Daily Deal Activity 12/04/13

Digital Media/Commerce


Stayz Group, an Australia-based online vacation rental marketplace, was acquired by HomeAway (Nasdaq:AWAY) from Fairfax Media (ASX:FJX) for $198 million. Stayz Group provides an advertising website that allows property owners to list and promote vacation accommodations, and receive and manage enquiries in relation to their property.

ecommerce, commerce management

Ticketland, a Russia-based company that provides tickets for concerts, theatre, shows and sports events, while it also offers ERP and e-ticketing solutions for venues, has raised $10 million in funding led by iTech Capital.


Playnery, a South-Korea based developer and publisher of 3D social games, has raised $3.8 million in funding led by JAFCO Asia, with participation from Softbank Ventures, Qualcomm Ventures, and Stonebridge Capital. The investment brings the company’s funding to a total of $6.5 million.

niche content, vertical search

DealerRater, a car dealer review website, has raised $25 million in funding led by Great Hill Partners. The company’s allows users to search for car dealerships, read and write reviews, and find car deals.

niche content


Health Guru Media, which operates a video destination site for health information and lifestyle topics that include wellness and nutrition, was acquired by Kitara Media (OTCBB:KITM), a digital media and technology company providing video solutions. The acquisition established Kitara Media with an estimated $50 million in annual revenues.  Terms were not disclosed.

mobile content/apps


Ptch, a startup mobile application company that enabled users to make stylized short videos and share them, was acquired by Yahoo (Nasdaq:YHOO). The acquisition will allow for Yahoo to strengthen their photo and video platforms. Terms were not disclosed.

Digital Advertising

online lead generation, local search

MOVE Guides, a company that owns and operates a site that offers services for employee relocation, has raised $1.8 million in funding led by Notion Capital and NEA. The investment brings the company’s funding to a total of $2.4 million.

Marketing Technology          

analytics & reporting, mobile technology

Nearbuy Systems, provides multichannel shopper analytics and micro-location products for in-store mobile shopping, was acquired by RetailNext, a provider of in-store retail analytics. Terms were not disclosed.

bi tools

Trufa, a Germany-based developer of predictive analytics applications, has raised $4.5 million in funding led by Accel Partners. The investment will be used to expand product development and expansion in new markets. Trufa’s solutions focus on improving enterprises operational efficiency using real-time analytics that tap into SAP-based ERP systems.


communications software

Critical Path, a provider of messaging, email security, corporate directory, and other unified communications solutions, was acquired by Marlin Equity Partners. Terms were not disclosed.

communications software

eBuddy, a Netherlands-based provider of Web and mobile messaging solutions, was acquired by Netherlands-based accommodation booking platform Booking.com. Terms were not disclosed.

healthcare software

Shareable Ink, a provider of a software platform that incorporates enterprise grade digital pen and paper technology for the healthcare industry, has raised $10.7 million in funding led by Lehmi Ventures.

software development tools

Takipi, an operator of an online portal that enables developers to debug software and manage downtime in the cloud, has raised $4.5 million in funding led by Menlo Ventures

Information & Business Services

credit/risk management information, Mobile technology

Snapsheet, a self-service mobile application suite helping insurers reduce cycle time and cost per claim through estimation via the use of photos, has raised $10 million in funding led by private investors.


analytics & reporting, social technology

Apple‘s (NasdaqGS:APPL) acquisition of Topsy was reportedly worth $200 million. The purchase will enable apple to enhance its content delivery, app search and discovery, and real-time marketing and relationship management solutions.

online targeting/optimization

WPP (LSE:WPP) has merged online advertising company 24/7 Media and Xaxis, a media company that places targeted advertising through various types of digital media, to become one entity. The merger will create a combined group under a Xaxis umbrella, which will completely absorb the 24/7 brand and take on its ad server technology and ad network spinoff Real Media Group.

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