Funding roundup - week ending 3/7/14

Steven Loeb · March 7, 2014 · Short URL:

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Seed stage

Blend, a social networking app for college students, raised a $2.7 million seed round led by New Enterprise Associates, with participation from Trinity Ventures, Foundation Capital, Lerer Ventures, Maveron, BoxGroup, XG Ventures, and SparkLabs Global Ventures.

TrackDuck, a visual feedback and issue tracking startup, raised a €200,000 seed round from Kima Ventures and Practica Capital.

Customer service support provider Influx raised $250,000 in seed funding from Mark Harbottle and Leni Mayo/

Roojoom, a presentation creation platform, closed a $600,000 seed round, from 2B Angels and private investors.

Moving comparison site Buzzmove raised a $650,000 seed round from a group of investors including Michael & Simon Blakey at Avonmore Developments, Daniel McPherson and Tom Singh, Andrew Weizs and Justin Peters.

Reelio, a company that helps brands find creators YouTube who can post videos featuring their products; raised a “significant seven-figure” seed round led by, with additional funding from KRW Schindler Private Ventures, Jason Glickman, Andrew Reis Thomas Hesse, and various angel investors.

Workable, a provider of recruiting solutions for fast-growing businesse, secured $1.5 million in funding. Greylock IL led the round.

Mobile game studio Altitude Games raised $275,000 from Nix Nolledo, Philip Cahiwat, an undisclosed angel investor, and members of its founding team.

SimpliField, a mobile field reporting and analytics solution, raised $450,000 in a seed round of funding, led by KIMA Venture with participation from Angels such as Jacques-Antoine Granjon, Oleg Tscheltzoff, Angélique Berge, Jean David Benichou and IlanAbehassera.


Early stage

MasteryConnect, an education technology provider, raised $3.425 million as part of its Series A round, led by Catamount Ventures, with participation from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, Deborah Quazzo of GSV Advisors, Learn Capital, and existing angel investors.

Wickr, a communications app that focuses on security, raised $9 million in a Series A round of funding led by Gilman Louie of Alsop Louie, with help from Juniper Networks and Knight Foundation.

Boxever, a big data and personalization platform for airlines and travel operators, raised a $6 million round led by Polaris Partners, with Dublin firm Frontline Ventures also participating.

AppsFlyer, a mobile app measurement, attribution and analytics SaaS solution, raised$7.1M A Round from Pitango Venture Capital and Magma Venture Partners.

Travel booking startup Peek raised $5 million in new funding led by Todd Kimmel and Montage Ventures.

Smart home security system Canary raised a $10 million Series A from Khosla Ventures, Bobby Yazdani and its seed investors, including Two Sigma Ventures.

TVSMILES, a loyalty program for TV advertising, raised a $7 million Series A round from Ventech S.A., along with, German Startups Group, Brandenburg Ventures, Magix AG as well as angel investors.

TreSensa, provider of tools for the development and distribution for mobile games, raised $2 million in a Series A funding round led by Caribou Asset Management, with participation from Jason Glickman, Andrew Reis, David Pecker, and Ben Barokas.

Recombine, a bioinformatics startup out of New York, raised $3.3 million in a funding round led by FirstMark Capital.

Play-i, a company building robots for children to program, raised $8 million in series A financing from Madrona Venture Group and Charles River Ventures.

SALESmanago, a cloud based online marketing automation platform, raised a $1.7 million round of funding led by RafaƂ Brzoska.

Real estate startup Zumper raised $6.5 million in a Series A round led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

Speek, a provider of free and visual web and mobile conference calling solutions, closed $5.1 million in Series A funding from 500 Startups, Edward Norton, Crystal Tech Fund, CNF Investments and Middleland Capital. 

TripleLift, an advertising technology company, raised $4 million led by True Ventures, with participation from iNovia Captial, NextView Ventures, MESA+, Liberty City Ventures, Social Starts, Laconia Ventures, the Social Internet Fund, and others.

AppZero, which moves enterprise apps to the cloud, raised $3 million from Joe Alsop, Nigel Stokes, Frank A. Bonsal, Jr, Covington Capital, Matt Ocko and unnamed Gold Bench Capital partners.

Javelin, provider of  tools for companies test their employees’ new business ideas, raised $1.5 million in funding, led by Mark Suster and Upfront Ventures, with Eric Ries, 500 Startups, and a host of angel investors also contributing.

Trusper, a DIY/lifestyle tips app, raised $6.17 million in a Series A round that was led by DCM.

Quipper, an e-learning platform, raised $5.8 million from Atomico and Benesse, along with additional unnamed investors.

Sailogy, a marketplace for boat chartering, raised a $1.15 million Series A funding round from AGIRE and Fabio Cannavale.

Cloud hosting service DigitalOcean raised a $37.2 million Series A round led by Andreessen Horowitz, with IA Ventures and CrunchFund also participating.

CityAds Media, an international affiliate marketing and performance advertising platform, raised $5 million from Klever Internet Investments.

ClassDojo, a behavior feedback platform, raised $8.5 million from Shasta Ventures, Yuri Milner, General Catalyst, SoftTech VC, and SV Angel.


Late stage

CloudBees, a provider of cloud services for developers, raised an $11.2 million Series C funding round, led by Verizon Ventures, along with Matrix Partners, LightSpeed Venture Partners and Blue Cloud Ventures.

E-signature company DocuSign raised $85 million in a funding round that came from existing investors.

GuideSpark, which helps deliver HR communications and training solutions, raised $15 million led by New Enterprise Associates, Storm Ventures and IDG Ventures.

Online real estate marketplace raised $50 million in a round led by Google Capital.

ServiceMax, a field service management solution raised $71 million in Series E financing. The round was led by Meritech Capital with participation by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Cross Creek Advisors, QuestMark Partners, Sozo Ventures, Emergence Capital Partners, Mayfield Fund, Trinity Ventures, Crosslink Capital, Adams Street Partners, and

Slyce, a visual product search platformm secured $10.75 million in funding. Beacon Securities led the round with participation from PI Financial, Salman Partners, Harrington Global, AlphaNorth Asset Management and various private investors.

Reflektion, a predictive analytics platform for retailers and brands, raised $8 million in a Series B funding round led by Intel Capital and including NIKE as well as several private investors. 

Borro, a personal asset lender, closed $112 million in new funding from Victory Park Capital.

Genomics tools company RainDance Technologies raised a $16.5 million Series E financing round from all existing financial investors, along with GE Ventures and Northgate Capital.

DueDil, a business discovery platform, closed a $17 million Series B round led by Oak Investment Partners, with participation from Notion Capital and Passion Capital.

Venture Capital firm Founders Fund closed a $1 billion fifth suite of funds. Founders Fund V will be led by partners Ken Howery, Luke Nosek, Brian Singerman, Peter Thiel, Lauren Gross, Geoff Lewis, and Scott Nolan.

Online news site Business Insider raised  $12 million in funding from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

Aseptia, a  food processing technology company, raised$28 million Series C from Lookout Capital, SJF Ventures, Prudential, and the F.B. Heron Foundation.

Boqii, an e-commerce site focusing on pet-related products, raised $25 million in a round led by Goldman Sachs, along with an unnamed U.S. venture capitalist and existing investors. 

Clinicient, a cloud-based solutions provider, raised a $15 million C round led by Catalyst Investors.

Facial expression recognition company Emotient raised$6 million Series B round of financing led by Handbag, with participation from Intel Capital.

OnDeck, a technology-powered Main Street lender, raised a $77 million round led by Tiger Global Management with participation from Institutional Venture Partners, RRE Ventures, SAP Ventures, Google Ventures, First Round Capital and Peter Thiel.

SolarBridge Technologies, a provider of microinverters and monitoring technology for TrueAC solar systems, closed a $42 million round of funding led by Constellation Technology Ventures.

Home goods online retailer Wayfair raised $157 million in equity financing led by funds and accounts managed by T. Rowe Price Associates, as well a number of key investors, including growth focused mutual funds, as well as a private investment from Julie M.B. Bradley.

Educational startup General Assembly raised $35 million of investment from GSV Capital, Rethink Education, Maveron, and Western Technology Investment.

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