Daily Deal Activity 01/12/16

Digital Media/Commerce

ecommerce

France-based tire and restaurant guides company Michelin has acquired UK-based restaurant reservation firm Livebookings for a reported $117 million. The acquisition will see Livebookings rebrand as Bookatable as Michelin builds out its travel assistance services. Further terms of the deal were not disclosed.

ecommerce

India-based eCommerce site Shopclues has raised a reported $150 million at a valuation of $1.1 billion in a round of funding led by GIC with participation from Tiger Global Management and Nexus Venture Partners. The company will use the round of funding for prepping an IPO.

ecommerce, mobile content/apps

Uber’s China-based business has raised an undisclosed amount of funding at a reported valuation of $7 billion from China-based aviation and shipping company HNA Group. The company will use the funding for targeting tourist and inter-city travelers as its looks to compete with competitor Didi Kuaidi.

gaming

In-game fantasy sports platform Boom Fantasy has raised $1.4 million in a round of funding from Rubicon Venture Capital. The company will use the new round of funding for expanding operations and product development.

mobile content/apps

Insurance brokerage app developer FinanceFox has raised $5.5 million in a round of funding led by Salesforce Ventures with participation from Idinvest and AngelList. The company will use the funding for expanding its marketing and sales efforts.

mobile content/apps

Vivino, developer of a mobile wine reviews app, has raised $25 million in Series B funding led by SCP Neptune International with participation from Balderton Capital, Creandum, Seed Capital, and Iconical. The company has raised $37 million to date.

social media/apps

China-based online gaming publisher Beijing Kunlun Tech has acquired a 60 percent majority stake in dating and social networking app Grindr in a transaction valuing the company at a reported $155 million. The acquisition will provide Beijing Kunlun with a presence outside of China as the company looks to expand beyond its gaming assets. Further terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Digital Advertising

local search

Daytime hotel booking platform Dayuse.com has raised $16.3 million in a round of funding from Partech Ventures, IDinvest Partners, and private investors. The company will use the funding for hiring talent and expanding into new markets.

online lead generation

Performance marketing agency AffiliateTraction will be acquired by eBay Enterprise Marketing Solutions. The acquisition provides eBay Enterprise Marketing Solutions with strengthened programmatic capabilities as it looks to build out its affiliate network. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

vertical search

UAE-based apartment rental search platform PropertyFinder has raised $20 million at a reported valuation of $200 million from Vostok New Ventures. The company will use the funding for marketing efforts and hiring talent.

vertical search

UK-based travel search site Skyscanner has raised $192 million at a reported valuation of $1.6 billion in a round of funding from Baillie Gifford, Artemis, Khazanah Nasional Berhad, Vitruvian Partners, and Yahoo Japan. The company will use the funding for building out new tools for its site while expanding headcount.

Marketing Technology

ad serving

Video ad serving and content monetization platform Vyking has raised $1.1 million in a round of funding from undisclosed investors. The company will use the funding for expanding its operations internationally.

analytics & targeting

Retail analytics company Askuity has raised $2 million in Series A funding from dunhumby Ventures. The company will use the funding for expanding marketing and sales efforts in new and existing markets.

analytics & targeting

Real-time analytics platform Evergage has raised $10 million in Series B funding led by Arrowroot Capital with participation from G20 Ventures and Point Judith Capital. The company will use the funding for expanding headcount.

analyitcs & Targeting

Customer analytics company Nexidia will be acquired by NICE Systems (Nasdaq:NICE) for $135 million in cash. The acquisition provides NICE with an expanded analytics offering for its customer service software suite. Further terms of the deal were not disclosed.

commerce management

International eCommerce solutions platform developer Flow has raised $2 million in a round of funding from undisclosed investors. The company will use the new round of funding for product development initiatives.

Agency & Marketing Services

specialty agency

Auction house Sotheby’s will acquire boutique art advisory firm Art Agency Partners for a reported $85 million. The acquisition will see Sotheby’s launch a new fine-art division as the company looks to expand private sales and its client base. Further terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Software

big data

Import.io, developer of a solution for web data extraction, has raised $13 million in Series A funding led by Imperial Innovations with participation from Wellington Partners, Oxford Capital, Delin Capital, Open Ocean, and AME Cloud Ventures. The company will use the funding for product development.

cloud computing

Cloud application monitoring platform Datadog has raised $94.5 million in Series D funding led by Iconiq Capital with participation from Index Ventures, OpenView Ventures, Amplify Partners, and Contour Ventures. The company will use the funding for research and development initiatives while focusing on international expansion.

healthcare

Syapse, a developer of cloud applications for the healthcare industry, has raised $25 million in Series C funding led by Ascension Ventures with participation from Social Capital Partnership and Safeguard Scientifics. The company will use the funding for expanding adoption of its software.

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Recruitment marketing platform developer SmashFly Technologies has raised $22 million in Series B funding led by Bessemer Venture Partners with participation from OpenView Venture Partners. The company will use the funding for expanding headcount.

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Staffing and recruitment industry software developer Talent Rover has raised $2.2 million in a round of funding from undisclosed investors. The company will use the funding for introducing new features to its software product while expanding within the recruitment vertical.

infrastructure

Computing memory solutions provider Diablo Technologies has raised $19 million in Series C funding led by Israel Cleantech Ventures with participation from Battery Ventures, VDC Capital, and Hasso Plattner Ventures. The company will use the funding for sales and research and development initiatives

virtualization

Software-defined flash storage solution Elastifile has raised $35 million in Series B funding from Battery Ventures, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and private investors. The company will use the funding for commercializing its product.

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