Funding Roundup


Funding roundup - week ending 12/20/13

Robinhood, Freshdesk, ResolutionTube, Freenom, Manalto, Soundhawk, Curoverse, Trinity Pharma

Innovation series by Steven Loeb
December 20, 2013
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Seed stage

Robinhood, a mobile financial services company, raised a $3 million seed round, led by Index Ventures, with commitments from a16z seed, Rothenberg Ventures and angel investors Tim Draper and Howard Lindon joining.

Pymetrics, a career assessment and recruiting platform provider, closed $2.5 million in seed funding. Khosla Ventures led the round with participation from angel investors Bob Pittman, Jeff Hammerbacher and Andy Palmer, as well as Terry McGuire.

FlyCleaners, an on-demand laundry and dry-cleaning app, raised $2-million in seed funding from a group of private investors and Zelkova Ventures. 

Ecommerce fraud prevention startup Trustev added a $500,000 investment from Notion Capital to its seed round. 

Deck, an app that lets users create presentations on the go, raised a $600,000 seed round from Qualcomm Ventures and angel investors led by Sabeer Bhatia. 

Online body shape and garment fit visualisation company Metail raised £2.8 million in funding in a round led by New World Private Equity Partners, with participation from Stefano D’Anna and John Gleasure.

ResolutionTube, which uses augmented reality to help field technicians do their jobs, raised a $1.5 million Series Seed funding led by Madrona Venture Group with participation from Acceleprise Ventures, David Cohen, Rudy Gadre, Owen Van Natta, Vijay Vashee and others. 

Manalto, a social media management platform, raised $1 million in seed capital from Europlay Capital Advisors and Raven Capital, as well as a group of Australian angel investors. 

Curoverse, the developer of commercial software products based on Arvados, raised $1.5 million in seed money from Hatteras Venture Partners, Point Judith Ventures, Common Angels, MassVentures, and Boston Global Ventures.

Minube, a social travel startup, closed 1 million euros in funding. The investors were Kibo Ventures, Bonsai Venture Capital and Sputnik Ventures.

Online marketplace Bubbles raised an additional £200,000 in seed funding from a group of private investors.


Early stage

SensioLabs, creator of the Symfony PHP framework, raised a $7 million round from CM-CIC Private Capital.

Space and analytics company Planet Labs raised $52 million in Series B funding from Yuri Milner, Industry Ventures, Felicis Ventures,Lux Capital, Ray Rothrock, DFJ, Capricorn, O’Reilly Alpha Tech Ventures, Founders Fund, First Round Capital, Innovation Endeavors, Data Collective and AME Cloud Ventures.

MyOptique Group, an online optical retailer selling prescription glasses sunglasses and contact lenses, secured £8 million in a round led by Acton Capital Partners, Highland Capital Partners and Index Ventures, along with Cipio Partners and GP Bullhound Sidecar.

Entitle, an eBook subscription service, launched with $5.3 million in Series A funding from unnamed investors. 

Floored, a company for 3D data capture and visualization solutions, raised $5.26 million Series A round. RRE Ventures led the round, with participation from Greycroft Partners, Two Sigma Ventures, Lerer Ventures, and Felicis Ventures.

Datameer ,a provider of self-service Big Data analytics for Hadoop, completed a $19 million Series D round led by Next World Capital. Workday, Citi Ventures, Software AG, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Redpoint Ventures also participated.

Freenom, a free domain name provider, closed $3 million in Series A funding from a group of investors led by Kima Ventures.

Soundhawk, creator of a wearable device to enhance the listening experience, launched with a $5.7 million round led by True Ventures. 

Trinity Pharma, a provider of cloud-based data, analytics and mobile solutions for the global life sciences industry, closed $15 million in Series A funding. Health Enterprise Partners led the round.

Blacklane, a global chauffeur service portal, raised $14 million from RI Digital Ventures, ALSTIN- Alternative Strategic Investment, b-to-v Partners, car4you Holding and s Daimler Mobility Services GmbH.

Open-source nonrelational database RethinkDB raised $8 million in funding from Highland Capital Partners, with contributions from Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Webb Investment Network.

Enterprise parking software company PassportParking raised $6 million in Series A funding co-led by Grotech Ventures and Relevance Capital with participation from a consortium of angel investors.

Datical, which supports proven open source projects for use in enterprise environments, raised $3 million in Series A financing led by Mercury Fund.  Austin Ventures and other investors also participated.

Onde Ficar, a Portugese online infrastructure for booking rooms, raised $2 million from David Kloeppel, Joe Maxwell,  the Nashville Capital Network Angel Group and affiliated investors.

Web and mobile prototyping tool InVision raised $11.6 million from FirstMark Capital and Tiger Global.

 Taxibeat, a Greek taxi-hailing startup, raised a $4 million funding round from Hummingbird Ventures.


Late stage

Public transportation app Moovit raised $28 million led by Sequoia Capital, with BRM Group and Gemini Israel Ventures participating. 

Life360, a smart home integration company, raised an additional $7 million from The Duchossois Group in follow-on funding as part of its Series B.

Crowdfunding website Crowdtilt raised $23 million in Series B funding led by Andreessen Horowitz, with participation from SV Angel as well as Sean Parker, Matt Mullenweg, Oliver Jung, DCM, Felicis Ventures, Naval Ravikant, Alexis Ohanian, Elad Gil, and others.

Social and mobile casino games startup Plumbee raised $14 million in Series B funding. Endemol put $13 million into the company, with the additional $1 million coming from Idinvest Partners.

Maxwell Health, a human resources platform that manages benefits and promotes employee health, raised$6 million series A1 financing round led by Vaizra Investments, with participation from Catalyst Health Ventures, Tribeca Venture Partners, Serious Change, Lerer Ventures, BoxGroup, and angel investors.

iROKOtv, the Africa-based movie platform for Nigerian movies, raised an $8 million round led by Tiger Global, with further participation from Kinnevik and Rise Capital.

Sailthru, a provider of automated marketing personalization solutions, raised $20 million in a Series C financing round led by Scale Venture Partners.

CloudFlare, which offers cloud-based services to improve security and website performance, raised $50 million in Series C funding from Union Square Ventures and Greenspring Associates, with New Enterprise Associates, Pelion Venture Partners and Venrock also participating.

WyzAnt, an online marketplace for private tutoring, raised$21.5 million investment from Accel Partners.

Check-in service Foursquare raised $35 million in a Series D round from DFJ Growth and Capital Group. 

Telly, a social discovery platform for movies and shows on mobile and PCs, raised $8 million in a Series B financing, from Cinemagic, Lumia Capital, Azure Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Felicis Ventures and Georges Harik.

Sojern, a traveler engagement platform, raised $10 million in Series C funding. Triangle Peak Partners led the round with participation from Norwest Venture Partners, Trident Capital, Focus Ventures and Industry Ventures.

Ticket search engine SeatGeek raised $2.2 million in a funding round from its existing investors. 

CyanogenMod, an aftermarket firmware for Android phones, raised $23 million from Andreessen Horowitz and Tencent, as well as Benchmark and Redpoint.

Freshdesk, a customer support software company, raised $7 million from Accel Partners and Tiger Global Management.

Infinio, a provider of downloadable storage performance, closed$12 million Series B financing. Bessemer Venture Partners, Highland Capital Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and Osage University Partners participated.

Knewton, an adaptive learning company, raised $51 million in a round led by Atomico. GSV Capital, Accel Partners, Bessemer Venture Partners, First Round Capital, FirstMark Capital and Founders Fund also particpated, along with debt financing from Silicon Valley Bank. 

Online designer frame company Warby Parker raised $60 million in a round led Tiger Global Management. General Catalyst Partners, Spark Capital and First Round Capital also contributed.

AlienVault, a provider of Unified Security Management solutions and crowd-sourced threat intelligence, added a $3.5 million investment from  Intel Capital to its Series D round, bringing the round to $30 million.

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