Funding roundup - week ending 1/23/15

Steven Loeb · January 23, 2015 · Short URL:

Uber, Shazam, SpaceX, Jibo, GPShopper, AppsFlyer, Raise, Avalara, True Link, Brandfolder, Ringly

Seed stage

Brandfolder, which helps companies manage their brand assets, raised $2 million in new funding from the White Cedar Venture fund.

True Link, a startup that protects the elderly from financial fraud, raised $3.4 million from a group of investors including Cambia Health Solutions.

Pillow Homes, a provider of short-term rentals, raised $2.65 million in seed funding from Homebrew, Sherpa Ventures and Tim Draper.

Coinbase, a  bitcoin wallet, raised $75 million in a Series C round led by DFJ Growth, with participation from Andreessen Horowitz, Union Square Ventures, and Ribbit Capital.

Farm Hill, healthy meal delivery service, raised $1 million in a seed funding round led by Eagle Cliff Partners, with participation from Liberty City Ventures, Stanford StartX, and other funds and angels.

ChatGrape, an enterprise and team messaging app, raised $1.3 million led by Betaworks, along with a group of seven ‘top tier’ angel investors from Germany, Austria and Switzerland, including Julian Zehetmayr, Ingo Weber and AC&Friends.

Shapr, a professional social network, raised $3 million from private investors, including Frédéric Mazzella, 

Aoliday, a Shanghai-based travel site, raised $1.5 million in a seed funding round from Gobi Partners.

eMoov, a UK-based online estate agent company, raised a £1.5 million round led by Episode 1. 

Egomotion, the company behind Status, raised $250,000 from Bloomberg Beta, Tikhon Berstram and Initialized Capital.

Car Throttle, an online car community, raised $1.6 million in seed funding\ led by Redalpine with participation from other investors that included Passion Capital.

PureLiFi, a light communications tech firm, raised £1.5 million led by London & Scottish Investment Partners, with participation from the Scottish Investment Bank and Old College Capital.

Mobile cooking app Kitchen Stories raised $1.8 million in seed funding from Point Nine Capital, Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments BDMI, and angels includng Cherry Ventures, Moritz Hohl and Verena Pausder, Frederik Fleck, and others.

Dating app The League raised $2.1 million in funding from undisclosed angel investors and venture firms.

Plum Print, which lets parents save and store their kids’ artwork, raised a $1 million seed round led by Brooklyn Bridge Ventures, along with angel investors.

Social industrial platform Poka raised $2.5 million in a funding round led bt iNovia Capital with SoftTech VC also participating.

Security startup Bastille raised $1 million in funding from investors including David Cowan of Bessemer Venture Partners.

Insert, a software platform for mobile apps, raised a $5 million seed round from Shlomo Kramer, Mickey Boodaei and Rakesh Loonkar.


Early stage

Jibo, the creators of a home robot, raised $25.3 million in Series A round, led by RRE Ventures. CRV, Fairhaven, Osage University Partners, RRE, Flybridge Capital Partners, Two Sigma Ventures, Formation 8, Samsung Ventures and the Pagliuca Family Group also participated. 

GPShopper, a developer of mobile apps with a focus on the retail industry, raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Synchrony Financial. 

The Alchemist Accelerator, an enterprise-focused accelerator, raised $2.1 million in funding led by Mayfield, with participation from Tyco and Cisco.

The Black Tux, a men’s formalwear rental business, raised $10 million from a group of its previous investors led by First Round Capital.

Ringly, the maker of a line of smart jewelry for women, raised $5.1 million in Series A funding led by Andreessen Horowitz. High Line Ventures, Silas Capital, First Round Capital, Social+Capital, Mesa+, BBV and PCH also participated. 

LendingRobot, an automated investment service for online lending, raised $3 million in a Series A round led by Runa Capital.

Distelli, a deployment platform provider for developers, raised $2.8 million in Series A funding round led by Andreessen Horowitz led the round. 

Rubikloud Technologies,  a data analytics startup, raised $7 million in a round led by TOM Group and Ule, with participation from Access Industries and other private investors.

Dataiku, a startup that makes software for data scientists tp process big data, raised €3.2 million in a Series A round led by Alven Capital and Serena Capital.

WorkAngel, an employee recognition and reward platform, raised $5 million in Series A funding led by Terry Leahy, with Bob Willett, Bill Currie and Iain McDonald also participating.

Button, a provider of customer acquisition and retention solutions for apps, raised a $12 million round led by Redpoint Ventures, along with Greycroft, DCM, Atlas Venture, VaynerRSE, Slow Ventures and David Stern.

CareMessage, a platform for medical providers to connect with their patients, raised $6 million from undisclosed investors. 

Bluecore, a provider of email marketing services for ecommerce firms formerly known as TriggerMail, raised $6 million in Series A funding led by FirstMark Capital, along with Felicis Ventures, Founders Co-op and Bullet Time Ventures.

Pluribus Networks, an SDN platform provider, raised $50 million in Series D funding led by Temasek Holdings, with participation from New Enterprise Associates, Menlo Ventures, Mohr Davidow and AME Cloud Ventures.

Interana, a provider of event-based analytics, raised $20 million in Series B funding led by Index Ventures, with AME Cloud Ventures, Harris Barton, Mike Olson, Battery Ventures, Data Collective and Fuel Capital also participating.

nDreams, a virtual reality developer and publisher, raised $2.75 million (£1.75 million) round from Mercia Technologies PLC.


Late stage

On-demand car service Uber raised a $1.6 billion in a convertible debt round from Goldman Sachs.

Music and TV discovery app Shazam raised $30 million round of funding from "a couple of billionaires."

Rocket  manufactuerer SpaceX raised $1 billion in a round led by Google and Fidelity Investment, along with participation from Founders Fund, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Valor Equity Partners and Capricorn.

AppsFlyer, a mobile advertising measurement platform, raised $20 million in a Series B round led by Fidelity Growth Partners Europe, with participation from Magma Venture Partners and Pitango Venture Capital.

Raise,  an online marketplace for gift cards, raised $56 million in a Series B funding round led by New Enterprise Associates, along with Bessemer Venture Partners, the Pritzker Organization, Listen Ventures and several angels.

Avalara, a provider of cloud-based software for sales tax compliance, raised more than $42 million in series D-1 preferred stock to Technology Crossover Ventures and existing investors led by an affiliate of Warburg Pincus. 

 Taulia, a supplier financing provider, raised $15 million in a funding round from Zousk Capital.

goBalto, a provider of cloud-based clinical study startup solutions, raised $12 million in funding from Mitsui Global Investment, Dolby Family Ventures, Aberdare Ventures, EDBI, Qualcomm Life, and West Health Investment Fund.

Stack Exchangea network of question and answer websites, raised $40 million, from Andreessen Horowitz.

Planet Labs, a space and analytics company, raised $70 million led by Data Collective, with participation from new and existing investors. Planet Labs also closed a debt facility of $25 million from Western Technology Investment., a home network for homeowners and home professionals, raised over $65 million from Valor Equity Partners, Lowe's Companies, Inc., Founders Fund, Battery Ventures, Panorama Point Partners, Capricorn Investment Group, and others including Ty Pennington.

Visualead, an Israeli Offline to Online startup, raised an undisclosed amount of B-round funding from Alibaba Group Holding Limited.

ShopClues, an Indian e-commerce company, raised a $100 million Series D round from Tiger Global Management. Helion Venture Partners and Nexus Venture Partners, also participated.

Meituan, a Chinese group deals site, raised a $700 million funding round from undisclosed investors.

XueXiBao, a Chinese homework help app, raised $20 million from SoftBank China Venture Capital and GSR Ventures.

Persado, which allows companies to automate their digital marketing messages, raised $21 million in a round led by StarVest Partners, with participation from Citi Ventures, American Express Ventures and Bain Capital Ventures.

Antuit, a big data solutions provider, raised $56 million in a round led by Goldman Sachs and Zodius Capital.

Venture capital firm Eniac Ventures raised $55 million for it third mobile-focused fund, called Fund III.

BlueVine, an online invoice financing service, raised $18.5 million in funding led by 83North and Lightspeed Venture Partners, with participation from Silicon Valley Bank and Correlation Ventures.

Kreditech, a consumer finance tech firm, received a $200 million credit facility from Victory Park Capital.

Fastback Networks a mobile infrastructure company, raised $15 million in Series C financing led by Harmony Partners along with Foundation Capital, Granite Ventures, Juniper Networks, and Matrix Partners.

Ravello Systems, a nested virtualization software firm, raised $28 million in a round led by Qualcomm Ventures and SanDisk Ventures, with participation from­ Sequoia Capital, Bessemer Venture Partners, Norwest Venture Partners and Vintage Investment Partners.

Sparkcentral, an enterprise customer engagement platform, raised $12 million in a Series B funding round led by Split RockPartners with participation from Sigma West.

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