Daily funding roundup - December 18th, 2018

Kristin Karaoglu · December 19, 2018 · Short URL: https://vator.tv/n/4ce0

PlanetScale raised $3M; Tridiuum raised $9.5M; Seismic raised $100M; SpaceX raised $500M


PlanetScale: PlanetScale is a NewSQL database-as-a-service(DbaaS) based on the open source project. A month-old, San Francisco-based company has raised $3 million in seed funding led by SignalFire, with participation from a dozen notable angel investors, including YouTube founder Steve Chen. Read more

Formant: Formant is Monitoring and operations infrastructure for anyone who works with robots. A 1.5-year-old, San Francisco-based startup that's creating robot-data management software aimed at helping businesses understand feedback from their robotic fleets, has raised $6 million in seed funding from SignalFire. Read more

Tonsser: Tonsser is social network and utility app for youth soccer players who use Tonsser every week to keep track of their stats, improve their player rating, be inspired on how to improve and engage with their community. Four-year-old, Copenhagen-based company has raised €5.5 million ($6.3 million) in Series A funding led by Alven Capital, with participation from Seed Capital and Wellington Partners. Read more.

Tridiuum: Tridiuum is a digital health company led by a nationally recognized team of experts in behavioral medicine, software engineering, digital health technologies, health insurance, and behavioral health clinical research. Four-year-old, Philadelphia, Pa.-based company has raised $9.5 million in Series B funding led by Sopris Capital and Fresenius Medical Care Ventures, with participation from earlier backers Ben Franklin Technology Partners and Martinson Ventures. Read more.

Aristea Therapeutics: Aristea Therapeutics is a clinical-stage drug development company. San Diego, Ca.-based  company has raised $15 million in Series A funding from Novo Holdings A/S. Read more

Securly: Securly is a web filter that enables educators to use instructional tools such as Google, YouTube, and Wikipedia in classrooms. A 6.5-year-old, San Jose, Ca.-based company has raised $16 million in Series B funding led by Defy Partners, with participation from Owl Ventures. The company has now raised $24 million. Read more  

Ada: Ada’s mission is to give back time through incredible customer service. Two-year-old, Toronto-based company has raised $19 million in Series A funding led by FirstMark Capital, with participation from Leaders Fund, Burst Capital and earlier backers Bessemer Venture Partners, Version One Ventures and serial entrepreneur Barney Pell. Read more

Monglix: Moglix is a supplier of industrial tools like hand tools, power tools, electrical, and safety equipment. A three-year-old, Singapore-based company has raised $23 million in Series C funding from Accel, Jungle Ventures,IFC, Temasek, Venture Highway, InnoVen Capital and Venture Highway.  Read more

Bellhops: Bellhops is moving service company that uses algorithms to make small-scale moves more affordable. Seven-year-old, Chattanooga, Tn.-based company has raised $31.4 million in Series C funding. Advance Venture Partners led the round, with participation from Canaan, Initialized Capital, Lerer Hippeau Ventures, and Nashville Capital Network. Read more

Egress: Egress is a software company that specializes in compliance and privacy management solutions for unstructured data. Eleven-year-old, London-based company has raised $40 million in Series C funding led by FTV Capital, with participation from earlier backer AlbionVC. Read more

Erasca: Erasca creating a new generation of oncology drugs intended to not just treat, but actually cure Cancer. A months-old, San Diego, Ca.-based biotech company that says it has multiple discovery programs underway for undisclosed targets that are biological drivers of cancer, has raised $42 million in Series A financing co-led by City Hill Ventures and Cormorant Asset Management. Read more.

Seismic: Seismic is the leading global sales and marketing enablement solution, improving close rates and delivering larger deals for sales. An 8.5-year-old, San Diego-based company has raised $100 million in Series E funding at a post-money valuation of $1 billion. The round was led by Lightspeed Venture Partners and T. Rowe Price. Read more.

Vogo: Vogo handles the complicated voting process by combining print and online voting so you don’t have to. A two-year-old, Bengaluru, India-based dockless motorized e-scooter startup, has raised $100 million from ride-hail company Ola, which had also participated in the company's Series A round in summer. Read more

SpaceX: SpaceX is an aviation and aerospace company that designs, manufactures, and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft. The 16-year-old, Hawthorne, Ca.-based rocket company founded by Elon Musk, is raising $500 million in new funding at a $30.5 billion valuation. The capital is coming from earlier investors, along with the Scottish money-management firm Baille Gifford & Co., which is also a big stakeholder in Tesla (also run by Musk). Read more .

Graphcore: Graphcore is a semiconductor company that develops accelerators for AI and machine learning. Two-year-old, Bristol, England-based company has raised $200 million in Series D funding at a $1.7 billion post-money valuation. Earlier investor Atomico co-led the deal with new investor Sofina. Other backers in the round include BMW i Ventures, Microsoft, Merian Global Investors, Draper Esprit,Robert Bosch, Dell Technologies, Foundation Capital, Sequoia Capital,Amadeus Capital Partners, C4 Ventures and Samsung. Read more

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Kristin Karaoglu

Woman of many skills: Database System Engineer; SplashX event producer; Author of Startup Teams

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