Funding roundup - week ending 2/06/15

Steven Loeb · February 6, 2015 · Short URL:

AnyPerk, Pley, Guardant, HomeLight, SketchDeck, DesignCrowd, Taboola, Qumulo, BucketFeet, Skimlinks

Seed stage

SketchDeck, a full graphic design on demand service, raised $500,000 from Y Combinator, Dharmesh Shah, Michael Siebel and other angel investors.

Valet Anywhere, an on-demand parking service, raised $1.35 million in seed funding from investors such as CyberAgent Ventures, AngelPad, Urban.US and prominent angels from AngelList.

MightySignal, a platform that helps B2B SaaS find customers, raised $1.2 million from Draper Associates, Paul Allen’s Vulcan Capital, Queensbridge Venture Partners, WTI, Andy Sack, TA McCann, Aaron Bird and other angels.

Fixed, a mobile app that fights parking tickets, raised $650,000 in seed funding from Slow Ventures, Structure VC, Paul Buchheit and Nas. 

E-learning platform Coursmos, raised $600,000 in seed funding led by Altera Capital Group, along with Imperious Group.

Airtame, creators of a wireless HDMI dongle to share a computer screen to a TV, raised $1.4 led by SEED Capital and Tommy Andersen.

VitalMedicals,  a smart software platform for surgical teams and hospitals, raised  $925,000 in seed funding from angel investors and the Stanford StartX Fund.   

Andy OS, which streams the Android operating system to the desktop, raised a $3 million seed round led by 500 Mobile Collective.

NeuCoin, a digital currency designed for micropayments, raised $2.25 million of funding from angels including Patrik Stymne, Rob Goldman, Emil Michael, and Henrik Kjellberg.


Early Stage

AnyPerk, a platform that provides employee perks and discounts to companies, raised $8.5 million in a Series A funding round led by Osuke Honda of DCM Ventures, with participation from Digital Garage. 

HomeLight, which matches homebuyers and sellers with real estate agents, raised $3 million from Bullpen Capital, Montage Ventures, Crosslink Capital, Krillion Ventures, 500 Startups, and Western Technology Investment.

BucketFeet, a footwear brand that connects people through art, raised a $7.5 million Series A round led by Jumpstart Ventures, along with Yunsan, Gordon Segal, Jeff Cantalupo and  Glen Tullman.

CampusQuad, creators of a communication platform for mobile student engagement, raised $5 million in a Series A round led by ICG Ventures.

Liftoff, a mobile app marketing and retargeting platform, raised $5 million in a round led by Steve Anderson, with participation from Michael Dearing and existing seed investors, including Fred Warren, Shinya Akamine, Tim Koogle and Ilya Sukhar.

Casetext, a free legal research website, raised $7 million in a Series round led by Union Square Ventures, with participation from Formation 8 and Tom Glocer., an e-commerce site for babies and kids, raised $26 million in a Series D round led  by Valiant Capital, with participation from IDG Ventures India, Vertex and SAIF Partners.

PicsArt, a photo editing and drawing app, raised$10 million in Series A funding from Sequoia Capital.

Xeneta, a price comparison service for sea freight, raised $5.3 million from Creandum, Point Nine Capital, Alden and Alliance Venture.

Big data startup ClusterHQ  raised a $12 million Series A round led by Accel Partners London, with participation from Canaan Partners and existing investors.

LE TOTE, an online closet for women to borrow everyday clothing, raised $8.8 million in Series A funding led by Azure Capital Partners, with participation from Lerer Hippeau Ventures, Simon Venture Group, AITV, Epic Ventures, Arsenal Venture Partners, Funders Club and individuals such as Geoff Ralston, Justin Kan and Joanne Wilson.


Late Stage

Venture capital firm Walden Venture Capital raised a $107 million fund called raised Fund VIII.

Pley, a subcription service for renting toys, raised $10 million in a Series B funding round  led by Sozo Ventures, along with Floodgate, Correlation Ventures, Maven Ventures, and Allegro Venture Partners.

Guardant Health, a startup trying to improve the efficacy of monitoring cancer, raised $50 million in Series C funding, led by Lightspeed Venture Partners, with participation from Formation 8, Khosla Ventures and Sequoia Capital. 

Taboola, a content discovery platform, raised a $117 million financing round led by Fidelity Management and Research Company, along with Marker LLC­­­­, Steadfast Capital, Advance Publications, Comcast Ventures, Mr. Carlo De Benedetti, Groupe Arnault, Yahoo! JAPAN, and others.

Design crowdsourcing platform DesignCrowd raised $6 million in a Series B round led by  AirTree Ventures, with participation from other investors that included Starfish Ventures.

Qumulo, a stealth-mode enterprise data storage startup, raised a $40 million in a Series B funding round led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers with participation from Highland Capital, Madrona Venture Group and Valhalla Partners.

Skimlinks, a content monetization platform for digital publishers, raised $16 million in a round led by Frog Capital, with participation from Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments, Greycroft, Sussex Place Ventures and Silicon Valley Bank.

Apttus, a provider of cloud solutions for quote-to-cash automations, raised $41 million in a round led by Salesforce Salesforce Ventures, with K1 Capital and Iconiq participating. 

YellowPepper, a mobile virtual wallet startup aimed at the Latin American market, raised $19 million in a round led by LIV Capital, with Mexico Ventures, Fondo de Fondos, International Finance Corporation / World Bank Group and an existing group of strategic investors also participating.

Zapproved, a developer of cloud-hosted software for corporate legal departments, raised $15 million in funding led by K1 Investment Management.

Sauce Labs, a provider of mobile and web application testing solutions, raised a $15 million Series D round of funding from Toba Capital.

SteelBrick, a provider of apps for customers, raised $5 million from Godard Abel and Matt Gorniak.

Crosslink Capital closed its seventh venture capital fund called Ventures Fund VII, with $170 million of capital commitments.

FreeCharge, an India-based mobile commerce platform, raised an $80 million Series C from Valiant Capital Management, Tybourne Capital Management, Sequoia Capital, RuNet, and Sofina.

TrialReach, a provider of clinical trial information, raised$13.5M Series B financing round led by Smedvig Capital with participation from Amadeus Capital Partners and Octopus Investments.

Bitcoin mining hardware company KnCMiner raised $15 million in a round led by Accel Partners with participation from Creandum, GP Bullhound and Martin Wattin.

Food delivery service Delivery Hero received a €496 million, or $562.4 million, investment from Rocket Internet, for a 30% stake in the company. 

Food delivery service HelloFresh raised a €130 million ($147.4 million) round from Rocket Internet.


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