Daily Deal Activity 07/17/13

Digital Media/Commerce


Singapore-based travelmob, which operates a social stay marketplace, has sold a 63 percent equity stake for an undisclosed amount to HomeAway (NasdaqGS:AWAY). HomeAway will also invest $2 million in its new Travelmob arm to help grow its presence in the Asia-Pacific.


Berlin-based EyeEm Mobile, an online marketplace for mobile photography, has raised $6 million in funding from Earlybird Venture Capital, along with return backers Wellington Partners and Passion Capital.


SecretNewCo, a stealthy new gaming startup, has raised an undisclosed amount of strategic funding from Japan-based online gaming company Nexon (TSE:3659).

mobile content/apps

Inkling, a creator of an interactive mobile application and digital textbooks, has raised $16 million in Series C funding led by Sequoia Capital, with participation from return backers Sequoia Capital, Felicis Ventures, Tenaya Capital, and JAFCO Technology Partners. Inkling also signed strategic partnerships with Pearson and Elsevier.

mobile content/apps

Denmark-based Vivino, which offers a mobile app that recognizes wine labels via image recognition and provides a platform for rating various wines, has raised $10.3 million in Series A funding led by Balderton Capital.

niche content, ecommerce

France-based AlloCiné, which operates an interactive website that gives information about films and offers an online ticket ordering service, has sold a 98 percent equity stake to France-based holding company Fimalac, for €66.9 million ($87.9 million).

social media/apps, mobile content/apps

Weathermob, a mobile, social network centered around crowdsourced weather reporting, has raised an additional $0.65 million in new funding today from a number of angel investors, bringing its total raise to date to $1.1 million.

Digital Advertising

search marketing

Czech Republic-based search marketing advertising company H1, has been acquired by Germany-based Quisma, the Group M / WPP performance marketing network. H1, which offers analytic, consulting, and creative services in the areas of Internet marketing and Internet business strategies, which include search engine optimization, website creation, and Web publishing and Web content management, reported $3.94 million in revenue for 2012. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Marketing Technology

analytics/reporting, social technology

Taykey, which provides real-time technology analytics solutions for advertisers, has raised $6 million in funding from Tenaya Capital, with participation from Sequoia Capital and SoftBank Capital. This brings the company’s total investment to more than $17 million. The company’s solution predicts the behavior of consumers and helps advertisers to connect with audiences across social media platforms.

mobile technology

(7/15/2013) AD-X Tracking, a mobile technology company that allows brands and agencies to track, monitor, and report advertising performance on mobile applications across a number of advertising solutions, has been acquired by performance display advertising provider Criteo. Terms were not disclosed. AD-X Tracking provides a solution for global brands to utilize in-app events and downloads to optimize their mobile campaign performance.

online targeting/optimization, mobile technology

Mobile media-buying and targeting start-up EveryScreen Media, which mines big data to find prospects for marketers, has been acquired by data-driven ad-targeting firm Media6Degrees. The deal will allow Media6Degrees to connect mobile devices, including their location, to Web browsers. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Traditional Media

b-to-b media

PNEC, the Petroleum Network Education Conferences, was acquired by PennWell Corporation, from Philip C. Crouse & Associates. PNEC is an annual conference and exhibition serving the data integration, information, and management disciplines critical to exploration and production within the global oil and gas industry. Terms were not disclosed.


Platinum Equity has agreed to acquire CBS Outdoor International, an outdoor media business with a particularly large share of the European billboard business, from CBS (NYSE: CBS). The deal is valued at approximately $225 million.

Technology & Communications

enterprise mobility, security

Rover Apps, a provider of cloud solutions that enable users to securely work with enterprise resources using their personal devices, has been acquired by IT Service management software provider Kaseya. This acquisition enables Kaseya to provide market-leading security for mobile BYOD users using a secure containerized approach. Terms were not disclosed.

enterprise mobility

TOA Technologies, a provider of field service and mobile workforce management software solutions, has raised $66 million in funding from Technology Crossover Ventures. TOA has expanded into telecommunications, utilities, business-to-business services, healthcare, and retail, among other industries, and will use the new funds for continued global expansion, especially in Latin America and Asia Pacific. The company has now raised a total of $101 million in funding.

financial technology

Germany-based ATLAS Interactive, which provides access and micro billing solutions including premium SMS and premium rate billing on a global level, has been acquired for $7.6 million by UK-based mobile marketing solutions company InternetQ (AIM:INTQ), which enables brands, mobile network operators, and media companies to design and implement targeted, interactive, and measureable campaigns.

networking equipment

On-Ramp Wireless, a developer of wireless communication systems for sensor, metering, and asset data tracking, has raised $15 million in funding led by Canada-based energy company Enbridge, with participation from return backers Third Wave Ventures and Energy Technology Ventures.



Position Logic, which provides GPS tracking solutions to companies across a number of industries that include transportation, government, utilities, cable and telecommunications, construction, and delivery, was acquired by RACO Wireless, a business offering wireless data products and services in the areas of mobile-to-mobile solutions, telemetry industry, and smart phones for enterprise applications. Terms were not disclosed.


Ping Identity, an 11-year old company that helps other companies manage sign-in and other credentials for cloud and software applications, has secured a $44 million round of venture funding led by W Capital Partners and DFJ Growth. Previous investors including Appian Ventures, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, General Catalyst Partners, Triangle Peak Partners, Volition Capital, and SAP Ventures also participated. The financing also includes some debt provided by Silicon Valley Bank. Ping has now raised more than $99 million in venture funding.

software development tools

Xamarin, a cross-platform development platform for native apps for iOS, Android, OS X, and Windows, has closed a $16 million Series B round led by Lead Edge Capital. The company’s Series A investors Charles River Ventures, Ignition Partners, and Floodgate also participated in this round. In total, including the $12 million Series A round, Xamarin has now raised $28 million.

Information & Business Services

it consulting/systems integration

The IT Services division of The Harding Group, an Information Technology provider, has been acquired by The Aldridge Company, a provider, consultant, and integrator of information technology and cloud computing solutions for small and medium-sized businesses. Terms were not disclosed.


Bernard Hodes Group, an integrated talent solutions company, was acquired by Findly, a social recruiting market company and a Symphony Technology Group. Bernard Hodes was sold by parent agency Omnicom (NYSE:OMC), and focuses on recruitment marketing, employee engagement, sourcing/response management, hiring process re-engineering, and staffing technology.

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