Daily Deal Activity 09/25/12


Synaptic Digital, a multichannel video creation and distribution company, was acquired by digital marketing agency Definition 6, for $25 million. The company helps brands tell their stories across earned, owned, and paid media through newsworthy informative videos in the United States and internationally. The combined company will have more than 200 employees.

Indeed, which operates a platform where job seekers can search millions of jobs on the Web or mobile in over 50 countries, announced that it will be acquired by Japan-based Recruit, a provider of integrated HR and information services. The acquisition enables Indeed, one the most visited job site in the world, to continue its rapid expansion while benefiting from Recruit’s reach and resources. Terms were not disclosed.


Wanderful Media, a company helping retailers bring consumers into local stores and gives consumers convenient ways to discovery local merchandise, has raised $22 million in funding from 12 investors, which include Cox Media Group, The E.W. Scripps Company, Gannett (NYSE:GCI), Hearst, MediaNews Group, The McClatchy Company, and The Washington Post Co (NYSE:WPO).

India-based Capillary Technologies, a social CRM company that helps retailers engage over mobile, email, social, and in-store channels, raised $15.5 million in Series A funding led by Sequoia Capital and Norwest Venture Partners, with Qualcomm Ventures also participating in the round. The company, which offers a cloud-based SaaS platform for customer engagement, loyalty, and social CRM solutions, currently works with over 100 major brands across 10,000 locations worldwide, and just recently entered the U.S. market.

Dataminr, which offers a tool that turn Tweets into high-frequency trading news, raised $13 million in Series B funding from Deep Fork Capital, GSV Capital, Viceroy Capital, and Wharton Equity Partners. Dataminr is distinct from other machine readable news companies because it can detect patterns in language and suggest interpretations.

Kiip, a start-up that provides rewards for user achievements in apps and games, raised $11 million in Series B funding from Japan-based IT consulting and services company Digital Garage (JASDAQ:4819). The company previously raised approximately $4 million.

Analytics company Datameer, raised $6 million in funding from Redpoint Ventures and Kleiner Perkins. Datameer makes a spreadsheet-style interface for Apache Hadoop and makes the big data analytics platform easier for non-developers to use. It was founded in 2009 and raised $2.5 million from Redpoint in 2010. Last year Datameer raised a $9.25 million round led by Kleiner Perkins with Redpoint participating.

AdMobius, a startup founded by team members from Apple’s iAd program, has come out of stealth mode with $5 million in funding from Opus Capital and Storm Ventures. The company combines data from publishers, ad networks and other aggregators, and third-party data sellers, and creates audience segments, which networks, publishers, and demand side platforms can use to better target their advertising.

Sports discovery app company Thuuz, raised $4.2 million in Series A funding led by Liberty Global, with Itochu Technology Ventures also participating. The company’s app alerts users of sports events in real time, using algorithms, social signals, and user preferences.

Video advertising startup Genesis Media, has raised $3 million in Series A funding led by digital media holding company Black Ocean. Genesis Media was created by the merger of AdGenesis and TVGenesis in November. Publishers currently in the Genesis Media network now include Fox, Parade, and Conde Nast.

FreePriceAlerts, a company offering a service that automatically alerts Web surfers to potential savings while they’re shopping the sites they normally visit, raised $2.5 million in Series B funding led by a private investor, with participation from 10X Venture Partners and angel investors. Once the company’s price engine is added to a browser, it searches for the best price every time the user shops online retail sites.

Social and mobile sports gaming company Wedge Buster, raised $2.2 million in funding from a number of private investors. The company offers short games of darts, pool, basketball, soccer and tennis that each last between three to 10 minutes.

Datagres Technologies has raised $2 million in Series A funding from Nexus Venture Partners, to help it expand its footprint in the U.S. and Asian markets for its data management technology. The company’s technology uses existing centralized storage servers for data at rest, while bringing on-demand active data closer to application servers.

Tripit, a provider of a number of content recommendation apps, raised $1.9 million in funding from Astro, a satellite TV provider in Malaysia. Trapit is based on the same artificial intelligence technology as Apple’s Siri, using it in this case to recommend content (via its web and iPad apps) from 120,000 sources.

AirPR, which operates a platform that provide the fragmented and demand-heavy PR industry with solutions to serve both the supply and demand sides of the market, raised $1 million in funding form Mohr Davidow Ventures, Crosslink Capital, Correlation Ventures, and 500 Startups. AirPR plans to use this seed funding to continue building its platform.

Hong Kong-based QVIVO has raised $1 million in Series A funding from SingTel Group’s corporate venture capital fund and other investors for a media-only cloud that users can use to store and watch movies and television shows, as well as and listen to music available in its library. The company will use the funding to build out its service and white label program for telecommunications providers, media companies, and others.

U.K.-based sports companion Web app startup, Squawka, raised an undisclosed amount of funding from ad agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty. The deal will give Squawka access to BBH’s offices globally, while Zag — BBH’s ventures division — will help with marketing, strategy and business operations.

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