Daily Deal Activity 06/10/14

Marketing Technology

analytics & reporting

UK-based Precise Media Group, a provider of press, online, broadcast, and social media monitoring to support public relations and external communications, has sold a majority stake to WPP’s media research and analytics business Kantar Media. Terms were not disclosed.

bi tools, hr software

Visier, a provider of Web-based SaaS analytic applications for human resources management, has raised $25.5 million in Series C funding led by Adams Street Partners, with participation from Foundation Capital and Summit Partners. The company plans on using the new capital to broaden adoption of its solutions within the Human Resources market and expand in new markets.

content management

Buuteeq, a provider of cloud-based digital marketing services for the hospitality industry, was acquired by online travel company The Priceline Group (Nasdaq:PCLN). The acquisition will enable Priceline to further expand into the hotel technology market. With the acquisition, Booking.com (operating subsidiary of Priceline) can go into service calls with hotels, and inform hoteliers that it can bring them online and provide data analytics services in addition to selling the properties’ hotel rooms. Terms were not disclosed.

content management

Canada-based Dreamstalk Studios, a provider of content management and website software solutions, was acquired by StarDyne Technologies, which offers government, education, and asset management solutions. The acquisition expands StarDyne’s reach into the K-12 education market, where it already serves school districts and schools in the U.S. and Canada. Terms were not disclosed.

mobile technology, analytics & reporting

Location insights and mobile ad intelligence provider Placed, has raised $10 million in Series B funding led by Two Sigma, with participation from Madrona Venture Group. The company plans on using the new capital to expand its suite of products.

social technology

EdgeRank Checker, a provider of social analytics for Facebook’s news feed, was acquired by Czech Republic-based Socialbakers, which operates a social media statistics portal. The acquisition expands Socialbakers’ customer base, which adds on 700 client portfolios. Post-acquisition, EdgeRank will continue to be offered as a self-serve product. Terms were not disclosed.

Digital Media/Commerce

ecommerce

India-based eCommerce company FashionandYou, has raised $10 million in Series D funding led by Sequoia Capital, Norwest Venture Partners, Intel Capital, and Nokia Growth Partners. The company will use the new funding to open new distribution centers, invest in marketing and promotional materials, and launch a mobile application.

ecommerce

Gatheredtable, an online subscription service providing customized weekly menus and grocery lists to families and busy individuals, has raised $2 million in funding from individual investors. The company, which has raised $3.8 million to date, will use the new capital for a national launch of its consumer software service.

mobile content/apps

Wash.io, a mobile application and service provider that allows users to schedule a dirty laundry pick-up, track their orders, pay, and have their clothing delivered back the same day, has raised $10.5 million in funding led by Canaan Partners, with participation from A Grade Investments, Pejman Mar Ventures, and Sherpa Ventures.

social media/apps

Personal profile page startup About.me, has raised $11 million in Series B funding led by Foundry Group, with participation from True Ventures, SoftTech VC, CrunchFund, and Bullpen Capital. The company plans on using the new capital to further develop its platform  to expand into new verticals and build its existing product.

Digital Advertising

local search, vertical search

Dwellable, a developer of a mobile application for vacation rentals, has raised $2 million in seed funding led by Version One Ventures and Maveron, with participation from individual investors. The company plans on using the new capital for continued innovation on all mobile platforms.

local search

Ireland-based Homestay.com, provider of an online booking platform for travel accommodation, has raised $3 million in funding led by Delta Partners, with participation from Enterprise Ireland. The company also announced its acquisition of Germany-based company HomestayBooking. The funding and acquisition (whose terms were not disclosed) will help Homestay.com expand and accelerate its global presence and create a single destination online where guests and hosts looking to share experiences can find each other.

vertical search

Vacation rental management platform Turnkey Vacation Rentals, has raised $3 million in seed funding led by Silverton Partners. The company, which has now raised $4.8 million in funding, plans on using the new capital to launch into new markets.

Traditional Media

digital place-based media

Canada-based outdoor advertising services company Macdonald Outdoor Advertising, was acquired by Astral Out-of-Home, which also provides out-of-home advertising. Terms were not disclosed.

Technology & Communications

enterprise mobility

MobileSpan, a mobile and tablet productivity software company that creates a communications channel between the device and the corporate network, was acquired by Dropbox. MobileSpan will shut down at the end of 2014, and active development will cease immediately. The acquisition follows Dropbox’s purchase of DropTalk. Terms were not disclosed.

enterprise mobility

ViryaNet, which provides integrated mobile and Web-based software applications for workforce management and the automation of field service delivery, was acquired by Verisae, a provider of SaaS solutions that manage asset and equipment maintenance, for $18.8 million.

Software

erp software

Envista, a developer of Web-based software that allows users to access and share real-time information on public utility projects, traffic, and community events, was acquired by Accela, develops and sells Web-based, mobile-based, and cloud-based software and hosted applications to city, county, state, and federal government agencies. Post-acquisition the Envista solution will be rebranded  to Accela Right of Way Management. Terms were not disclosed.

erp software

Plex Systems, a provider of cloud-based enterprise resource planning solutions for manufacturing companies, has raised $50 million in funding led by T. Rowe Price Associates, with participation from Accel Partners. The new capital will be used to accelerate the company’s sales and marketing, as well as research and development.

security software, big data technology

Big data security analytics company Exabeam, has raised $10 million in Series A funding led by Norwest Venture Partners, with participation from Aspect Ventures and angel investors. The new round of funding will be used to enable the company to go to market and continue developing its solution.

other

Time Warner (NYSE: TWX) is reportedly in talks to acquire a “large stake” in Vice Media for upwards of $1 billion, in a deal that could effectively give Vice control of the HLN television network.

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