Daily Deal Activity 12/16/14

December 17, 2014

Digital Media/Commerce

classifieds/auctions/p-to-p

Matt Martin Real Estate Management, a diversified national real estate services firm, has acquired Realitybid.com, an online real estate auction company. Realitybid.com will retain its brand name and operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of MMREM and will enhance MMREM’s platform technology. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

ecommerce

On-demand valet service storage solution BoxBee has raised $5 million in a round of funding led by Metamorphic Ventures with participation from Floodgate and Northzone. The company will use the new capital for further development of its backend technology and delivery operations while accelerating expansion into major cities.

ecommerce

SHOEme, the parent company of online footwear retailers OnlineShoes.com and SHOEme.ca, has acquired Shoes.com. The transaction follows the recent acquisition of Onlineshoes.com and SHOEme.ca by Hardy Capital, and adds to SHOEme’s brand portfolio and customer base. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

gaming

Mobile gaming company Playdots has raised $10 million in Series A funding led by Tencent and Greycroft Partners with participation from Northzone, Crunchfund, and Slow Ventures. The company will use the new capital for accelerating the advancement of its franchise.

mobile content/apps

Educational app platform Clever has raised $30 million in a round of funding from Lightspeed Ventures Partners and Sequoia Capital. The company will use the new proceeds for accelerating growth and developing its product.

mobile content/apps

Canada-based photo-sharing and messaging service for businesses company Foko has raised $2 million in a round of funding from BDC Capital and Real Ventures. The company has raised $2.5 million to date and will use the new capital for improving services and increasing awareness.

mobile content/apps

Anonymous mobile therapy provider Talkspace has raised $3.5 million in a round of funding from Metamorphic Ventures, Softbank, and Spark Capital. The company will use the new round of funding for bolstering its partnerships with enterprises to make therapy an essential part of company-wide wellness programs.

niche content

ALM Media, a supplier of specialized industry news and information, has acquired Kennedy Consulting Research & Advisory, a source of market analysis and intelligence for the management consulting and IT consulting industries. The acquisition will allow ALM to expand its legal intelligence offerings. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

social media/apps

Group video chat platform Paltalk has acquired Tinychat, a chat platform that offers text, audio, and video capabilities for chatting. Tinychat will continue to operate as a standalone platform, and the acquisition will allow it to accelerate its mobile and desktop capabilities. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Digital Advertising

comparison shopping

Online travel agency Bravofly Rumbo Group has acquired online travel and leisure retailer Lastminute.com from Sabre Group, a technology provider for the travel and tourism industry, for $120 million. The acquisition coincides with Bravofly’s growth strategy of investing in its core technology businesses, mainly Travel Network, Airline Solutions, and Hospitality Solutions.

digital promotion/coupon

Online secondary gift card marketplace CardCash has raised $6 million in debt financing from Sterling National Bank. The company intends to use the new funding for financing the inventory of its gift cards offerings.

online lead generation

India-based Locon Solutions, which operates property housing portal Housing.com, has raised $90 million in a round of funding led by Softbank with participation from Falcon Edge.  The company will use the new capital for expanding its housing database.

vertical search

On-demand home services provider Serviz has raised $12.5 million in Series B equity financing from PointGuard Ventures with participation from Stibel Investments. The company has raised $20 million to date and will use the new capital for expanding offerings in its home repair categories while extending into new geographic markets.

Marketing Technology

commerce management, logistics

International eCommerce and shipping enablement services provider Bongo has been acquired by FedEx. Bongo will operate as a subsidiary of FedEx’s trade network business. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

social technology

Customer identity management technology developer Janrain has acquired Arktan, a provider of real-time social curation and social engagement products. The acquisition allow both parties to leverage complementary product portfolios while bringing an integrated customer identity and customer engagement solution to market. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Technology & Communications

big data technology

Germany-based big data analytics company Blue Yonder has raised $75 million in a round of private equity funding from Warburg Pincus. The investment will be used for continued expansion into the industrial and transport and logistics sectors.

financial technology

Payment infrastructure company Adyen has raised $250 million in a round of funding at a $1.5 billion post-investment valuation from General Atlantic with participation from Temasek Holdings, Index Ventures, and Felicis Ventures. The company has raised $266 million to date and will use the new funds for accelerating growth, expanding its international presence, and building innovative tools to help differentiate the company in a crowded space.

Software

data management

Mattermark, a data platform used by investors to track private companies, has raised $6.5 million in Series A funding led by Foundry Group with participation from 500 Startups, Andreessen Horowitz, Data Collective, Felicis Ventures, Flybridge Capital Partners, Gramercy Fund, Great Oaks Capital, and Ignition Venture Partners. The company will use the new funding for building business information analysis through software automation.

healthcare

UK-based adult and children’s social care management software developer Corelogic has been acquired by Servelec Group for $40 million. The acquisition is expected to be earnings enhancing as Servelec looks to move into the health and social care market.

security

OneLogin, an identity management solutions provider, has raised $25 million in Series C funding led by Scale Venture Partners with participation from The Social+Capital Partnership. The company has raised $44 million to date, and will use the new funding for accelerating research and development, sales, channeling, marketing, and support efforts.

Information & Business Services

fulfillment

GENCO, a provider of third-party reverse logistics, has been acquired by FedEx from Greenbriar Equity Partners for an estimated $2 billion. The acquisition will expand FedEx’s service offerings in the retail and eCommerce markets. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

healthcare information

Heartline, a provider of health information and technology solutions, has acquired DiabetesMine, a consumer blog for the diabetes community. DiabetesMine’s content, including articles, reviews, and videos, will be integrated into Heartline.com for enhanced delivery of diabetes specific information. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

it consulting/systems integration

Wisegate, an advisory service for IT veterans and professionals, has raised $4 million in Series B funding led by Arcus Capital Partners with participation from Central Texas Angel Network, and Golden Seeds. The company has raised $8 million to date, and will use the new funding for hiring talent in its product marketing, customer care, and sales division.

market research

Solera Holdings, a provider of risk and asset management software and services to the automotive and property marketplace, has acquired IBS Automotive, a provider of vehicle valuation data. The acquisition enhances Solera Holdings high-ROI underwritings solutions for its insurance customers. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

market research

Marketcast, a portfolio company of Shamrock Capital Advisors that provides marketing research services to the entertainment industry, has been acquired by RLJ Equity Partners with participation from Brookside Mezzanine Partners. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.


Daily Deal Activity 12/15/14

December 16, 2014

Digital Media/Commerce

classifieds/auctions/p-to-p

UK-based car buying platform Carwow has raised $7.2 million in a round of funding from Balderton Capital, Episode 1, and Samos Investments. The company has raised $9 million to date and will use the new capital for expanding its team, rolling out advertising campaigns, and starting exploration into new markets.

ecommerce

eCommerce platform Miyaobabei, which provides a marketplace for infant care products and goods, has raised $60 million in Series C funding from ZhenFund, Sequoia Capital, and H Capital. The company has raised $100 million to date, and will use the new funding for focusing on the domestic market before expanding abroad and improving supply chain and the user experience of its site and apps.

ecommerce

Gift recommendation platform developer Wishpicker has been acquired by India-based eCommerce company Snapdeal. The acquisition enhances the technology capabilities of Snapdeal as the company looks to grab a larger share of India’s eCommerce market. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

gaming

China-based Virtuos, a provider of 3D art and game development for consoles and mobile devices, has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Xuhua Venture Capital. The company will use the new funding for expanding its reach and building tools that will facilitate integration with client teams.

mobile content/apps

Merchbar, developer of an app that allows fans to discover and buy merchandise from various artists, has raised $1 million in a round of funding from 500 Startups, Structure Capital, and Universal Music Group.

social media/apps

Taiwan-based online fitness and weight-loss community iFit has raised $3 million in Series A funding from Cherubic Ventures, Yaun-jin Capital, and Sino Strategy. The company has raised $3.9 to date and will use the new capital for international expansion.

Marketing Technology

Analytics & Targeting

Advertising technology company The Trade Desk, which operates as a demand-side advertising platform in the real-time bidding industry, has raised $45 million in debt financing from Bridge bank and Opus Bank. The company will use the new funding for fueling global growth while breaking ground in the Advanced TV industry. The company recently raised a $20 million Series B.

Analytics & Targeting

Technical analysis research provider Trading Central has acquired Recognia, a developer of automated quantitative analysis and engagement solutions focused on serving Retail Online Brokers, Banks, and Market Professionals. The acquisition will allow Recognia to accelerate product development initiatives, digital and mobile capabilities development, and sales and service expansion.

Analytics & Targeting

Singapore-based Trax Image Recognition, a developer of in-store shelf monitoring analysis technology, has raised $15 million in a round of funding from private investors. The company will use the new capital for accelerating product development and expanding geographic markets in the US.

content management

Content sharing platform 8 Enterprises has raised $4.2 million in a round of funding from The Sputnik Group and Sage Venture Partners. The company will use the new capital for launching the product outside of beta mode, hiring new talent, and expanding global reach.

Technology & Communications

cloud storage

Cloud backup provider Carbonite has acquired Germany-based email archiving service MailStore for $20 million. Carbonite will integrate MailStore’s email archiving and full-text search and indexing capabilities into its product portfolio.

networking equipment

Thoma Bravo and Teachers’ Private Capital have acquired Riverbed Technology (Nasdaq:RVBD), a provider of application performance infrastructure, for $3.6 billion. The acquisition will allow the company to adapt its solutions over the IT services sector.

Software

financial

Insurance technology solutions provider Majesco, a wholly owned subsidiary of IT solutions firm Mastek (BSE:523704), has acquired Cover-All Technologies, a licenser and maintainer of insurance industry software. The acquisition coincides with Majesco’s growth strategy, and the Cover-All brand will integrate and operate under the Majesco name. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

financial

Avalara, a provider of cloud-based software for delivering compliance solutions related to sales tax, has acquired VATLive.com, an online information resource for tax news, insight, and rate changes. The acquisition expands Avalara’s product capabilities and will allow the company to expand globally. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

healthcare

Ireland-based patient engagement software developer Oneview has raised $7 million in a round of funding from private investors. The company has raised $20 million to date, and will use the new capital for facilitating the expansion of sales, marketing, project management, and implementation of resources in the US market.

Information & Business Services

financial information

Chile-based compensation and benefits survey and information firm Denarius has been acquired by Mercer. The acquisition will allow Mercer to expand into the Chilean market, and will provide Denarius with scope, scale, and resources for rapid services expansion.

financial information

Multi-platform media company Tiger Media(AMEX:IDI) has acquired The Best One, the parent company of data solutions provider Interactive Data. The acquisition will help the integrated company expand in the data fusion industry while building out its management team.

market research

Online survey platform SurveyMonkey has raised $250 million at a valuation of $2 billion in a round of equity funding led by T. Rowe Price, Morgan Stanley, and Baillie Gifford & Co. with participation from Tiger Global management, ICONIQ Capital, Google Capital, and Social+Capital Partnership. The company has raised $1.2 billion to date and will use the new proceeds for pursuing future acquisitions and providing liquidity for early investors.

Noteworthy

ecommerce

BC Partners has agreed to acquire PetSmart for $8.7 billion in what will be the largest PE buyout of 2014.  The purchase price represent 9.1x EBITDA for LTM ending November 2, 2014.

database/analytics

Datalogix, which has planned to go public, is now pursuing a buyer, seeking bids of $1 billion. The company’s estimated 2014 revenue of $125 million suggests a sale above $500 million. The company has raised more than $85 million in funding from investors Breyer Capital, Institutional Venture Partners, General Catalyst Partners, Sequel Partners, and Costanoa Venture Capital.


Daily Deal Activity 12/12/14

December 15, 2014

Digital Media/Commerce

ecommerce

Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) has acquired microstock photo provider Fotolia, which operates a global marketplace for royalty-free images for $800 million from KKR and TA Associates. The deal is expected to close first quarter 2015.

mobile content/apps

Uber has raised an additional $600 million from Baidu.com to add to its recent $1.2 billion dollar round of financing, bringing the total amount of the round to $1.8 billion. The company will use the new capital for developing an expansion strategy as it plans to make a significant move into the Asian market.

Digital Advertising

ad networks/exchanges

GET IT Mobile, which generates programmatic ad buying for Google-based mobile app installs, has acquired emerging technologies development and design firm Kinetic Minds. The acquisition will allow Get IT to grow product marketing while pursuing client services expansion. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

digital video, ad networks exchanges

Video advertising startup VideoAmp has raised $2.2 million in a round of funding from Anthem Venture Partners, Simon Equity Partners, Third Wave Capital, Wavemaker Partners, and ZenShin Capital. The company will use the new funding for optimizing its ad sharing platform across television, mobile, and desktop.

Marketing Technology

analytics & targeting

Data analytics application startup Framed Data has raised $2 million in a round of funding from Google Ventures and Innovation Works. The company will allocate the new funding toward building out its development team.

content management

Web-based calendar and facilities management software company DynaCal has been acquired by eSchoolView, an operator of websites for school districts. The acquisition will enhance eSchoolView’s service to existing clients with enhanced online content management solution. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

mobile technology, collaboration software

CellTrust Corporation, a provider of collaborative secure mobile communications solutions with tracing and archiving capabilities, has raised $10.5 million in Series A funding from Kayne Partners. The new capital will enable the company to extend its infrastructure and expand its team.

Agency & Marketing Services

digital agency

Publicis Groupe (ENXTPA:PUB) has acquired content marketing agency Relevant24, a developer of branded content for companies involved in the real-time marketing space. The acquisition aligns with Publicis Groupe’s strategy of digital expansion. Relevant24 will become a part of Publicis’ Starcom MediaVest Group. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Traditional Media

traditional outdoor

GTCR and Adams Outdoor Advertising are in talks for a joint bid to acquire Fairway Outdoor Advertising, an outdoor advertising company, from Acon Investments and MidOcean Partners in a deal that could be valued around $550 million.

Software

collaboration

Intelligent procurement solutions developer Xeeva has acquired Kontextual, a social business software developer. The acquisition will allow Xeeva to provide increased visibility and collaboration between procurement, finance, and other key stakeholders in the procurement process. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

software development tools

Mobile crash analytics and app distribution company HockeyApp has been acquired by Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT). HockeyApp will be integrated into the Applications Insights service to expand client support solutions. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Information & Business Services

healthcare information, mobile content/apps

Mobile Health Engagement Strategies, a provider of mobile health engagement solutions to life sciences companies as well as payor or provider organizations, has raised an undisclosed amount of growth funding from Fulcrum Equity Partners. The company will use the new funding for expanding its operating infrastructure and establishing other business relationships.

market research

Direct marketing student recruitment and enrollment management services provider Royall & Co. has been acquired by Advisory Board (Nasdaq:ABCO) for $850 million. Royall and its subsidiaries will operate and wholly-owned subsidiaries of Advisory Board.


Daily Deal Activity 12/11/14

December 15, 2014

Digital Media/Commerce

ecommerce

Modern Rugs, an online rug retailer, has raised $4 million in a management buy-in funded by Enterprise Ventures and PHD Equity Partners. The company will allocate the funding toward establishing an efficient management team.

mobile content/apps

Children’s bible app producer 4Soils has been acquired by Kingdom Games. The acquisition strengthens Kingdom games strategy of providing ethical and moral games targeted for the younger generation. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

mobile content/apps

Location-based mobile dating application Happn, which allows users to build connections based on real-time interactions, has raised $8 million in Series A funding from DN Capital and Alven Capital. The company will use the new funding from expanding to the US market.

mobile content/apps

Corporate meetings, events, and travel software developer Lanyon has acquired GenieConnect, a mobile application for meeting and events. The acquisition will allow Lanyon to provide mobile capabilities as it looks to drive engagement. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

niche content

Digital media company Woven Digital, which publishes entertainment sites, has raised $18 million in Series A funding from Institutional Venture Partners with participation from Advancit Capital. The company will use the new capital for bolstering its sales team, increasing editorial content production, accelerating development of its technology, and its original video production arm.

social media/apps

Social network app Connect Software, which provides a location tracking option for friends, has raised $10.3 million in a round of funding from Kinzon Capital with participation from Bull City Venture Partners. The company has raised $15.9 million to date and will use the new funding for building out its product, growing its engineering team, and expanding internationally.

social media/apps

Social dating network Hinge has raised $12 million in a round of funding from Shasta Ventures with participation from Lowercase Capital, Great Oaks Venture Capital, Eniac Ventures, and CAA Ventures. The company will use the new capital for growing its development team, improving its product, and scaling its app into new markets.

Digital Advertising

digital/video

Kamcord, a mobile gaming broadcast network, has raised $15 million in a round of funding from Japan-based gaming company GungHo Online Entertainment with participation from Wargaming.net, Tencent Holdings, and TransLink Capital. The company has raised $25 million to date.

Marketing Technology

ad serving

Interactive media and entertainment company Publishers Clearing House Digital has acquired Plethora Mobile, provider of a programmatic advertising platform. The acquisition will allow the company to offer cross platform advertising solutions and mobile targeting capabilities for its partners.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

analytics & targeting

Predictive analytics applications developer Infer has raised $25 million in Series B funding from Redpoint Ventures. The company has raised $35 million to date, and will use the new capital for bringing its solution to different sales and marketing organizations.

bi tools

Germany-based eCommerce business intelligence solution provider minubo has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from angel investors. The company will use the new funding for expanding into the US while developing international partner-networks.

content management

Email, social media, and content marketing platform OutboundEngine has raised $11 million in Series B funding led by Silverton Partners with participation from Noro-Moseley Partners, Harmony Partners, Altos Ventures and Capital Factory. The company will use the new funding for accelerating growth through office expansion, product development, and expanding into new vertical markets.

mobile technology

Canada-based prospective mobile marketing platform Gallop has raised $2 million in a round of funding led by Golden Venture Partners and Mantella Venture Partners with participation from Two Small Fish Ventures. The company will use the new capital for scaling its platform offering and expanding globally.

Agency & Marketing Services

loyalty/retention

Loyalty management company Aimia (TSX:AIM) has acquired Zinc, a provider of SaaS behavioral segmentation solutions and consulting services focused on customer centric store management. The acquisition complements Aimia’s existing products and services, and will increase the depth of its product suite. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

public relations

Consumer public relations agency Publicasity has been acquired by Porta Communications (AIM:PTCM) for $3.5 million. Publicasity will work alongside Porta’s PR company Thirteen Communications, and the two firms will operate separately with future plans of integrating Publicasity into one consumer arm.

Technology & Communications

enterprise mobility

UNIFi Software, a provider of comprehensive data integration solutions for enterprises, has raised $4.5 million in a round of funding led by Canaan Partners with participation from Omaha Capital. The company will use the new funds for scaling business, acceleration development of its data acquisition and integration software, and supporting its early access program.

Software

collaboration

Huddle, a provider of enterprise cloud collaboration services, has raised $51 million in Series D funding led by Zouk Capital with participation from Matrix Partners, Jafco Ventures, DAG Ventures, and Eden Ventures. The company will use the new capital for expanding in the US and Europe, doubling the size of its product team, and continuing to develop its product.

healthcare

UK-based mobile and digital services provider for the pharmaceutical industry Exco InTouch has raised $4 million in a round of funding led by Albion Ventures with participation from Scottish Equity Partners. The company will use the new capital for supporting operational development in preparation for increased sales.

healthcare

The Gores Group portfolio company Meridian Medical Management, a provider of revenue cycle and business intelligence services, has acquired Origin Healthcare Solutions, a provider of revenue cycle management and analytics solutions. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

security

Cloud-to-cloud backup and recovery SaaS solution Backupify has been acquired by Datto. The acquisition expands Datto’s backup and cloud disaster recovery capabilities. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

security

Security solutions provider Threat Stack, which is purposefully developed for providing cloud-based solutions, has raised $5 million in a round of funding from Atlas Ventures and .406 Ventures. The company will use the funding for commercializing and further developing its cloud security monitoring service and expanding its presence with customers using AWS.

Software development tools

Israel-based Silicom (Nasdaq:SILC) has acquired Denmark-based Fiberblaze, a provider of application acceleration solutions for the mobile, telecommunications, network monitoring, cyber security, and financial industries, for $10 million in cash. The acquisition will allow Silicom to implement Fiberblaze technologies into its already existing products.

Information & Business Services

bpo

Luminat, an advanced care planning developer, has raised $2.3 million in Series A funding from City of Hope. The company will use the new funding for enhancing and expanding its product offering, including the development of SupportScreen, its automated patient needs assessment tool.

it consutling/systems integration

Agile transformation services provider SolutionsIQ Corporation has acquired BigVisible Solutions, an Agile consultancy, The acquisition broadens SolutionIQ’s geography reach into the Northeast and the Mid-Atlantic. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.


Daily Deal Activity 12/10/14

December 11, 2014

Digital Media/Commerce

ecommerce

AnyCommerce Chennai, the parent of online food ordering platform goGrab.in, has acquired iLoveRead.in, a portal that allows users to borrow books. The acquisition will allow AnyCommerce to diversify revenue streams. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

ecommerce

Heavy weight building materials marketplace BuildDirect has raised $43.5 million in a round of funding from Mohr Davidow Ventures, OMERS, and BMO Capital Markets. The company will use the new funding for building out its technology platform while developing the company to operate as a traditional marketplace.

gaming

Enterprise gamification solutions provider Bunchball has raised a significant growth equity investment from Parallax Capital Fun, a software and technology acquisition firm. The new funds will be allocated to developing strategies for propelling Bunchball into its next stage of growth. Terms of the investment were not disclosed.

gaming

Chelbis Company, an operator of bingo websites, has been acquired by Contagious Games (TSXC:CNS) for $4.1 million in cash plus earn out. The acquisition diversifies Contagious’ revenue streams, and will allow the company to ultimately increase margins.

mobile content/apps

Canvas, a provider of mobile apps for collecting and sharing business information, has raised $9 million in a round of funding led by River Cities Capital Funds and Osage Venture Partners with participation from Camber Capital. The company will use the funds for developing new capabilities and services for its subscribers, and expanding marketing efforts across North America and Europe.

mobile content/apps

Child entertainment applications startup ToyTalk, which develops an app that allows physical toys to have interactive conversations, has raised $15 million in Series B funding led by Khosla Ventures with participation from Greylock Partners, First Round Capital, Charles River Ventures, and True Ventures. The company has raised $30 million to date and will use the new funding for developing new apps and building outs its engineering team.

social media/apps, financial software

Social investment network eToro has raised $27 million in a round of funding from Ping An Ventures and SBT Venture Capital with participation from Spark Capital and BRM Group. The company will use the funding for accelerating global expansion and further developing recently rolled out products in Russia and China.

Digital Advertising

digital promotion/coupon

South Korea-based online retailer Coupang has raised $300 million in a round of funding led by Blackrock Private Equity Partners and Wellington Capital with participation from Greenoaks Capital and Rose Parks Advisors. The company has raised $400 million to date and will use the new capital for expanding its engineering and research and development teams.

vertical search

Routehappy, a provider of data and tools for improving flight shopping, has raised $3.3 million in a round of funding led by iNovia Capital with participation from PAR Capital Ventures, High Peaks Venture Partners, Contour Ventures Partners, and Vocap Investment Partners. The company will use the new capital for expanding its team and accelerating development, trialing, and sales to airlines.

vertical search

Wellington Management portfolio company Viewing Tracker, which provides tenant, property management, and rental properties solutions, has been acquired by New Zealand-based Trade Me (NZSE:TME), an online marketplace and classified advertising platform. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Marketing Technology

analytics & targeting

Business Intelligence Company Metric Insights has raised $2.1 million in a round of funding led by First Round Capital. The company will use the proceeds for accelerating growth and building out its sales and marketing teams.

analytics & targeting

Verisk Analytics (Nasdaq:VRSK) has acquired risk analytics and advisory services company Maplecroft, which utilizes data aggregation to assess and monitor a range of risks, for $32 million. Maplecroft will report to the specialized category of Verisk’s decision analytics segment.

commerce management

Optoro, which provides a cloud-based platform for the retail returns industry, has raised $50 million in Series C funding from KPCB and Generation Investment Management with participation from Revolution Growth, Grotech Ventures, and SWaN & Legend Venture Partners. The company will use the new capital for scaling partnerships and expanding into new markets.

commerce management

Online insight aggregator RapidEngage, which drives engagement for companies in the form of signups, conversions, and view pages, has been acquired by QuestionPro, an online survey software developer. The acquisition will strengthen QuestionPro’s offering with website feedback and engagement technology. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

content delivery network

Cloud application delivery solutions provider AviNetworks has raised $33 million from Greylock Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and Menlo Ventures. The company will use the new capital for targeting larger customers.

Technology & Communications

big data technology

Cloud-based Big Data provider Qubole has raised $13 million in Series B funding from Northwest Venture Partners. The company has raised $20 million to date and will use the new capital for expanding operations.

cloud computing technology

CenturyLink has acquired Canada-based DataGardens, a provider of software for cloud-based disaster recovery-as-a-services. The companies have previously partnered with each other on the same platform, and the acquisition will see DataGardens product platform integrated into CenturyLink’s cloud-stake. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

cloud computing technology

DigitalOcean, a cloud provider for developers, has received a $50 million credit facility from Fortress Investment Group. The company will use the new influx for investing in its engineering team and expanding globally.

communications software

Telecom software platform NetPlus, which provides network operations, telecom expense management, and VoIP transition solutions for commercial and government customers, has been acquired by StoneCalibre. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

data center technology

HashiCorp, provider of a DevOps marketplace for datacenters, has raised $10 million in a round of funding led by Mayfield Fund with participation from GGV Capital and True Ventures. The company will use the new capital for building out its enterprise offering, scaling its team, and continuing to support its existing users.

financial technology, mobile technology

Password management site Dashlane has acquired PassOmatic, a developer of technology that changes password automatically. PassOmatic’s team will integrate within Dashlane, and the acquisition will allow Dashlane to become a one-stop for identity management. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

wireless backhaul

Helium Systems, which develops a low-powered wireless connectivity and distribution network for connected device data, has raised $16 million in a round of funding from FirstMark Capital, Digital Garage, SV Angel, and Slow Ventures. The company will use the funding for building out its own network for devices to connect to.

Software

credit/risk

Accountability, risk, and compliance privacy software solutions developer Nymity has acquired SiteSystems, an application development company. The acquisition enhances Nymity’s technology for the privacy compliance market and will allow the company to offer a one-stop solution. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

healthcare

Telemedicine hardware solution provider Avizia has merged with Emerge.MD, a telemedicine software provider. The combination will look to utilize Avizia’s video conferencing solutions with Emerge.MD’s software to deliver a complete telemedicine platform. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

financial

Periscope Holdings, a portfolio company of Parthenon Capital Partners, has acquired BidSync, a provider of cloud-based procurement and bid notification solutions for the public sector. Parthenon will support the combined company’s operational and product development plans. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

financial

Ireland-based holding company Prime Mantle has acquired Capital Market Services UK, a provider of trading services. Prime Mantle will expand CMS’ sales and marketing reach while further developing CMS’ financial offerings for the DX, CFD, and Metals market. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

financial

Insurance Technologies, a provider of software and automation platforms for the insurance and financial services industry, has raised an undisclosed amount of equity funding from Moelis Capital Partners. The company will use the new capital for developing its SaaS data collection application product.

security

Cybersecurity startup Area 1 Security has raised $8 million in a round of funding led by KPCB with participation from Allegis Capital, Cowboy Ventures, Data Collective Venture Capital, and First Round Capital. The company has raised $10.5 million to date and will use the new capital for product development and expanding its proprietary technology.

security, infrastrucutre

Cybersecurity firm Tripwire has been acquired by networking equipment company Belden (NYSE:BDC) for $710 million. The combination will look to improve infrastructure cybersecurity in manufacturing organizations, and will allow Tripwire to deliver cybersecurity solutions across industrial and broadcast markets.

security

Israel-based Tufin, which specializes in the management of network layer firewalls and other network security devices, has raised $8 million in Series D funding from Vintage Fund. The company has raised $32.6 million to date.

Information & Business Services

bpo

Supply chain planning and analytics solutions provider Blue Ridge has raised $6 million in a round of funding led by Vocap Investment Partners. The company will use the new funding for expanding global sales, accelerating product development, and continuing to transform the top and bottom lines of its customers.

it consulting/systems integration

Norway-based IT company EVRY has been acquired by Apax Partners for $600 million. The acquisition will allow EVRY to add scale and develop new technologies for competing efficiently in an increasingly global industry.

market research

Healthcare and consumer strategic marketing group Cello Group (AIM:CLL) has acquired Worldwide Promedica, a market research firm serving the pharmaceutical and biotechnology fields, for $1.8 million. Promedica will work with Cello Health Insights for further development of its offerings.

training

Agile software consulting, training, and enterprise transformation services provider cPrime has been acquired by ALTEN Group. cPrime will integrate with ALTEN Group’s portfolio company Calsoft Labs to further develop comprehensive IT solutions products. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.


Daily Deal Activity 12/09/14

December 10, 2014

Digital Media/Commerce

ecommerce

Home-restaurant experience marketplace Kitchit has raised $7.5 million in a round of funding from Javelin Venture Partners. The company will use the new funding for extending its services to different cities while expanding its personnel resources.

mobile content/apps

China-based taxi-hailing smartphone app Didi-Dache has raised $700 million in Series D funding from Tencent, Temasek Holdings, and DST Global. The company has raised $817 million to date, and will use the new capital for expanding its product offering while securing its position in China’s mobile-based transportation market.

Digital Advertising

game advertising

Amazon’s Twitch gameplay livestreaming division has acquired GoodGame, an e-sports and live video game broadcaster that helps match e-sports with brands. The acquisition will allow GoodGame to expand its sales and content creation team while gaining access to larger brand names. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

vertical search

Hired.com, a career marketplace for the tech industry, has raised $15 million in Series B equity and debt funding led by Silicon Valley bank, Comcast Ventures, and Lumia Capital with participation from Crosslink Capital, Sherpa Ventures, Softech, and Sierra Ventures. The company has raised $32.7 million to date and will use the new capital for fueling growth and expansion into new markets.

vertical search

UpCounsel, an online marketplace for legal services, has raised $2.4 million in a round of funding led by Metamorphic Ventures and Crosslink Capital with participation from Homebrew. The company will use the new funding for expanding operations into larger cities.

Marketing Technology

analytics & targeting

Closed-loop marketing software developer Integrate, which provides standardizing and automation demand generation, has raised $5 million in a round of funding from Trinity Capital Investment. The company has raised $40 million to date and will use the new funding for developing its marketing software platform and accelerating customer adoption across B2B and B2C marketing organizations.

analytics & targeting

Published marketing content analytics company TrackMaven, which allows marketers to track clicks across competitor content channels, has raised $14 million in a round of debt equity funding from Silicon Valley Bank, New Enterprise Associates, and Bowery Capital. The company will use the new funding for supporting research and development initiatives.

content delivery network

Nginx, an open source web server for content-heavy sites, has raised $20 million in Series B led by New Enterprise Associates with participation from e.ventures, Runa Capital, and Index Ventures. The company will use the new capital for commercialization initiatives.

content management

Addvocate, which helps business coordinate how employees promote their companies on social media, has merged with Trapit, a content curation platform. Trapit has also announced it has raised $10 million in Series B funding from Addvocate investor Roger Venture Partners. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

content management

Carlyle Group has acquired a 54.9 percent stake in India-based NewGen KnowledgeWorks Private, a provider of publishing and technical services for publishers, for $32.8 million. Carlyle will look to aid NewGen’s diversification into adjacent businesses.

email/messaging software

Upland Software (Nasdaq:UPLD) has acquired Mobile Commons, a cloud-based mobile messaging software provider focused on the healthcare, higher education, and government sectors. The acquisition provides Upland with mobile messaging and digital engagement capabilities, and is expected to increase Upland’s annualized revenue to $75 million. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

marketing asset management

SaaS marketing asset management and marketing solutions provider PTI Marketing Technologies has been acquired by Ricoh Company (TSE:7752), a provider of print solutions, document management systems, and IT services. The acquisition will permit PTI to run multichannel marketing campaigns at the global, regional, and local levels. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Traditional Media

b-to-b media

Living Bridge, formerly known as Isis Equity Partners, has backed the management buyout of UK-based B2C events business Upper Street Events. The company will use the new investment for developing existing shows, launching new event concepts, and delivering more creative and current content to engage audiences and brands. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Technology & Communications

big data technology

Hadoop-as-a-service provider Altiscale has raised $30 million in Series B funding led by Northgate with participation from Sequoia Capital and General Catalyst Partners. The company has raised $42 million to date and will use the capital for competing against other cloud-native offerings operating in the territory.

communications software

PE firm ECI Partners has acquired a majority stake in UK-based digital corporate communications firm Investis. ECI will provide support and additional capital to Investis for accelerating its global growth strategy. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

cloud computing technology

Cloud solutions supplier Cloud Technology Partners has raised $9.1 million in Series B funding from Oak Investment Partners and Pritzker Group. The company will use the new capital for scaling its sales, marketing, and delivery capabilities.

data storage technology

Data storage and analytics platform provider DataGravity, which focuses on small businesses, has raised $50 million in Series C funding led by Accel Partners with participation from Andreessen Horowitz, Charles River Ventures, and General Catalyst Partners.  The company has raised $92 million to date and will use the new funding for increasing product popularity.

infrastrucutre technology

Cloud application infrastructure company Appcito has raised $7.5 million in Series A funding from March Capital Partners, Atlas Venture, and The Fabric. The company will use the new capital for continued product development while raising awareness in the application infrastructure market.

networking equipment

Network performance management solutions provider ThousandEyes has raised $20 million in Series B funding led by Sutter Hill Ventures with participation from Salesforce Ventures and Sequoia Capital.  The company will use the new funding for accelerating product development, expanding presence in North America and Europe, and launching a free version of its product.

wireless backhaul

China-based Wi-Fi network architecture, media and marketing services provider WiWide has raised $49 million in Series C funding from Tencent and Dianping. The investment will allow Dianping to connect offline shops with online consumers via WiWide’s services.

Software

financial

4Tell Solutions, a provider of sustainable performance governance software, has raised an undisclosed amount of growth equity from Arrowroot Capital and Cedarpoint Investment. The company will use the funding for developing its infrastructure and product while scaling its SaaS technology to meet increased demand.

healthcare

Medical software company HealthInterlink, which develops patient vital signs monitoring solutions, has been acquired by medical diagnostic device company Welch Allyn from Prairie Ventures. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

infrastructure

ServerSpace, a provider of cloud, virtual, and infrastructure based IT solutions, has been acquired by UK-based iomart Group (AIM:IOM), a developer of cloud, web, server, and managed hosting solutions, for $6.7 million. The acquisition will allow ServerSpace to win more business from larger competitors.

security

Authentication solutions provider Nok Nok Labs has raised $8.3 million in Series C funding led by DDS and Raven Ventures with participation from DCM Ventures, Lenovo Group, and ONSET Ventures. The company has raised $40 million to date and will use the new capital for supporting additional capabilities, pursuing international opportunities, and partnering with strategic and regional investors.

software development tools

AppArchitect, which develops a no code interface drag and drop platform for creating mobile apps, has been acquired by mobile app development competitor AppGyver. The acquisition will enhance AppArchitect’s features as the combination looks to develop interface improvements for both Android and iPhone.

Information & Business Services

healthcare information

Provider-focused online review system developer Digital Assent, which caters to healthcare organizations, has been acquired by National Research Corporation (NASDAQ:NRCI), a provider of healthcare consumer data. The acquisition will allow National Research to grant healthcare organizations control over online physician reputations. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

staffing

UK-based Invenias, which develops software for the executive search and specialist recruitment sector, has raised $2 million in a round of funding from MMC Ventures.  The company has raised $4 million to date and will use the new capital for continuing its fast growth pattern while accelerating international expansion.

training

Norway-based Mintra Trainingportal, a provider of e-learning products and training for oil and gas workers, has been acquired by The Riverside Company. The acquisition will allow Mintra’s training management solutions to expand in its current market as well as internationally. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.


Daily Deal Activity 12/08/14

December 10, 2014

Digital Media/Commerce

ecommerce

Same day grocery delivery startup Instacart has raised $100 million in Series C funding led by KPCB with participation from Canaan Partners, Khosla Ventures, Sequoia Capital, and Andreessen Horowitz. The company has raised $155 million to date and is recently valued at $2 billion.

mobile content/apps

Mobile focused on-demand insights platform Spare5, which pays social influencers to provide expert insights in their spare time, has raised $3.3 million in a round of funding from New Enterprise Associates, The Foundry Group, and Madrona Venture Group.

social media/apps

Online petition platform Change.org, which allows users to launch petition campaigns for various causes, has raised $25 million in Series C funding from Omidyar Network. The company has raised $42 million to date.

Digital Advertising

comparison shopping

Insurance group Esure (LSE:ESUR) will acquire the outstanding 50 percent stake in UK-based Gocompare.com, an online home and auto insurance comparison website, for $117 million. Esure will gain full ownership of Gocompare.com as the company looks to drive expansion and diversification over the long term. The acquisition values the company at 7.6x earnings.

digital promotion/coupon

Promotional products company Boundless Network, which allows companies to save money on big branded product orders, has been acquired by personalized product maker and marketplace Zazzle. The acquisition will provide Zazzle with corporate sales and distribution experience. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

digital video

Israel-based video capture startup Pixellot, which provides an alternative to traditional video capture and production processes, has raised $3 million in Series A funding from China-based search engine Baidu. The company has raised $5.2 million to date, and will use the new funding for expanding its research and development department while advancing marketing initiatives.

vertical search

Foap, operator of a mobile focused stock photo marketplace, has raised $2.3 million in a round of funding from Industrifonden and Maxwell Ventures. The company will use the new capital for hiring new talent and developing its product offerings to attract larger brands and agencies.

Marketing Technology

analytics & Targeting

Switzerland-based Nexthink, a provider of IT analytics, has raised $14.5 million in Series D funding led Auriga Partners with participation from VI Partners and Mannai Corporation. The company has raised $29 million to date, and will use the new capital for scaling internationally while further developing its end-user IT analytics solution for mobile and cloud operations.

commerce management

End-to-end merchandise optimization solutions provider Revionics has raised and undisclosed amount of funding from Goldman Sachs. The company will use the funds for accelerating global market share and expanding research and development initiatives.

content management

Digital experience management software developer Ektron has raised and undisclosed amount of private equity funding from existing shareholder Accel-KKR. The terms of the deal were not disclosed as Accel-KKR looks for a near future acquisition of the company.

content management

Post-production and digital distribution service provider Visual Data Media Services has acquired a majority stake in UK-based Re:fine, a content processing and digital media company. The acquisition will provide each company with access to the partner’s client-base, technologies, and infrastructure. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

social technology

Real-time trend intelligence company Bottlenose, which monitors streaming data to anticipate trends, has raised and undisclosed amount of funding from KPMG Capital. The company has previously raised $6.6 million, and will use the new funding for continuing development of its Nerve Center product.

Agency & Marketing Services

digital agency, social technology

Referral marketing platform Extole has raised $14 million in Series C funding led by Scale Ventures Partners with participation from Northwest Venture Partners, Redpoint Ventures, Shasta Ventures, and Trident Capital. The company will use the new funding for developing new functionality and accelerating growth among national and international brands.

digital agency

UK-based social media management agency Tempero has been acquired by Dentsu Aegis Network. Tempero will operate under the European arm of ICUC, Dentsu’s social media moderation and management agency. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

marketing consulting

Communications services provider Next Fifteen Communications (AIM:NFC) has acquired a 75 percent stake in market research consultancy Morar, a provider of brand performance measurement consulting and services, for $2.2 million. The remaining 25 percent will be purchased by Next Fifteen in 2020 contingent upon financial performance.

Public relations

Omnicom has acquired DDC Advocacy, developer of a proprietary CRM platform for conducting campaign-style advocacy programs. DDC will integrate with Omnicom’s DAS Group and will expand its public affairs solutions to other partner agencies across multiple networks. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. (Petsky Prunier led transaction)

Traditional Media

newspaper publishing

South Africa-based Times Media Group, publisher of the country’s largest newspaper, will be acquired by its biggest shareholder Blackstar Group (AIM:BLCK) for $165 million at a .6x rev multiple. Times Media Group would become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Blackstar as the company looks to reinvest in other value yielding sectors outside of print media. Blackstone will look to acquire a majority in a cash and stock transaction.

radio broadcasting

Radio broadcasting company Entercom (NYSE:ETM) has acquired radio station operator Lincoln Financial Media from Lincoln Financial Group for $105 million. The acquisition adds 26 radio stations to Entercom’s portfolio, and allows the company to expand into new markets.

Technology & Communications

big data technology

Artificial intelligence platform Metamind, which focuses on health, finance, customer support, and social media analysis, has raised $8 million in a round of funding from Khosla Ventures. The company will use the new capital for hiring talent.

data center technolgy

Datacenter operating system developer Mesosphere has raised $36 million in Series B funding from Khosla Ventures with participation from Andreessen Horowitz, Fuel Capital, and SV Angel. The company has raised $50 million to date and will use the new capital for investing in global growth as it rolls out its datacenter product.

Software

application management

Web applications monitoring service InfluxDB, which develops an open source time series database, has raised $8.1 million in a round of funding from Mayfield Fund and Trinity Ventures. The company will use the new capital for continued development of its product and the commercial entity surrounding its open source component.

erp

UK-based electronic security and fiscal custom filing solutions provider e-customs, which provides shippers and logistics service providers with custom security filing requirements, has been acquired by Descartes Systems Group (TSE:DSG) for $9 million. The acquisition will enhance Descartes’ logistics technology platform and expand its user-base.

erp

UK-based community systems provider Pentant Limited, which offers connectivity and import/export inventory control solutions, has been acquired by Descartes Systems Group (TSE:DSG) for $3.2 million in an all cash deal. Pentant and e-customs were independently operated companies under common investor control, and were both acquired by Descartes for the purpose of improving the productivity of its logistics operations.

financial

Payment solutions provider SignaPay has acquired Payhub, a payments technology company that provides online payment gateway integration services. Signapay will provide sales expertise for Payhub as the company looks to add larger integration partners. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Information & Business Services

legal consulting

UK-based Parabis Group, which provides legal services to the insurance and legal industries, has raised $20.3 million in a round of funding from Duke Street. The company will use the new funding for continued operation in the post-reform legal services market while investing in people, property, and technology.

logistics

RezNext Global Solutions, a distribution company that develops real- time technology for the hotel industry, has raised $5 million in a round of funding from New Enterprise Associates. The company will use the new funding for increasing penetration into domestic and international markets, specifically Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.


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