The investments on the funding map all had a distinctive local flavor today. VC firms invested in regional companies, and their money didn’t travel too far from home. If I had Anthony Bourdain’s job, we would be tasting the vegetarian curries of Bangalore, pairing fresh seafood and microbrews in Vancouver, and using French fries as a condiment in Pittsburgh. Alas, I do not have Anthony Bourdain’s job, and thus I will be content here in San Francisco with my Ghiardelli chocolate and cioppino.
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NoWait helps people with no reservations
NoWait has raised over $2 million to save diners the inconvenience of waiting at restaurants. Hosts can use this iPad app to create and store wait lists online. Customers can be notified with one-touch when their table is ready as well as check their position on the list. NoWait will also deliver an analytics report with the gathered data.
The company currently has clients in 45 states and is signing hundreds of new locations every month. In the past year, over 4 million customers have been seated. This investment came from Birchmere Ventures, Sand Hill Angels, and Innovation Works (IW). The app was built with seed funding from IW’s AlphaLab Tech Accelerator and Carnegie Mellon University Open Field Entrepreneurs Fund. Read more on VentureBeat.
Vision Critical and OMERS Ventures come together like salmon and beer
Vision Critical took $20 million to build its community-panel platform, which administers customer surveys and facilities two-way communication between organizations and consumers. It strives to put the personal “why” into “big data.”
With this financial support, Vision Critical will introduce new product lines and expand into more markets around the world. The investment was made by OMERS Ventures, the venture capital arm of OMERS, a large Canadian pension fund. The company serves over 600 companies, including Yahoo, NASCAR, Nature’s Path, JetBlue, and Lonely Planet. Read more on VentureBeat.
Canvera adds $6.5M into its curry bowl of investment
Bangalore-based Canvera Digital Technologies has raised $6.5 million for its platform that helps photographers create websites and e-stores to display their work. Photographers can use Canvera to build their brand, expand their reach, and make money off of their artwork by selling it online. The platform also enables communication with clients, publishing across multiple social media platforms, and tools to help with tagging, rating, and commenting.
The round was led by Indian VC firm Info Edge, with financing also coming from Footprint Venturesand Draper Fisher Jurvetson, who previously invested in the seed and Series A rounds. This brings Canvera’s total funding to $13 million. Read more on VentureBeat.
Sauce Labs will help you find the special sauce to make your app work
Sauce Labs has just announced its latest launch: app testing services for Android and iOS devices as well as Mac OS X. The mobile testing software will also run in the cloud and will support the most popular devices devs have to build for, including the iPad, iPhone, and a handful of the more common Android devices.
The new expansion into mobile services was, the startup says, a big part of the $3 million investment from previous investor Triage Ventures as well as new investor Salesforce.com. The deal is Sauce’s second institutional round, and it totals $3 million. The startup previously took a $1.12 million Series A in 2009. Read more on VentureBeat.