Funding Roundup


Funding Roundup - week ending 9/20/13

Dafiti, Cinemacraft, Sproutling, PushPage, Withlocals, Bugsnag, Unmetric, Branding Brand, Okta

Innovation series by Steven Loeb
September 20, 2013
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Seed Stage

Glassbeam, a machine data analytics company, secured $3 million in angel funding from VKRM Group.

Plaid, which provides an API for banking data, raised $2.8 million led by Spark Capital, with participation from Google Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, Felicis Ventures, and Homebrew Capital.

Cinegif, a startup that allows companies to create GIFs for use in marketing campaigns, raised $500,000 in funding from angel investors including the Baylor Angel Network, the Houston Angel Network and the Texas Halo Fund.

Buttercoin, a white-label bitcoin exchange, raised $250,000 from Swiss company builder Centralway.

Pipedrive, maker of cloud based sales software, closed $3.4 million in seed funding. The lead investors were Rembrandt Venture Partners and Storm Ventures. TMT Investments, Taavet Hinrikus, Ott Kaukver , Rain Rannu and Tytus Michalski also participated.

Distill, provider of a video interviewing and scheduling service for recruiters, raised $1.3 million from Felicis Ventures, China’s Innovation Works and DN Capital.

Premium food delivery service Goldbely raised a $3 million seed funding round led by Intel Capital with the participation of Y Combinator, 500 Startups, Dave McClure, Tim Draper, ACE & Company, and FundersClub.

Cinemacraft, an interactive media monetization platform, raised a $1.5 million strategic funding round from NTT DoCoMo, Turner Broadcasting’s Media Camp and 500 Startups. 

Sproutling, creator of a  wearable baby monitor, raised $2.6 million in funding from First Round Capital, Forerunner Ventures, FirstMark Capital, Accelerator Ventures, Lemnos Labs, BoxGroup and Shawn Fanning.

PushPage,a personal interview platform, raised $1.7 million in seed funding from investors led by Rose Park Advisors, Scott Sperling, Bob Pittman, Irving Azoff, Ido Leffler, Lance Kalish, and John Kim.

Withlocals, a peer-to-peer marketplace for locals to offer travellers various advice to tourists, raised $500,000 in funding from Greenhouse Group.

Zipments, a same-day delivery marketplace, closed a $2.25 million seed round led by FirstMark Capital and Huron River Ventures, along with The Windquest Group, New York City Economic Development Corporation, Chicago Ventures, and Robert Safrata.

Bugsnag, a mobile error monitoring platform, raised $1.4 million in seed funding. The round was led by Matrix Partners and included participation from Jason Seats and Andy McLoughlin.

Lift Labs, creators of an electronic device that improves the quality of life for those with Parkinson’s and Essential Tremor, raised $1 million in seed funding from Silicon Valley angel investors.


Early Stage

Viral video site Upworthy raised $8 million from Spark Capital, Catamount Ventures, Uprising, and the Knight Foundation.

Cloud-based, real-time inventory and business management solution Stitch Labs raised $3.5 million in a round led by Greg Sands from Costanoa Ventures, with participation from True Ventures and Greg Waldorf.

Collaboration platform provider Convo raised a $5 million Series A investment from Morgenthaler Ventures.

Same day delivery service Deliv raised a $6.85 million Series A funding round from Upfront Ventures, RPM Ventures and others.

Apttus, a provider of cloud solutions for quote-to-cash automations, raised a $37 million funding round from K1 Capital, ICONIQ Capital and Salesforce.

Lively, the creator of devices that help monitor the elderly, raised a $4.8 milion series A led by Cambia Health Solutions and Maveron.

CyanogenMod, an Android firmware distribution, raised$7 million Series A led by Benchmark. 

StrongLoop, the company behind Node.js, a platform for developing mobile apps in the cloud or in the data center, closed a $8 million Series A round led by Shasta Ventures and Ignition Partners.

News curation platform closed $$2 million in new funding from Debioinvestment, Polytech Ventures, Kima Ventures, and various European angels, as well as co-founder Edouard Lambelet.

HazelCast, an open source in-memory data grid for Java, raised $2.5 million fron Bain Capital Ventures and existing angel investors, including Ali Kutay.

Late Stage

Blue Jeans, an interoperable cloud-based video conferencing service, raised $50 million in a round led by Battery Ventures. Accel Partners, NEA, and Norwest Venture Partners also participated.

Gigya, provider of the Connected Consumer Management Suite, closed a $25 million funding round led by Greenspring Associates with additional support from Benchmark Capital, Mayfield Fund, DAG Ventures and Advance Publications.

NewVoiceMedia, a provider of cloud contact center services, secured $35 million in a Series C round of funding led by Bessemer Venture Partners and joined by Highland Capital Partners Europe, Eden Ventures and Notion Capital.

Snapguide, which allows for the sharing of step-by-step how to guides, raised $3 million from Atlas Venture, Index Ventures, SV Angel, CrunchFund and Slow Ventures.

Mobile app analytics company App Annie closed a $15 million funding round led by Sequoia Capital’s US fund, with participation from IDG Capital Partners, Greycroft Partners, and Infinity Venture Partners.

Job recruiting start up Bright raised $14 million in Series B funding from Toba Capital and Passport Capital. 

Stackdriver, the provider of intelligent management for cloud-powered applications, closed$10 million round of Series B financing, led by Flybridge Capital Partners, with Bain Capital Ventures also participating.

 Restalo, an online restaurant reservation service based in Spain, raised a $10 million Series B round from Seaya Ventures and Active Venture Partners. 

PubNub, provider of cloud-based infrastructure for real-time applications, closed an $11 million Series B round of funding from Scale Venture Partners, with participation from Relay Ventures and TiE Angels.

FuzeBox, a cloud-based provider of real-time communication and collaboration solutions, raised $26 million in Series B financing led by Hermes Growth Partners, along with Index Ventures, Khosla Ventures and Insight Venture Partners.

Dafiti, a Brazilian fashion e-commerce service, raised $70 million from the Toronto-based Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan.

Social media benchmarking company Unmetric raised $5.5 million in Series B financing led by JAFCO Asia. Nexus Venture Partners also participated.

Branding Brand, a mobile commerce platform for major retailers, secured $9.5 million in Series B funding led by Insight Venture Partners. The round also included CrunchFund, Lead Edge Capital, and eBay Enterprise.

Indentity management service Okta closed a $27 million Series D funding round led by Sequoia Capital. Andreessen Horowitz, Greylock Partners and Khosla Ventures all participated.

Illumio, a stealth security startup, closed a $34 million Series B round of venture capital funding led by General Catalyst Partners, along with Andreessen Horowitz and Formation 8.

Simpliearn, which provides online education and training for professional certification courses, raised $10 million in Series B funding from Khetal & Agrawal Advisors and Helion Venture Partners.

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