Daily Deal Activity 02/25/15

Digital Media/Commerce

ecommerce, mobile content/apps

Mobile-focused hyperlocal grocery startup PepperTap has raised $2 million in a round of funding from Sequoia Capital. The funding will be used for expanding the service to new cities while focusing on hiring talent.

gaming

Digital publisher TellTale Games, a developer of interactive episodic video game series’, has raised $40 million in Series D funding from Lionsgate. The company will use the new round of funding for collaborating with Lionsgate on original titles.

gaming

Mobile communication sales and game development firm Nepro Japan has acquired Japan-based tri-Ace, a developer of game titles and franchises. The acquisition will allow Nepro Japan to accelerate development of mobile gaming titles. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

mobile content/apps

Getable, developer of an app for ordering and tracking construction equipment, has raised $5 million in Series A funding led by The Social+Capital Partnership with participation from Brick & Mortar Ventures. The company will use the new funding for expanding its services nationwide.

mobile content/apps

LoungeBuddy, which develops a mobile resource for travelers to locate, review, and access airport lounges, has raised $3 million in Series A funding from Founder’s Fund. The company will use the new funding for building out the capabilities of its platform.

mobile content/apps

On demand valet startup Luxe has raised $20 million in Series A funding from Redpoint Ventures and Venrock Partners. The company will use then new round of funding for accelerating its products availability on other devices while expanding into new cities.

Digital Advertising

online lead generation

Mobile app user acquisition and re-engagement platform developer Jampp has raised $7 million in Series A funding led by Highland Europe with participation from Endeavor Catalyst, Innova, and NXTP Labs. The company will use the new funding for expanding operations while investing in research and development.

vertical search

Stingy Travel, operator of a networking website for vacation travel, has been acquired by RealBiz Media Group from AAJ Internet. The acquisition provides RealBiz Media with a strengthened management team while improving the company’s platform technology. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Marketing Technology

email/messaging software

Unify Square, a provider of Microsoft Lync/Skype for Business solutions, has raised $8.2 million in Series B funding from Microsoft with participation from Yahoo. The company will use the funding for expanding global adoption of its professional services.

search & discovery

Finland-based social discovery and community platform Shark Punch has raised $1.2 million in a round of funding led by London Venture Partners with participation from DN Capital, and Reaktor Polte. The company will use the new funding for launching out of beta and developing a mobile app.

Agency & Marketing Services

digital agency

Integrated marketing agency The Sandbox Group, which specializes in the healthcare, agriculture, and financial services industries, has raised a $27 million credit facility for growth equity from Monroe Capital.

Traditional Media

consumer book publishing

Children’s book publishing firm Lerner Publishing has acquired Egmont USA, a publisher of over 100 titles, from Egmont International. The acquisition expands Lerner’s portfolio of titles and authors as it looks to take over publication and distribution of Egmont USA’s frontlist and backlist titles. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

consumer book publishing

Book publisher and distributor Quarto Group has acquired Lewes Holdings, the owner of book publisher The Ivy Press¸ for $2.3 million. The Lewes business will become part of Quarto International’s Co-Editions division. The acquisition is expected to be earnings enhancing.

traditional outdoor

Private equity firm Boathouse Capital has made an undisclosed strategic investment in Out of Home Media specialist OOHA Wilkins. The investment will allow OOHA Wilkins to supporting existing customer relationships.

Software

application management

Fission Software, a provider of control automation and playout solutions services, has been acquired by Bitcentral, a developer of news content production and video publishing solutions. The acquisition expands the Bitcentral’s broadcast solutions portfolio while allowing Fission to streamline operations. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

application management

Israel-based digital delivery company ironSource has raised $20 million in a round of funding led by Access Industries. The company has raised over $100 million to date and will use the new round of funding for expanding its product offering while continuing plans for global expansion and strategic acquisitions.

cloud computing

Canada-based Kipfolio, provider of real-time cloud dashboards to the mid-market, has raised $6.2 million in Series A funding led by Omers Ventures with participation from BDC Capital, Mistral Venture Partners, Fundfire, BOLDstart Ventures, and Acadia Woods. The company will use the round for accelerating expansion and investing in product enhancements.

credit/risk

Insider threat protection company Dtex Systems has raised $15 million in Series A funding led by Norwest Venture Partners and Wing Ventures. The company will use the new round of funding for expanding its reach and widening the availability of its solutions.

infrastructure

Hyper-converged infrastructure solutions provider Pivot3 has raised $45 million in debt and equity from Argonaut Private Equity, S3 Ventures, InterWest Partners, and Mesirow Financial Private Equity. The company will use the new round of funding for investing in sales and marketing, recruiting talent, and expanding its channel partner strategy.

security

Canada-based online lending platform developer FundThrough has raised $2.2 million in a round of funding led by Real Ventures with participation from Origin Merchant Partners, Five Elements Ventures, and Barrow Lane Holdings. The company will use the new round of funding for scaling its platform in order to service more businesses.

security

Identity and authentication platform developer provider SecureKey Technologies has raised $19 million in Series C funding from Blue Sky Capital and Rogers Venture Partners. The company will use the new round of funding from bringing its network services to key market sectors worldwide.

virtualization

Virtual desktop application support and delivery developer 2X Software has been acquired by virtualization and automation software developer Parallels. The acquisition is expected to improve Parallels’ cross-platform solutions development. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Information

healthcare information

Germany-based eHealth startup Klara has raised $2.5 million in a round of funding led by Creathor Venture, Partech, Heilemann Ventures, and Atlantic Labs. The company will use the new round of funding for accelerating US expansion while improving the capabilities of its platform.

Business Services

fulfillment

UK-based warehouse management system provider PeopleVox, which helps eCommerce companies modernize their warehouse operations, has raised $6 million in Series A funding from Index Ventures. The company will use the new round of funding for accelerating product development and expanding its international teams.

logistics

Brazil-based analytics services and solutions provider Gaspo, which specializes in supply chain and logistics challenges, has been acquired by Accenture (NYSE:ACN). The acquisition will expand Accenture’s analytics capabilities in Brazil while enhancing Gaspo’s supply chain solutions. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

logistics

StoreFeeder, a developer of consumer and small business shipping solutions, has been acquired by UK-based Royal Mail, a provider of postal and delivery services. The acquisition will boost Royal Mail’s online shipping tools and provide StoreFeeder with resources for new product development. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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