Student Loans from Select Colleges and Universities + Lower Rates than Sallie Mae + Social Community with Alumni support = SoFi
SoFi or Social Finance has followed the above equation and found great success in the Student Loan refinancing market. As a result, they have raised yet another $80M in a C round to expand their footprint and dive into other loan markets.
Funding to Date: $161M Equity, ~$400M Debt (Full Details here)
Deal Notables: Part of this funding will be for SoFi’s first foray out of the student loan business and into other lending verticals (mortgages, etc.). This could be a daunting task for most startups for fear of growing too big too quick, but given SoFi’s track record of successful loan refinancing with a committed investor and applicant base, we see them having a strong case for exploring expansion.
This round was for preferred equity (we presume) but SoFi is the first company we have featured here on C:V. that has debt (And a large chunk of it!). There does not appear to be any additional debt raised in this funding, but we do admire the fact that SoFi can play in both markets simultaneously so effectively. Check out the piece in Time on them too! Great read about how they are transforming the lending industry.
Good (feels extra early) Morning from C:V. HQ! We hope you have survived the annual “Spring Ahead” daylight savings switch and what better way to kick-start your week into gear than with an all new Monday Morning Memo!
Recap of Last Week:
Last week we had Brad Feld as our VC spotlight, DocuSign as our Round of the Week and we also did a feature piece on Enterprise Security while channeling our inner Zoolander.
What Lies Ahead:
This week you can expect a VC spotlight, a round of the week, and our first valuation attempt. We may also add in a book review and we have a “March Madness” themed surprise starting the following week, so stay tuned!
And the award for the most crowded Cap Table of the week goes to…
DocuSign board meeting?
Electronic signature platform DocuSign raised a whopping $85M this week (rumored at a valuation of $1.6B) to expand growth and innovation. This brings their total funding to $210M and their investor count to about the same… Seriously though, they did not name the investors this round, but according to their Crunchbase profile, they have at least 10 different investors in the round (holy syndicate Batman!). What we would give to see the evolution of the Cap Table since inception…
Funding to Date: $210M (reports vary, but had main rounds of $27M, $55M, and $85M among other smaller ones)
Deal Notables: CFO Mike Dinsdale is on record as saying they are not a takeover target but rather an IPO candidate. He claimed they couldn’t be valued properly because they span so many verticals. He definitely has a point given that they have the ability to disrupt almost every market in existence (i.e. anything that requires a signature…). Makes us wonder that if $1.6B was the value for the round, what was the associated TAM for E-signatures and DocuSign’s corresponding market share expectation? $16B and 10%, $8B and 20%??