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Funding daily: Money galore for Graph Search, weddings & robots


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An attempt to find an overarching theme for today’s funding led to an image of a fashionably-dressed robot bride walking down the aisle. Don’t ask.

Here are today’s tech funding deals, in no particular order:

Fashion site Videdressing gets a $6M first round

French website Videdressing is one of many fashion ecommerce/consignment sites popping up, but the investors at Earlybird Venture Capital think it’s got something special going on. Read the full story on VentureBeat.

Wesley Group stays ‘bullish’ with its $160M cleantech fund

The venture capital firm has closed a $160 million fund to invest in up-and-coming clean/green tech startups. Its investments in Tesla Motors, biofuel company Amyris, and China Recycling Energy Corp have all gone public, and Steve Westly sees this area growing in the future. Read the full story on VentureBeat.

$45M for data-collecting ocean robots

Liquid Robotics’ unmanned aquatic vehicles have netted the company $45 million in its company’s fifth round of funding. The money comes soon after Liquid Robotics sent one of these vehicles across the Pacific Ocean to collect data. The funding was led by Riverwood Capital with participation from VantagePoint Capital Partners. Read the full story on VentureBeat.

LinkedIn analytics startup raises $3.2M

PeopleLinx, a startup that makes LinkedIn engagement and analytics software, has collected a $3.2 million round of funding to continue its growth among the Fortune 1000. This is the company’s first institutional round of funding; it was led by Osage Venture Partners with participation from Greycroft Partners, MissionOG, and a handful of angels.
Read the full story on VentureBeat.

Hot messaging startup MessageMe nabs $1.9M

MessageMe has been busy since its launch a week and a half ago. The messaging application has been cut off from Facebook’s Open Graph, raised $1.9 million in seed funding, and attracted more than 1 million users. Read the full story on VentureBeat

Digital Capital invests $5M in Dream Weddings game apps

Zug, Switzerland-based Digital Capital is investing in Dublin, Ireland-based Dream Weddings so that it can make a game for both web and mobile devices. The game is expected to be unveiled in 2013 and will launch in early 2014. Read the exclusive story on VentureBeat.

Newswire startup NewsCred picks up $15M

New York-based content syndication and newswire startup NewsCred just raised a fresh $15 million round of funding led by Mayfield Fund, with participation by new investor Greycroft Partners and existing investors FirstMark Capital and IA Ventures. Read the full story on VentureBeat.