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Funding Daily: Investment is like a box of Twinkies

Funding news could be put in pairs today! Two companies are trying to be the cool kids. Two companies deliver products to your door. Two obvious alcohol references. And two vegetable photos. Read on for your eight golden cakes of funding announcements nicely bundled together in twos. I will refrain from making any jokes whatsoever about creamy filling. I am a professional, after all.

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Upstart Mocana aims to be the cool, new kid of mobile security

Security company Mocana announced $25 million in its fourth round of funding today. The company has two lines of products: one protects mobile applications, the other is an “OEM” line that protects all kinds of connected devices.

Mocana’s investors in this round include Symantec and Intel, which owns McAfee, two huge security companies that you could certainly consider as Mocana’s competition. Trident Capital led the round. Mocana previously received $22 million in total funding from Intel Capital, Shasta, Southern Cross, and Symantec. Read more on VentureBeat.

Deal Decor delivers discounted furniture directly to your door

Deal Decor, an e-commerce site that allows consumers to buy furniture online at a reduced price, has announced $1.2 million in seed financing.

Deal Decor sources its inventory directly from factories. Each week, three new pieces of furniture are featured on the site. If enough people decide to purchase an item, the company buys the furniture wholesale from the manufacturer and delivers it to consumers.

Investors include Rick Thompson, Ed Cluss, Mark Stevens of Sequoia Capital, Brad Koenig (formerly of Goldman Sachs), MJ Elmore from Institutional Venture Partners, Jim Mclean of Crosslink Capital, and others. Read more on VentureBeat.

CloudPhysics puffs up with $2.5M for analyzing virtualized datacenters

“Big data” company CloudPhysics rolled on to the bright sky of the tech scene today, blown by $2.5 million and a powerful wind of technical jargon. The company creates tools that analyze how virtualized data centers function. Database virtualization spreads out where data is stored, but it allows users to access all of it centrally. Companies that use a virtualized datacenter may be interested in learning how the virtualization affects their operations. This investment came from Mayfield Fund and angel investors. Read more on VentureBeat.

Pop open the bubbly! Voice-messaging company Bubble Motion raises $5M

Bubble Motion announced today that it took in $5 million in investment to spread its voice-communication platform globally. Explained as “Twitter with a voice,” flagship product Bubbly is a social messaging service. Users talk into their mobile phones and can then send SMS or voice updates to friends, family, and followers. The service is extremely popular in Asian countries and recently surpassed 19 million users. Japanese VC firm JAFCO provided the funding. Read more on VentureBeat.

AOptix takes $42M to verify people are who they say are

AOptix hauled in $42 million today for its technology that applies the science of optics to identity verification and wireless communication. AOptix uses biometrics to create products that can quickly make identifications. AOptix is also a provider of laser communications solutions that enable wireless networks to function smoothly in long-range, high-bandwidth environments.

This brings AOptix total amount of funding to $123 million. Existing investors Clearstone Venture Partners, DAG Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Northgate Capital, and W Capital Partners participated in the round again, along with new investor True Ventures. Read more on VentureBeat.

AbsolutData spreads gospel of ‘big data’ around the world

“Big data” company AbsolutData received $20 million from Fidelity Growth Partners India. AbsolutData provides data analytics to companies around the world. It has customers in 40 countries and across multiple industries. These clients can make use of big data to drive sales, optimize marketing campaigns, increase revenue, acquire users, and retain clients.

The partnership with Fidelity Growth Partners India will allow AbsolutData to further expand. Read more on VentureBeat.

Aditive turns icky boring ads into content you may actually enjoy

Marketing startup Aditive received funding for its platform that makes advertising more fun for consumers. Aditive gamifies advertising so consumers are incentivized to engage with the content beyond passive viewing. According to the SEC filing, the company raised $3.3 million dollars in equity financing. The investors have not yet been disclosed. Read more on VentureBeat. 

Door to Door Organics delivers farm-fresh food to (you guessed it) your door

Online natural grocery store Door to Door Organics has sowed $2 million in funding. Door to Door Organics partners with organic farmers and creators of natural food products to deliver boxes of groceries to its customers. The company primarily focuses on produce, but its offerings also include sustainably raised meat, eggs, artisan bread, and local dairy. It also provides planning, shopping, and cooking tools to encourage people to live healthy lifestyles. Read more on VentureBeat.

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