American manufacturer of “smart stoves” June announced bringing the first series of venture capital investments (series a) for $22.5 million, according to the official company blog. Among the new investors who had not participated in the seed stage when creating a start — up investment Fund Vaizra Investments. The Foundation is the co-founder of the largest Russian social network “Vkontakte” lion Leviev and Vyacheslav Mirilashvili.
Initial investment in June in June 2015 was $7 million. the Current round of investment was led by American Eclipse Foundation (portfolio, about 17 companies, according to Crunchbase). Among the other new investors — funds Sound Ventures, Promus Ventures and Lumia Capital. In addition, in the round again participated Foundry Group, First Round Capital and Lerer Hippeau Ventures.
June creates a “smart oven”: using a special mobile application, the user can control the device, monitor the readiness of the dishes or watching him through the camera. One oven costs about $1.5 thousand While the orders only in the U.S. but “in the near future” the company plans to deliver the oven wherever will be willing to buy them, to be confirmed on site in June. Deliveries will commence in the Christmas holidays at the end of 2016.
Made until a hundred furnaces, which are tested by workers in June. Next week every employee will receive a “smart oven” to cook at home, the report said. Now in June there are 38 engineers and designers. New investments will allow to expand the team, according to the company blog.
The representative of Vaizra Investments, and Leviev at the time of publication had not responded to the requests .
The former shareholders of “Vkontakte” Leviev and Mirilashvili founded the Fund Vaizra Investments in 2011. Since then, he has invested in 31 projects, follows from the data of CrunchBase. For example, the Fund invested in the online booking service “Island.ru”, the platform online communication services Livetex, service create looped videos Coub. He also was an investor in the publishing house “the Committee”, which includes the online publication TJournal and “Zuckerberg will Call”. The partners are the shareholders of the second and fourth funds DST Global Yuri Milner.
Until April 2013, Mirilashvili and Leviev owned 40% and 8% shares of “Vkontakte”, then they sold their shares to United Capital Partners Ilya shcherbovich. According to Forbes magazine, the partners hoped to gain for its stake in the network is $1.5 billion, they did not disclose the amount of the transaction. After the release Mirilashvili and Leviev among the shareholders in the social network broke out of the corporate conflict, in which the founder and first General Director of “Vkontakte” Pavel Durov withdrew from the management company, and subsequently sold his stake in the company Mail.Ru Group.