Daily Deal Activity 03/03/15

March 4, 2015

Digital Media/Commerce

Classifieds/auctions/p-to-p

Online real estate marketplace Auction.com has acquired Channel, LLC, a real estate technology solutions provider that offers a real estate transaction platform. The acquisition will allow Auction.com to accelerate the expansion of its online marketplace to begin selling move-in ready homes. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

ecommerce

UK-based online retailer of furniture and homewares WorldStores has raised $38.5 million in Series D funding led by Goldman Sachs with participation from Balderton Capital, Ardent Ventures, and Serena Capital. The company has raised $70 million to date and will use the new funding for the creation of an in-house fulfillment fleet for next-day delivery.

gaming

PC and download game discovery site DF Games has been acquire by iWin, developer of a casual gaming suite for online and PC download. The acquisition provides iWin with increased distribution opportunities for reaching larger audiences. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

mobile content/apps, comparison shopping

Digital media publications network Purch has acquired in-store comparison shopping app developer Consumr. The acquisition will allow Consumr to accelerate the development of its technology while enhancing Purch’s content-commerce portfolio. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

social media/apps

Nextdoor, developer of a social media network based on geographic proximity, has raised $110 million at a valuation of $1.1 billion from Redpoint Ventures and Insight Venture Partners. The company will use the new funding for experimenting with local advertising.

Digital Advertising

mobile marketing

The Riverside Company has acquired Sound Marketing Concepts, a provider of on-hold marketing messaging services focused on the healthcare industry. The acquisition enhances the service offerings of Riverside’s audio/video marketing company Spectrio. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

mobile marketing

Small business and consumer cloud telecom services provider YouMail has raised $5.5 million in a round of funding from undisclosed investors. The company will use the new round of funding for expanding its customer base.

online lead generation

Visa has acquired TrialPay, developer of a platform that connects merchants with consumers through targeted promotions. Visa will integrate TrialPay into its product portfolio, and the acquisition will improve the company’s merchant-based customer acquisition and insight solutions. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

vertical search

Options Away, a company that allow consumers to lock-in flight prices, has raised $3.5 million in Series A funding led by OCA Ventures with participation from Thayer Ventures and Pritzker Group Venture Capital. The company will use the funding for scaling its solutions via sales, marketing, and partnering while expanding into international markets.

Marketing Technology

commerce management, social technology

Service commerce platform developer Booker has raised $35 million in Series C funding led by Medina Capital with participation from First Data, Jump Capital, Signal Peak, Bain Capital Ventures, Revolution Ventures, and Grotech Ventures. The company will use the new round of funding for expanding adoption of its platform while enhancing its product offering.

commerce management

PeachWorks, a provider of solutions to the restaurant management industry, has raised $4 million in Series A funding led by Allos Ventures with participation from Huron River Ventures, Arsenal Venture Partners and Invest Detroit. The company will use the new round of funding for scaling its sales and marketing capabilities while building out is suite of cloud-based tools.

content management

Social media management platform developer Spredfast has raised $24 million in a round of funding from Silver Lake Waterman. The company has raised $88 million to date and will use the new round of funding for enhancing its platform’s technology, expanding internationally, and recruiting talent.

email/messaging software

Sales platform developer ToutApp has raised $15 million in Series B funding led by Andreessen Horowitz with participation from Sigma West, Founder Collective, 500 Startups, and Launch Fund. The company has raised $20 million to date and will use the new round of funding for scaling operations and infrastructure while continuing to expand its capabilities and features.

iModules Software, a developer of constituent engagement management solutions for education institutions, has acquired OrgSync, a provider of student community management solutions. The acquisition will allow the iModule’s to expand engagement leadership to varying stages of constituent life cycles. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Agency & Marketing Services

digital agency

Interactive digital communications agency Group DCA, which specializes in multi-channel engagement services for healthcare providers, has been acquired by Haymarket Media. The acquisition enhances Haymarket’s digital offerings as it looks to continue expansion in the healthcare communication sector. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Traditional Media

business-to-business

B-to-B tradeshow operator Emerald Expositions has acquired Healthcare Design Conference and Expo and other healthcare and senior living market brands from healthcare digital and print publications firm Vendome. The acquired design brands will become part of Emerald Expositions’ Design Group. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

broadcast television

Television entertainment firm Cameron Thomson Group has acquired Inception Media Group, a media company that specializes in the acquisition, licensing, and distribution of motion pictures. The acquisition provides Inception with access to capital for expanding its content acquisition and sales and distribution divisions. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Software

data management

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies has acquired Amplidata, a developer of object storage software for public and private cloud data centers. The acquisition expands Hitachi’s storage software portfolio and coincides with the company’s strategy of expanding into higher-value data storage platforms. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

financial

Tax services firm Ryan has acquired Second Decimal, a tax technology firm that develops tax calculation, certificate management, and workflow software applications for automating tax calculations. The acquisition enhances Ryan’s proprietary software development capabilities. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

infrastructure

Canada-based telecom services provider Mitel Networks Corp will acquire mobile networking software developer Mavenir Systems for $560 million in cash and stock. The acquisition enhances Mitel’s voice call repackaging and data network transmission services as it looks to branch into the VolTE market.

infrastructure

Tempered Networks, a provider of secure connectivity for critical infrastructure and information, has raised $15 million in Series A funding led by Ignition Partners with participation from IDG Ventures. The company has raised $22 million to date and will use the funding for building out its sales, marketing, and engineering teams while expanding its distribution channels.

software development tools

Enterprise-level consumer engagement mobile platform developer CloudMine has raised $5 million in Series A funding led by Safeguard Scientifics (NYSE:SFE) with participation from MentorTech Ventures, DreamIt Ventures, and DeSimone Group Investments. The company will use the funding for expanding its marketing and sales functions.

software development tools

Quality assurance and software testing services provider SLI Global Solutions has been acquired by GLI Group, a provider of gaming testing and professional services. The acquisition enhances GLI’s offerings in government testing and health IT certification. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Information

healthcare

Ebix (Nasdaq:EBIX), a provider of on-demand software and eCommerce solutions for the insurance and financial industries, has acquired India-based Via Media Health, a provider of health content and communications. Via Media will be integrated into Ebix’s A.D.A.M Health Information Exchange division, and allows the company to enter the health communications and content exchange market.

Business Services

it consulting/systems integration

Virtualization outsourced management solutions provider Vology has acquired Offsite Technology Solutions, a provider of virtualization and IT services. The acquisition enhances Vology’s engineering and IT network management capabilities. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

it consulting/systems integration

Subspace, a startup that helps IT departments enable employee productivity with collaboration and data access solutions, has been acquired by Box (NYSE:BOX). Subspace will fully integrate with Box, and the acquisition will expand the security, compliance, and control features of Box’s content and collaboration platform. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.


Daily Deal Activity 03/02/15

March 3, 2015

Digital Media/Commerce

classifieds/auctions/p-to-p

China-based Anjuke, provider of a real estate search platform for home buyers and renters, has been acquired by China-based eCommerce and C2C listings site 58.com, for $267 million. Anjuke will continue to operate under its own brand as 58.com looks to expand its presence in the real estate sector.

classifieds/auctions/p-to-p

Estonia-based P-to-P lending platform Bondora has raised $5 million in a round of funding from Valinor Management. The company will use the new funding for international expansion while using Valinor’s expertise as the early backer of Lending Club for continued sales growth.

classifieds/auctions/p-to-p

China-based used car e-business trading platform operator Cheypai has raised $110 million in Series D funding led by Renren with participation from Sequoia Capital, Matrix Partners, Morningside Ventures, and CITIC Capital. The company will use the new round for strengthening its offline services by recruiting inspectors and improving its internal training program.

digital promotion/coupon

Linkable Networks, developer of a platform for brands and retailers to engage, reward, and incent their consumers directly and across any channel, has raised $11.7 million in a round of funding from undisclosed investors. The company will use the funding for enhancing its core platform and scaling tis direct to consumer loyalty platform.

ecommerce

India-based express delivery marketplace Grofers has raised $10 million in Series A funding from Sequoia Capital and Tiger Global Management. The company will use the new round of funding for strengthening its technology platform while expanding its presence domestically before branching out internationally.

ecommerce

UK-based crafts sector focused social marketplace operator LoveCrafts has raised $7.5 million in a round of funding from Balderton Capital. The company will use the new round of funding for developing its platform, launching its new marketplace LoveCrochet, expanding internationally, and increasing headcount.

ecommerce

Turkey-based Islamic clothing eCommerce company Modanisa has raised $5.5 million in a round of funding from STC Ventures and Aslanoba Capital. The company will use the funding for gaining market share in the online conservative clothing sector.

ecommerce

Germany-based men’s fashion eCommerce site Outfittery has raised $20 million in a round of funding led by Northzone with participation from Highland Europe, Holtzbrinck Ventures, Mangrove Capital Partners, and IBB. The company will use the new round of funding for continuing its geographic expansion.

gaming

Interactive media company RockYou has raised $23 million in a round of funding from Columbia Capital. The company will use the new round of funding for growing and diversifying its audience through partnerships with developers of established games while focusing on expanding its mobile offerings.

mobile content/apps

India-based Ola, an aggregator of car rentals and point-to-point cabs services, has acquired competitor TaxiForSure for $200 million. The acquisition increases Ola’s position in the India taxi app service market as the company looks to apply pressure on Uber’s recent expansion. TaxiForSure will continue to operate under its own brand.

Digital Advertising

ad network/exchanges

Ad platform developer BBN has been acquired by B2B marketing solution provider Madison Logic. BBN will continue to operate under the BBN brand name while consolidating and integrating its solution offering with Madison Logic. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

mobile marketing

Vserv, provider of a mobile marketing platform that delivers data to marketers and app developers, has raised $15 million in Series B funding led by IDG Ventures and Maverick Capital. The company has raised $18 million to date and will use the new round of funding for increasing its sales and distribution teams and improving its technology.

Marketing Technology

crm

Customer engagement solutions application developer Kofax has acquired Aia, a provider of customer communications management software. The acquisition provides Kofax’s smart process applications suite with customer communications management software capabilities. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

mobile technology

Payments startup Paydiant, which licenses technology for retail chains to create branded mobile wallet apps, has been acquired by PayPal for $280 million. The acquisition strengthens PayPal’s mobile development initiatives, and will allow the company to compete with other in-store mobile payment systems and shopping experience providers, including Apple, Google, and Samsung.

social technology

Research and advisory company Decision Resources Group, which focuses on healthcare data, insights, and analytics, has acquired Activate Networks, a provider of network and relationship analysis. The acquisition enhances Decision Resources Group’s data-driven solutions and predicative analytics offerings. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

web to print

France-based web to print company Exagroup has been acquired by Cimpress (Nasdaq:CMPR). The acquisition coincides with Cimpress’ strategy of building a software-enabled operational platform for aggregating the supply. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Software

data management

Document management solutions provider KeyMark has acquired information provider IMR, a developer of document management and automation solutions. The acquisition expands KeyMark’s presence in the Northeast and enhances the company’s experience in the healthcare and government sectors. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

security

Cloud computing solutions provider Box (NYSE:BOX) has acquired Airpost, developer of a security and enablement platform for cloud-based applications. The acquisition will allow Airpost to develop products at larger scale. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

security

Security and compliance company Proofpoint (Nasdaq:PFPT) has acquired advanced threat intelligence provider Emerging Threats, for $40 million. The acquisition will enhance Proofpoint’s threat analytics solutions as it looks to increase the capabilities of its big data platform.

Information

healthcare

Definitive Healthcare, a data intelligence and analytics solutions provider to the healthcare providers market, has received a significant investment from Spectrum Equity. The investment will allow the company to continue customer acquisition and while extending its product offering. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Business Services

bpo

Arrow Electronics (NYSE:ARW) has acquired value-added distributor immixGroup, which specializes in providing solutions for accelerating the government sales of public sector channel partners. The acquisition expands Arrow’s presence in the public sector. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Logistics

Singapore-based last-mile delivery startup Ninja Van has raised $2.5 million in Series A funding led by Monk’s Hill Ventures with participation from private investors. The company will use the new round of funding for product development and market expansion within the Southeast Asia.

training

Pivot Leadership, a provider of customized and scalable executive development programs, has been acquired by leadership and talent consulting services provider Korn Ferry. The acquisition enhances Korn Ferry’s executive learning capabilities. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

training

Online challenge-based skill testing platform developer Sqore has raised $3.5 million in a round of funding from Northzone. The company will use the round of funding for product development while focusing on sales initiatives and expansion within the online recruitment space.


Daily Deal Activity 02/27/15

March 2, 2015

Digital Media/Commerce

ecommerce

Fashion retailer Nasty Gal has raised $16 million in Series C funding from Index Ventures. The company has raised $65 million to date and will use the new round of funding for growing operations and market presence.

ecommerce

Twenty20, a provider of crowdsourced real-world images, has raised $8 million in Series A funding led by Canaan Partners with participation from First Round Capital, Bullpen Capital, and VersionOne Ventures. The company will use the funding for scaling and opening up partnership opportunities with advertising agencies and media buyers.

gaming

PlayFab, developer of a backend platform for live games, has raised $7.4 million in Series A funding led by Benchmark with participation from Madrona Venture Group and Startup Capital Ventures. The company has raised $10 million to date and will use the new funding for accelerating expansion while growing its team of backend engineers.

Digital Advertising

digital video

Video education platform developer MediaCore has raised $4.5 million in Series A funding led by Vanedge Capital. The company will use the new round of funding for advancing its product and scaling up its team.

mobile marketing

Mobile marketing automation company Swrve has acquired Converser, a mobile communications solutions provider for mobile marketers. The acquisition will complement Swrve’s existing product portfolio. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Marketing Technology

analytics & targeting

Community-based analytics solutions provider Coolan has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Social+Capital Partnership, North Bridge Venture Partners, and Keshif Ventures. The company will use the new funding for launching out of beta testing.

analytics & targeting

Predictive analytics firm Prelytix, which has report revenues of over $2 million, has been acquired by financial software developer First Derivatives for $20 million. The acquisition enhances First Derivatives platform technology and will allow the company to penetrate additional vertical sectors.

commerce management

UK-based social commerce startup Shopa has raised $11 million in Series A funding from Octopus Investments and Notion Capital. The company will use the new round of funding for rolling out its social shopping technology in China and India after launching in the US and UK.

content management

Music publishing and global rights management services company Kobalt has raised $60 million in Series C funding from Google Ventures, MSD Capital, and MSDC Management. The company has raised $66 million to date and will use the new round of funding for further developing and scaling its technology solutions.

content management

Social media management system develop Sprinklr has acquired Pluck, a provider of integrated social community platforms for brands. The acquisition will enhance the capabilities of Sprinklr’s website branding solution. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

mobile technology

ChartSpan Medical Technologies, a provider of mobile technology that collects and centralizes the management of electronic, patient healthcare data, has raised $1.7 million in a round of funding from private investors. The company will use the funding for building out its engineering, distribution, and marketing teams.

Software

collaboration

Productivity platform developer Airtable has raised $3 million in a round of funding from Freestyle Capital, Caffeinated Capital, Crunchfund, and Data Collective. The company will use the new funding for building outs its technology.

healthcare, mobile content/apps

Patient safety and efficacy endpoint data collection services provider ERT has acquired PHT Corporation, a provider of patient-driven mobile apps for clinical research. The acquisition enhances ERT’s endpoint collection and data analytics solutions for clinical trials. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

hr

Small business hiring software developer Workable has raised $5 million in a round of funding from 83North and Openfund. The company has raised $7.4 million to date and will use the new funding for expanding operations.


Daily Deal Activity 02/26/15

March 2, 2015

Digital Media/Commerce

domain portfolio/marketplace

Opendoor, which allows homeowners to sell their homes online, has raised $20 million in a round of funding led by GGV Capital with participation from Khosla Ventures. The company has raised $30 million to date and will use the new funding for expanding into new areas.

ecommerce

Product-sample distributor Betabox, which helps brands target specific consumers through eCommerce partners, has been acquired by brand consulting and social engagement services provider VaynerMedia from Mondelez International (Nasdaq:MDLZ). The acquisition will allow VaynerMedia to track engagement and sample-sending campaigns for brands. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

gaming

Gaming technology startup High Fidelity, which develops deployable worlds for building out games, has raised $11 million in a round of funding from Vulcan Capital and True Ventures. The company will use the funding for building out its technology in open source.

mobile content/apps

Food media and technology app developer Chefs Feed has raised $4 million in Series A funding led by ARTIS Ventures with participation from Structure Capital and Subtraction Capital. The company will use the new round of funding for expanding to more cities, creating new content, and debuting new products.

mobile content/apps

Journaling application developer JRNL has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Varkain. The company will use the new round of funding for hiring talent, product development, and expanding sales and marketing initiatives.

Digital Advertising

vertical search

Vertical marketplace for the wedding events industry WeddingWire has acquired Wedding Planner, a corresponding category marketplace across Europe and South America. The acquisition accelerates WeddingWire’s international expansion and increases its customer base. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Marketing Technology

analytics & targeting

Mobile linking and targeting platform developer Branch Metrics has raised $15 million in Series A funding led by New Enterprise Associates with participation from Pejnam Mar Ventures, Cowboy Ventures, and TriplePoint Capital. The company has raised $18 million to date and will use the new round of funding for the market expansion of its platform.

analytics & targeting

Image processing and data analytics startup Pixel Velocity has raised $10 million Series B funding led by Draper Triangle Ventures. The company will use the new funding for expanding into the oil and gas markets later this year.

content management

Student engagement and experimentation platform Ardusat has raised $1 million in a round of funding from Space Florida, Fresco Capital, and Spire Capital Partners. The company will use the new round of funding for expanding its platform.

crm

Automotive dealer management system developer FEX DMS has been acquired by DealerSocket, developer of a sales, services, and customer experience automotive platform. The acquisition enhances DealerSockets dealership capabilities in the independent market. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Agency & Marketing Services

healthcare Agency

Marketing and advertising agency Quattro has established a new business unit with the acquisition of Fwd Direct, a provider of marketing solutions for healthcare providers. The new entity will be called Quattro Healthcare Marketing and will expand Quattro’s reach into the healthcare sector. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

public relations

Public relations startup AirPR has sold its PR marketplace to marketing agency The CHR Group. The acquisition will allow AirPR to focus on its analytics products as CHR looks to scale business in the marketing services space. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

public relations

South Africa-based integrated strategic communication agency Epic Communications has been acquired by Publicis Groupe. The company will align with Publicis Groupe’s strategic communications network MSLGROUP and will operate under the name Epic MSLGROUP. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Traditional Media

consumer magazine Publishing

RMS Media Group, a niche magazine publisher that owns Ocean Home and Northshore magazines, has acquired Luxury Pools magazine and the digital assets associated with it from Manor House Publishing. Luxury Pools will continue to be run as a separate brand. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Software

application management

Storage management application developer Exablox has raised $16 million in Series C funding from Dell Ventures, DCM Ventures, Northwest Venture Partners, and US Venture Partners. The company has raised $38.5 million to date and will use the new funding for expanding its platform solution into new verticals.

credit/risk

Fraud prevention solutions provider Emailage has raised $3.8 million in a round of funding led by Felicis Ventures with participation from Double M Partners and Mucker Capital. The company will use the new round of funding for growing in international markets.

data management            

Trov, developer of a platform for people to organize, value, and protect their things, has raised $6.5 million in a round of funding from Anthemis Group. The company has raised $13.3 million to date and will use the new funding for accelerating the development of its technology while expanding into new territories.

erp

Government civic engagement solutions provider Accela has raised $143.5 million in a round of funding led by ABRY Partners with participation from Landmark Partners, J.P. Morgan Private Equity, and Kariani Capital. The company will use the new funding for expanding the capabilities of its platform while scaling sales efforts.

healthcare

Health and wellness engagement platform Sharecare has acquired Germany-based human behavior analysis software developer Feingold Technologies. Feingold will integrate with Sharecare’s offerings, and the acquisition will allow Sharecare to focus on the development of its mobile app. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

hr

Unified talent management solutions provider HRsmart has been acquired by Deltek, a provider of enterprise software and information solutions for the government contracting market. The acquisition will bolster Deltek’s human capital management solutions. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

security

Mobile threat defense solutions provider Zimperium has raised $12 million in Series B funding led by Telstra with participation from TOYO Corporation, Sierra Ventures, and Samsung. The company will use the new funding for scaling operations, continuing to advance its technology, and supporting its customer base.

Information

healthcare

Health information systems provider Merge Healthcare Incorporated (Nasdaq:MRGE) has acquired customer satisfaction and medical imaging information systems developer DR Systems for $70 million. The acquisition will allow Merge to support DR Systems’ core platform and advancements going forward.

Business Services

financial consulting

Upside, a provider of digital advice solutions for financial advisors, has been acquired by Envestnet, a provider of unified wealth management technology and services. The acquisition will enhance the capabilities of Envestnet’s financial planning and investment management platform. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

healthcare consulting

Healthcare services provider for the workers’ compensation market Healthcare Solutions Inc. has been acquired by pharmacy benefit management services provider Catamaran (Nasdaq:CTRX) from Brazos Equity Partners for $405 million. The acquisition will boost Catamaran’s presence in the workers compensation market.


Daily Deal Activity 02/25/15

February 26, 2015

Digital Media/Commerce

ecommerce, mobile content/apps

Mobile-focused hyperlocal grocery startup PepperTap has raised $2 million in a round of funding from Sequoia Capital. The funding will be used for expanding the service to new cities while focusing on hiring talent.

gaming

Digital publisher TellTale Games, a developer of interactive episodic video game series’, has raised $40 million in Series D funding from Lionsgate. The company will use the new round of funding for collaborating with Lionsgate on original titles.

gaming

Mobile communication sales and game development firm Nepro Japan has acquired Japan-based tri-Ace, a developer of game titles and franchises. The acquisition will allow Nepro Japan to accelerate development of mobile gaming titles. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

mobile content/apps

Getable, developer of an app for ordering and tracking construction equipment, has raised $5 million in Series A funding led by The Social+Capital Partnership with participation from Brick & Mortar Ventures. The company will use the new funding for expanding its services nationwide.

mobile content/apps

LoungeBuddy, which develops a mobile resource for travelers to locate, review, and access airport lounges, has raised $3 million in Series A funding from Founder’s Fund. The company will use the new funding for building out the capabilities of its platform.

mobile content/apps

On demand valet startup Luxe has raised $20 million in Series A funding from Redpoint Ventures and Venrock Partners. The company will use then new round of funding for accelerating its products availability on other devices while expanding into new cities.

Digital Advertising

online lead generation

Mobile app user acquisition and re-engagement platform developer Jampp has raised $7 million in Series A funding led by Highland Europe with participation from Endeavor Catalyst, Innova, and NXTP Labs. The company will use the new funding for expanding operations while investing in research and development.

vertical search

Stingy Travel, operator of a networking website for vacation travel, has been acquired by RealBiz Media Group from AAJ Internet. The acquisition provides RealBiz Media with a strengthened management team while improving the company’s platform technology. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Marketing Technology

email/messaging software

Unify Square, a provider of Microsoft Lync/Skype for Business solutions, has raised $8.2 million in Series B funding from Microsoft with participation from Yahoo. The company will use the funding for expanding global adoption of its professional services.

search & discovery

Finland-based social discovery and community platform Shark Punch has raised $1.2 million in a round of funding led by London Venture Partners with participation from DN Capital, and Reaktor Polte. The company will use the new funding for launching out of beta and developing a mobile app.

Agency & Marketing Services

digital agency

Integrated marketing agency The Sandbox Group, which specializes in the healthcare, agriculture, and financial services industries, has raised a $27 million credit facility for growth equity from Monroe Capital.

Traditional Media

consumer book publishing

Children’s book publishing firm Lerner Publishing has acquired Egmont USA, a publisher of over 100 titles, from Egmont International. The acquisition expands Lerner’s portfolio of titles and authors as it looks to take over publication and distribution of Egmont USA’s frontlist and backlist titles. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

consumer book publishing

Book publisher and distributor Quarto Group has acquired Lewes Holdings, the owner of book publisher The Ivy Press¸ for $2.3 million. The Lewes business will become part of Quarto International’s Co-Editions division. The acquisition is expected to be earnings enhancing.

traditional outdoor

Private equity firm Boathouse Capital has made an undisclosed strategic investment in Out of Home Media specialist OOHA Wilkins. The investment will allow OOHA Wilkins to supporting existing customer relationships.

Software

application management

Fission Software, a provider of control automation and playout solutions services, has been acquired by Bitcentral, a developer of news content production and video publishing solutions. The acquisition expands the Bitcentral’s broadcast solutions portfolio while allowing Fission to streamline operations. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

application management

Israel-based digital delivery company ironSource has raised $20 million in a round of funding led by Access Industries. The company has raised over $100 million to date and will use the new round of funding for expanding its product offering while continuing plans for global expansion and strategic acquisitions.

cloud computing

Canada-based Kipfolio, provider of real-time cloud dashboards to the mid-market, has raised $6.2 million in Series A funding led by Omers Ventures with participation from BDC Capital, Mistral Venture Partners, Fundfire, BOLDstart Ventures, and Acadia Woods. The company will use the round for accelerating expansion and investing in product enhancements.

credit/risk

Insider threat protection company Dtex Systems has raised $15 million in Series A funding led by Norwest Venture Partners and Wing Ventures. The company will use the new round of funding for expanding its reach and widening the availability of its solutions.

infrastructure

Hyper-converged infrastructure solutions provider Pivot3 has raised $45 million in debt and equity from Argonaut Private Equity, S3 Ventures, InterWest Partners, and Mesirow Financial Private Equity. The company will use the new round of funding for investing in sales and marketing, recruiting talent, and expanding its channel partner strategy.

security

Canada-based online lending platform developer FundThrough has raised $2.2 million in a round of funding led by Real Ventures with participation from Origin Merchant Partners, Five Elements Ventures, and Barrow Lane Holdings. The company will use the new round of funding for scaling its platform in order to service more businesses.

security

Identity and authentication platform developer provider SecureKey Technologies has raised $19 million in Series C funding from Blue Sky Capital and Rogers Venture Partners. The company will use the new round of funding from bringing its network services to key market sectors worldwide.

virtualization

Virtual desktop application support and delivery developer 2X Software has been acquired by virtualization and automation software developer Parallels. The acquisition is expected to improve Parallels’ cross-platform solutions development. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Information

healthcare information

Germany-based eHealth startup Klara has raised $2.5 million in a round of funding led by Creathor Venture, Partech, Heilemann Ventures, and Atlantic Labs. The company will use the new round of funding for accelerating US expansion while improving the capabilities of its platform.

Business Services

fulfillment

UK-based warehouse management system provider PeopleVox, which helps eCommerce companies modernize their warehouse operations, has raised $6 million in Series A funding from Index Ventures. The company will use the new round of funding for accelerating product development and expanding its international teams.

logistics

Brazil-based analytics services and solutions provider Gaspo, which specializes in supply chain and logistics challenges, has been acquired by Accenture (NYSE:ACN). The acquisition will expand Accenture’s analytics capabilities in Brazil while enhancing Gaspo’s supply chain solutions. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

logistics

StoreFeeder, a developer of consumer and small business shipping solutions, has been acquired by UK-based Royal Mail, a provider of postal and delivery services. The acquisition will boost Royal Mail’s online shipping tools and provide StoreFeeder with resources for new product development. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.


Daily Deal Activity 02/24/15

February 25, 2015

Digital Media/Commerce

mobile content/apps

LocoMotive Labs, developer of an assistive and play-based education app for young learners, has raised $4 million in Series A funding led by SoftBank Ventures Korea and TAL Education Group with participation from K9 Ventures, Kapor Capital, and NewSchools Venture Fund. The company has raised $5.2 million to date and will use the funding for expanding its consumer presence.

mobile content/apps

College student meet-up app WiGo has raised $1.5 million in a round of funding led by Great Oaks Venture Capital with participation from Greylock Partners, GGV Capital, and KEC Ventures. The company will use the new funding for developing increased functionality and further product development.

Digital Advertising

ad networks/exchanges

Facebook marketing startup Toro, which helps developers launch ad campaigns for app promotion, has been acquired by Google. The acquisition will provide Toro with increased access to resources and distribution as it looks to shift focus away from Facebook campaign optimization. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

vertical search

Residential real estate marketplace lender Visio Financial Services has raised $6.7 million in Series B funding from Octavia Investments. The company has raised $100 million in debt and equity to date and will use the new round of funding for advancing its technology platform and increasing the number of long and short term loan options available.

Marketing Technology

analytics & targeting

Metamarkets, provider of a real time analytics platform for the digital media and programmatic marketing areas, has raised $15 million in a round of funding led by Data Collective with participation from Khosla Ventures, IA Ventures, True Ventures, and Village Ventures. The company will use the new funding for product development initiatives.

analytics & targeting

Germany-based retail intelligence startup Webdata Solutions, a provider of real-time big data-based services for keeping tabs on competitors, has raised $4.5 million in Series A funding led Seventure Partners with participation from Senovo, b-to-v Partners, and TGFS. The company will use the new round for developing its product offering and international expansion.

mobile technology

SaaS-based mobile workforce solutions provider Fleetmatics Group (NYSE:FLTX) has acquired France-based fleet management solutions provider Ornicar. The acquisition increases the number of vehicles under subscription to Fleetmatics’ existing installed base as the company continues international expansion. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Agency & Marketing Services

database/analytics

Business outsourcing and analytics firm ExlService Holdings (Nasdaq:EXLS) will acquire RPM Direct, an analytics firm focused on the insurance industry, for $55 million plus a contingent consideration of up to $23 million. RPM will become part of ExlService’s Analytics Group with the purpose of accelerating the company’s development of an end-to-end marketing analytics solution. (Petsky Prunier led transaction)

Traditional Media

consumer newspaper publishing

Newspaper publisher Battle Born Media has acquired the Sparks Tribune from Sparks Tribune LLC. The acquisition supplements Battle Born Media’s instate newspaper portfolio as it looks to expand the Tribune’s online presence. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Software

collaboration

Employee communication and engagement platform developer GuideSpark has raised $22.2 million in Series C funding from led by Meritech Capital Partners with participation from New Enterprise Associates, Storm Ventures, and IDG Ventures.  The company will use the round for increasing its marketing, sales, product development, content, infrastructure, and business development efforts.

collaboration

Knowmail, developer of a personal assistant solution for employee communication and collaboration, has raised $1.2 million in a round of funding from Plus Ventures, 2B Angels, AfterDox, and INE Ventures. The company will use the new round of funding for scaling its sales and development teams, adding more partnerships, and enhancing its product’s capabilities.

collaboration

Integrated business management solutions provider Mavenlink has raised $19 million in a round of funding led by Carrick Capital Partners with participation from Silicon Valley Bank. The company will use the new round of funding for accelerating product innovation and market penetration.

financial

nCino, a provider of operating solutions to the financial services industry, has raised $29 million in Series B funding led by Insight Venture Partners with participation from Wellington Management. The company will use the new funding for expanding operations domestically while accelerating product development before entering international markets.

financial

Q4 Web Systems, a developer of SaaS-based investor relations solutions for public companies, has raised $5 million in a round of funding led by Plaza Ventures with participation from Atlas Venture. The company will use the new round of funding for expanding its product, engineering, and sales teams.

healthcare

Retail healthcare cloud platform developer Sikka Software has raised $5.5 million in Series B funding led by Sierra Ventures with participation from ATA Ventures. The company will use the new round of funding for scaling sales and marketing while continuing to its growth across key practice areas.

security

Broadband and networking solutions provider Allot Communications (Nasdaq:ALLT) has acquired Optenet, an IT security firm that provides security-as-a-service solutions for enterprise level companies, for $11 million in closing and deferred costs. The acquisition will allow Allot to break into the consumer SECaaS market.

security

Authy, a provider of authentication services to end users, developers, and enterprises, has been acquired by Twilio, a provider of API’s for communication application development. The acquisition will allow Twilio to branch into the enterprise level API development. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

software NEC

UK-based music production software developer Camel Audio has been acquired by Apple. Camel Audio’s products will be discontinued as it is folded into existing Apple products. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

software development tools

Endurance International Group has invested $15.2 million for a 40 percent stake in Netherlands-based AppMachine, a provider of programming solutions for non-developers. The acquisition will enhance Endurance’s capabilities for mobile app product development as AppMachine looks toward international expansion.

Business Services

credit/risk consulting

Cloud software developer ServiceNow, a developer of corporate IT automation environments, has acquired Intreis, a consulting firm specializing in corporate governance, risk management, and regulatory compliance processes. The acquisition enhances ServiceNow’s governance risk compliance solutions capabilities. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

it consulting/systems integration

IT professional services and network construction solutions provider Tilson Technology Management has raised $2.2 million in a round of funding from Ran Capital Corp. with participation from CEI Ventures. The company will use the funding for expanding in new markets organically and through acquisitions of adjacent businesses.

logistics

Germany-based logistics software developer Advanced InfoData Systems has been acquired by Transporean Group, a portfolio company of The Riverside Company. The acquisition will boost the capabilities of the Transporean’s web-based centralized transport-management software. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.


Daily Deal Activity 02/23/15

February 24, 2015

Digital Media/Commerce

classifieds/auctions/p-to-p

DriverUp, provider of an online marketplace for automotive financing, has raised $50 million in Series A funding from Emerald Development Managers and RRE Ventures. The company will use the new round of funding for increasing its partnership number with dealers.

classifieds/auctions/p-to-p

India-based peer-to-peer property listings startup NoBroker has raised $3 million in Series A funding from SAIF Partners and Fulcrum Ventures. The company will use the new round of funding for expanding its services presence.

domain portfolio/marketplace

India-based HomeLane.com, which operates as a marketplace for home décor and fixed furniture, has raised $4.5 million in Series A funding led by Sequoia Capital with participation from Aarin Capital and Growth Story.  The company will use the new round of funding for expanding to more cities, improving its technology, and focusing on marketing campaigns.

domain portfolio/marketplace

Online retailer ThredUp has acquired Kindermint.com, operator of an online resale store specializing in used children’s clothing. The acquisition will provide ThredUp members with the additional ability to buy children’s clothes while providing Kindermint members with an added resource to buy and sell women’s apparel. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

ecommerce

Germany-based online farmers’ market Bonativo has raised $3.6 million in a round of funding from Tengelmann Ventures and Rocket Internet. The company will use the new round of funding for growing in existing markets while expanding into new cities and countries.

ecommerce

Germany-based online supermarket for groceries ShopWings has raised $13.6 million in a round of funding from Tengelmann Ventures and Rocket Internet. The company will use the new funding for expanding into new markets and new countries after initial launch in Germany.

Digital Advertising

ad networks/exchanges

Japan-based Fringe81, a provider of advertising services for RSS feeds, has raised $3.5 million in a round of funding from NTT Docomo Ventures, Gree, Dentsu Digital Holdings, and TBS Innovation Partners. The company will use the new funding for strengthening its human resources division while making further developments on its ad server solutions for mobile media sites.

online lead generation

New client origination services provider Total Attorneys has been acquired by online media and software services organization Internet Brands. The acquisition will allow Internet Brands enhances its consumer relationship management solutions in the legal industry. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

vertical search

Pay-for-performance platform developer Linqia, which matches brands with digital storytellers and communicates, has raised $3 million in a round of funding from RiverPark Ventures. The company will use the new funding for enhancing its platform’s capabilities.

vertical search

India-based SmartAirTrip, which offers exclusive deals to travel agencies with airline and hotel content, has raised $10 million in a round of funding at a valuation of $100 million from undisclosed investors. The company will use the new round of funding for enhancing its technology, striking deals with hotels and airlines, and expanding its operations and marketing.

Marketing Technology

email/messaging software

Conference model and media platform startup NewCo has raised $1.7 million in a round of funding from Obvious Ventures, True Ventures, Bloomberg Beta, Transmedia Capital, Freestyle Capital, and Foundry Fund. The company will use the new round of funding for expanding its staff, building out its technology platform, and creating new products.

product/price software

eCommerce software developer Ecomdash has raised $1.2 million in a round of funding from Gemini Southern. The company will use the new round of funding for product development, adding channel integrations, and developing financial and back-end capabilities through application enhancements and integration partnerships.

Agency & Marketing Services

channel services

Book distribution company Readerlink Distribution Services has acquired the Marketing Services and Publishing Group divisions of Baker & Taylor. The acquisition will provide the Marketing Services division with an expanded portfolio including broader channel management capabilities. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Software

application management

Airpost, a startup that helps IT managers adopt, deploy, and monitor employee cloud applications, has been acquired by Box (NYSE:BOX). The purchase is mainly a talent acquisition. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

big data

Cloud-based big data solution provider altusInsight has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from High-Tech Grunderfonds. The company will use the new round of funding for adapting its product from operating in mainly public and private cloud environments to a SaaS model.

collaboration

Student success and higher education institutions advising systems provider Starfish Retention Solutions has been acquired by advising and admissions products and services provider Hobsons. The acquisition will allow Hobsons develop retention and student support and engagement solutions. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

collaboration

Collaborative video review and approval platform Wipster has raised $1.2 million in a round of funding from private investors. The company will use the new round of funding for growing operations and launching new features on its platform.

financial

Switzerland-based cloud business and accounting software developer easySYS has raised $4.8 million in a round of funding led by Redalpine Venture Partners with participation from Armada Investment Group. The company will use the new round for international expansion.

financial

PowerPlan, a provider of accounting, tax, and capital budgeting optimization solutions for capital asset-intensive businesses, has been acquired by Thoma Bravo. The acquisition will allow PowerPlan to grow via organic initiatives and strategic acquisitions. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

security

Website security company Namogoo has raised $5 million in a round of funding led by Blumberg Capital, 83North Venture Capital, Inimity VC, and Founders Guild. The company will use the new round of funding for expanding headcount.

software development tools

Software communication solutions developer Telecorp has acquired a majority stake in Sveltoz Solutions, a mobile application solutions and development company. The acquisition will augment Telecorp’s mobile portfolio as it looks to pursue further acquisitions. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Business Services

bpo

RevenueMed, a provider of coding, revenue cycle management, and business process management services for the healthcare sector, has been acquired by Navigant (NYSE:NCI). The acquisition strengthens Navigant’s end-to-end revenue cycle business process management services while providing the company with off shore capabilities. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

financial consulting

India-based Aye Finance, a provider of financial services for small business, has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from SAIF Partners and Accion. The company will use the new round of funding for domestic expansion and growing headcount.


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