Funding roundup - week ending 1/16/15

Steven Loeb · January 16, 2015 · Short URL:

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Seed stage

Smartlink Mobile, a mobile health solution company, raised $2.5 million in seed financing from undisclosed investors. 

CloudRail, a provider of interoperability solutions, raised €540k from Leonardo Venture, Beteiligungsfonds Wirtschaftsförderung Mannheim GmbH and strategic business angels.

BlockCypher, a block chain Web services startup, raised over $3.1 million in seed funding from Foundation Capital, New Enterprise Associates, AME Cloud Ventures, Tim Draper, Upside Partnership, Streamlined Ventures andFenox Venture Capital.

Argo, a data discovery startup, raised a $1.5 million seed round led by Accel Partners with participation by veteran technology angel investors, including Steve Loughlin, Kevin Mahaffey, Adam Ross, Chuck Moran, Kathy Olsen, Ryan Simonetti and Brad Katsuyama.

Growth hacking startup AppVirality raised $465,000 in seed funding from Rajan Anandan, Mike Galgon, Ravi Gururaj, Ashim Mehra, Mohit Saxena, India Internet Group and TNN Capital.

Teddy the Guardian, the developer of a smart teddy bear, raised $400,000 from London-based investors.

LawnStarter an on-demand lawn care service, raised $1 million from several angel investors including Rob Taylor, Cotter Cunningham, Pat Matthews as well as Vayner RSE.

Smartphone sensor company Sense360 raised a $2.75 million round led by FirstMark Capital, with participation from Founder Collective, Qualcomm Ventures, Metamorphic Ventures, Double M Capital, Telenav, David Tisch, Jason Finger, John Hinnegan, and Michael Kline.

Social and casual game developer PlaySpace raised $1 million in a round led by The José Manuel Entrecanales Foundation, with participation from Faraday Venture Partners.

App studio North Technologies raised a $5 million funding round led by True Ventures, with Google Ventures, Greylock Partners, Redpoint Ventures, SV Angel, Sherpa Ventures, Lowercase Capital, Floodgate Capital, Slow Ventures, Susa Ventures, A-Grade, Melo7, Vayner, Launch Fund, Bobby Goodlatte, Tim Ferriss, Anthony Casalena, Naval Ravikant, Vinny Lingham, Philip Kaplan, Ev Williams, Mike Shinoda, and Tony Hawk also participating. 

My Digital Shield, a provider of Security-as-a-Service (SECaaS) for small businesses, raised $300,000 in a seed round of funding led by a group of private investors, including Litera Investments.

Percolata, a service that utilizes physical big data to improve how brick and mortar businesses work, raised $5 million from Andreessen Horowitz, Google Ventures, Menlo Ventures, Foundation Capital, WI Harper, Cherubic Ventures and others, along with angels including Pierre Lamond, Professor Bernd Girod, Jeff Hammerbacher, Eric Feng and others.

Gluru, a platform that helps organize and find files, raised $1.5 million in seed funding from Playfair Capital and GECAD Group.

Legal startup Lexoo raised $400,000 in funding from Forward Partners and Jonathan McKay.

Drone startup Skydio raised $3 million seed funding in a round led by Andreessen Horowitz with Accel Partners participating.

ChartMogul, a provider of advanced subscription analytics, raised $600,000 in a seed round led by Point Nine Capital, with Michael Hansen and Tom James as angel investors.


Early stage

Social media news curation platform Crowdynews raised €2.5 million (just under $3 million) in a Series A funding round led by INKEF Capital, along with Singapore Press Holdings.

Soylent, maker of a nutritional drink "that has everything the healthy body needs," raised $20 million in a round led by Andreessen Horowitz with participation from Lerer Ventures, Index Ventures and individual investors including David Friedberg.

Purple WiFi, a social login and location analytics platform, raised $5 million in funding led by Sir Terry Leahy, Bill Currie, Iain MacDonald and Bob Willett, with participation from Juno Capital.

Online education startup Thinkful raised $4.25 million funding round led by Floodgate Fund, with participation from RRE Ventures and Quotidian Ventures.

Accengagea mobile engagement solution for push notifications, raised $3 million in funding from OTC Agregator and Mobile First Alliance 

Insite Software, a provider of B2B commerce platforms, raised $15 million from Volition Capital.

Qstream, a sales acceleration application, raised $4 million in venture funding from Excel Venture Management, with participation from Frontline Ventures and Launchpad Venture Group.

Augmedix, a Google Glass powered e-health service, raised $16 million in a Series A round co-led by Emergence Capital and DCM Ventures.


Late stage

Moovit, an app that crowdsources info about public transportation, raised a $50 million Series C round of funding from Bernard Arnault Group, BRM Capital, BMW i Ventures, Gemini Partners, Keolis, Nokia Growth Partners, Sequoia Capital, Vintage Investment Partners and Vaizra Investments.

Live communication platform Rounds raised a $12 million Series B round of funding led by Sequoia Capital.

App data resource App Annie raised $55 million from Institutional Venture Partners, with participation from Sequoia Capital, Greycroft Partners, IDG Capital Partners and

Online learning company, raised $186 million led by TPG, with Accel Partners, Spectrum Equity and Meritech. 

True Fit, a retail SaaS company, raised a $15 million funding  round led by Signal Peak Ventures, Promus Ventures and Jump Capital, with participation from Guggenheim Partners, Breakaway Ventures and Novel TMT. 

Whistle Sports, a YouTube network that focuses sports videos, raised  a $28 million round led by Emil Capital Partners, along with Sky Broadcasting, Liberty Global, Derek Jeter and Peyton Manning.

Teads, a global video advertising platform, raised $30 million, from Gimv, Partech and Elaia and BPI. It also received a mid-term line of credit from Bank of China, HSBC, BNPP and BPI. 

Basho Technologies, a developer of database Riak, raised $25 million in a funding round led by Georgetown Partners. 

Video marketing platform Vidyard raised $18 million in Series B funding led by Bessember Venture Partners with participation from iNovia Capital, OMERS Ventures, Salesforce Ventures and SoftTech VC.

Neo Technology, a provider of graph databases to enterprise companies, raised a $20 million round of funding led by Creandum with Dawn Capital, Fidelity Growth Partners Europe, Sunstone Capital and Conor Venture Partners also participating.

Treasure Data, a cloud services company for massive data processing, raised $15 million in a Series B round led by Scale Venture Partners. Tim Guleri, Bill Tai, Morio Kurosaki and AME Cloud Ventures also participated.

Instacart. a grocery delivery service, raised a $220 million round of Series C financing led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB). Other participants included Comcast Ventures, Dragoneer Investment Group, Thrive Capital, Valiant Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, Khosla Ventures and Sequoia.

Ionic Security, a document-encryption platform, raised $40.1 million in a round led by Meritech Capital. 

PeerTransfer, a provider of payment solutions for the education sector, raised $22 million in a round led by Bain Capital Ventures, with participation from Spark Capital, Devonshire Investors, Accel Partners and QED Investors.

Verne Global, a developer of energy efficient data centers, raised $98 million in a round led by Stefnir, with the Wellcome Trust, Novator Partners and General Catalyst also participating.

Kit Check, provider of automated pharmacy kit processing software for hospitals, raised a $12 million Series B funding round led by Kaiser Permanente Ventures. Rex Health Ventures, New Leaf Venture Partners, Sands Capital Ventures, Easton Capital Investment Group and LionBird also contributed.

Venture capital firm HV Holtzbrinck Ventures closed its sixth fund at 285 million euros (about $331 million).

Chinese taxi-booking app KuaiDi Dache raised a $600 million round led by SoftBank, along with Alibaba and Tiger Global.

Tandem Capital, a mobile industry startup accelerator, closed its third fund totaling $100 million

ClassPass, a fitness subscription service, raised a $40 million Series B round led by General Catalyst and Thrive Capital.

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