Daily Deal Activity 01/08/15

Digital Media/Commerce

Classifieds/auctions/p-to-p

India-based Commonfloor.com, an online real estate platform, had raised $15 million in Series F funding from Google Capital with participation from Accel Partners and Tiger Global Management.  The company will use the new funding for improving its platform to enable buyers and sellers to find potential matches faster.

Classifieds/auctions/p-to-p

Hong Kong-based P-to-P lending startup WeLab has raised $20 million in Series A funding from DST Capital, ICONIQ Capital, TOM Group, and Sequoia Capital. The company will use the new funding for expanding into China, improving its credit and risk technology, and launching new products throughout the year.

ecommerce

Flight tracking and travel planning services provider FlightStats has raised $1.5 million in a round of funding from undisclosed investors. The company will use the new funding for hiring talent and solidifying existing partnerships.

ecommerce

Germany-based Mister Spex, an online marketplace for eyewear, has raised $40 million in a round of funding led by Goldman Sachs with participation from Scottish Equity Partners, XAnge, and DN Capital. The company will use the new round of funding for both international and domestic expansion while onboarding new brands.

mobile content/apps

Art and technology company VSCO, which provides mobile editing and sharing tools for photographers, has acquired Artifact Uprising, a startup focused on bringing photography from digital hubs to tangible books and prints. The acquisition will allow Artifact Uprising to expand internationally. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

mobile content/apps

Online distribution portal Mesh Korea, which develops a food delivery and takeout app, has raised $4 million in Series A funding from EG Partner, Shinhan Capital, Seoul Investment Partners, and Solborn Investment. The company will use the new capital for boosting marketing, design, management, and development efforts.

mobile content/apps

Singapore-based mobile payments platform MatchMove Pay has raised $30 million in a round of funding led by Credit Saison with participation from GMO Venture Partners. The company will use the new funding for boosting its product offering while expanding domestically as well as in Europe and South America.

Digital Advertising

digital video

UK-based Blinkbox, the video service of Tesco, has been acquired by broadband, telephony, and mobile services provider TalkTalk for $7.6 million. The acquisition will accelerate the development of TalkTalk’s TV platform.

online lead generation

TripAdvisor has acquired sister Netherlands-based restaurant and booking services IENS and SeatMe (separate from the US-based SeatMe) for an estimated $12 million. The acquisitions allow TripAdvisor to drive growth internationally, specifically in the Netherlands, as it looks to gain local footholds in the restaurant booking and review markets.

Marketing Technology

Analytics & targeting

Retail analytics company reach | influence, which focuses on shopper experience solutions, has raised $5 million in a round of funding led by Vineyard Capital Group with participation from Detroit Venture Partners. The company will use the new capital for continuing to grow its client base while focusing on the reinforcement of other offerings.

sfa/lead management

Mobile focused cloud-based sales enablement solutions developer Seismic has raised $20 million in Series B funding led by JMI Equity with participation from Sigma West. The company will use the new capital for bolstering product innovation while expanding its sales, marketing, and customer experience teams.

Agency & Marketing Services

database/analytics

Enterprise-grade open source database developer EnterpriseDB has been acquired by Peak Equity Partners. The acquisition will allow EnterpriseDB to expand client offerings and strengthen existing partnerships as the company embarks on an aggressive expansion plan. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

digital agency

Marketing services and digital agency Wunderman has acquired a majority stake in Peru-based digital marketing agency Phantasia. The acquisition coincides with WPP’s strategy of investing in digital and developing its network throughout Latin America. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

digital agency

UK-based digital agency Teabag has been acquired by creative marketing agency Intermarketing Agency. The acquisition supplements Intermarketing’s focus on its digital capabilities while enhancing its client portfolio. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Technology & Communications

cloud computing technology

Vitruvian Partners has made a strategic investment in Netherlands-based managed hosting and cloud services provider ASP4all Bitbrains. The investment will allow ASP4all to accelerate its integration with Vitruvian Partners after it was acquired by the PE firm in 2014. The investment will also facilitate ASP4all’s international expansion.

financial technology

Video streaming technology company Nicview, which provides its services to neonatal intensive care units for newborns, has been acquired by Natus Medical (Nasdaq:BABY). The acquisition will allow Natus to drive growth in hospitals as it looks to invest in its product offering line. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Software

erp

Israel-based ERP solutions provider Panaya has raised $20 million in Series E funding from Israel Growth Partners. The company has raised $69 million to date and will use the new capital for eyeing acquisitions or penetrating new markets.

healthcare

Par8o, operator of a cloud-based healthcare operating system for care delivery and plan design, has raised $10.5 million in Series A funding from Atlas Ventures, Founder Collective, and CHV Capital. The company will use the new funding for growing operations.

healthcare

XRpro Sciences, provider of a platform for drug discovery and development service, has raised $9.9 million in a round of funding from Taglich Brothers. The company will use the new capital for growing operations.

software development platform

Machine learning platform Dato, which enables the creation of predictive applications, has raised $18.5 million in Series B funding led by Vulcan Capital with participation from Opus Capital, New Enterprise Associates, and Madrona Venture Group. The company has raised $25.3 million to date and will use the new round of funding for expanding its business development, engineering, and customer support teams.

software development platform

Marling Equity Partners has completed a growth equity investment in Analytical Processing database provider LogicBlox and cloud-based predictive retail applications developer Predictix. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

software development platform

Mobile user experience solutions vendor Reddo Mobility, which focuses on converting existing Windows desktop apps to mobile, has raised $4.3 million in a round of funding from Atlas Ventures. The company will use the new capital will be used for expanding its software services.

Information & Business Services

contact center

Customer management outsourcing solutions provider Alorica has acquired several agent service businesses from West Corporation (Nasdaq:WSTC) for $275 million. The businesses represented $580 million in revenue, and the acquisition broadens Alorica’s market reach, enhances its delivery capabilities, and expands the company into new verticals.

it consulting/systems integration

France-based Team Trade, a provider of software integration and business consulting services, has been acquired by IT services firm Synechron. The acquisition enhances Synechron’s consulting and systems integration capabilities while providing the company with a footprint in Europe. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

staffing

Spain-based Nubelo, provider of an online employment platform, has raised $3 million in a round of funding led by La Caixa Capital Risc with participation from Nero Ventures and Nazca Ventures. The company will use the new round of funding for continuing to expand both domestically and internationally.

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Petsky Prunier is one of the leading investment banks in the technology, media, marketing, eCommerce, and healthcare industries. Our firm's mergers and acquisitions and private placements advisory services reflect a unique blend of product specialization and industry expertise. Together with strategic consulting firm Winterberry Group, a Petsky Prunier company, our organization represents one of the largest industry-specific advisors providing strategic and transactional services. In addition, we offer international reach through our partnership with investment bank Altium, which operates from nine offices across Europe. Securities transactions are processed through Petsky Prunier Securities LLC, a member of FINRA and an affiliated entity.

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