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It is Cyber Monday. In my opinion, an infinitely preferable alternative to the mayhem that occurred on Black Friday when all I want to do is hide in a cave from the rabid crowds. I prefer the things that money can’t buy, like love, happiness, and the cloud, although investors are certainly trying to snatch up as much equity in this area as they can. This holiday season, it seems like cloud technology is hotter than the iPad mini. If big data and platform-as-a-service get you excited, check out CloudBeat 2012 where some of the biggest names in the industry will gather for discussion.
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Aggregate Knowledge pulls together $10.6 million for media intelligence
Media Intelligence company Aggregate Knowledge has raised $10.6 million. AK’s platform analyzes media and consumer data to provide advertiser and agencies with insights on their media spending. Marketers can use the technology to while allocating advertising dollars to achieve improved reach and sales. Aggregate Knowledge was founded in 2006 and this fourth round of financing brings the total investment to over $45 million. Investors on the listing include partners at Foundation Capital and Providence Equity Partners, as well as previous investor Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Read the filing.
Nanosys raises $15M to use ‘quantum dots’ to make displays 50 percent brighter
Nanosys said today it has raised $15 million in a sixth round of funding to expand its manufacturing of materials that enable displays with vivid colors. The Palo Alto, Calif.-based maker of nanotechnology materials — or materials that have unique properties at a scale of a billionth of a meter — will use the investment to expand its manufacturing capacity tenfold. The company makes Quantum Dot Enhancement Film (QDEF), which improves the vividness of color and power efficiency of liquid crystal displays, which are used in everything from tablets to big-screen TVs. Read more on VentureBeat.
Bigger is better: Lattice Engines gets big money for big data for big sales
Lattice Engines, which bills itself as “Big Data for Big Sales,” is bulking up with big money. Today the company announced closing a $20 million round with venture capital big whigs New Enterprise Associates and Sequoia. Lattice’s salesPRISM platform analyzes data and delivers real-time reports with specific and actionable data to sales representatives, who can use the information to generate leads and close deals. Its “secret sauce” (for data, not burgers), is the use of predictive analytics to help sales people anticipate their customers’ behavior.Lattice is based in San Mateo. This is its third round of institutional funding. Read more on VentureBeat.
OwnCloud, the open-source challenger to Box, nets $2.5M
OwnCloud, the startup that positions itself as the open-source alternative to Box, is the newest contender in the cloud storage wars. OwnCloud claims to give its 650,000 users a drop dead easy tool and more control over their data. Its server is typically deployed on a company’s servers or trusted service provider’s servers, and integrates well with existing security, storage, monitoring and reporting tools. To expand into new verticals and grow its user-base, the Lexington, Mass. based startup pulled in $2.5 million from venture capital firm, General Catalyst. Read more on VentureBeat.
Hello Health gets $11.5M to banish paper records from your doctor’s office
Hello Health, the electronic health record provider popular with independent and local physicians, has pulled in $11.5 million in venture funding. Around the world, doctors are shifting from paper documentation to electronic medical records. Hello Health works a little differently than most ERP providers. Hello Health charges patients around $5 per month for its opt-in services; the startup makes money by taking a cut, and the rest is given back to the doctors. Hello Health has pulled in a total of $21.5 million in VC money in the previous year. This round of funding was led by First Generation Capital. Read more on VentureBeat.
Vertical Media to take the money and run…its digital content in Europe
Vertical Media is celebrating €600K in financing for its online publishing platform. Vertical Media is the force behind European startup blog VentureVillage and networking events forum Spätschicht. Right now, Vertical Media primarily focuses on Germany and intends to expand its dominion to the rest of the continent. PDV Inter-Media Venture GmbH led the round. Read the announcement.