In venture capital land, “lifestyle business” usually refers to companies that make enough to live on comfortably but not enough to say, go to space or buy an island. However, there are other types of lifestyle businesses, those that deal with enjoying the finer things in life. These startups and their investors know that travel and leisure never go out of style. That’s hot.
From Ibiza to Istanbul, HouseTrip offers refuge for European travelers
HouseTrip, a British clone of Airbnb, has raised $40 million in its third round of funding. HouseTrip is a community-driven marketplace for accommodation. Residents post their property on the site as available to rent, along with a profile, price, and reviews. Travelers looking for a place to stay search through the listings and book a rental for their trip. This Series C was led by Accel Partners, with previous investors Balderton Capital and Index Ventures also participating, and brings its total funding to almost $60 million. Read more on VentureBeat.
Emailvision grabs $30M to see deep into your consumer soul
Emailvision brought in $30 million in new funding to deliver targeted marketing emails to your inbox. The company sells software-as-a-service to businesses looking to increase the effectiveness of their email campaigns. The investment came from Izurium Capital and enabled Emailvision’s recent acquisition of PredictiveIntent, a company that develops behavioral targeting and predictive analytics systems. Read more on VentureBeat.
Hey, you, get off of my cloud … and get your own at Funambol
Funambol, a company that provides “personal clouds” for mobile providers, has grabbed $5.75 million, and it isn’t sharing. With the proliferation of devices, storing and syncing content is a priority for businesses and individuals alike. Funambol gives mobile providers a cloud of their very own, so users can store all their info in one place. With this investment from Nexit Ventures, Castile Ventures, and HIG Growth Capital, the company plans to continue its expansion. Read more on VentureBeat.
Sosh discovers and shares $5M
Offline Labs, the parent company of Sosh.com, is almost done raising $5 million in its first institutional round of funding. Sosh helps San Franciscans discover and share things to do. The team offers curated activities, events, and deals, and members socially bookmark, share, and document their chosen activities. Investors include Battery Ventures, Sequoia Capital, Keith Rabois, and Naval Ravikant. Read the SEC filing.
Anametrix nabs $4 million to bring predictive analytics to marketers
Anametrix is one of a growing number of startups that provide “big data” analytics tools to marketers. The technology collects data from any source such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and community forums, which is analyzed and visually displayed. Today, the San Diego-based company has raised $4.4 million from TVC Capital in its first round of venture funding. Read more on VentureBeat.
RegisterPatient documents $4.1M to modernize medical admin
RegisterPatient.com closed $4.1 million in its first round of funding from Harbert Venture Partners III and the Florida Opportunity Fund. The company offers a suite of cloud-based tools to make medical practices run more efficiently, including online patient restoration, automatic insurance verification, appointment reminders, electronic patient referrals, a messaging system, and prescription refill requests. This brings the total funding to $5.1 million. RegisterPatient is based in Gainesville, Florida. Read the press release.
Preen.me wins itself investment dollars
Israeli beauty startup Preen.me has freshened up with $800K in seed funding. The company uses algorithms to provide personalized product recommendations based on a user’s social graph and crowd sourcing. Users can then compare products at different price points on one site and engage with other community members before making purchase decisions. Preen.me graduated from UpWest Labs, a Silicon Valley based accelerator, and took investment from Horizons Ventures, Genesis Partners, and Oren Zeev. Read the press release.