Funding roundup - week ending 9/19/14

Steven Loeb · September 19, 2014 · Short URL:

LightSpeed, CrowdFlower, Docker, Bluebridge, Sidecar, eSentire, Auth0, JW Player, iVinci Health

Seed stage

Bluebridge, a mobile-apps-as-a-service (MAaaS) company, raised a $1 million seed round of financing led by angel investors including Bill Godfrey and Tim Kopp, andangel investors with "deep software and operating experience."

Auth0, an identity-as-a-service solution, raised $2.4 million in seed funds led by Bessemer Venture Partners with participation from K9 Ventures, Portland Seed Fund and NXTP Labs.

Beauty and fashion community BeautyCon raised under $5 million in seed financing from Hearst Corp., Ken Hertz, Eric Greenspan, Rachel Zoe Ventures, and Queensbridge Venture Partners.

HowGood, a service  for rating grocery products, raised $2 million from FirstMark Capital, Highline Ventures, Great Oaks Venture Capital, Serious Change LP, Jake Lodwick and Joanne Wilson.

PeerSpace, a peer-to-peer marketplace that helps professionals gain access to productive spaces, raised a $1.5 million in seed funding round from Structure Capital, Ran Makavy, Michael Horwitz, Ron Pizzuti and other Angel investors.

Envoy, an iPad-based visitor-registration system, raised $1.5 million from Marc Benioff, Adam D’Angelo, Jeremy Stoppelman, Razmig Hovaghimian, Yishan Wong, Harj Taggar, Alexis Ohanian, Garry Tan, Blake Krikorian, Semil Shah, Tobi Lutke, Yun-Fang Juan, Bobby Goodlatte, Kent Liu, Tammy Nam, Javier Olivan and Ali Rosenthal.

PoachIt, an intelligent online shopping tool, raised $1.8 million from Robert Sillerman, Roland Berger  and Arnab Gupta.

DipJar, an electronic tip jar, raised a $420,000 seed round from Bob Mason, Katie Rae, Reed Sturtevant, Will Herman, Warren Katz, Joe Caruso, Mike Dornbrook, Bill Warner, Scott Heller, and others.

Talkdesk, a cloud-based solution allowing companies to create a call center in the browser, raised $3.15 million in a round led  by Storm Ventures, along with 500 Startups. 

Mobile gaming startup Chobolabs raised a $1.3 million round led by Innovation Endeavors with participation from Maurice Werdegar, XG Ventures, Jim Ellis, Joel Peterson, Bill Meehan, John Kobs, Mac Harman and other angel investors.

B2B personalization SaaS solution TargetingMantra raised $1.1  million from 500Startups, Nexus Venture Partners, and One97 Mobility Fund.

Online marketing company DOZ raised $1.5 million from Nexus Ventures, 500 Startups, Kima Ventures, Structure Capital, and executives from LinkedIn, Amazon, Rakuten and the French Public Investment Bank. 

Augmate, a wearable technology company that specializes in enterprise apps, raised $2.8 million in a seed round from UPS Strategic Enterprise Fund, Siemens Venture Capital, Simon Venture Group, Rothenberg Ventures, Excell Partners, Camp One Ventures, FP Angels, and Tim Draper.

Predictive cyber security startup CyActive raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Siemens Venture Capital. 

Shippo, a shipping API provider, raised $2 million in seed funding led by SoftTech VC, with participation from investors that include Version One Ventures, 500 Startups, Joanne Wilson, Slow Ventures, Fabrice Grinda, and other angels. 

HazelCast, an open source in-memory data grid for Java, raised an $11 million Series B led by Earlybird Venture Capital. Ali Kutay, Rod Johnson, and Bain Capital Ventures also participated.

Odilo, a product suite for library print and digital materials, raised a $2.8 million funding round (€2.2M) led by Active Venture Partners.

Cloud code tester Code Climate raised a $2 million seed round led by NextView Ventures, along with Lerer Ventures, Fuel Capital, Trinity Ventures and Angels including James Lindenbaum and Tom Preston-Werner.

SchoolMint, a provider of mobile and online enrollment and school choice systems raised $2.2 million in a round led by Runa Capital, New School Ventures Fund and Crosslink Capital with additional participation from Kapor Capital, Imagine K12, Romulus Capital, Fresco Capital and EdMentor VC as well as angel investors like Jared Kopf. 


Smart drone management platform DroneDeploy raised a $2 million seed led by SoftTech VC,along with DataCollective, Redpoint and DFJ, and Angelpad.


Early stage

Healthcare financial technology company iVinci Health raised $5 million led by Intermountain Healthcare, Inova Health System, St. Luke's Health System and another undisclosed health system.

Music production storage and collaboration startup Splice raised a $4.5 million Series A led by True Ventures and joined by Union Square Ventures.

ClassPass, a membership program for fitness classes, raised $12 million in Series A funding led by Fritz Lanman and Hank Vigil.

Gousto, a recipe kit subscription and grocery delivery service, raised a £5 million ($8.3m) Series A round led by Unilever Ventures, along with MMC Ventures.

TrueAccord, an automated debt recovery platform, raised $5 million in Series A funding led by Khosla Ventures and Raymond Tonsing, with participation from Max Levchin, Bryan Johnson, and Homebrew, among others., a stealth e-commerce company, raised $20 million from Western Technology Investments, along with a $5 million asset-backed facility from Silicon Valley Bank.

Online job board Workpop raised $7 million in Series A funding from Trinity Ventures, SV Angel, Obvious Ventures and Cornerstone OnDemand.

Semmle, a business analytics platform, raised $8 million in Series A funding led by Accel Partners. 

Australian beauty subscription site Bellabox raised over AU$3 million in funding from Allure Media. 

Kinnek, a marketplace for small businesses to find suppliers and manage purchasing, raised a $10 million Series A round led by Matrix Partners, with participation from Sierra Ventures, Version One Ventures, Naval Ravikant, CrunchFund, Richard Chen, TriplePoint Ventures, and Benjamin Ling.

Cloudyn, a solution for cloud monitoring and optimization, raised $4 million in  a round led by Titanium Investments, with RDSeed also participating., ra eview platform for e-commerce businesses in emerging markets, raised $1 million in a round led by TENGELMANN ventures, along with 500 Startups and Asia Venture Group.

Home improvement network Porch raised $27.6 million in a Series A financing round led by Lowe’s, with additional participation from unnamed investors.

EatWith, a  services that invite people to join dinner parties in other people's homes, raised an $8 million Series A round led by Greylock Partners with participation from Genesis Partners and individual angels.

iHealth Labs, the makers of Smart health devices, raised $25 million in funding from Xiaomi Ventures.


Late stage

LightSpeed, the provider of a point-of-sale software for storefront retailers, raised $35 million in a round led by iNovia Capital, and Accel Partners.

 Crowdsourcing service CrowdFlower raised $12.5 million in a Series C round of financing led by Canvas Venture Fund, along with Bessemer Venture Partners and Trinity Ventures.

Docker, the commercial entity behind the open source Docker project, raised $40 million in series C funding led by Sequoia Capital, with participation from Benchmark, Greylock Partners, Insight Ventures, Trinity Ventures, and Jerry Yang.

Ridesharing company Sidecar raised $15 million in a round led by Avalon Ventures and Union Square Ventures, along with Sir Richard Branson.

Information security solution eSentire raised a CAD$14 million Series C investment round led by Georgian Partners with participation from Cisco Investments,Northleaf Venture Catalyst Fund, Edison Partners and VentureLink.

Pacific DataVision, a provider of mobile workforce management solutions, raised over $218 million in equity funding in a private placement with institutional investors.

JW Player, an online and mobile video platform and player technology company, raised$20 million Series C financing round led by Greycroft Growth and Greenspring Associates, with participation from Cueball Capital and

Colorescience raised$15 million Series B Preferred Stock Offering led by Longwood Fund, along with existing investor.    

Verto Analytics, a digital media measurement service, raised $2.4 million from Conor Venture Partners and Open Ocean.

Fastly, a content delivery network, raised a $40 million Series C round from August Capital, Battery Ventures, O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, Amplify Partners and IDG Ventures. 

Business intelligence provider RJMetrics raised $16.5 million in Series B funding from August Capital, Trinity Ventures and SoftTech VC.

NanoMech, developer of nano-engineered products, raised $12 million from Meadow Lane Investments, Hendricks Investment Holdings, Advantage Capital Partners and Spring Creek Investments.

Leeo, creator of smart home products and services, raised $37 million in funding from Visionnaire Ventures, E.ON, Formation 8, Max Levchin, Scott Banister and "the founders behind leading smart hardware, software, real estate, media and financial institutions across North America, Asia and Europe." 

Daojia, an online food ordering and delivery service provider in China, raised $50 million in a round led by and Macquarie Capital.

Advocate marketing solution SocialChorus raised a Series B round of $7.5 million round led by Kohlberg Ventures.

Global internet investment firm Nova Founders Capital raised $50 million from Pacific Century Group.

Identity security company Ping Identity raised a $35 million round led by KKR, with participation from Ten Eleven Ventures, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, General Catalyst Partners, SAP Ventures, W Capital Partners, Volition Capital, Triangle Peak Partners and Appian Ventures.

Swrve, a mobile marketing automation company, raised a $10 million Series B round led by Acero Capital. All existing investors, including Atlantic Bridge and Intel Capital, participated.

PrecisionHawk, an information delivery company, raised a $10 million Series B round led by Millennium Technology Value Partners.

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