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Funding Round: Juno Therapeutics, Connectivity, Slack, Wanderful

Series A

Juno Therapeutics, a biotech company, which concentrates on delivering immunotherapies to battle cancer, has raised a $176 million in Series A. Investors include ARCH Venture Partners and the Alaska Permanent Fund via a partnership managed by Crestline Investors, says a press release. Founding funders, Bezos Expeditions, Jeff Bezos, and Venrock also participated in this round.

Connectivity, a customer intelligence company, has raised $6.35 million in a Series A investment round. Greycroft Partners led the round and saw participation from Daher Capital, Double M Partners, Rincon Venture Partners, SLP Ventures, TenOneTen Ventures, and Eytan Elbaz.


Slack, an enterprise collaboration app, has raised $42.75 million led by new investor The Social+Capital Partnership. Existing investors Tiny Speck investors Accel Partners and Andreessen Horowitz also participated in this round.

Wanderful Media which helps local newspapers adopt digital media for their coupon/local advertising business has raised $14.5 million from Advance Digital, A. H. Belo Corporation, Community Newspaper Holdings Inc., Cox Media Group, The E. W. Scripps Company, Gannett Co., Inc., GateHouse Media, Inc., Graham Holdings Co., Hearst Corporation, Lee Enterprises, MediaNews Group and The McClatchy Company.
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Funding Roundup: Tradier, Synack, CRISPR Therapeutics, Shopkeep, Crate Data, Virtuix, FinancialForce, Isarna Therapeutics,, Wish, Stitch, 2Checkout, Etsy, Grandst, Moves, Payscale

Series A

Tradier, a company which provides a toolkit to build trading platforms and financial services apps that easily integrate with brokerages and stock markets has raised $3.1 million Devonshire Investors in Series A financing round.

Menlo Park cyber security company Synack Inc. has raised $7.5 million in a Series A round. Kleiner Perkins led the investment, which saw contributions from Google Ventures and current backers Allegis Capital, Greylock Partners, and Shape Security CEO Derek Smith.

According to a press release, Biopharma company, CRISPR Therapeutics has received $25 million in a Series A funding from Versant Ventures. The company concentrates on the gene-editing technology CRISPR-Cas9.

Series C

According to a press release, New York based Shopkeep POS has raised $25 million in a Series C investment round led by Thayer Street Partners. Canaan Partners, TTV Capital, Contour Venture Partners and Tribeca Venture Partners also invested. ShopKeep POS is a Red Herring 2013 Top 100 North America Winner.


Crate Data, a Berlin-based startup, has raised a $1.5 million seed round from two European VCs: Copenhagen, Denmark-headquartered Sunstone, and London-based DFJ Esprit.

Virtuix an immersive virtual reality tech company has raised $3 million in its first institutional financing from Mark Cuban, Scentan Ventures, Maveron, Scout Ventures, Partech Ventures, StartCaps Ventures and others.

FinancialForce, the ERP provider built on top of, announced today they have received $50M from private equity investors, Advent International.

 Isarna Therapeutics GmbH, Munich-based biotechnology company,  has raised around $7.6 million from AT NewTec, MIG Fonds, and Global Asset Funds.

London based, a flash sales platform,  has announced it raised £4.5 million in fresh funding from Partech Ventures, 123Venture, Doughty Hanson and Pentech.

Wish, has raised $19 million in financing led by GGV Capital and Formation 8. Existing seed investor  Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang also participated. Hans Tung, managing director at GGV Capital joined the company’s board of directors.

Stitch, a salespeople productivity platform, has raised $3.25 million in seed funding from Google Ventures, SoftTech, Freestyle Capital, Foundation Capital, ENIAC Ventures and angels such as Brad Garlinghouse, Tom Conrad, and Eric Hahn.

According to a press release, Columbus-Ohio Payments-as-a-Service company, 2Checkout has raised the last tranche of a $60 million funding round. Chicago Growth Partners and Trident Capital led the investment; management and strategic individuals participated in this round.


Online marketplace Etsy is buying technology marketplace Grand St.  Both companies are based in New York. Grand St.’s team will head to Etsy; financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Helsinki, Finland-based ProtoGeo Oy and its activity app, Moves, have been picked up by Menlo Park social media titan Facebook. The app had racked up 4 million downloads. “The Moves experience will continue to operate as a standalone app, and there are no plans to change that or commingle data with Facebook,” says Moves.

Private equity investment firm Warburg Pincus is announcing that it has bought compensation software services vendor PayScale in a deal worth up to $100 million.

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Funding Roundup: Declara, Sentinel Labs, Piqora, Guardant Health, Kala Pharmaceuticals, Weebly, Pure Storage, AgLocal, Aerpio Therapeutics, InVisage Technologies, CorvisaCloud, Delivery Hero

Series A

Declara, a personal learning technology company, has raised $16 million in Series A funding led by GSV Capital led the investment; Catamount Ventures, Data Collective and Founders Fund participated in this round.

Cybersecurity company Sentinel Labs has raised $12 million in a Series A financing round led by Tiger Global.  Westly Group, Accel Partners, Granite Hill Capital Partners, and Data Collective also participated in this round. The company had earlier received $2.5 million in seed funding from investors such as Accel Partners, Data Collective, UpWest Labs, Granite Hill Capital Partners and Dan Scheinman.

According to a press release, San Mateo marketing and analytics company, Piqora has gained $7.7 million in a Series A investment round led by DFJ; Freestyle Capital, Lazerow Ventures, Baseline Ventures, Altos Ventures, and Firebolt Ventures also participated in this round.

Series B

According to a press release, Redwood City biotech company, Guardant Health has secured more than $30 million in a Series B funding led by Khosla Ventures. Sequoia Capital and fresh investor Pejman Mar Ventures contributed to the round. The company said “The capital will go towards buttressing “the continued commercial expansion of its GUARDANT360 non-invasive tumor sequencing test”

According to a press release, Kala Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has raised $22.5 million in a Series B round led by Ysios Capital; Lux Capital, Crown Venture Fund, Polaris Partners and Third Rock Ventures also participated in this round. Waltham, MA-based Kala Pharmaceuticals develops treatments targeting ocular diseases.

Series C

Weebly, a San francisco website-making company,  has raised $35 million in a Series C funding round. Sequoia Capital and Tencent Holdings Ltd. invested in this round.

Series F

Pure Storage, Mountain View-based company,  has raised a massive $225 million in a Series F investment round that has valued the company at more than $3 billion. Tiger Global, T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc., Wellington Management Company, Greylock Partners, Index Ventures, Sutter Hill Ventures and Redpoint Ventures are the investors. Total backing behind the enterprise storage array venture has now reached $470 million.


Meat Marketplace AgLocal becomes a consumer facing subscription service and announces that it has raised another $1.3 Million led by Chicago Ventures, with participation from Sam Yagan ( CEO), Bob Trahan (early Facebook engineer) and other prior investors.

 Aerpio Therapeutics, Inc., Cincinnati biopharma company, has raised $22 million in funding led by OrbiMed. The company concentrates on developing therapies for vascular diseases. Current investors Triathlon Medical Ventures, Satter Investment Management, Kearny Venture Partners, Venture Investors, Novartis Venture Funds and Athenian Venture Partners participated in this round.

 InVisage Technologies, Inc., Menlo Park semiconductor company, has raised $18 million in funding, GGV Capital, RockPort Capital, InterWest Partners, OnPoint Technologies, Intel Capital and Nokia Growth Partners participated in this round. This round brings the total funding to over $100 million.

According to a press, Cloud-based communications company out of Milwaukee, CorvisaCloud, LLC. has raised $30 million in funding from its parent company, Novation Companies, Inc. “According to DMG Consulting’s Cloud-Based Contact Center Infrastructure Market Report, more than 62 percent of organizations were using some type of cloud-based contact center solution as part of their operation in September 2013, and approximately half (45.6 percent) of the organizations that are not yet using cloud-based contact center solutions are planning to move in this direction in the next 18 months”

According to TechCrunch, the Rocket Internet company, Delivery Hero, which does food delivery across many countries has raised $85 million in a Series F funding round.

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Funding Roundup: Placester, APX Labs, Principia BioPharma, Tubular Labs, ProNai Therapeutics, Everplans, Carmudi, Yik Yak, Codasip, Xappmedia, Electric Cloud, Blucora

Series A

Real estate marketing platform and Techstars Boston grad Placester has raised $5.5 million in Series A funding. The investment was led by Romulus Capital, and included participation from existing investors Dave Anderson (Kiva, Silverpop), Josh Summers (Clypd,, David Cohen (Founder of Techstars), Adam Berrey (Curoverse, Brightcove, Allaire) and Angel Street Capital.

APX Labs, the company behind smart glasses enterprise software platform Skylight, has raised $10 million in a Series A round New Enterprise Associates led the funding. Total backing behind the Herndon, VA-based company has now reached  $15.8 million.

Series B

Principia Biopharma Inc. has raised $50 million in a private funding round led by Sofinnova Ventures. New Leaf Venture Partners, OrbiMed, Mission Bay Capital, Morgenthaler Ventures, SR One and others participated in this round.

Mountain View video marketing company Tubular Labs has raised $11 million in a Series B funding round led by Canaan Partners. FirstMark Capital and Lerer Ventures participated in this round. The company, which serves more than 2,000 publishers, is also debuting Tubular Intelligence, its enterprise solution. “Tubular users reach over 200 million total subscribers, generate two billion views/month, and are growing their video views over 50 percent faster than non-Tubular users,” says a press release.

Series D

Plymouth, Michigan-based ProNAi Therapeutics, Inc. has raised $59.5 million in a Series D round led by Vivo Capital. Frazier Healthcare Ventures, OrbiMed Advisors, RA Capital Management, Hopen Life Science Ventures, Caxton Alternative Management, Sectoral Asset Management, Janus Capital Management LLC and Adams Street Partners contributed as new investors. Prior backers Capital Midwest Fund, Amherst Fund, Grand Angels and Apjohn Ventures Fund also participated in this round.


According to a report in TechCrunch  Everplans, is set to announce a $2.1 million round of seed financing from investors including: Scout Ventures; David McCabe, chair of the private clients group at Willkie Farr & Gallagher; and Mark Seelig, a founding partner of Meister Seelig & Fein; as it adds a professional service to its end-of-life planning site. The goal is to help Baby Boomers and Generation X face the realities of dying – and plan for it.

Carmudi, a car classified ads site backed by Rocket Internet, has raised $10 million to expand its operations in Asia. Investors include Tengelmann Ventures.

Anonymous Social App Yik Yak Raises $1.5 Million from Vaizra Investments, DCM, Azure Capital Partners, and other angels. The company says it will put the funding toward enhancing the product features, fueling growth, and expansion outside the U.S.

Application specific processor design tool and IP provider, Codasip, has raised $2.8 million in funding led by Credo Ventures.

Xappmedia has announched that it has raised $3 million in seed funding round led by co-founder and executive chairman Frank Raines, with participation from other angel investors. The company harnesses mobile, cloud and voice technologies to make audio advertising interactive, simple and spontaneous.

Continuous Delivery company Electric Cloud has raised an extra $4 million funding tranche from Siemens’ Venture Capital, Mayfield Fund, RRE Ventures, US Venture Partners, and Rembrandt Venture Partners. The Sunnyvale, CA company had originally received $8 million in a September 2013 Series E funding round; its oversubscribed Series E now comes to $12 million. Electric Cloud serves companies including SpaceX, Shell Oil and Epic Games.


Bellevue, Washington’s Blucora, Inc., which propels operations for a portfolio of Internet businesses, and Discovery Communications have agreed that Blucora will pick up HowStuffWorks’ assets and operations, says a press release. The deal consists entirely of cash and in anticipated to be completed in Q2 2014. HowStuffWorks, an online information platform, drives about 200 million page views a month.

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Funding Roundup – Baoku, Birchbox, Nervana, Frrole, Adroll, Avaz, Airbnb, Crowdrise

Series A

China’s Baoku, which delivers travel and expense management services, has raised $10 million in Series A funding. China Broadband Capital and Asiainfo-Linkage have invested in this round.

Series B

New York-based consumer beauty commerce site, Birchbox, has received $60 million in a new Series B funding round, according to Fortune. Viking Global Investors led the investment; First Round Capital, Aspect Partners, Accel Partners, Glynn Capital, Sam Lessin, Comcast Ventures, Slow Ventures, Consigliere Brand Capital, Red Swan Ventures and TriplePoint Venture Growth BDC Corp contributed.


According to a report in TechCrunch – Nervana Systems, a San Diego-based startup that is focusing on hardware — not software — to boost the performance of artificial intelligence algorithms, just raised $600,000 from investors including Ali and Hadi Partovi, Y Combinator’s Sam Altman and Geoff Ralston, Scott Banister and Allen & Co.

Big Data startup Frrole Raises $245K angel round from Sharad Sharma (former head of Yahoo! R&D centre in india), Google’s India MD Rajan Anandan and Eka Software founder Manav Garg.

Avaz raises $550K in seed to help autistic children communicate using visual tools. The investment was led by led by Inventus Capital and Mumbai Angels. Popular Indian Angel investors – Rajan Anandan and Raju Reddy participated in this round.

According to a press release San Francisco-based retargeting company AdRoll has raised $70 million in funding led by Foundation Capital.  Institutional Venture Partners, Glenmede, Performance Equity and Northgate Capital and current investors Merus Capital, Peter Thiel and Accel Partners also participated in this round. AdRoll has reached a $150 million annualized revenue run rate.

According to reports, Accommodations platform Airbnb Inc.,will receive a $450 million mega-round that values the company at $10 billion.  TPG led the group agreeing to the investment; among the other backers are T. Rowe Price Group Inc., Dragoneer Investment Group, and Sequoia Capital, says WSJ. The San Francisco company recently reported that it counts hosts in upwards of 35,000 cities across 192 countries.

According to TechCrunch, Crowdrise has raised $23 million in funding from Fred Wilson and Union Square Ventures led investment.  Index Ventures, Spark Capital, RatPac, UTA Ventures, CAA Ventures and Bezos Expeditions contributed to this investment round. Detroit-based Crowdrise leverages a “fundraising platform for the world’s finest charities,” including the American Red Cross and The Nature Conservancy.

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Funding Rounup: AAVLife, Beepi, Currency Cloud, ItsOn, SilverRail, Betterment, LeanVest, Act-On, Avvo, EzCater, Motorola, Twitter, Gnip, Feedmagnet

Series A

Gene-therapy startup AAVLife raised $12 million in a Series A funding round led by Versant Ventures. Inserm Transfert Initiative contributed to the investment. The Paris-based company concentrates on rare diseases.

Car buying and selling company Beepi has raised $5 million in its second round of funding, its Series A. Jeff Brody of Redpoint Ventures led the investment and includes investments from Fabrice Grinda, Jose Marin, Tina Sharkey, Rich Boyle, Brian Sharples and Silicon Valley Bank. The company had earlier secured $1.2 million in seed funding. The company is based in Los Altos, California.

Series B

The Currency Cloud, which provides an API that end user-facing companies use for cross-currency transfers, has raised a $10 million Series B round of funding from existing investors Atlas Venture, Anthemis Group, Notion Capital and XAnge Private Equity.

Series C

Mobile Smart Services company, ItsOn Inc., has riased $12.5 million in Series C funding. Tenaya Capital led the round and includes Andreessen Horowitz. The Redwood City company had raised $15.5 million in its Series B round from Andreessen Horowitz, SV Angel and an investor group led by Jim Davidson, according to a press release. Total funding raised so far is $40 million.

According to a press release SilverRail a company which delivers passenger rail search and distribution technologies, has received $40 million in a Series C investment round. Mithril Capital Management led the funding; current backers Canaan Partners, Brook Ventures, and Sutter Hill Ventures also participated in this round.

According to reports, Betterment has received $32 million in a Series C funding round. Northwestern Mutual Capital, Globespan Capital Partners, Citi Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, Anthemis Group, and Menlo Ventures have invested in this round. Total funding comes to $45 million.


New York-based personal finance company LearnVest has raised $28 million in fresh funding, according to reports. Northwestern Mutual Capital led the investment; American Express Ventures and Accel Partners participated in this round. Total funding behind LearnVest now over $72 million.

Marketing automation company Act-On Software has gained $42 million in a funding round led by Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV). Norwest Venture Partners, US Venture Partners, Trinity Ventures and Voyager Capital contributed. The marketing automation industry will swell to $1.2 billion this year, says Raab Associates Inc. “Act-On grew at almost twice that rate in 2013 and expects this rate of growth to continue,” the Beaverton, Oregon company said in a press release.

Legal marketplace, Q&A forum and directory, Avvo, Inc., has raised a $37.5 million funding round, according to a press release. Coatue Management led the investment; Benchmark Capital, DAG Ventures and Ignition Partners participated in this round. Total backing behind the Seattle company now reaches $60.5 million.

ezCater, one of the oldest food ordering platforms around, has raised an additional $4 million to bolster the number of caterers on its platform and to reach more customers. Total funding raised to date is $6.5 million. The funding has come from ZipCar investor Jill Preotle, CheapFlights co-founder Chris Cuddy, LaunchPad, and private equity firm Breton Capital Management.


Zebra Technologies Corporation will pick up Schaumburg, Illinois-based Motorola’s Enterprise business at a cost of $3.45 billion, with the deal made up entirely of cash. The Enterprise business had around $2.5 billion pro-forma sales last year, excluding sales of its iDEN products, according to a press release.

San Francisco-based Twitter has agreed to pick up its partner, Gnip. The latter company, which has worked with the microblogging platform for four years, has provided upwards of 2.3 trillion Tweets to customers across 42 countries, says Boulder, CO-based Gnip in a blog post.

FeedMagnet, according to a press release. The deal’s value came to $9 million, cash. Both companies are based in Austin, Texas.