Funding roundup - week ending 5/22/15

Steven Loeb · May 22, 2015 · Short URL:

Oradian, WePay, MuleSoft, Videopixie, OnboardIQ, Mobcrush, Taboola, Lookup, Metabiota, Centro, Fuze

Seed stage

Oradian, a developer of technology platforms for microfinance institutions, raised an undisclosed amount of seed funding from Credo Ventures, Playfair Capital, Day One  Capital, Esther Dyson, Moaffak Ahmed and Pule Taukobong.

Videopixie, a video creation and production company, raised $1.1 million in seed funding from Jawed Karim, 500 Startups and other angels.

OnboardIQ, which enables companies to quickly screen and hire independent workforces, raised $1.65 million in seed funding from SoftTechVC, Slow Ventures, Crosslink Capital, Postmates CEO Bastian Lehmann, Ilya Fushman, and all four founders at Caviar, among others.

Mobile-gameplay livestreaming platform Mobcrush raised $4.9 million in seed funding from Raine Ventures, First Round Capital, Lowercase Capital, CrunchFund, Rincon Venture Partners, Crosscut Ventures, Lionsgate, Advancit Capital, Kevin Chou, Chris Carvalho, Jari Ovaskainen, Richard Wolpert, Evan Rifkin, CAA Ventures, BAM Ventures, and MTGx Ventures.

Taplytics, an A/B testing service for mobile apps, raised $2.4 million in seed funding from Y Combinator, Mark Pincus, Alexis Ohanian, Paul Buchheit, Aaron Harris, Ace & Company, Matt Cutts, Daniel Debow, Kevin Hale, Justin Kan, Jonathan Lister, Roger Martin, Jean Pigozzi, Som Seif, Garry Tan, and Farhan Thawar. 

Bitcoin lending company Bitbond raised a €600,000 angel investment round from Point Nine Capital and business angels, including Christian Vollmann/

Dutch informatics firm Bluebee raised €1.8 million ($1.9 million) in a round from Buysse & Partners and Delft University of Technology.

Daily fantasy sports platform AlphaDraft raised $5 million in a round led by Metamorphic Ventures, with participation from WME, Upfront Ventures, IDG Ventures, Amplify.LA, KEC Ventures, Freestyle Capital, Gokul Rajaram, SK Ventures, Basset Investment Group, Greycroft Partners, Melo7 Tech Partners and David Stern.

Zaption, a video learning company, raised $1.5 million in seed funding from investors including NewSchools Venture Fund, Redcrest Enterprises, Scion Capital and Telegraph Hill Capital.

Smartwatch app studio Little Labs raised $3 million in a seed round led by NEA, with Lightspeed Ventures, Lowercase Capital, Crosscut and Amplify LA also participating. 

Shelvspace, a cloud-based sales platform built specifically for the CPG industry, raised $1 million in seed round funding from Tallwave Capital and the AngelList Syndicates Fund, along with Clark Landry, Sam Teller, Sizhao Yang, Jon Roska, Mario Martinez, Pat Sullivan, Brad Jannenga and others.

Avocarrot, a mobile ad exchange specialized in native ads, raised $2 million from Odyssey Ventures, Darling Ventures, Giorgos Zacharia, Andy Porteous, and Thanos Triant.

Funding Options, a UK-based financial service startups, raised £2 million from GLI Finance Limited.

iprice group, an online shopping community, raised $550,000 in funding from Asia Venture Group.

Smart photo app Bundle raised €250 in s seed funding round from angel investor Hans Veldhuizen.

Exception EMSam electronics manufacturing solutions provider, raised £500,000 in funding from the Government's Innovate UK initiative.

Qwilrwhich transforms old documents into Web pages, raised $500,000 in seed funding from investors including Sydney Seed Fund and Macdoch Ventures.


Early stage

Trafi, a public transport journey planner based on crowd-sourced data, raised a $6.5 million Series A funding round led by Octopus Investments, EBRD Venture Capital Investment Programme, BaltCap, along with Practica Capital.

DataHero, provider of self-service Cloud BI, raised $6.1 million in Series A round led by Foundry Group.

Local commerce mobile messaging app Lookup raised, a $3 million Series A round from Biz Stone and along with other investors.

Disease outbreak prediction startup Metabiota raised $30 million in Series A funding from Undercurrent, James Joaquin, Steven Luczo, Data Collective, HVF, WP Global Partners, Tao Capital Partners, Tao Capital Partners, Undercurrent, James Joaquin, Steven Luczo, Data Collective, HVF and WP Global Partners

Redbubble, an online marketplace for artists designed products, raised $15.5 million from Acorn Capital, and Piton Capital, along with Simon Baker, Michael Birch, Stan Chudnovsky, Su-Ming Wong and Simon Yencken.

Algolia, a Search-as-a-Service provider, raised $18.3 million in a Series A round led by Accel Partners with participation from Alven Capital, Point Nine Capital, Storm Ventures, Lead Edge Capital, Ilya Sukhar, Solomon Hykes, Kevin Rose and Erik Swan.

Health insurance recommendation engine Stride Health raised a $13 million Series A round led by Venrock, with participation from Fidelity Biosciences and NEA.

Thoughtful Media Group, a global multi-channel network, raised a convertible round of financing totaling $8 million from investors across the US, Europe and Asia.

Samsara, a company working on Internet connected sensor systems, raised $25 million from Andreessen Horowitz. 

BetterCompany, a social platform centered around employees' work day, raised$6 million Series A round led by BlueRun Ventures.

Digital currency startup Ripple Labs raised $28 million in a Series A round from IDG Capital Partners, along with AME Cloud Ventures, ChinaRock Capital Management, China Growth Capital, and Wicklow Capital.

Bd4travel, a provider of predictive analytics for the online travel industry, raised a $4.2 million Series A round led by Hoxton Ventures. Talis Capital, and Robin Klein.

Online solar power marketplace EnergySage raised a $1.5 million Series A round led by Launchpad Venture Group. with participation from The New York Angels and the Clean Energy Venture Group.

WayBlazer, a provider of intelligent discovery for the travel and leisure industry, raised $5 million in Series A funding led by The Entrepreneurs’ Fund and IBM, with participation from Gobi Partners.

Speakeasy, a provider of mobile-first conference calling software, raised a $5 million Series A round from Bessemer Venture Partners and Salesforce Ventures.

Blade, an operator and logistics manager for drones, raised $6 million from Eric Schmidt, David Zaslav, Barry Diller, Alex von Furstenberg, Raine Ventures, and Bob Pittman.

In-store data platform provider CloudTags raised $2 million in funding from IDEA Fund Partners, Alerion Ventures, Knoll Ventures and Hallett Capital.

Venture capital firm Obvious Ventures raised $123,456,789 for its first fund from LPs including Ev Williams and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Tumblbug, a South Korean crowdfunding platform for the creative arts, raised $15.5 million in a Series A round from DCM, Strong Ventures, and Naver.

3D laser printer manufacturer Glowforge raised a $9 million Series A funding round led by Foundry Group and True Ventures, with participation from Bre Pettis and Jenny Lawton.

Maana, a provider of search engine technology for big-data-fueled solutions, raised $11 million from Chevron Technology Ventures, ConocoPhillips Technology Ventures, Frost Data Capital, GE Ventures, and Intel Capital.

Drizly, a company powering a superior shopping experience for beer, wine and liquor, raised $13 million in Series A funding from Polaris Partners with participation from First Beverage Group and existing investors.  

Financial software company YCharts raised $6 million in a round of funding led by Morningstar, along with Reed Elsevier, I2A, Amicus Capital Partners, Hyde Park Angels and prominent individuals.


Late stage

Online payment service provider WePay raised a $40 million round led by FTV Capital, along with Rakuten and all existing investors, including Highland Capital Partners, August Capital, Continental Investors and Ignition Partners.

Open source integration platform MuleSoft, raised $128 million in a round led by Salesforce Ventures, ServiceNow and Cisco Investments, along with Adage Capital Management,Brookside Capital, Sands Capital Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, Lightspeed Venture Partners,Meritech Capital Partners, Bay Partners, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners,Morgenthaler and Sapphire Ventures.

Content recommendation service Taboola raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Baidu.

Centroa provider of enterprise-class software for digital advertising, raised $30 million in a round led by Neuberger Berman Private Equity Funds, along with FTV Capital.

Fuze, a cloud video conferencing company, raised $20 million a round led by Hermes Growth Partners. 

Switch, an  enterprise business phone system for Google Apps, raised $35 million in a Series C round led by Amasia Capital, alongside Felicis Ventures, Softbank, Work-Bench, Google Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz.

Coho Data, a provide of Web-scale flash storage for the enterprise, raised $30 million in a Series C round led by March Capital Partners, with participation from Hewlett Packard Ventures, Intel Capital, Andreessen Horowitz and Ignition Partners.

Samanage, a provider of cloud integrated enterprise service desk software, raised a $16 million round led by Marker LLC and Vintage Investment Partners, with participation from Carmel Ventures, Gemini Israel Ventures and Silicon Valley Bank.

Teamleadera software company helping companies manage their data in the cloud, raised €2.5 million in funding from Fortino.

E-book deals service BookBub raised $7 million from Avalon Ventures, Founder Collective, NextView Ventures, and Bloomberg Beta.

Hightower, an online platform for the commercial leasing industry, raised $13 million in a Series B round led by RRE Ventures, with participation from Bessemer Venture Partners, Thrive Capital, and Pritzker Group Venture Capital.

Human resources and payments platform Justworks raised $13 million in Series B funding led by Bain Capital Ventures, with participation from Thrive Capital and Index Ventures.

Farmers Business Network, a farmer-to-farmer information network, raised $15 million in a round led by Google Ventures, with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and DBL Investors also participating.

Open source application development platform Meteor raised $20 million in a round led by Matrix Partners, with participation from Andreessen Horowitz and Trinity Ventures., acompany that tracks national TV ads and correlates digital responses in real-time, raised a $21.9 million Series B round led by Insight Venture Partners, with participation from Madrona Venture Group.

Fusion energy company General Fusion raised C$27 million in a round led by Khazanah Nasional Berhad, along with European and North American venture capital firms, family offices and its industrial oil & gas partner.

Venture capital firm Ignition Partners raised its a $200 million fund, called Ignition Venture Partners VI, or “Fund VI."

Internet security firm FraudMetrix raised a $30 million Series B round led by Qiming Venture Partners, with China Broadband Capital, IDG Capital Partners, China Growth Capital, and Linear Venture also participating.

Wibbitz, a text-to-video startup, raised $8 million in a Series B round led byNantMobile, with Horizon Ventures, lool ventures, Initial Capital and Kima Ventures also participating

Jiff, an enterprise health benefits platform, raised a $23.5 million Series C round led by Rosemark Capital, along with GE Ventures, Venrock Associates, Aberdare Partners and Aeris Capital.

Feedzai, a data science company for the banking and commerce industries, raised$17.5 million Series B financing round led by Oak HC/FT, with Sapphire Ventures and Espirito Santo Ventures.

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