VC on June 6, 2021.

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Round

Company

Amount

New?

Co-Investors

Sources

6/7/2021

Seed VC

Kadama

$1.7M

Yes

3

5/10/2021

Seed VC - II

Club Feast

$10.25M

Yes

Eric Feldman, General Catalyst, Modern Venture Partners, and Pika Capital

3

3/9/2021

Series A

Rogue Games

$2.5M

No

Riva Technology and Entertainment

2

11/17/2020

Seed VC

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$99M

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10

10/29/2020

Series A

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$99M

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10

Date

6/7/2021

5/10/2021

3/9/2021

11/17/2020

10/29/2020

Round

Seed VC

Seed VC - II

Series A

Seed VC

Series A

Company

Kadama

Club Feast

Rogue Games

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Amount

$1.7M

$10.25M

$2.5M

$99M

$99M

New?

Yes

Yes

No

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Co-Investors

Eric Feldman, General Catalyst, Modern Venture Partners, and Pika Capital

Riva Technology and Entertainment

Sources

3

3

2

10

10

Grishin Robotics Portfolio Exits

6 Portfolio Exits

Grishin Robotics has 6 portfolio exits. Their latest portfolio exit was Spire on August 17, 2021.

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Exit

Companies

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Sources

8/17/2021

Reverse Merger

$991

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8/17/2021

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Valuation

$991

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Sources

6

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Grishin Robotics Fund History

4 Fund Histories

Grishin Robotics has 4 funds, including Grishin Robotics II.

Closing Date

Fund

Fund Type

Status

Amount

Sources

6/18/2020

Grishin Robotics II

$100M

5

7/3/2018

Unreal Engine 4

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$99M

10

4/11/2016

Grishin Robotics Fund II

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$99M

10

7/1/2012

Grishin Robotics Fund I

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$99M

10

Closing Date

6/18/2020

7/3/2018

4/11/2016

7/1/2012

Fund

Grishin Robotics II

Unreal Engine 4

Grishin Robotics Fund II

Grishin Robotics Fund I

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Amount

$100M

$99M

$99M

$99M

Sources

5

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Grishin Robotics Team

2 Team Members

Grishin Robotics has 2 team members, including current Managing Partner, Verdi Israelian.

Name

Work History

Title

Status

Verdi Israelian

Managing Partner

Current

Verdi Israelyan

Mail.ru Group, DST Global, Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers, Morgan Stanley, and Arthur Andersen

Managing Partner

Current

Name

Verdi Israelian

Verdi Israelyan

Work History

Mail.ru Group, DST Global, Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers, Morgan Stanley, and Arthur Andersen

Title

Managing Partner

Managing Partner

Status

Current

Current

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