Funding roundup - week ending 5/1/15

Steven Loeb · May 1, 2015 · Short URL:

Refinery29, Circle, MX, Catalyst Investors, ThreatQuotient, Styla, Lyst, Rocana, Travel Triangle

Seed stage

ThreatQuotient, a cyber security software firm, raised $1.5 million in a seed round of funding led by Blu Venture Investors, Center for Innovative Technology, and the Virginia Tech Investor Network.

Magazine building platform Styla raised a €2.5m seed funding round led by Redalpine Venture Partners, along with VCs and angel investors.

PiQube, an Indian human resources startup, raised a $500,000 seed funding round from The HR Fund.

Shipping startup ShipBob raised a $1 million round of seed funding from SV Angels, FundersClub, WeFunder and others.

Cintell, a customer intelligence platform, raised $800,000 in a Seed round led by Venkat Janapareddy.

Meal-kit delivery startup PlateJoy raised $1.7 million in seed funding from Foundation Capital, Sherpa Ventures, HealthBox, 500 Startups, VaynerRSE, Bassett Investments, Gotham Gal Ventures’ Joanne Wilson and Jared Leto.

Cytena, which as developed a device called cy-Clone to separate single cells, raised a €1.1 million seed round from a private investor and High-Tech Gründerfonds.

Vuru, an advanced stock analysis platform, raised $1 million in seed funding led by Tim Draper, in partnership with Naveen Jain and Sony Mordechai.

Real estate brokerage company TripleMint, formerly Suitey, raised $1.65M in seed funding from Dominion Capital, Winklevoss Capital, Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator, Kima Ventures, Archangel Ventures, super-angel Fabrice Grinda, Tom Falus and Mike Albanese, amongst others.

Skyward, an information management platform for commercial drone operators, raised a $4.1 million round from Draper Associates, Founders Co-Op, Moment Ventures,Norwest Venture Partners, Techstars Ventures, Verizon Ventures, and Voyager Capital. 

Visidraft, an Augmented Reality startup, raised $250,000 in a seed round led Hivers & Strivers.

Jukely, a  concert subscription service, raised an $8 million seed extension round led by Northzone and Alex Zubillaga's 14W, with participation from Larry Marcus, Hany Nada, Lyor Cohen, Maiden Lane, Steve Martocci and Jared Hecht.

CargoSense, a smart data and MicroAnalytics Software-as-a-Service company, raised $2.5 million. from IrishAngels, Middleburg Capital Development and Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology.

Early stage

MX, a financial technology provider, raised $30 million in a Series A round, led by USAA via a subsidiary, with participation from Digital Garage and others. 

Travel marketplace Travel Triangle raised $8 million in a Series B round from Bessemer Venture Partners with participation from SAIF Partners.

XOEye Technologies, an enterprise wearables solutions company, raised a $1.9 million Series A round led by IncWell, with Crestlight Venture and Selous Venture Society participating.

Anacail, an ozone technology company, raised a £2 million Series A round from Sussex Place Ventures, IP Group plc and the Scottish Investment Bank, as well as a small number of private individuals. 

Sticky, an online eye-tracking analytics SaaS platform, raised a $5 million Series A round led by Dawn Capital, with Northzone and Conor also participating. 

MD Insider, a big data healthcare platform, raised a $9.5 million Series A round led by Jason Ader, along with Tim Ferriss and Bill Ackman.

MeeDoc, an app for patients to connect with their doctor via online video, raised €3.5 in a round from XLHEALTH.

Campus Job, an online marketplace for college students to find part-time jobs and internships, raised a $7.8 million Series A round led by General Catalyst, along with Index Ventures, SV Angel, Slow Ventures, BoxGroup and Lerer Hippeau Ventures, among others. 

SimplyCook, a recipe kit service, raised $1.1 million in a funding round led by Episode 1 Ventures.  

Tracxn, a research platform for private market investors, raised a $3,5 million round from SAIF Partners.

Albeado, a predictive analytics and causal modeling company, raised a $3 million funding round led by Brillio.

Flybits, developer of apps that deliver personalized experiences, raised a $4.75 million Series A round from Vodafone Ventures. 

Clarifai, a provider of image recognition technology, raised $10 million in a Series A round led by Union Square Ventures, Lux Capital and Osage University Partners, with participation from Google Ventures, Qualcomm Ventures, Nvidia Ventures, Corazon Capital, LDV Capital and New York University.

Icertis, a provider of enterprise contract management software in the Microsoft Cloud, raised $6 million in Series A funding from Greycroft Partners and Fidelity Growth Partners India.

Asian healthcare network DocDoc raised $8.6 million in a round led by Raymond Choong Yee How, with participation from Sparklabs Global Ventures.

Empathetics, a training firm that provides CME/CE-accredited web-based courses, raised a $1.5 million round of financing led by GDN Holdings and Key Venture Partners.

Travefy, a group travel planner, raised $1.8 million from from Travel and Transport, along with the Nebraska Global Investment Company, Nelnet, Columbia University, Linseed Capital, the Invest Nebraska Corporation, and a variety of Angels.


Late stage

Refinery29, a media company aimed directly at women, raised $50 million from Scripps Networks and WPP Ventures.

Bitcoin startup Circle raised $50 million in a Series C round led by Goldman Sachs and IDG Capital Partners. All existing investors, including Breyer Capital, General Catalyst Partners, Accel Partners, Oak Investment Partners, Fenway Summer, Digital Currency Group, Pantera Capital, and strategic individuals also participated.

Catalyst Investors closed its fourth fund, Catalyst Investors IV, with $377 million in capital commitments.

Lyst, an online fashion mall, raised $40 million in a Series C round from Group Arnault, Accel, Balderton, 14W, DFJ, and an unnamed New York hedge fund.

Rocana, a provider of root cause analysis software, raised $15 million in a Series B round led by Google Ventures with participation from General Catalyst, Toba Capital and Paul Sagan.

NetBase, an enterprise-scale social media analytics company, raised $9 million in a round led by ORIX Ventures and joined by Thomvest Ventures.

Infinidat, a provider of advanced enterprise-class storage solutions, raised a $150 million round led by TPG Growth.

MyoKardia, a company developing precision therapies for genetic heart disease, raised a $46 million Series B round  from an undisclosed public investment fund, Casdin Capital, Cormorant Asset Management, Perceptive Life Sciences, an affiliate of Cowen Group, BridgeBio LLC. and Sanofi.

DataTorrent, a platform for real-time distributed applications, raised a $15 million Series B round led by Singtel Innov8, with additional participants including GE Ventures and all existing investors.

Loop Commerce, an enterprise-grade SaaS solution, raised a $16 million round led by Oren Zeev, along with Dan Tierney and Stephen Schuler.

Babajob, an Indian marketplace for grey collar jobs, raised a $10 million round from SEEK Limited. 

Smartvue, a cloud video surveillance and Internet of Things Video platform, raised $15 million through funds managed by affiliates of Fortress Investment Group.

Signpost, a provider of consumer marketing tools, raised a $20.5 million round led by Georgian Partners along with Spark Capital, OpenView Venture Partners, Scout Ventures and the Launch Fund.

Validic, a digital health platform, raised a $12.5 million Series B round led by Kaiser Permanente Ventures.

Scanadu, a medtech company building a family of mobile medical products for consumers, raised $35 million in a Series B round led by Fosun International and Tencent Holdings Limited, with participation from China Broadband Capital, Iglobe Partners of Singapore, Relay Ventures, Redmile Group, Ame Cloud Ventures and Three Leaf Ventures.

Windward, a maritime data and analytics company, raised a $10.8 million round led by Horizons Ventures, with participation from Aleph, and other investors in the financial community. 

Southeast Asian payment services provider 2C2P raised $7 million in a Series C round from investors that included Amun Capital AG and GMO Venture Partners Inc

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