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Investments

147

Portfolio Exits

38

Funds

12

Service Providers

1

About Kinetic Ventures

Kinetic Ventures is a venture capital investor that focuses primarily on communications, information and clean power technology companies.

Kinetic Ventures Headquarter Location

75 Fifth Street, N.W. Suite 316

Atlanta, Georgia, 30308,

United States

301-652-8066

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Latest Kinetic Ventures News

Kobiton raises a $5.2M Series A round for its mobile testing platform

Aug 21, 2019

Kobiton , an Atlanta-based mobile testing platform that helps developers test their apps on real devices using the open-source Appium automation framework , today announced that it has raised a $5.2 million Series A round. The round was led by BIP Capital, with support from seed investors KMS Technology and Kinetic Ventures, as well as BetterCloud executive chairman Jon Hallett, former Infor COO Ken Walters and Kevin Lee, the CEO of Kobiton. Previously, the company raised $3 million in seed funding. KMS Technology actually incubated Kobiton before it was spun out into its own company in 2016. One thing that sets Kobiton apart from other on-device testing services like Microsoft’s App Center Test Cloud , the AWS Device Farm and Google’s Firebase Test Lab is that it offers a cloud-based lab but also allows you to test set up your own private and local labs as needed. In total, Kobiton supports over 350 devices  and, of course, provides detailed logs for all tests, including full video, screenshots, system metrics and more. “Our own survey of over 1500 organizations confirm the trends we’re seeing in the industry: First, companies have greatly advanced on the maturity testing model with more and more realization that extensive real-device testing is necessary to create flawless user experiences for all users on all devices,” Kobiton CEO Kevin Lee told me. “Second, organizations of all sizes have acknowledged that moving to automated testing is imperative to remain competitive in today’s fast-paced world. Time-to-market is becoming a critical measure of overall quality and the only way to get there is through extensive automated testing.” Lee argues that until now, it too a lot of developer-level expertise to write the test scrips necessary to run automated tests. The Appium project has made this easier, but it’s not a trivial undertaking to set up tests with it either. He also argues that automated test scripts tend to be brittle. “They break when the underlying App changes, and worse, tend to break for the same App being tested on different device types,” he said. Kobiton allows developers to create tests without having to write scripts by using tis “record and playback” feature. This still creates regular Appium code in the background, but developers don’t have to interact with it. Because that code is there, though, the company can then work its magic and add an abstraction layer (“Appium Anywhere”) that allows those tests to run on any device. “What that means is that your test script will run the same on every device without requiring changes to your test script,” explains Lee. “Combined, these technologies will allow organizations to adopt mobile automation, at scale, in a cost effective and time efficient manner.” Like most companies at this stage, Kobiton plans to use the new funding to expand its sales, marketing customer support and product development efforts. On the product side, a lot of that work will go into the “Record and Playback” tools.

Kinetic Ventures Investments

147 Investments

Kinetic Ventures has made 147 investments. Their latest investment was in Ando as part of their Seed VC on October 10, 2021.

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Kinetic Ventures Investments Activity

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Date

Round

Company

Amount

New?

Co-Investors

Sources

10/21/2021

Seed VC

Ando

$6M

Yes

6

8/6/2021

Seed VC

Carputty

$7.2M

Yes

13

11/5/2020

Series A - II

Kobiton

$14M

No

9

5/13/2020

Unattributed VC

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$99M

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10

10/29/2019

Series B

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$99M

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10

Date

10/21/2021

8/6/2021

11/5/2020

5/13/2020

10/29/2019

Round

Seed VC

Seed VC

Series A - II

Unattributed VC

Series B

Company

Ando

Carputty

Kobiton

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Amount

$6M

$7.2M

$14M

$99M

$99M

New?

Yes

Yes

No

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Co-Investors

Sources

6

13

9

10

10

Kinetic Ventures Portfolio Exits

38 Portfolio Exits

Kinetic Ventures has 38 portfolio exits. Their latest portfolio exit was APX on March 02, 2022.

Date

Exit

Companies

Valuation
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Acquirer

Sources

3/2/2022

Acquired

$99M

1

1/3/2022

Acquired

$99M

1

12/6/2021

Acquired

$99M

4

3/17/2021

Acquired

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$99M

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10

2/9/2018

IPO

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$99M

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10

Date

3/2/2022

1/3/2022

12/6/2021

3/17/2021

2/9/2018

Exit

Acquired

Acquired

Acquired

Acquired

IPO

Companies

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Valuation

$99M

$99M

$99M

$99M

$99M

Acquirer

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Sources

1

1

4

10

10

Kinetic Ventures Fund History

12 Fund Histories

Kinetic Ventures has 12 funds, including Kinetic - Schoox Investments.

Closing Date

Fund

Fund Type

Status

Amount

Sources

12/16/2020

Kinetic - Schoox Investments

$17.13M

1

6/1/2009

Kinetic Ventures VIII

Multi-Stage Venture Capital

Closed

$63M

1

3/1/2001

Kinetic Ventures VII

Multi-Stage Venture Capital

Closed

$105M

1

12/31/1998

Kinetic Ventures VI

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$99M

10

Kinetic Ventures II

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10

Closing Date

12/16/2020

6/1/2009

3/1/2001

12/31/1998

Fund

Kinetic - Schoox Investments

Kinetic Ventures VIII

Kinetic Ventures VII

Kinetic Ventures VI

Kinetic Ventures II

Fund Type

Multi-Stage Venture Capital

Multi-Stage Venture Capital

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Status

Closed

Closed

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Amount

$17.13M

$63M

$105M

$99M

Sources

1

1

1

10

10

Kinetic Ventures Service Providers

1 Service Provider

Kinetic Ventures has 1 service provider relationship

Service Provider

Associated Rounds

Provider Type

Service Type

Counsel

General Counsel

Service Provider

Associated Rounds

Provider Type

Counsel

Service Type

General Counsel

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Kinetic Ventures Team

9 Team Members

Kinetic Ventures has 9 team members, including current Chief Financial Officer, Sydney Shepherd.

Name

Work History

Title

Status

Sydney Shepherd

Chief Financial Officer

Current

Nelson Chu

Managing Director

Current

William Heflin

Managing Director

Current

Jake Tarr

Managing Director

Current

Campbell B. ("cam")

Senior Director

Current

Name

Sydney Shepherd

Nelson Chu

William Heflin

Jake Tarr

Campbell B. ("cam")

Work History

Title

Chief Financial Officer

Managing Director

Managing Director

Managing Director

Senior Director

Status

Current

Current

Current

Current

Current

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