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Funding Daily: a volcano ready to erupt

Happy Friday, funding news readers. Things were fairly quiet today, as they generally are as the end of the week, but I can give you a little heads up that next week the tech world will bubble over with hot lava of excitement. We’ll have launches, deals, and announcements galore, so make sure you use this weekend to rest up and gird your loins for the activity to come.

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Urjanet provides broom for sweeping away carbon footprints

Atlanta company Urjanet has absorbed $4 million in its second round of funding. The company sells information to enterprise customers about their energy usage. The platform automatically gathers and analyzes large amounts of energy- and carbon-related data from multiple sources and delivers reports on the findings. Clients can use this information to make more environmentally friendly and cost-effective decisions. Grotech Ventures led the financing; it’s a Washington, D.C., firm best known for its early investment in LivingSocial. The Georgia Research Alliance Venture Fund and Imlay investments reupped for this round as well.

For Dekko, the world is not enough

Dekko emerged out of stealth mode today and announced raising $1.9 million to transform reality into…better reality. It is a platform for developers who are trying to create “Augmented Reality” apps. Augmented Reality is a technology-altered view of a person’s physical environment. Companies have struggled to create AR apps in the past, and Dekko’s team strives to make the development process easier, and the end result better. It has already struck partnerships on the content side (games, toys, etc.) and with distributors.

The investment came from Echo Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, Venture 51, Blumberg Capital, Launch Capital, Thomvest, Eniac Ventures, and Zig Capital.

Spreecast lets you live broadcast your conversations, so they better be good

With a boost of $7 million, Spreecast will expand its platform where people come together online to create interactive, live video broadcasts. These broadcasts usually consist of small groups of people engaging in conversations on topics that interest them. Journalists, experts, celebrities, or anyone with an opinion can use the site to share this dialogue with a community of viewers. The people watching Spreecasts are able to submit questions, chat with other viewers, and even join on camera. Content creators control the privacy settings, so broadcast can be watched by hundreds of followers or privately restricted to select few. This first round of funding came from Meakem Becker Venture Capital, GGV Capital and MentorTech Ventures and others.