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It’s also the beginning of a furious startup funding season in Silicon Valley and other tech hubs. We saw a significant uptick in funding today; almost a dozen companies closed rounds in diverse industries, such as sports, consumer-tech, and political-tech.
But as always, in this funding mayhem, VentureBeat has you covered. Check out the full list of deals here in no particular order.
Auctionata modernizes the auction house with $20M from VCs
Auctionata claims to be the first patented online producer of live auctions. And today, the company announced investors are throwing down $20.2 million to support global expansion, recruiting, and product development. Read the full story on VentureBeat.
ElectNext gets $1.3 million for its open political database
The political news media has a new weapon: ElectNext. The company gleans its information from organizations like The Sunlight Foundation, GovTrack, and Follow the Money, and it also works with open data-friendly cities like Philadelphia. Its political database can now be used by publishing partners like Hearst and The Washington Post. Read the full story on VentureBeat.
Arkansas’ Collective Bias storms marketing scene with $10.5M in funding
This “social shopper media company” connects brands with consumers through its Social Fabric community of 1,400 influencers. These influencers tell “real-life” stories about their shopping experiences and product usage and share them on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Read the full story on VentureBeat.
Deep pulls in $10m in first round funding
“Big data” startup Deep Information Sciences (formerly known as CloudTree) raised $10 million from Robert Davoli and others to help its customers with a “new approach” to database architectures. The flagship product is a database appropriately called DeepDB, and it provides simultaneous transactions and analytics in the same data set in real time. Read the full story on VentureBeat.
Grand St. grabs $1.3M from First Round & others for its ‘creative tech’ marketplace
There are many places you can buy cool technology products on the web — ThinkGeek, Wantful, Amazon, etc. But the next place on your list of sites to buy from might just be Grand St., an online marketplace for buying “creative technology” products that has received $1.3 million in new seed funding. Read the full story on VentureBeat.
South Asian lingerie conglomerate gets $20M for its enterprise management solution
Attune is a provider of technology solutions for the fashion and lifestyle industry. Today, the company announced a $20 million round of investment to expand its offerings “across all areas of the fashion and lifestyle value chain” to help brands to streamline and manage their operations and optimize their performance. Read the full story on VentureBeat.
Sport Ngin revs up with $6M in Series C financing
Sports software provider Sport Ngin (formerly known as TST Media) closed a $6 million round led by El Dorado Ventures. Sport Ngin creates web and mobile solutions for youth, amateur, and professional sports organizations, which powers the online presence of more than 100,000 sports teams, leagues, clubs, association, tournament, facilities, and businesses around the world. This funding will support the company’s growth and accelerate product development, as well as marketing and sales efforts.
Favourit’s investors place $3.6M bet on betting
Favourit launched globally today and revealed $3.6 million in funding to expand its social sports betting platform. This Melbourne, Australia-based startup provides sports fans and bettors an online forum to wager virtual currency or real cash in regulated markets. Favourit’s “Facebook for the sports betting world” is a community that connects sports fans and their friends with licensed betting operators. The round was raised through angel investors.
Appland enter the Middle East, raises $1M
Appland has secured $ 1million for its white label app store platform. Today, the company also announced entering the Middle East through a partnership with Saudi Telecom Company. Appland’s technology supports on-click operator billing, soil marketing, virtual currency, and geo-location targeting. Appland is based in Sweden and has offerings for Androird, iOS, and Blackberry.
CreditKarma gets $30M to help flustered Americans track their credit scores
Instead of charging people $10 or so per month to monitor their scores, Credit Karma offers the service for free, supplementing it with tools for tracking other financial information like bank accounts, bills, mortgages and loans. It’s a powerful, effective, and potentially very lucrative tool — which is why it’s no surprise to see that Credit Karma has raised $30 million in a big Series B round led by Ribbit Capital and Susquehanna Growth Equity. Read the full story on VentureBeat.
KeepTree Announces $2.62 Million Investment from Japan’s Faith Inc. & Others
KeepTree, a developer of a new video messaging technology that allows people to record videos and deliver them immediately, or at a future date and time, today announced it has secured a $2.6 million investment led by Japan-based Faith, Inc, a mobile technology development firm. The Company will use the funding to expand its team and to drive the ongoing development of its business and technology.