Daily Deal Activity 10/10/13

Digital Media/Commerce


DogVacay, which operates an online pet boarding marketplace, has raised $15 million in Series B funding led by Foundation Capital, with the participation of existing investors Benchmark and First Round Capital along with new investors DAG Ventures and Sherpa Ventures. This brings the total investment in DogVacay to $22 million.

mobile content/apps

Level Money, a developer of a personal finance app, has raised $5 million in Series A funding led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. The round, which also included former Citigroup Chairman and CEO Sandy Weill, former FCC Chairman Reed Hundt, and former Barclays Global Investors CEO Blake Grossman, is intended to help the nine-person company grow its team and improve customer service.

Digital Advertising

digital video, niche content

YouTube network DanceOn has raised $4 million in funding led by Plus Capital and AMC Networks. DanceOn aggregates video channels on YouTube while also producing its own owned and operated video content. The company is also focused on dance and helping them to monetize the videos they’re making.

Marketing Technology

content management

Smartling, a provider of cloud-based enterprise translation software, has raised $24 million in Series C funding led by Tenaya Capital, with participation from Harmony Partners and return backers Venrock, U.S. Venture Partners, IDG Ventures, First Round Capital, and Felicis Ventures.

mobile technology

Hubbl, a maker of app discovery and personalization technologies, has been acquired by mobile ad platform Airpush for $15 million. The two businesses will combine their respective efforts – Hubbl with its personalized native ads technology and Airpush with its ecosystem of some 120,000 mobile apps – to create a new, native advertising platform for mobile.

mobile technology

LiquidM, which has launched a platform for ad networks, trading desks, and operators to manage their mobile ad campaigns, has raised $5 million in Series A funding from Blumberg Capital, Earlybird Venture Capital, and Asset Management Ventures. LiquidM combines media, data, technology, and strategy to allow audience reach at scale to provide greater control and deeper insights to media planning and buying.

mobile technology

Scan, which brings social media, lead generation, and mobile commerce to life through QR code, NFC, and other technologies, has received $7 million in Series A funding from Entree and existing investors, including Menlo Ventures. The company has previously raised $1.7 million in seed funding.

Technology & Communications

network infrastructure software, networking equipment

Cymphonix, a network software and appliance company helping organizations become more productive and efficient with its Internet management solutions, was acquired by Untangle, a network software and appliance company offering multi-function firewall and Internet management application suites for large and small organizations. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

network infrastructure software

Empirix, a provider of network testing, monitoring, and analytics solutions, was acquired by Thoma Bravo. No financial terms were disclosed. Empirix has previously raised funding from firms including Matrix Partners and Tenaya Capital.


data management

Hara Software, a provider of energy and resource data management software, was acquired by Verisae, a portfolio company of Marlin Equity Partners. No financial terms were disclosed. Hara Software had raised approximately $45 million in funding from Nth Power, Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers, JAFCO Ventures, ITOCHU Technology Ventures, Energy Technology Ventures, Focus Ventures, and Navitas Capital.


Iolo Technologies, a developer of performance optimization software for PCs and mobile devices, was acquired by Marlin Equity Partners. The company will be merged with Marlin’s existing portfolio company Phoenix Technologies. No financial terms were disclosed.


Mobile security company Lookout, which offers software that protects user’s mobile devices against malicious threats, has raised $55 million in funding led by strategic investor Deutsche Telekom, with participation from Qualcomm Ventures, Greylock Partners, and Capital Management, as well as existing investors Accel Partners, Andreessen Horowitz, Index Ventures, and Khosla Ventures. The investment brings the company’s total funding to $131 million.

Information & Business Services


The Baron Group, a provider of sales training solutions, was acquired by The Ariel Group, a leadership and communication skills training company. No financial terms were disclosed. Ariel Group is a portfolio company of Renovus Capital Partners.

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