Funding Roundup


Funding roundup - week ending 1/31/14

Enigma, Medium, Cloudpartner, PricePanda, One Kings Lane, Statwing, Zopa, Practically Green, Hansoft

Innovation series by Steven Loeb
January 31, 2014
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Seed stage

Guardly, a provider of enterprise-grade mobile safety solutions, raised $1.45 million in seed financing led by San Francisco-based Freestyle Capital, with participation from Golden Venture Partners and MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund. 

Social shopping startup raised $400,000 in funding from Jesper Buch and Creandum.

Sightly, a video advertising technology company focused on localized solutions, raised $1.7 million in seed funding round led by Mack Capital, with participation from Tomorrow Ventures and 500 Startups.

Vint, a Swedish peer-to-peer marketplace for private training, raised a seed round of $1.8 million, led by Creandum.

Sqrl, which provides a web app to help accountants keep track of clients, raised $550,000 led by CincyTech, Hyde Park Ventures and other strategic investors.

Data analysis provider Statwing raised an undisclosed round of funding from Jeff Hammerbacher, Jason Seats, Diego Basch, David Coallier, Matthew Kimball, Juan Luis Vicente and Juanjo Matam.

Education startup Gojimo raised a $1 million seed round from Index Ventures, along with  Richard Reed, Adam Balon and Jon Wright.

Kyto, a B2B marketing service, raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Bauer Digital and Creathor Venture.

Realytics, which provides real-time analytics for TV campaigns, secured funding an undisclosed amount of funding from Berlin Technologie Holding.

Style startup Bow and Drape raised $1.2 million from VegasTechFund, Great Oaks Venture Capital, Triple Point Capital, and Jeff Fluhr.

Bench Accounting, a provider of virtual bookkeeping services, closed $1 million in funding. The investors were Contour Ventures, Alpine Meridian, Lerer Ventures, Quotidian Ventures and various unnamed angels.

Voxeet, a provider of conferencing services for businesses, received $1.5 million in a seed-round funding round led by Partech Ventures, with participation from Aquiti Gestion, Kima Ventures and business angels with smaller investments, including Oleg Tscheltzoff and Jacques-Antoine Granjon.

Epic, which provides an all-you-can-read eBook subscription service for kids 12 and under, raised $1.4 million in funding from Menlo Ventures, Webb Investment Network, Innovation Endeavors, Maven Ventures, Morado Ventures, and others.


Early stage

Native advertising company MobSoc Media raised $5 million from James Altucher and Lou Kerner.

Tapastic, an online portal for webcomics, raised $2 million in Series A funding from Daum Communications.

Qordoba, a Web-based content creation company, raised $1.5 million from MENA Venture Investments and Silicon Oasis Ventures.

SaaS security solution Bitglass launched with $10 million  from NEA and Norwest Venture Partners.

Rocketmiles raised $6.5 million in a round led by August Capital, with participation from Peterson Ventures, Link Ventures and Atlas Venture.

Yiftee, a service for sending gifts at local shops and restaurants, completed its Series A funding round of $2.1 million led by Dr. Peter Fitzgerald/TransPacific Ventures, and including Scott Cook, Burt Sugarman, Mary Hart, Asset Management Company, Jillian Manus/Broad Strategy Fund and Michael J. Levinthal.

Global crowdfunding platform Indiegogo raised $40 million in Series B funding. The round was led by Institutional Venture Partners and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), with additional funding from Insight Venture Partners, MHS Capital, Metamorphic Ventures and ff Venture Capital.

Hansoft, which provides tools to help teams collaborate and manage the development of products, raised $8.4 million led by Creandum. A number of private individual investors also participated in the round, including Mårten Mickos.

SOLS, maker of 3D printed custom orthotics, raised $1.75 million in a seed funding round led by Lux Capital, with participation from RRE, Rothenberg Ventures, Start Garden, Felicis Ventures, Grape Arbor, Silicon Badia, Terawatt Ventures, Funders Guild, Expansion VC, ALM and other angels.

LiveOps, provider of cloud contact center and customer service solutions, closed a $30 million round of debt funding from Comerica Bank.

TigerText, provider of real-time messaging for the enterprise, closed a $21 million series B round of funding. The investment round was led by Shasta Ventures, along with OrbiMed, Reed Elsevier Ventures, TELUS Corporation, Easton Capital, New Leaf Venture Partners, and New Science Ventures.

Cloudpartner, which lets German small IT businesses outsource their business into the cloud, raised a €1.5 million ($2 million) Series A round from Runa Capital.

Price comparison site PricePanda raised $3 million in new funding from Tengelmann Group.

Practically Green, a provider of digital sustainability engagement programs, closed a $3 million Series A round led by CommonAngels.

Enigma, an infrastructures for public data, raised 4.5 million in Series A funding led by Comcast Ventures, with participation from American Express Ventures, Crosslink Capital and the New York Times Company.  

Cleverbug, a social gifting company and developer of the CleverCards app, raised $6 million in financing led by Delta Partners.

GetYourGuide, a platform for tours and activities, raised a $4.5 million Series A round led by Kees Koolen and Fritz Demopoulos along with Sunstone Capital.

Clean Wave Technologies, which makes components for electric and hybrid vehicles, raised $8.76 million. Investors include Grand River Capital. 

Speaktoit, developer of human-computer interaction technologies based on natural language conversations, received an undisclosed amount of funding from Intel Capital and the Alpine Technology Fund.

Transfluent, a provider of language translations for social media and apps, raised $2 million from Finland's Vision+ Fund and Tekes, and a group of angel investors from around the world.

Changers, which motivates people to transform their energy behavior, closed $1.5 million in Series A financing. BFB Frühphasenfonds Brandenburg GmbH led the round, with participation from Heliocentris Energy Solutions AG and additional private investors.

Implisit, provider of self-learning platform that mines CRM data, raised $3.3 million from Gemini Israel Ventures.


Late stage

Tag management company Ensighten raised $40 million in Series B funding from Insight Venture Partners.

Publishing platform Medium raised $25 million in a round led by David Sze and Josh Elman of Greylock Partners, with participation from angel investors and "friends of Medium."

Madison Reed, an e-commerce solution for the home hair care market, launched with a $12 million Series B round of funding led by Norwest Venture Partners, with True Ventures and Maveron also participating.

Origami Logic, the developer of marketing intelligence solutions, raised $15 million in Series B financing, led by Jafco Ventures, with participation from Accel Partners and Lightspeed Venture Partners.

Digital media brand Daily Secret received Series B funding of $1.25 million from PanAfrican Investment Co., along with Greycroft Partners and eVentures.

Cloud data security company CloudLock raised $16.5 million in a Series C funding round from Bessemer Venture Partners, along with participation from Cedar Fund and Ascent Venture Partners.

Inneractive, a cross-platform mobile app monetization startup, raised a $6 million Series C funding round, from existing investors, including Evergreen, plus a group of additional investors that included Kreos Capital.

Healthcare data warehousing and analytics company Health Catalyst closed $41 million in funding from Sequoia Capital, Norwest Venture Partners,  Kaiser Permanente Ventures,Sorenson Capital, CHV Capital and Partners HealthCare.

Sports blog GiveMeSport raised an undisclosed amount of Series B funding from IMG Media.

Cotap, an enterprise mobile messaging service, received $10 million. Emergence Capital Partners led the round, with participation from Charles River Ventures.

Russian online fashion site Lamoda raised €10 million from International Finance Corporation.

Dafiti, a footwear and fashion e-commerce site, raised €15 million from from International Finance Corporation.

Kreditech, a big data based consumer loan and scoring technology provider, raised $15 million from Kreos Capital. 

One Kings Lane, a flash-sales site focused on home goods, raised a $112 million funding round from Mousse Partners, existing investors, including Scripps Networks, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Tiger Global Management, as well two unidentified firms.

Peer-to-peer lending company Zopa closed a £15 million ($25 million) round from Arrowgrass Capital Partners.

BrightFarms, an urban agriculture company, secured $4.9 million in Series B financing from a group of investors led by NGEN Partners, Emil Capital Partners, Ted Caplow, and several other prominent investors.

Flat World Knowledge, which provides college textbooks and an online platform that allows instructors to personalize content, raised $9 million led by Bessemer Venture Partners. Valhalla Partners, Tribeca Venture Partners, Penguin Random House Holdings and Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments also participated.

Artisanal coffee chain Blue Bottle Coffee raised $25.75 million from a range of high-profile Internet players and also Morgan Stanley Investment Management.

On-demand market research provider GutCheck raised a $4 million round of financing led byIcon Venture Partners and including existing investors.

Last-minute hotel booking app HotelTonight raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Barry Sternlicht, the founder and CEO of Starwood Capital Group.

Moontoast, a provider of social rich media advertising technology and services, raised a $4.5 million extension to its 2013 Series B funding. The investment was made by the Martin Companies.

AutoGrid Systems, provider of Big Data analytics and cloud computing solutions for the energy industry, raised $12.75 million in a Series C financing led by a consortium of strategic investors, including E.ON, Foundation Capital and Voyager Capital, among others.

Indian e-commerce company Myntra closed a $50 million round of funding from PremjiInvest, Sofina, Accel and Tiger Global.

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