Funding Roundup - week ending 9/13/13

Steven Loeb · September 13, 2013 · Short URL:

Joota, PureDiscovery, Matterport, NewsWhip, HourlyNerd, Kreditech all raised money this week

Seed stage

Temnos, a PaaS company that focuses on content intelligence for media companies,  raised $1.25 million in seed funding from unnamed angel investors.

FiscalNote, a legislation tracking and prediction startup, raised $1.2 million in seed funding from Mark Cuban, New Enterprise Associates, and First Round Capital’s Dorm Room Fund. 

E-commerce service Yoyo raised 1.2 million from Imperial Innovations Group, Mathias Entenmann, Chipper Boulas, Alain Falys, Anil Hansjee, Richard Muirhead, and former executives from Barclaycard, Worldpay, Visa, First Data and Western Union. 

Outline, whuich builds public policy simulators for city and state governments, raised a $850,000 seed round from the Knight Foundation.

Cloudamize, an Amazon Web Services (AWS) optimization and capacity planning platform, secured $1.2 million in seed funding led by MissionOG and Gabriel Investments with participation from industry angels.

Joot Ventures, the company behind social content network Joota, secured a $700,000 seed round from Interactive E Solutions and an individual angel investor.

News-finding dashboard NewsWhip raised a $1.1 million seed round.  Investors include Hal Philipp, Shane Naughton, AIB Seed Capital Fund, Enterprise Ireland, and Hannes Smarason.

HourlyNerd, a job recruitment site for recent MBA graduates, received $750,000 in seed funding, led by Mark Cuban, along with Accanto Partners and Connect Ventures.

Early Stage

Multimedia messaging platform Pinnatta raised $1.5 million in Series A funding from Odyssey Venture Partners and PJ Tech Catalyst. 

Free streaming music service Songza raised $4.7 million in an equity financing round. The investment came from a syndicate of investors, including, William Morris Endeavor, Lerer Ventures, Deep Fork Capital, Metamorphic Ventures, Troy Carter, Scooter Braun, Gary Vaynerchuk, Geoff Judge, Nicole Junkermann and others.

Bislr, a provider of Intelligent Marketing Software for mid-market and enterprise companes, raised an additional $1.5 million in Series A financing from Southern Cross Venture Partners, Terry & Katrina Garnett and Tim Draper.

MarketMeSuite, a social media management and marketing platform for small and mid-sized businesses and professionals, secured $1.25 million from Talus Holdings.

Mobile-first banking app Numbrs has raised $3.8 million from parent company Centralway.   

LevelEleven, a company focused on enterprise gamification and CRM solutions, raised $2 million from Detroit Venture Partners, Hyde Park Venture Partners, Salesforce, David Fryand Mashburn Justice Capital Partners.

Freestyle Capital, a seed-stage investor that focuses on internet startups, closed $40 million for its second fund.

Online tool food delivery tool Hellofood, an offshoot of FoodPanda, raised $8 million from iMENA Holdings. 

Salsify, a network for product content management, received $8 million in Series A funding from Matrix Partners and North Bridge Venture Partners.

Zynstra, a provider of hybrid cloud solutions for small and medium sized enterprises, raised $3.8 million Series A funding. The round was led by Octopus Investments, and included Richard Brennan, Tom Vari, and Jon Craton.

Matterport, a developer for cloud-based 3D models of interior spaces, raised a $2.8 million Series A-1 financing with participation from Gordon Segal and Blake Krikorian.

Kreditech, a big data based consumer loan and scoring technology provider, raised $7 million in additional funding from Europe’s largest growth debt provider, Kreos Capital. 

Late stage

Maker Studios, a talent first media company, raised $26 in Series C funding from a group of European and Asian investors including Canal+ Group, Astro Overseas Limited and SingTel Innov8. Swiss company Lakestar, Northgate Capital and Upfront Ventures also participated.

Greylock Partners raised a new $1 billion fund, its fourteenth overall, to invest in marketplaces, cloud servers, mobile and enterprise.

AppDirect, a provider of white-label marketplaces for business apps, raised $9 million in a Series B round, led by INovia Capital, along with existing 

 Insightly, a freemium customer relationship management (CRM) company, raised $10 million in Series B funding. Emergence Capital Partners, Sozo Ventures and TrueBridge Capital Partners are participating in the round led by Matt Holleran.

TapInfluence, a provider of influencer marketing software solutions, closed$5 million round of Series B funding led by Grotech Ventures, along with Access Venture Partners.

CrowdStrike, a provider of security technologies and services focused on identifying advanced threats and targeted attacks, raised $30 million in Series B financing led by Accel Partners and including Warburg Pincus.

Calastone, a independent cross-border transaction network for the global funds industry, raised $18 million led by Accel Partners with participation from Octopus Investments.

Consumer electronics startup Jawbone raised $93 million in debt financing from Silver Lake Partners, Fortress Investment Group, J.P. Morgan and Wells Fargo. The company also raided a new round of equity said to be at $20 million from existing investors. 

Clarabridge, a provider of intelligent Customer Experience Management (CEM) solutions, raised $80 million equity investment by General Catalyst Partners, Summit Partners, and Unica-founder Yuchun Lee.

Mobile payment company Paydiant closed a $15 million round of funding from North Bridge Venture Partners, General Catalyst Partners, Stage 1 Ventures and two of Paydiant’s customers.

Semiconductor company eASIC raised $23.5 million in funding from Khosla Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, Crescendo Ventures, Seagate Technology and Evergreen Partners.

PureDiscovery, a provider of semantic discovery solutions, secured$9 million investment from Medina Capital.

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