Funding roundup - week ending 10/17/14

Steven Loeb · October 17, 2014 · Short URL:

Osmo, Welltok, Thismoment, Viewics, Speakr, MindTickle, Nara Logics, Paintzen,, Let, Brainly

Seed stage

Speakr (formerly twtMob), which connects brands and social influencers, raised $2.9 million in a round led by Toba Capital, along with Allegro Venture Partners, Brett Hurt, Ed Snider and Nick Gross.

Online learning software platform MindTickle raised $1.8 million in seed funding led by Accel Partners and Moneta Ventures. 

Paintzen, a platform for on-demand painting services, raised $1.81 million in seed funding from Lerer Hippeau Ventures, Nextview Ventures, Quotidian Ventures, Angelpad and Barbara Corcoran. 

Events platform KweekWeek raised $3.25 in a seed funding round from undisclosed angel investors., which offers an API for building natural language interfaces, raised $3 million seed round led by Andreessen Horowitz, along with Ignition Partners, NEA, A-Grade, SV Angel, Eric Hahn, Alven Capital, and TenOneTen.

Let, a teen social networking app with a focus on gamification, raised $600,000 in seed funding from  from Breega Capital, David Graham, and friends and family.

Intelligent analytics provider Indicative raised $2 million from Acadia Woods, Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments, David Rose, Jonah Goodhart, Brett Gough, Jamie Knall, Eduardo Vivas, David Reich, Matthew Grodin, Nils Johnson and John Rigos.

Recipe platform Drop raised $2 million in seed funding led by Frontline Ventures and Innovation Works with participation from other investors that included PCH, VegasTechFund and WI Harper Group.

Shoppable video startup Smartzer raised $400,000 in angel funding from private investors, including Jamie True. 

E-mail cloud service Mailcloud raised $2.8 million from Octopus Investments, with Bessemer Venture Partners, Kima Ventures, Seedcamp, and angel backers, including Barry Smith, Ray Nolan, Frederic Court and Daniel Malhery.

Fresvii, a platform service for smartphone game developers, raised $1.8 million funding led by Nissay Capital and other angel investors., which connects motorists to roadside assistance providers raised $1.2 million in a round led by Select Venture Partners, along with Blu Ventures, CIT GAP Funds and angels from the mapping and on-demand sectors.

ecovent, a maker of wireless vents and sensors for home heating and cooling systems, raised $2.2 million from Otter Consulting, Semyon Dukach and angel investors Stewart Alsop, Julia Austin, Will Herman, Warren Katz and Michael Mark.

Map-D Technologies, a big data visualization startup,  raised $1.5 million from Nvidia, Google Ventures, and numerous angel investors.

Monsieur, a robotic bartender, raised $2 million in a seed round led by BIP Capital with participation from Base Ventures, Paul Judge, TechSquare Labs, Derrick Morgan and Glen Davis.

Medical app Hello Doctor raised $700,000 in a seed funding round from undisclosed investors.


Early stage

Osmo, a hardware games device for kids that connects to the iPad, raised $12 million in a round led by Accel Partners, with participation from Upfront Ventures and K9 Ventures.

Viewics, which visualizes and analyzes healthcare data, raised $8 million in funding led by Canvas Venture Fund. 

Nara Logics, an artificial intelligence company, raised $6 million from previous investors and new investors, including .406 Ventures.

Brainly, a social learning network designed to allow students to help each other with schoolwork, raised$9 million Series A funding round led by General Catalyst Partners. Point Nine Capital, Learn Capital, and Runa Capital also participated.

Checkr, a service that automates the process of professional background checks, raised $9 million in funding led by Accel Partners, along with Khosla Ventures, SVAngel, Data Collective, Google Ventures, Bobby Yazdani, Elad Gil, Wesley Chan, Scott Banister, Joshua Schachter, David Spector, Paul Buchheit, Kevin Hale, Qasar Younis, Ilya Sukhar, and Tikhon Bernstam.

Waterline Data Science, an early-stage big data software firm, raised $7 million in Series A funding from Menlo Ventures.


Late stage

Venture capital firm Canaan Partners raised $675 million for its tenth fund, entitled Canaan X.

Welltok, developer of the CaféWell Health Optimization Platform, raised $25 million from Bessemer Venture Partners.

UGC content marketing platform Thismoment raised $17.6 million in Series D funding in a round led by Sierra Ventures, Trident Capital and UMC. 

Minerva Project, an online learning institution that combines it with real-world college experiences, raised $70 million a group of investors led by TAL Education Group, ZhenFund and Yongjin Group. Benchmark Capital also contributed. 

Orderbird, an iPad point-of-sale provider focusing on the hospitality industry, raised $10 million in a round led by ConCardis. Private investors in the U.S. and Western Europe, as well as previous investors, also participated.

VoloMetrix, a people analytics software company, raised $12 million in Series B funding led by Split Rock Partners. Shasta Ventures also participated.

Arago AG, a company that develops artificial-intelligence software, raised $55 million from KKR.

Digital Reasoning, a cognitive computing company, raised $24 million led by Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse NEXT Investors.

Blue Box, a provider of on-demand private cloud as a service solutions, raised $10 million in a round led by an unnamed strategic investor and included participation from prior investors including Voyager Capital and Founders Collective, as well as the Blue Box executive team.

Loggly, a cloud-based log management service, raised $15 million in a round led by Harmony Partners with Matrix Partners, Trinity Ventures, Cisco, Data Collective, and True Ventures also participating. 

2nd Watch, a cloud IT operations company, raised $10 million led by Top Tier Capital Partners, with participation from Madrona Venture Group and Columbia Capital.

Virtual fitting room company Metail raised $12 million in a round led TAL GROUP, along with John Gleasure.

Towerstream Corporation, a 4G and Small Cell Rooftop Tower company, closed a $35 million debt capital transaction with affiliates of Melody Capital Partners.

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