Funding roundup - week ending 9/26/14

Steven Loeb · September 26, 2014 · Short URL:

Massdrop, PowWow, Qzzr, CrowdStreet, E La Carte, Inspirato, Udacity, Relayr, Bionym, Numerify

Seed stage

Quiz platform Qzzr raised $2 million in a seed funding round led by Kickstart Seed Fund, with additional participation from Pelion Venture Partners, Peterson Partners, RPM Ventures and angel investors.

CrowdStreet, a crowdfunding marketplace for commercial real estate, has anything to say about it, raised $800,000 in a seed funding round led by Green Visor Capital and Seven Peaks Ventures, along with Portland Seed Fund.

Relayr, which enables companies to leverage the power of the Internet of Things, raised $2.3 million from unnamed U.S. and Switzerland-based investors.

Akeneo, a customer relationship management company, raised $2.3 million (€1.8 million) from Alven Capital.

Mobile software firm Branch Metrics raised $2.75 million in seed funding from Scott Sandell and Forest Baskett.

Authorea, a serive to write scientific, academic, and technical documents in collaboration, raised a $610,000 seed round led by ff Venture Capital and NY Angels.

E-commerce intelligence startup Ometria secured $500,000 from Andreas Andreou, James Bromley and  SaatchInvest.

Email marketing startup Sendwithus raised a $2.3 million seed funding round lead by Steve Anderson, along with Initialized Capital, SV Angel, Maiden Lane, Acequia Capital, and angel investors.

Spruce, an app for connecting patients and doctors, raised $2 million in seed money led by Kleiner Perkins, with Baseline and Cowboy Ventures also contributing.

Hotel price comparison and booking app Lodgeo raised £2 million from Javest Investment fund, and a number of unnamed angel investors., a solution that provides proven, personalized patient monitoring and follow up care, raised a seed funding round of $1.25 million from Launchpad Digital Health, Eastlink Capital Management, and several angel investors.


Early stage 

Massdrop, which helps ID and create demand among communities for products at discounted rates, raised a $6.5 million Series A round led by Mayfield Fund, along with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byer, First Round Capital and Cowboy Ventures. 

Virtual application delivery company PowWow raised a $2.5 million Series A funding round from OurCrowd, Vertical Ventures, IT-Farm Corporation, Julien Nguyen, Prabhu Goel, and Kumar Malavalli.

Bionym, creators of the Nymi Band authentication wristband, raised $14 million in a Series A round led by Ignition Partners and Relay Ventures, along with Export Development Canada, MasterCard, and Salesforce Ventures.

Accuris Networks, a cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity company, raised a $15 million equity funding round from Ulster Bank Diageo Venture Fund and the China Ireland Growth Technology Fund.

Stock trading app Robinhood raised $13 million in a round led by Index Ventures, along with Ribbit Capital, Howard Lindzon, Aaron Levie, Dave Morin, Jared Leto, Snoop Dogg; and Nasir Jones.

Enterprise goals platform BetterWorks raised a $15.5 million Series A round of funding led by John Doerr and Bing Gordon, with participation from Joe Lonsdale, AME Cloud Ventures and Pejman Mar Ventures.

ZEEF, a Dutch content curation startup, raised a $1.55 million Series A round from angels with online marketing experience.

Gametime, a mobile platform for last-minute access to sporting events, raised$4 million round led by Accel Partners. Jeff Mallett and Vivek Ranadive participated. 

Radius, a business-to-business marketing intelligence company, raised $54.7 million in Series C funding from BlueRun Ventures, Formation 8 Partners, Founders Fund, Glynn Capital Management, Slow Ventures, Western Technology Investments, Yuan Capital, John Mack, Charles Songhurst and Jared Leto.

Airport rental car service app Silvercar raised $14 million in a round led by Eduardo Saverin and Velos Partners, along with Austin Ventures.

Big data platform COTA raised $3.7 million in a Series A round led by Horizon Healthcare Services, with participation from Med-Metrix.

Typeform, a startup that helps companies create surveys and forms, raised €1.2 million led by VC Connect Ventures. Point Nine Capital, and RTA Ventures and Mariusz Gralewski also participated. 

Apontador, a platform that connects people on the go to local businesses, raised $15 million from Movile. 

Apptentive, an enterprise SaaS software platform, raised a $5.3M Series A fundraising round led by SurveyMonkey and Origin Ventures. Founders Co-op and Golden Venture Partners and the company's founders also participated.

Financial services startup Nubank raised $14.3 million led by Sequoia Capital, along with Kaszek Ventures and Nicolas Berggruen., a pricing engine for estimating the cost of a home project, raised a $14 million Series A funding round co-led by Maveron and Madrona Venture Group, with participation from previous investors., a customer feedback company, raised $2.3 million from Salesforce Ventures and others.

BrandMaker, a provider of Marketing Resource Management (MRM) systems, raised over $30 million from PINOVA Capital and a fund run by L-Bank.

Fuel, formerly known as Grantoo, a platform for creating connected experiences on mobile games, raised $3.5 million from Middle East Venture Partners and Rising Tide Fund.

Event planning platform HoneyBook raised $10 million in a Series A funding round from Aleph VC.

EdCast, a company that creates Knowledge Cloud platforms, raised a $6 million Series A round of financing led by SoftBank Capital, along with Mitch Kapor, Menlo Ventures, Novel TMT Ventures, Cervin Ventures, Aarin Capital, NewSchools Venture Fund/ CoLab, and the Stanford StartX Fund.

CurbStand, an app that allows users to locate, pay and tip for valet parking from their mobile devices, raised $3 million from a private investor.


Late stage

Inspirato, a private destination club, raised $20 million from W Capital PartnersInstitutional Venture Partners and Millennium Technology Value Partners.

E La Carte. the company behind consumer-facing tablet-ordering service Presto raised $35 million from Intel Capital, Romulus Capital, TriplePoint Capital and individual angel investors including Sam Altman. 

Udacity, provider of online programming and data science classes, raised $35 million in a round led by Drive Capital, along with Bertelsmann, Recruit, Valor Capital Group, Cox Enterprises, Andreessen Horowitz, Charles River Ventures, Peter Levine, and George Zachary.

Numerify, a cloud-based analytics company focused on the Business of IT, raised  $15 million in a round led by Sequoia Capital.

Performance Horizon Group, a provider of partner marketing solutions for enterprises, raised $10 million in Series B funding led by Mithril Capital Management. DN Capital and Greycroft Partners also participated.

Traxpay, a B2B Dynamic Payments company, raised $15 Million in series B funding led by Commerzbank and Software AG. Earlybird Venture Capital and Michael Phillips also participated.

Jiff, a digital health technology company, raised $18 million Series B funding round led by Venrock, along with Aberdare Ventures and Aeris Capital. 

Invoice2go, an invoicing app for small business owners, raised $35 million from Accel Partners and Ribbit Capital.

Digital delivery firm IronSource raised $85 million in funding from undisclosed investors from the U.S. China and Europe.

Real-time online advertising company AppNexus raised a $25 million funding round led by WPP.

Realty Mogul, an online marketplace for real estate investing, raised $73 million from Direct Lending Investments.

 Duo Security, a cloud-based two-factor authentication company, raised $12 million in Series B funding led by Benchmark, along with Google Ventures, True Ventures and Radar Partners.

Venture capital firm Mosaic Ventures raised a new early stage fund worth $140 million.

Social media management company Hootsuite raised $60 million from Accel Partners, Insight Venture Partners and OMERS Ventures, as well as technology lender Silicon Valley Bank.

Taulia, an invoice, payment and discount management solution, raised an undisclosed amount of funding from BBVA Ventures.

FiveStars, a customer loyalty network, raised $26 million from Menlo Ventures with additional participation from Lightspeed Venture Partners, DCM, and Rogers Communications. 

Catawiki, an online auction house, raised a €10 million Series B Round led by VC Accel Partners. Project A Ventures, Arthur Kosten and Willem Sijthoff also participated.

Qualtrics, an insight platform, raised a $150 million Series B round, led by Insight Venture Partners, along with Accel Partners and Sequoia Capital.

Agari, a provider of data-driven security solutions, raised a $15 million Series C round of funding led by Scale Venture Partners with participation from Alloy Ventures, Battery Ventures, and First Round Capital.

Kinvey, an enterprise software business, raised $10.8 million from NTT DOCOMO Ventures and Verizon Ventures, along with Avalon Ventures and Atlas Ventures.

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