Daily Deal Activity 10/31/13

Digital Media/Commerce

mobile content/apps

TabTale, an Israel-based maker of interactive books, games, and education apps for children, has raised $12 million in funding from Qualcomm Ventures and return backer Magma Venture Partners. Vintage Investment Ventures participated in the round as well.


Vernons Games, which operates an online casino, bingo, poker, and sports book, has been acquired by UK-based NetPlay TV, an interactive TV gaming company. Vernon Games also provides The Football Pools to more than half a million customers each week, along with a variety of other innovative e-Gaming and betting services. Terms were not disclosed.

Digital Advertising

online lead generation

Online insurance aggregator Superior Access Insurance Services was acquired by BOLT Solutions, a provider of SaaS insurance distribution solutions to the property and casualty insurance industry. Terms were not disclosed.

Marketing Technology


FullSlate, which offers online appointment scheduling solutions to small businesses, has been acquired for an undisclosed amount by Intuit (Nasdaq: INTU). Full Slate’s Web platform handles scheduling appointments in the hope that service businesses like hair salons and personal trainers use the tools to make sure they have a full slate of clients.

Agency & Marketing Services

healthcare agency

Heartbeat Ideas, a digital agencies operating in the healthcare communications space, has joined Publicis Groupe’s (ENXTPA:PUB) Saatchi & Saatchi Health entities. Terms were not disclosed. Heartbeat was founded in 1998 and employs a team of 90 members between its New York and California offices.

social agency

Canada-based Majestic Media, a custom social media campaigns and applications developer focused on delivering digital and mobile marketing programs, was acquired by Lynx Equity. The company develops social experiences that deliver superior results and exceed expectations. Terms were not disclosed.

Traditional Media


Beach City Entertainment, a worldwide radio network, targeting the commercially sought after “baby boomer” generation and the “Surf Rock Youth” presence around the world, was acquired by iFinix, a diversified information technology services and solutions company with holdings that include several subsidiaries. Terms were not disclosed.

Technology & Communications

data storage technology

Unitrends, a provider of backup, archiving, instant recovery, and disaster recovery solutions, has sold a majority equity stake to Insight Venture Partners. No financial terms were disclosed. The company had raised funding from Charleston Angel Partners, eCentury Capital Partners, Harbert Venture Partners, MMV Financial, Paladin Capital Group, The Aurora Funds, and The Trelys Funds.

financial technology

Circle Internet Financial Ltd., a developer of digital currency acceptance tools for merchants, has raised $9 million in Series A funding from Accel Partners and General Catalyst Partners. Circle is founded by Jeremy Allaire, whose past companies include Brightcove (Nasdaq: BCOV) and Allaire Corp (sold to Macromedia).


geo-demo software

NexTraq, a provider of fleet management applications and services, has been acquired by FleetCor Technologies (NYSE: FLT) from Francisco Partners. The NexTraq solution’s cloud-based application enables businesses to optimize fleet operations while reducing operational costs and maximizing revenue, allowing customers achieve ROI.

security, infrasutrcture

EPA Cloud, a UK-based email security and management company, was acquired by j2 Global Communications (NASDAQ:JCOM), a provider of Internet services through its business cloud and digital media divisions. With this acquisition, j2 has expanded its customer base and technical expertise in sales, support, and email security infrastructure. Terms were not disclosed.

Information & Business Services

it conslulting/systems integration

PCO Innovation, a consulting and systems integration group specializing in product lifecycle management software technologies, was acquired by Accenture. The acquisition will strengthen Accenture’s ability to help clients organize, develop, and manage new products and services throughout their lifecycle. Terms were not disclosed.

it consulting/systems integration

Everis Spain, a consulting company providing business and strategy advisory, transformation programs, solutions integration, technological applications maintenance, and outsourcing services, was acquired by NTT Data, a Japan-based information technology company.

it information

Runnable, an online location for finding programming codes, has raised $2 million in seed funding led by Sierra Ventures, with participation from Resolute.VC and individual angels.


UK-based Alexander Mann Solutions (AMS), a talent acquisition and management business, has been acquired for £260 million ($417 million) by New Mountain Capital. The company was purchase from Graphite Capital, which had led a £100 million management buyout of AMS in 2007.


Tekpub, a provider of high-quality technical screencasts for programmers, was acquired by online training platform Pluralsight. The acquisition further establishes Pluralsight as a premier training hub for software developers and IT administrators. Terms were not disclosed.


Chernin Group is in talks to acquire a control stake in Crunchyroll, a digital video service for Japanese anime and Asian media, according to Variety. The deal would value the company at approximately $100 million, and would represent an exit for early investor Venrock. Fellow Crunchyroll investor TV Tokyo would remain a shareholder.

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