ecommerce, mobile content/apps
WeHostels, a company that provides a mobile travel agency allowing young consumers to book hotels and hostels, was acquired by travel company StudentUniverse. The acquisition will drive StudentUniverse’s mobile strategy going forward. Terms were not disclosed.
LightSail Education, a provider of K-12 digital literacy applications, has raised $3.5 million in funding led by Viceroy Ventures, with participation from Gotham Capital, and individual angels.
Diary.com, a UK-based company that provides users with a digital platform to organize and share daily activities amongst other users, has raised $1.2 million in funding led by private investors. Diary.com’s platform has scrapbooking interface that user controls, simple URLs, and mobile products.
Aria Systems, a provider of cloud billing and subscription management solutions, has raised $40 million in funding led by Bain Capital Ventures, with participation from VMWare, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, Interwest Partners, Tugboat Ventures, and Venrock. The investment brings the company’s total funding to $83 million.
E/OU, a Brazil-based company that provides CRM solutions, was acquired by digital and direct agency MRM Worldwide. The acquisition, which will be called E/OU MRM, expands and strengthens MRM’s current global presence. Terms were not disclosed.
Online advertising startup Signpost, which connects local businesses with new customers, has raised $ 10 million in funding led by OpenView Venture Partners, Spark Capital, and Scout Ventures. Signapost has raised a total of $15 million in funding.
HipLogiq, a company offering enterprise products to help small and medium-sized businesses target and engage customers over social media, has raised $7 million in funding led by Hadron Global Partners. The investment will allow the company to increase the marketing of its two products, SocialCompass and SocialCentiv. HipLogiq has raised $12 million in funding to date.
Agency & Marketing Services
specialty agency, healthcare agency
Benghiat Marketing & Communications, a company providing marketing services for the food and medical industries, was acquired by The Brandon Agency, which offers a number of integrated marketing solutions. The acquisition will allow The Brandon Agency to grow in the food and medical industries. Terms were not disclosed.
Hightail (fka YouSendIt), a company that provides services to access, send, and share files and folders from computers or mobile devices, has raised $34 million in funding led by Western Digital Capital, with participation from Accolade Partners, Alloy Ventures, Emergence Capital, Adams Street Capital, and Sigma Partners. The company has raised $82.7 million in funding to date.
PriceMatch, a France-based company providing revenue management solutions for hotels, has received $1.3 million in funding led by Partech Ventures.
Information & Business Services
MetaSource, a business process outsourcing company that provides back office and document management solutions, was acquired by private equity firm LaSalle Capital. Terms were not disclosed. LaSalle’s acquisition will allow MetaSource to further expand their service offerings through internal investment and future acquisitions.
Index, a startup that provides retailers with an analysis of consumers’ buying habits based off the linkage of their credit card usages at the registers to their email address, mobile phone, and home computer, has raised $7 million in funding led by Innovation Endeavor, Khosla Ventures, AIMCo, and 819 Capital.