Daily Deal Activity 07/30/15

Digital Media/Commerce

classifieds/auctions/p-to-p

Netherlands-based online auction house Catawiki has raised $82 million in Series C funding led by Lead Edge Capital with participation from Accel Partners and Project A Ventures. The company will use the new round of funding for strengthening its presence in existing markets and expanding headcount.

classifieds/auctions/p-to-p

UK-based equity crowdfunding platform Seedrs has raised $10 million in Series A funding led by Woodford Patient Capital Trust and Augmentum Capital. The company will use the new round of funding for expanding marketing efforts in the UK.

ecommerce

Personal concierge service GoButler has raised $8 million in Series A funding led by General Catalyst Partners with participation from Lakestar, Global Founders Capital, Slow Ventures, and Sound Ventures. The company will use the new round of funding for building out its product and engineering team.

ecommerce

Online health products buying club Thrive Market has raised $30 million in Series A funding led by Greycroft Partners and e.Ventures with participation from Scripps Network. The company will use the new round of funding for expanding operations.

ecommerce

Beauty and wellness marketplace Vaniday has raised $16.4 million in a round of funding from Rocket Internet. The company will use the new round of funding for expanding its presence in existing markets while strengthening customer experience efforts.

niche content

Newspaper and publishing company Torstar has acquired a 56 percent stake in website creation and online forums operator VerticalScope from sellers including ABRY Partners for $157 million. The acquisition coincides with Torstar’s digitization strategy.

social media/apps

Photo editing web app developer PicMonkey has raised $41 million in a round of funding from Spectrum Equity. The company will use the new resources for growing its paid and unpaid customer base.

Digital Advertising

digital video, ad networks/exchanges

Interactive video ad company Fuisz Media has raised $10 million in Series A funding led by Evolution Media Partners with participation from Great Oaks Venture Partners and Luminari Capital. The company will use the new round of funding for developing its interactive video technology.

digital video

Mobile video and branded content advertising platform Jun Group has raised $28 million in a round of funding from Halyard Capital and Bridge Bank. The company will use the new round of funding for hiring talent and expanding geographically.

Marketing Technology

crm

On-demand sales intelligence provider InsideView has raised $32.5 million in a round of funding led by Spring Lake Equity Partners with participation from Big Sky Partners, Foundation Capital, Rembrandt Venture Partners, and Split Rock Partners. The company has raised $80 million to date and will use the new round of funding for increasing sales and marketing efforts.

sfa/lead management

Multi-channel marketing automation platform Autopilot has raised $7 million in a round of funding led by Salesforce Ventures and Stage One Capital with participation from Blackbird Ventures, Garnett Ventures, Rembrandt Venture Partners, and Southern Cross Venture Partners. The company has raised $20.5 million to date and will use the new funding for building out operations.

Agency & Marketing Services

digital agency

Brazil-based digital marketing agency Redirect Digital Marketing has been acquired by Dentsu Aegis Network. Redirect Digital will operate within Dentsu’s global performance marketing agency iProspect. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Traditional Media

b-to-b media

Clarion Events has acquired Border Security Expo from Eagle Eye Expositions. The acquisition boosts Clarion’s exhibition portfolio as the company looks to break into government community expositions. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Software

big data

RipFog, provider of a SaaS-based performance comparison offering, has been acquired by cloud cost management solutions provider Cloudability. The acquisition provides Cloudability with enhanced big data analytics capabilities. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

cloud computing

Cloud-based application deployment software developer Stackato has been acquired by HP from ActiveState. The acquisition will see Stackato folded into HP’s Helion portfolio of cloud tools. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

collaboration

Software development collaboration services provider GitHub has raised $250 million in Series B funding led by Sequoia Capital with participation from Andreessen Horowitz, Institutional Venture Partners, and Thrive Capital. The company will use the new round of funding for expanding its sales and engineering teams.

collaboration

Enterprise employee engagement software developer Reward Gateway has been acquired by Great Hill Partners from Inflexion Private Equity in a deal that value the company at $218 million. The company will use the new resources for investing in product development, human resources initiatives, and geographic expansion.

collaboration

Soonr, a provider of enterprise-level secure file sharing and collaboration services, will be acquired by hosted IT business management company Autotask Corporation. The acquisition provides Autotask with new managed services revenue opportunities. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

healthcare

Healthcare communication startup Zeumo has been acquired by The Advisory Board (Nasdaq:ABCO). The acquisition provides The Advisory Board with an expanded customer base in the healthcare sector. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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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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