Daily funding roundup - October 8, 2015

Mitos Suson · October 8, 2015 · Short URL: https://vator.tv/n/4092

Oxford Photovoltaics hauled $19M; Hubba secured $11M; Reflektive raised $3.6M

  • Reflektive, a real time employee engagement and performance platform announced on Thursday that it has raised a $3.6 million seed funding round led by Andreessen Horowitz, specifically from its General Partner, Lars Dalgaard, who was founder and CEO of Successfactors. The company had previously received $500,000 from the founders of Playdom, giving it $4.1 million in total venture funding. Reflektive wants to change the way the feedback process works by being a communication platform for employees to give each other continuous feedback and recognition, rather than only having it done one time per year. The data is then compiled at to pre-populate a performance review.

  • PHIND, a company that enables users to search just by snapping a pic of a physical location just announced that they have closed a $755,000 round of seed funding. They’re hoping to use this newly-acquired capital to improve their core technologies and begin pursuing more sustained marketing efforts. Launching alongside this funding announcement is a pretty major overhaul of the app. PHIND 2.0 places more emphasis on the unique experience offered by the app’s aggregation of other services. 

  • Mino Games had a rare hit in the Mino Monsters free-to-play mobile game with 7 million downloads and $10 million in revenue to date. And that’s why it has been able raise new funding and move on to Mino Monsters 2: Evolution. The San Francisco company is announcing it has raised $2.2 million in funding and launched Mino Monsters 2: Evolution on iOS and Android devices. The money comes from existing investor Andreessen Horowitz and new investors Spark Labs, Luminari Capital, Ace & Company, and others. 

  • Monterosa, a multiscreen activation specialist that works with broadcasters, brands and sports rights-holders to activate mobile audiences, has announced a major fundraising and key additions to its board. The funding is to accelerate the company's growth into sports marketing and activation for global brands, rights-holders and broadcasters, and to further develop the company's award-winning LViS platform. The fundraising was led by boutique investment firm 24Haymarket and included Angel CoFund and Robin Shenfield, CEO of global advertising visual-effects company, The Mill. Marek Gumienny, a founding director of 24Haymarket, has joined the board, with Shenfield appointed as chairman. 

  • Pypestream, a new startup from AdGenesis/Genesis Media co-founder Richard Smullen, is announcing that it has raised $2 million in seed fundingThe round was led by Jonah Goodhart, co-founder of Moat and of early-stage investment firmWGI Group

  • EASYBOOK.COM Pte Ltd, a Singapore-based company that operates what it claims is the largest land, sea travel and tours booking website in South-East Asia, is believed to be in the final stages of closing a Series A round worth $3 millionAccording to sources familiar with the deal, Easybook has signed a term sheet with the prospective investor, and a funding agreement could be sealed within two months.

  • Singaporean ecommerce site HipVan has completed its series A round of funding, worth S$4.7 million (US$3.32 million). The round was led by Singapore-based venture capital firm Golden Gate Ventures. East Ventures also participated in the round, along with existing investors Toivo Annus, co-founder of Skype, and LionRock GlobalThis brings HipVan’s total funding to S$6.35 million (US$4.5 million), after last year raising about US$1.3 million for its seed round in two stages

  • Miora, a Madrid, Spain-based online app and platform specialized in booking beauty centers, closed over $4 million in venture capital funding. Backers included Seaya Ventures with participation from Variv Capital and Nazca VenturesThe company intends to use the funds to expand operations to Latin America region.

  • CardFlight, a NYC-based provider of mobile point of sale (POS) technology, raised $4.2 million in Series A funding. The round was co-led by Dan Henry and MATH Venture Partners with participation from Silicon Valley Bank, ff Venture Capital, Great Oaks Venture Capital, Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator, Plug & Play Ventures, Apostolos Apostolakis, Stuart Harvey, formerly CEO of payment processor Elavon, and Mark O’Connell, chairman of Multi Service. The company intends to use the funds to continue to grow its engineering team and accelerate the rollout of their mobile payment acceptance solutions in the United States.

  • Talkdesk, a cloud-based call center software provider growing 10x year-over-year, announced today a $6 million extension round of the Series A with strategic investment led by Salesforce Ventures and participation from Talkdesk's existing investors, DFJ and Storm Ventures. Talkdesk will use these new funds to expand its engineering, product and sales teams. With this latest round of funding added to the Series A, Talkdesk has raised a total of $21 million in this round.

  • Los Angeles-based FilmTrack, a company that makes software for storing and managing intellectual property, announced that closed a $10 million “growth round.” Half of the money came from Wellington Financial LP, and the other half from Silicon Valley Bank; both bets were debt financing capital. The growth capital, CEO Jason Kassin said, will allow FilmTrack to expand to other international markets and improve its technology.

  • Hubba, a B2B product sharing and discovery platform, announced today that it has secured $11 million in capital for its Series A round of financing. Over the last year, Hubba has grown the user base to over 10,000 brands and retailers and tripled the size of their team. Building on this momentum, Hubba will use the financing to accelerate expansion into additional verticals and geographic regions while continuing to invest in new products that service the commerce community. The Series A was led by Real Ventures with Kensington Venture Fund and various funds managed by Canso Investment Counsel, alongside strong participation from existing investors such as Brightspark Ventures and notable angels.

  • The UK startup Oxford Photovoltaics has just announced a second round of funding for 2015 that brings its haul for the year to $19 million. That enables a big step forward in the company’s R&D plans for solar cells based on perovskite materials — those promising but pesky crystals that could help lower the cost of solar energy down to the ground. The new round of funding builds £4.4 million on to the £8 million raised earlier this year by Oxford PV. The £4.4 million top-up round announced today will help fund the continued development of Oxford PV’s world-beating technology as we move towards scale-up and commercial engagement with potential licensees.

If you are interested in being included in our funding roundup, submit your press release or blog post about your financing round to mitos@vator.tv. 

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