Daily Deal Activity 08/20/14

August 21, 2014

Marketing Technology

analytics & targeting

Canada-based Vantage Analytics, which provides predictive analytics tools, has raised $1.1 million in funding led by Real Ventures with participation from individual angel investors. The company will use the new capital to hire new people and expand operations.

commerce management

WebLinc, which provides a commerce platform provider for online retailers, has raised $6 million in funding Series A funding led by Safeguard Scientifics (NYSE:SFE). The company intends on using the new capital to accelerate the development of new features for its commerce platform, onboard third party integration partners, and to expand marketing and sales teams.

mobile technology

Canada-based Flybits, which provides context-aware experience development platform for mobile environments, has raised $3.4 million in Series A funding co-led by Robert Bosch Venture Capital and Trellis Capital Corp with participation from MaRS investment Accelerator Fund and Ryerson Futures. The company plans on using the new capital to advance product development and international growth in the United States and Europe.

website creation/hosting

Datapipe, which provides custom managed hosting services for businesses with complex internet facing infrastructures, has acquired Layered Tech, a managed hosting and cloud company. Terms were not disclosed.

Digital Media/Commerce

ecommerce

OrderUp, an online and mobile food ordering and delivery service, has raised $7 million in Series A funding led by Revolution Ventures with participation from individual angel investors.

ecommerce

Pet360, which distributes pet food and supplies online to pet parents and owners, was acquired by PetSmart (Nasdaq:PETM), which operates as a specialty retailer of products, services, and solutions for pets, for $160 million.

mobile content/apps

HearHere, which provides personalized radio services for smartphone users, has raised $1.7 million in convertible note financing, which came from Associated Press, A.H. Belo Management Services, Whittier Ventures, and Ringleader Ventures.

Digital Advertising

digital video

StudioNow, which an online platform for creating and distributing video programming, has raised $5 million in Series B funding led by FCA Venture Partners with participation from Claritas Capital.

email services

Web domain provider GoDaddy has acquired email marketing services firm Mad Mimi. The email company provides email marketing tools for small businesses, competing with the companies like MailChimp. GoDaddy plans to bring the new tool to its small business customers. Terms were not disclosed.

vertical search

Health Gorilla, which provides an online healthcare marketplace for connecting doctors and clinicians with diagnostic labs and radiology centers, has raised $1.2 million in funding led by True Ventures. The company intends on using the funds to continue expansion of its platform.

vertical search

UK-based Purplebricks, which operates an online real estate platform, has raises $13.4 million in funding from CF Woodford Investment Management.

Agency & Marketing Services

loyalty/retention

HealthPrize Technologies, a provider of digital health solutions for medication adherence and patient engagement, has raised $3 million in funding from Mansa Capital. The company had previously received $2 million in funding from private investors. The company offers a Web interface and mobile applications that add game mechanics to taking medications regularly, including sweepstakes, loyalty points, and competitions among users.

Traditional Media

b-to-b media

Condé Nast has sold Fairchild Fashion Media, a trade publisher whose titles include Women’s Wear Daily and Footwear News, to Penske Media. The deal is reportedly valued at around $100 million.

broadcast television

Hearst Corporation has acquired NBC affiliate WVTM-TV, Channel 13, from Media General (NYSE:MEG). The acquisition would increase Hearst Television’s audience reach of U.S. TV households to nearly 19 percent, and the reach of its NBC-affiliated stations to nearly 8 percent, across 11 markets.

broadcast television

Meredith Corporation (NYSE:MDP) has purchased the broadcast assets of WALA-TV, the Fox affiliate in Mobile, from Media General (NYSE:MEG) for approximately $86 million.

Technology & Communications

data storage Technology, virtualization technology

PernixData, which develops a software-defined storage platform that virtualizes server-side flash, has raised $35 million in Series C funding led by Menlo Ventures with participation from individual angel investors.

financial technology

Lavante, which is an on-demand supplier of information management and profit recovery solutions, has raised $3.5 million in funding from PointGuard Ventures with participation from SAP Ventures and ATA Ventures.

Software

erp

Farmlink, which provides a suite of solutions for farmers to maximize productivity, has raised $40 million in Series B funding led by OpenAir Equity Partners with participation from Thorndale Farm and individual angel investors.

erp

IQMS, which develops ERP software solutions, has received an undisclosed amount of funding led by Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV) with participation from Banneker Partners. The company intends on using the new capital to accelerate growth through investment in sales, marketing, and product development.

erp

Stitch Labs, which is a provider of inventory management control solutions for retailers, has raised $3.5 million in funding from True Ventures and Costanoa Ventures. The company plans on using the funds to scale the platform and expand its marketing and engineering teams to enhance the platform and partnerships.

healthcare

Healthsense, which provides tech-enabled care solutions for the senior care continuum, has raised $10 million in funding from Mansa Capital with participation from Merck Global Health Innovation Fund and Radius Ventures. The company intends on using the funds to continue to grow operations.

security

Data center security startup vArmour has raised $21 million in Series C funding led by Columbus Nova Technology Partners, Citi Ventures, and Work-Bench Ventures.

Information & Business Services

corporate training

The Riverside Co. has acquired Grace Hill, which is a provider of training solutions for apartment industry workers. Terms were disclosed, except that Freeport Capital provided debt financing.

other

Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert is reportedly in talks to buy a stake in the company that publishes the Robb Report. The deal is reportedly valued for $60 million. The Robb Report is a luxury lifestyle magazine.


Daily Deal Activity 08/19/14

August 20, 2014

Marketing Technology

website creation/hosting

DigiGo, which provides automotive Internet marketing services to auto dealers, was acquired by Search Optics, which also offers interactive marketing services to the automotive industry. The DigiGo customers will be added to Search Optics’ current customer base of about 1,000 dealerships and automakers. Terms were not disclosed.

Digital Media/Commerce

gaming

PlayFab, which provides cloud tools and services for building and managing online games, has raised $2.5 million in seed funding led by individual angel investors. The company intends on using the funds to expand its team and invest in its services.

ecommerce

Poppin, which provides an online eCommerce platform for office products, has raised $17 million in Series C financing led by Fifth Third Capital Holdings with participation from West Capital Advisors, Shasta Ventures, First Round Capital, and Burch Creative Capital. The company intends on using the new capital for technology development to further advance its online customer experience.

Mobile content/apps, social media/apps

WebLinc, which provides an eCommerce platform for retailers, has raised $6 million in Series A funding from Safeguard Scientifics.

Mobile content/apps

Bearch, which provides an anonymous photo sharing app for college students, has raised $2.1 million in funding led by individual angel investors. The company intends on using the new capital to expand app availability to more college campuses and develop new features.

niche content

StyleCaster, which operates an online personal style discovery platform, was acquired by SheKnows, which offers information in the areas of entertainment and parenting, beauty and food, health and home, and more. It was reported that the transaction was made for $10 million, and that the combined company will have annual revenue of about $50 million. The acquisition will allow SheKnows to expand its reach targeting young women.

Digital Advertising

ad networks/exchanges

AppNexus, which develops and manages online ad exchange, has raised $60 million in funding led by an undisclosed public equity and asset management firm. The company has raised a total of $200 million to date, and the latest funding round values it at $1.2 billion. AppNexus is also in discussions to raise up to an additional $40 million from other investors. The new round will be used to expand operations and make acquisitions.

vertical search

Algorithmia, which operates a cloud-based marketplace for algorithms, has raised $2.4 million in seed funding led by Madrona Venture Group, with participation from Rakuten Ventures, Deep Fork Capital, and individual angel investors. The company plans on using the new capital to launch its platform, which is currently in private beta mode.

Technology & Communications

communications software

Ghana-based mobile messaging provider Saya was acquired by Kirusa, which provides mobile social media services. The acquisition enables Kirusa to expand its mobile capabilities. Terms were not disclosed.

data center technology

Scale Computing, which provides a middle market data storage platform, has raised an undisclosed amount of funding led by First Analysis. The company, which has now raised more than $50 million, plans on using the new capital to build out its sales and marketing as well as extend its research and development.

Software

erp software, financial software

Manhattan Software, which provides Workplace Management System (IWMS) solution that offers a suite of software products geared for planning, managing and operating large, diverse real estate portfolios and offers comprehensive financial management and reporting tools, was acquired by Trimble Navigation (Nasdaq:TRMB), which designs and distributes positioning products and applications enabled by global positioning system (GPS). Terms were not disclosed.

financial software

Clinverse, which provides automated financial management technology solutions for clinical trials, has raised $9.1 million in Series C funding led by Edison Partners with participation from Hatteras Venture Partners. The company plans on using the new capital to accelerate the product roadmap, to bolster its internal infrastructure, and to expand its sales and marketing organization and strategic plans.

security software

Israel-based ClarityRay, which develops and provides anti-ad blocking software solutions, was acquired by Yahoo (Nasdaq:YHOO). The acquisition of ClarityRay will enable Yahoo to enhance its malware detection and security capabilities. Terms were not disclosed.

Information & Business Services

staffing

UK-based Hawksmoor Search, which operates as an executive search firm focused on the insurance industry, was acquired by The Caldwell Partners (TSX:CWL), which provides executive search consulting services. Terms were not disclosed.

other

Music video service Vevo, which feeds a big portion of the pop videos on YouTube as well as operating its own apps and platform, owners have announced that they are no longer considering a sale of the company after seeing growth in the company. Vevo’s revenue in 2014 is expected to be around $350 million.


Daily Deal Activity 08/18/114

August 19, 2014

Marketing Technology

bi tools

Comprehend, which provides cloud-based business intelligence solutions for life sciences companies, has raised $21 million in Series B funding led by Lightspeed Venture Partners with participation from Sequoia Capital. The company intends on using the new capital to expand its product development and customer solutions teams to further develop its cloud-based business intelligence solution.

CRM

Medallia, which provides customer experience management tracking software, has raised $50 million in new funding from Sequoia Capital. The company now has raised $105 million in total funding from Sequoia. The company intends on using the funds to accelerate expansion of its SaaS platform and enhance its text analytics engine.

mobile technology

Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) has acquired Jetpac, which develops a travel app that integrates image integration. Jetpac had raised $2.4 million in Series A funding from investors like Khosla Ventures, Jerry Yang, and Morado Venture Partners. Terms were not disclosed.

Digital Media/Commerce

mobile content/apps

Vurb, which provides a mobile platform to organize and connect all the services together on the web, raised $8 million in Series A funding led by Redpoint Ventures with participation from Stanford University and some seed investor. The company intends on using  the funds to expand its team in SF and expand operations.

Technology & Communications

networking equipment

Zeta Associates, which provides software-based communications signals collection and processing systems to intelligence and defense communities worldwide, was acquired by security and aerospace company Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT), which engages in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, and sustainment of advanced technology systems. Terms were not disclosed.

Software

communications

Canada-based FreshGrade, a communications platform for teachers, has raised $4.3 million in seed funding from NewSchools Venture Fund, Emerson Collective, Accel Partners, and The Social+Capital Partnership.

healthcare

Baird Capital Partners has sold MedData, which provides revenue cycle management services for the healthcare services market, to clinical care services provider Mednax (NYSE: MD). Terms were not disclosed.

hr

Sweden-based Quinyx, a provider of workforce management solutions in the cloud, has raised $14 million in VC funding from Alfvén & Didrikson.

security

Israel-based GuardiCore, which develops security solutions for modern data centers, has raised $11 million in funding led by Battery Ventures with participation from Greylock. The company intends on using the new capital to expand and sell its technology.

Information & Business Services

data processing/enhancement

ScriptRock, which provides a configuration monitoring platform, has raised $8.7 million in Series A funding led by August Capital with participation from Valar Ventures and Square Peg Capital. The company intends on using the funds to expand operations.

it consulting/systems integration

ePlus Technology, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of ePlus(Nasdaq: PLUS), has acquired the operating assets of Granite Business Solutions (dba Evolve Technology Group), which is a provider of IT solutions. Evolve Technology Group had revenues of approximately $27 million in 2013. Terms were not disclosed.


Daily Deal Activity 08/15/14

August 18, 2014

Marketing Technology

crm

SalesLogix, which provides a cloud-based customer relationship management platform, was acquired by business application software and cloud services provider Infor from Swiftpage. Infor will rebrand the SalesLogix CRM product as Infor CRM, which adds sales and service functionality to Infor CloudSuite. Terms were not disclosed.

email software

GraphicMail, which provides integrated email solutions that include campaign management, email templates, analytics, and email editing capabilities, was acquired for $5.2 million by email delivery services provider SMTP (Nasdaq:SMTP). GraphMail generated $4 million in annual revenues in 2013.

sfa/lead management

LevelEleven, which develops software tools for sales managers, has raised $2 million in funding led by Dallas Angel Network, Tamiami Angels, and individual angel investors. LevelEleven intends on using the new capital to expand its business operations.

sfa/lead management

SharpSpring, which provides sales and marketing management software solutions, was acquired for $15 million by email delivery services provider SMTP (Nasdaq:SMTP).

Digital Media/Commerce

ecommerce

Artspace.com, which operates an eCommerce platform for high-end art, was acquired by Phaidon Press, which publishes books on visual arts, culture, and creativity. Terms were not disclosed.

mobile content/apps

Japan-based Breaker, which develops and produces mobile video entertainment, has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Gumi Ventures. The company previously raised $2 million in seed funding from firms such as Dream Incubator and Siemer Ventures.

mobile content/apps

China-based GoGoVan, which provides a platform for connecting van drivers with on-demand delivery requests, has raised $6.5 million in Series A funding led by Centurion Private Equity. GoGoVan connects van drivers to users through its mobile app, which allows users to request short deliveries or transportation on demand.

Technology & Communications

financial technology

Wealth Access, which provides a financial management platform for financial advisors, has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Cultivation Capital. The company has raised $4.7 million in funding to date.

Software

communications

ScanSource (NASDAQ:SCSC), which operates as a wholesale distributor of specialty technology products, has acquired Brazil-based Network1, which provides communications equipment, services, and solutions, for $70 million. As part of the transaction, ScanSource will acquire all of Network1’s operations throughout Latin America, including Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Chile and Peru.


Daily Deal Activity 08/14/14

August 15, 2014

Marketing Technology

analytics & targeting

AdStage, which provides an ad management platform that allows businesses to manage campaigns across search, social and mobile ad networks from a single interface, has raised $6.3 million in Series A funding led by Verizon Ventures, Digital Garage, Newbury Ventures, and Freestyle Capital. The company intends on using the new capital to expand its team, and further accelerate its growth as it integrates additional major ad networks.

analytics & Targeting

iCharts, which provides a cloud visual analytics platform, has raised $4.3 million in funding led by Software AG. The company intends to use the funds to continue to expand operations.

sfa/lead management

B-Stock Solutions, which provides retailers and manufacturers with inventory liquidation sales management solutions, has raised $7 million in Series B funding led by Susquehanna Growth Equity with participation from True Ventures. The company plans on using the new capital to accelerate growth of its business-to-business products, as well as expanding its team and service offerings.

social technology

UK-based TBG Digital, which provides social media advertising solutions, was acquired by enterprise social relationship platform Sprinklr. Sprinklr has raised over $60 million in VC funding from such firms as Battery Ventures, Intel Capital, and Iconiq Capital. Terms were not disclosed.

Digital Media/Commerce

ecommerce

Germany -based Delivery Hero, which provides a food delivery service, has acquired local rival Pizza.de for an undisclosed amount. It was reported that the merging of the combined company’s valuation at nearly $1 billion. Delivery Hero has raised more than $300 million in funding from such firms as Insight Venture Partners, Luxor Capital, Point Nine Capital, Kreos Capital, Kite Ventures, and Phenomen Ventures.

social media/apps

Ask.fm, which provides a question-and-answer platform, was acquired by IAC/InterActiveCorp’s wholly-owned subsidiary Ask.com. The move signals Ask.com’s first significant push into social networking. Terms were not disclosed.

social media/apps, mobile content/apps

Bizzabo, which provides a networking platform and event app, has raised $2.5 million in funding from OurCrowd and Massa Group.

Digital Advertising

digital video

Vadio, which provides a distribution platform for music video content and ads online, has raised $2 million in funding led by individual angel investors. The company intends on using the funds to further scale operations.

Agency & Marketing Services

digital agency

Digital marketing agency High Rock has acquired Pylot Studios, which is a firm specializing in 3D renderings and 3D animation. The acquisition will enable High Rock to expand digital marketing services. Terms were not disclosed.

public relations

MDC Partners (TSX:MDZ.A) has acquired a majority partnership interest in consumer public relations firm Hunter Public Relations. Terms were not disclosed.

Technology & Communications

cloud computing technology

Luminal, which provides solutions for cloud computing and management, has raised $10 million in Series B funding led by New Enterprise Associates with participation from Core Capital  and the Maryland Venture Fund.

cloud storage

ZenMiner, which provides cloud hosting services, has sold a controlling stake to GAW Miners for $8 million.

financial technology

PeerNova, which develops distributed financial applications and transaction processing technology, has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from individual investors. The company plans on using the new capital funds to further develop its product.

Software

application management

Ireland-based Verios Software & Systems, which provides real-time analytics for network management, was acquired by Empirix, which provides end-to-end network testing, monitoring, and analytics solutions. Terms were not disclosed.

financial

AuditFile, which provides cloud-based auditing software for accountants, has raised $3 million in funding led by Banneker Ventures with participation from individual angels.

hr

Greenhouse Software, which provides a recruiting optimization platform, has raised $7.5 million in Series A Funding led by Social+Capital Partnership with participation from Resolute Ventures and Felicis Ventures. The company intends on using the funds to investment in more products, customer success and sales.

hr

New Zealand-based PayGlobal, which develops, implements, and supports human resource management (HRM) and payroll software solutions, was acquired by MYOB Finance from Infratil (NZSE:IFT) for $7.8 million.

infrastructure

StrataCloud (fka Reflex Systems). Which provides infrastructure management solutions for virtual and converged cloud environments, has raised $2 million in funding from Hallett Capital and BLH Venture Partners.

Information & Business Services

it consulting/systems integration

itDuzzit, which provides tools for businesses to integrate different web and mobile apps with each other, was acquired by  Intuit (Nasdaq:INTU), a provider of business and financial management solutions for small businesses, consumers, and accounting professionals. Terms were not disclosed.


Daily Deal Activity 08/13/14

August 14, 2014

Marketing Technology

analytics & targeting

Germany-based HoneyTracks, which provides a web-based games analytics solution for online game developers and companies, was acquired by digital game marketing firm IQU. The deal will help iQU serve game developers and publishers with real-time information that helps them generate revenue in mobile and online gaming. Terms were not disclosed.

marketing data

SQAD, which provides media cost forecasting services, and Workhorse Software, which offers advertising planning software, have merged to become a unified provider of media planning and advertising cost solutions. Terms were not disclosed.

Digital Media/Commerce

gaming

Candy Crush maker King Digital Entertainment (NYSE:KING) has acquired Singapore-based games developer Nonstop Games for $100 million. This is the first time a local games company is acquired by a foreign company.

mobile content/apps

Israel-based GetTaxi, which provides an application for on-demand car service, has secured $25 million of what it says will soon be a $150 million funding round. The money came from Vostok Nafta Investments.

mobile content/apps, social media/apps, vertical search

Traitify, which develops web and mobile applications based on its personality testing API and online recommendations, has raised $4 million in Series A funding led by Heritage Capital and individual angel investors. The company, which has now raised over $8 million, plans on using the new capital to add new team members, pursue new partnerships, and extend its personality API to businesses and app developers.

social media/apps

Axial, which provides a network for professionals who run, advise, and finance private companies, has raised $11 million in Series B funding led by Comcast Ventures with participation from Redpoint Ventures and First Round Capital.

Digital Advertising

ad networks/exchanges

Human Demand, which operates a self-serve mobile ad platform for user acquisition, was acquired by IgnitionOne, which provides cloud-based digital marketing solutions for online marketers. The technology of Human Demand will be integrated into the Digital Marketing Suite of IgnitionOne. Terms were not disclosed.

mobile marketing

Switzerland-based Adello, which operates as a mobile advertising startup, has raised $2 million in Series A funding from Swisscom Ventures and company management.

vertical search

RadPad, which provides a mobile rental marketplace, has raised $2 million in funding led by SG VC with participation from Queensbridge Venture Partners, Happy Walters, Social Leverage, and individual angel investors. The company plans on using the new financing to develop new features and hire new people in technology and operations.

Agency & Marketing Services

digital agency

Digital marketing agency Hurrdat, which specializes in social media and content marketing strategy, was acquired by digital marketing agency B2 Interactive. The deal combines Hurrdat’s social media, content marketing, and branding capabilities with B² Interactive’s search engine marketing, search engine optimization, web design, and software development. Terms were not disclosed.

Traditional Media

newspaper publishing

Daily newspaper nationwide publisher Metro US has acquired Philadelphia City Paper, which is a weekly alternative newspaper in Philadelphia. The two publications jointly reach over 840,000 readers in Philadelphia every week. The acquisition of City Paper is part of an ongoing strategy for Metro US to expand its offering across metropolitan markets. Terms were not disclosed.

Technology & Communications

big data technology

CargoSense, which offers a big data and analytics product to healthcare logistics providers, has raised an undisclosed amount of funding led by CIT GAP Funds and New Dominion Angels. The company intends on using the funds to extend product features, including its reporting and analytics, and grow sales within its existing customer segments.

Software

collaboration

Planview, which provides portfolio and resource management software, has acquired Sweden-based Projectplace, which offers cloud-based project collaboration software, from InnovationsKapital and Via Venture Partners. No financial terms were disclosed, except that the combined company is expected to have annual revenue north of $125 million. Planview last year raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Insight Venture Partners.

credit/risk

Mobile Safety Solutions, which provides compliance management software solutions, was acquired by SHE Software, which develops and provides health and safety software solutions. Terms were not disclosed.

erp

FiveCubits, which provide supply chain management software that enables material suppliers and buyers to integrate transportation, planning, production, and payment processes, was acquired by software and hardware solutions company Command Alkon. Terms were not disclosed.

security

Lookout, which provides mobile security solutions, has raised $150 million in funding led by T. Rowe Price Associates with participation from Morgan Stanley Investment Management, Wellington Management Company, Goldman Sachs, Bezos Expeditions, Mithril Capital Management, Khosla Ventures, Accel Partners, Index Ventures, and Andreessen Horowitz. The company previously raised around $130 million and plans on using the new capital to extend its reach to large enterprises through new product development and expanded go-to-market efforts.

security

SailPoint, which provides identity and access management solutions, has raised an undisclosed amount of private equity funding from Thoma Bravo.

Information & Business Services

market research

Healthcare software solutions company MedAssets (Nasdaq:MDAS) has acquired Sg2, which provides healthcare market analysis and forecasting services, for $142 million. MedAssets acquisition of Sg2 will complement its analytic services, which help clients with strategic planning.

other

Francisco Partners will reportedly acquire a control stake in Israel-based Sapiens (Nasdaq: SPNS), which provides insurance industry software, for more than $450 million.


Daily Deal Activity 08/12/14

August 13, 2014

Noteworthy:

Hedge fund ValueAct Capital has taken around a $1 billion stake in 21st Century Fox Inc. (Nasdaq: FOXA). Fox also announced last week that it withdrew its $80 billion bid to buy Time Warner (NYSE:TWX.N).

Marketing Technology

bi tools

EverString Technology, which owns and operates a real-time business intelligence platform for market research firms, has raised $12 million in Series A funding led by Lightspeed Venture Partners with participation from Sequoia Capital and IDG Ventures. The company plans on using the new capital to expand its team and continue to grow.

crm, loyalty/retention, social technology

Windsor Circle, which offers retention automation platform to help retailers’ data-driven, personalized, and automated customer loyalty programs, has raised $5.3 million in Series B funding led by Comcast Ventures with participation from IDEA Fund Partners and Triangle Angel Partners. The company intends on using the new capital to extend its retention automation technology, expand into new channels and verticals, and grow both team and marketing efforts.

mobile technology, analytics & targeting

dScout, which provides a mobile research and insight platform, has raised an undisclosed amount of Series A funding from Synetro Group. The company plans on using the new capital to expand the team and accelerate the delivery of an expanded suite of services internationally.

mobile technology

Zofari, which provides a local recommendation app that uses machine learning and data sources to find matches of places for users to enjoy visiting, was acquired by Yahoo (NASDAQ:YHOO). The acquisition gives Yahoo local mobile search capability adding to its mobile advertising collection. Terms were not disclosed.

Digital Media/Commerce

classifieds/auctions/p-to-p

Digital content and media company Demand Media (NYSE: DMD) has acquired online art gallery Saatchi Online for $17 million. Saatchi had raised over $11 million in VC funding from Project A Ventures and Balderton Ventures.

classifieds/auctions/p-to-p

The Carlyle Group has acquired a minority stake in China-based Ganji.com, which operates an online and mobile-based classifieds site. Terms were not disclosed.

ecommerce

Chairish, which provides an online marketplace for furniture, has raised $4 million in Series A funding led by Azure Capital and O’Reilly Alpha Tech Ventures with participation from angel investors. The company, which has now raised $7 million in funding, plans on using the new capital to build its platform.

ecommerce

eCommerce fashion brand for girls Dolls Kill has raised $5 million in seed funding led by Maveron with participation from angel investors. The company plans on using the new capital to support product expansion and fulfillment.

ecommerce

Electronic gift card platform Gift Ya Now was acquired by Eventure interactive (OTCBB:EVTI), which develops social applications. Terms were not disclosed.

ecommerce

Online fashion boutique site LuLu’s Fashion Lounge has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from H.I.G Growth Partners.

ecommerce

Weddington Way, which provides an online boutique for bridesmaid dresses, has raised $9 million in Series A funding led by Javelin Venture Partners with participation from Battery Ventures, Felicis Ventures, and Trinity Ventures. The company, which has raised $11.5 million, intends on using the funds to grow the team, enhance the collaborative commerce experience across devices, and drive customer growth and brand development.

gaming, mobile content/apps

Israel-based JoyTunes, which develops interactive educational games, has raised $5 million in Series A funding led by Aleph VC with participation from Formation8 and Genesis Partners.

social media/apps

Muzooka, which provides a cross-platform music discovery tool that connects artists and producers through crowdsourcing, has raised $3 million in Series A-1 funding led by undisclosed investors. The company, which has now raised over $3.6 million in funding, plans on using the new capital to expand staff and product development.

Technology & Communications

cloud storage

Cloud management platform Platform9 has raised $4.5 million in Series A funding led by Redpoint Ventures. The company plans on using the new capital to further accelerate its growth.

communications software

Thinking Phone Networks, a provider of unified communications as a service, has acquired Whaleback Systems, which provides cloud-based managed services for business communications. Thinking Phone has raised over $30 million in VC funding from Bessemer Venture Partners and Advanced Technology Ventures. Terms were not disclosed.

Software

collaboration

Australia-based Agworld, which provides information management and cloud collaboration software, has raised $5.6 million in Series C funding led by Reed Elsevier Ventures and Yuuwa Capital. The company, which has raised $11.6 million to date, plans on using the new capital to support its expansion into the North American agricultural market.

data management

UK-based Push Technology, which provides data distribution and management solutions, has raised $5 million in Series A funding led by Leopard Rock Capital.

hr

Hireology, which provides employee hiring and selection management software solutions, has raised $10 million in Series B funding led by Bain Capital Ventures. The company plans on using the new capital to accelerate customer acquisition and continue to invest in the development of analytics and technology.

infrastructure

Express Metrix, which provides information technology (IT) asset management and network inventory software solutions, was acquired by Cherwell Software, which offers a SaaS-based IT service management software platform. Terms were not disclosed.

security

Scorpion Software, which provides security and authentication software solutions, was acquired by Kaseya International, which offers cloud-based IT systems management software solutions. Terms were not disclosed.

Information & Business Services

market research

Mobile internet company Cheetah Mobile has acquired a 22.2 percent equity interest in Moxiu Technology, which provides mobile market research, for $4.9 million. Cheetah will become the majority shareholder of Moxiu Technology, holding a 50.5 percent equity interest.


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