Funding Roundup


Funding roundup - week ending 10/18/13

1366 Technologies, Nomi, Kii, BoardProspects, Fancred, MyBuys, Mygola, Logi Analytics, Proterra

Innovation series by Steven Loeb
October 18, 2013
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Seed stage

Social mobile shopping app Depop closed a $1 million seed round, from Red Circle Investments and Luca Marzotto.

Interactive scrapbook startup Keepy raised $1.1 million from a group of angels investors including Ben Ling, Eyal Goldwerger, Eyal Gura, Modi Rosen, Nadav Peres, Winklevoss Capital, Yair Goldfinger and Yaron Galai.

Social shopping and deals-focused startup Shopcade raised £2.5 million ($4 million) from Pascal Cagni, and Michel Combes.

TRAFI, a developer of a journey planner app for commuters and travelers in emerging markets, closed $500,000 in seed funding from Practica Capital.

Mode, an online repository for data science work, raised a $550,000 seed round of funding led by David Sacks.

Breathometer, the creator of a breathalyzer that connects to a smartphone, closed nearly $2 million in seed funding. Investors included Structure Capital VC and Dillon Hill Capital, as well as the five investors on the TV show “Shark Tank.”

Boxer, a next generation mobile inbox, secured $3 million in series seed funding led by Sutter Hill Ventures.

Fancred, a social networks for sports lovers, raised $1.5 million from Atlas Venture, Militello Capital, Star Power Partners, and a group of angels.

StarMobile, a provider of enterprise mobility products, raised $2.5 million in seed funding. U.S. Venture Partners led the round with participation from GRA Venture Fund and Atlanta Technology Angels.

Izzui, a platform for create and selling courses on Facebook, raised $1.4 million from Confrapar.

SkyGiraffe, provider of a platform that extends enterprise data to mobile devices, raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Microsoft Ventures.

Wishberg, a site dedicated to sharing bucketlists, raised $150,000 from India Quotient, with participation from angel investors including Vijay Shekhar Sharma and Uday Sodhi.

Early stage

Nomi, a marketing platform for offline businesses, raised $10 million in a Series A funding round led by Accel Partners, with First Round Capital, Greycroft Partners and Forerunner ventures also participating. 

Cozy, a company dedicated to transforming the landlord-tenant relationship, raised $5 million from General Catalyst Partners and the Social+Capital Partnership.

News and discussion platform PolicyMic raised $3 million in funding in a round led by Lightspeed Venture Partners, with participation from Lerer Ventures, Advancit Capital, and Red Swan Ventures.

Usermind, a startup focused on being the seamless software glue that binds front-office software together, raised $7.6 million in a Series A financing round, led by Andreessen Horowitz, with participation from Charles River Ventures and SV Angel.

Mobile backend-as-a-service (MBaaS) platform Kii raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Fenox Venture Capital. 

BoardProspects, an online boardroom community for board members, raised $2.4 million in Series A funding from angel investors such as private companies, CEOs, public company directors and investment bankers.

FIELDS, a Shanghai-based premiere online grocery store, raised a $5 million Series A investment round led by ClearVue Partners.

Travel startup Mygola raised $1.5 million from Helion Venture Partners and Blumberg Capital.

Map platform startup MapBox closed a $10 million Series A round from Foundry Group.


Late stage

Seed- and early-stage venture firm Javelin Venture Partners raised $125 million for its Javelin Venture Partners Fund III.

Endpoint security vendor Druva raised $25 million in Series C funding from Sequoia Capital and Nexus Venture Partners, and Tenaya Capital.

Cloud-based accounting software provider Xero raised $150 million (NZ$180 million) from Valar Ventures and Matrix Capital. The round also included other, unnamed, investors in both the United States and New Zealand. 

Refinery29, a lifestyle media content provider, raised $20 million in Series C funding from Stripes Group.

Web server Nginx raised $10 million in a Series B funding round led by New Enterprise Associates and with participation from, Runa Capital, MSD Capital and Aaron Levie.

SundaySky, a provider of generated videos for e-businesses, closed a $9 million Series B financing round led by Norwest Venture Partners with participation from Carmel Ventures and Globespan Capital Partners.

ParStream, provider of the leading real-time database for big data analytics, closed an $8 million series B funding round led by Khosla Ventures.

Fashion e-tailer Stitch Fix raised a $12 million Series B from Bill Gurley, and with participation from Baseline Capital and Western Technology Investments.

Mintigo, a marketing intelligence tool, raised $10 million in Series C funding led by Adams Street Partners with participation from Sequoia Capital and Giza Venture Capital.

Anaqua, a provider of intellectual asset management (IAM) software and services, raised $25 million from Bessemer Venture Partners.

Mobile games marketing platform AppLift raised $7 million in Series B funding from Prime Ventures. 

Minted, an online marketplace for independent design and art, raised $41 million in Series C financing, led by Technology Crossover Ventures. Allen & Company and Benchmark Capital. Kevin Hartz and Julia Hartz were among the angels who participated in the round.

Accela, a provider of civic engagement solutions for government agencies, closed $40 million in funding from Bregal Sagemount.

Chinese social marketing company Social Touch raised $10 million in Series C funding from Sierra Ventures, Legend Capital and GGV Capital.

MyBuys, a provider of marketing solutions for retailers, took out a $4.5 million venture loan from NXT Capital.

Embedded analytics company Logi Analytics closed a $27.5 million growth equity investment led by LLR Partners. Updata Partners also participated.

Proterra, a provider of a zero emission battery electric bus, closed $24 million in Series C funding led by Edison Energy and Constellation. Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, GM Ventures, Mitsui & Co. Global Investment, Vision Ridge Partners, Hennessey Capital and 88 Green Ventures also participated.

Silicon wafer manufacturer 1366 Technologies secured $15 million in Series C funding from Tokuyama Corporation and existing investors.

Thinking Phone Networks, which provides unified communications as a service, raised a  $10 million round led by Bessemer Venture Partners and Advanced Technology Ventures.

Personal, a digital vault and private network for people to store and manage important information and documents, raised a $4.5 million round led by Bill Miller.

Chukong Technologies, an international mobile entertainment company, raised $50 million in a Series D funding round led by New Horizon Capital. GGV Capital, Sequoia Capital,Steamboat Ventures and Northern Light also participated.

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