Funding roundup - week ending 3/28/14

Steven Loeb · March 28, 2014 · Short URL:

Indix, Sprig, CPXi, Nuji, True Ventures, HourlyNerd, Azubu, Ometria, Vectra, GoCoin, Hortonworks

Seed stage

Restaurant point-of-sale app TouchBistro closed $1.5 million in seed funding round funding from Walden Venture Capital and Kensington Capital Partners

Split, an app that allows used to avoid specific people, raised $1 million in seed funding from Chris Burch Jorg Mohaupt, Dodo Bar Or, Hadar Goldman,Alex Zubillaga and Oliver Slipper.

UK ecommerce intelligence startup Ometria received $1.5 million in seed funding from Alastair Mitchell, Andy McLoughlin, Tim Jackson, Phil Wilkinson, Charles Grimsdale, Ned Cranborne and Shan Drummond.

Codementor, a one-on-one learning platform for software developers, raised $600,000 in seed funding from angel investors that include David Cohen, Will Ballard, Fabrice Grinda, Jose Marin, and Alex Oxenford, Anil Dharni, Andy Keidel, Ram Gudavalli, Richard Chen, Rolf Mathies, Vineet Madan and TMI.

Social fashion platform Nuji raised a $2 million seed round from TAG, Seedcamp, Samos and various angels.

Augmented reality startup Virtual View App raised $500,000 in funding from unnamed private investors.

Vaavud, creator of wind meters for smartphones, raised $375,000 from a group of angel investors.

TrueVault, a healthcare app data security startup, raised $2.5 million in funding from Y Combinator, FundersClub, Paul Buchheit, Joel Milne, Andreessen Horowitz, General Catalyst, Maverick, and Khosla Ventures, Reid Rubsamen, Naveen Jain, and Ian Cinnamon.

Lookback, a platform for analyzing user experiences via video testimonials, raised a $2.2 million seed funding round led by Lakestar, with additional participation from Index Ventures and angel investments from Ilya Sukhar.


Early stage

SaaS and Big Data product intelligence platform Indix raised $8.5 million of a $9 million Series A-1 round of financing. The round was co-led by Avalon Ventures and Nexus Venture Partners.

Clever, a platform that integrates with any K-12 school’s Student Information System, raised $10.3 million in a Series A round led by Sequoia Capital, with help from Paul Graham, Sam Altman and Deborah Quazzo.

AppGyver, an HTML5-centric development platform for building apps, raised a $2.5 million round led by Initial Capital, with participation from Open Ocean Capital.

LoopMe, a social mobile advertising company, raised a $3 million funding round from Holtzbrinck Ventures and Open Ocean Capital. 

Lemnos Labs, an early-stage investment group, closed a $20 million venture capital fund to focus on the hardware space.

Payward, the company behind online Bitcoin exchange Kraken, raised a $5 million Series A round of funding led by Hummingbird Ventures.

Enterprise relationship manager RelateIQ raised $40 million in new funding from Redpoint Ventures, KPCB, Felicis Ventures, and News Corp. 

Tactile, an enterprise company that helps workers bring their customer information into a single app, raised $11.2 million from Accel Partners and Redpoint Ventures.

Forter, a real-time e-commerce fraud solution, raised$3 million Series A funding round from Sequoia Capital.

UK-based gym network PayasUgym raised a £1.6 million round led by Albion Ventures and MMC Ventures, with participation from existing investors.

Recruiting startup Hired raised a $15M Series-A round led by Crosslink Capital and Sierra Ventures, with participation from SoftTech and Sherpa.

Silent Herdsman, a decision-support platform, raised £3 million led by Scottish Equity Partners, along with Albion Ventures and the Scottish Investment Bank.

Realty Mogul, an online marketplace for real estate investing, raised a $9 million Series A led by Canaan Partners.

Food delivery service Sprig raised $10 million in Series A funding from Greylock Partners with Battery Ventures and Accel participating.

Global digital media holding company CPXi closed a $30 million funding round from the Business Development Corporation of America (BDCA).

Network security startup Vectra Netoworks raised $17.8 million in funding from Khosla Ventures, AME Cloud Ventures and IA Ventures.

Azubu, a global broadcast network specializing in delivering premium live and on-demand eSports programming, raised $34.5 (€25) million from Sapinda.

HourlyNerd, a job recruitment site for recent MBA graduates, raised a $4 million round of funding from Highland Capital Partners and Greylock Partners.

GoCoin, an international payment platform for digital currencies, closed a $1.5 million Series A equity financing led by Bitcoin Shop and Owen Van Natta. Crypto Currency Partners also participated.

Scandit, a developer of a software-based barcode scanning and data capture platform, raised $5.5 million in a round led by Ariel Luedi.

BlueVine, an online invoice financing service, closed $4 million in funding from Lightspeed Venture Partners, Greylock Partners Correlation Ventures, Kreos Capital, Kima Ventures and various unnamed angel investors.

Amplidata, an object-based software defined storage company, raised an $11 million round led by Intel Capital with participation from all existing investors, including Endeavor Vision, Hummingbird Ventures, Quantum, and Swisscom Ventures.

French digital advertising company Tapvalue raised  $2.2 million (€1.6 million) from an undisclosed VC firm, multiple business angels and public funds.

Gamblit Gaming, a provider of real money gaming in mobile games, closed $12 million in a round led by American Capital. 


Late stage

Digital currency company Circle Internet Financial closed $17 million in Series B financing led by Breyer Capital, Accel Partners, General Catalyst Partners, and Oak Investment Partners. Pantera Capital, the Bitcoin Opportunity Fund, Leonard H. Schrank, M. Michele Burns and Fenway Summer.

Equity-based crowdfunding platform CircleUp raised $14 million in Series B funding. Canaan Partners led the round with participation from Google Ventures, Union Square Ventures, Maveron and Rose Park Advisors.

Chinese Internet giant Tencent paid roughly $500 million for a 28% stake in game developer and publisher CJ Games.

Intelligent energy management platform Noesis Energy raised $30 million from Austin Ventures and Black Coral Capital.

Freightos, a global online freight network, raised a $4.6 million Series B funding led by Aleph and ICV, along with OurCrowd.

Vend, an online point-of-sale software provider, raised $20 million in a round co-led Peter Thiel and Square Peg Capital.

Virtualization data management company Actifio raised a $100 million round from North Bridge, Greylock IL, Advanced Technology Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, and Technology Crossover Ventures.

Vicarious, a developer of machine learning software, raised a $40 million round from Formation 8, Mark Zuckerberg, Vinod Khosla and Peter Thiel.

Venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz raised a $1.5 billion multi-stage venture capital fund called Andreessen Horowitz Fund IV.

Venture capital firm True Ventures raised $100 million for its fourth fund, bringing the total to $350 million.

Apache Hadoo distributor Hortonworks raised a $100 million round led by BlackRock and Passport Capital, and joined by all existing investors. 

Clio, which makes adminstrative software for attorneys, closed a $20 million Series C funding round led by Bessemer Venture Partners.

TakeLessons, an online marketplace for private lessons, raised $7 million in funding led by Lightbank, with participation from Crosslink Capital, SoftTech VC, and Triangle Peak Partners and Moore Venture Partners.

Demandbase, a B2B targeting and personalization company, closed a $15 million round led by Greenspring Associates, with participation from Scale Venture Partners, SigmaWest, Altos Ventures, Costanoa Ventures and Adobe Systems Incorporated.

French internet of things network Sigfox raised a Series B round of $20.6 million (€15 million) from Idinvest Partners, the FSN PME, Fonds Ambition Numérique,  Elaia Partners, Intel Capital, Ixo Private Equity and Partech.

Venture capital firm Lightspeed Venture Partners raised a new fund totalling $950 million.

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