Netprice (TSE:3328), a Japan-based online shopping platform, has raised $ 7.7 million in a private placement round funding from Digital Garage (JASDAQ:4819). The round gives Digital Garage a 7.8 percent equity stake in the company.
Payoff, an online personal financial management services provider, has raised $7 million in funding led by Scott Saunders. The investment brings the company’s funding to a total of $12.8 million.
Rhythm NewMedia, a mobile video advertising technology platform focused exclusively on smartphones and tablets, was acquired by Blinkx (AIM:BLNX), a media platform that connects audiences with brands through generated content for $65 million. The acquisition of Rhythm NewMedia will allow Blinkx to expand its mobile advertising business.
online lead generation, vertical search
591wed.com, a China-based operator of an online platform for wedding services, has raised $10 million in funding led by Govtor Capital and Vcwill Capital.
View The Space, a provider of commercial real estate software, has raised $7 million in funding led by Trinity Ventures, with participation from 500 Startups and angel investors.
Agency & Marketing Services
Synergize, a South-Africa based digital search marketing company, was acquired by Publicis Groupe (ENXTPA:PUB), a digital marketing agency. The agency will be integrated into Saatchi & Saatchi South Africa, further boosting its integrated communications capabilities in South Africa and across the Saatchi & Saatchi Africa network. Terms were not disclosed.
Zoomedia, a life sciences digital agency providing clients with analysis, strategic planning, implementation, and production, was acquired by Harris D McKinney, a life science marketing and brand communications firm. Terms were not disclosed.
MusiquePlus and MusiMax, two Canada-based operators of television-broadcasting and music stations, have been acquired by French-language conventional broadcaster V Media Group, from Bell Media. Terms were not disclosed.
Technology & Communications
financial technology, mobile technology
Proxama, a UK-based developer of mobile contactless payments and near field communications technology, has raised $13 million in funding led by private investors.
credit/risk management software
Zywave, a company that provides property and casualty insurance solutions for insurance and financial services firms, was acquired by Aurora Capital Group from Vista Equity Partners. Terms were not disclosed.
credit/risk management software
eReinsure, a provider of technology solutions for managing reinsurance transactions including the negotiation and placing process, data management and analysis, compliance, integration, and automation, was acquired by AmWins Group, a distributor of insurance products. Terms were not disclosed.
Geoplan Interworks, a Japan-based provider of location and infrastructure management solutions for utility, telecommunications, and manufacturing applications, was acquired for $4.1 million by UK-based Ubisense (AIM:UBI), a company providing real time location intelligence solutions.
infrastructure software, communications software
Hearst, a media and information company, has acquired an 85 percent equity stake in Homecare Homebase, a provider of home health and hospice agency software offering real time and wireless information exchange, from Cressey and SV Life Sciences. Homecare Homebase’s solutions offer communications between the office, field staff, and physicians. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Information & Business Services
hr information, vertical search
DataSift, a UK-based social-data-aggregation platform, has raised $42 million in funding led by U.S. Scale Venture Partners, Upfront Ventures, IA Ventures, Northgate Capital, Daher Capital, and Insight Venture Partners. The investment brings the company’s total funding to a total of $70 million.
Whitaker Medical, provides professional staffing solutions for healthcare professionals and facilities, was acquired by On Assignment (NYSE:ASGN), which offers professional staffing solutions. Terms were not disclosed.