What do the startups below and the royal baby have in common? They’re all well funded. [Rimshot]
While this new little lad likely won’t ever have to sit in a room with Sequoia Capital asking for a little cash to get him going, these startups seem to be working hard for their millions.
DataStax nabs $45M to dominate the global ‘enterprise NoSQL’ market
DataStax, the company that wants to bring down Oracle’s relational database, has scored yet more venture funding. Today, it announced a massive financing round of $45 million, which will be used to market its “NoSQL” database to large corporations. DataStax is a popular option for fast-growing tech companies in Silicon Valley; existing customers include eBay, Adobe, and Netflix. The funding round was led by Scale Venture Partners with participation from existing investors Lightspeed Venture Partners, Crosslink Capital, and Meritech Capital Partners and new investors DFJ Venture Capital and Next World Capital. Read the full story on VentureBeat.
OpenDNS raises $9.26M to protect the Internet, one domain at a time
OpenDNS watches tons of IP addresses and knows which can hurt your computer (and sometimes your company). It received $9.26 million today, according to a filing with the SEC. OpenDNS is an alternative to using these traditional DNS servers, which are offered through your Internet service provider. The filing lists Michael Goguen of Sequoia Capital, David Strohm of Greylock Partners, and Stefan Dyckerhoff of Sutter Hill Ventures as participating in this round. Sequoia Capital and Greylock are previous investors, having participated in a $4.5 million round in 2010. Read the full story on VentureBeat.
Balluun raises $8.7M to expand its trade show technology beyond fashion
Balluun has raised $8.7 million to expand the fashion trade show that never sleeps. Balluun’s platform streamlines the process of buying fashion wholesale by taking a social approach. The company was founded by the Koch brothers (not the commodities-titans-Americans-for-Prosperity Koch brothers). Peter and Karl Koch’s family owned a fashion retail business and the boys spent their childhood traveling all over Europe with their parents to attend trade shows. Finoris AG, a private Swiss investment group, led this second round of investment, which will be used to scale the platform and extend it into new verticals and geographical markets. Read the full story on VentureBeat.
NatureBox chews on $8.5M to tackle obesity epidemic with healthier snacks
NatureBox is addressing the issue of junk food with an online subscription service for healthier snacks. Today the company announced closing $8.5 million to make eating well in-between meals easier. NatureBox delivers boxes filled with nutritionist-approved healthy snacks every month for $20. General Catalyst Partners led this first institutional round, following an initial seed investment last year. New investor Softbank Capital also participated. This brings NatureBox’s total capital raised to $10.5 million. It is based in San Carlos, Calif. Read the full story on VentureBeat.
Viableware nabs $6.5M to revolutionize how you pay at restaurants
Payment platform startup Viableware has secured a fresh $6.5 million round of funding to help push its restaurant payment software into more venues, the company announced today. Viableware’s main product is the RAIL payment platform, which replaces a server’s leather-backed notebook with a device that can do much more than just keep track of orders. The new round of funding came from a handful of individual investors, with participation from Swiftsure Capital. Founded in 2011, the Kirkland, Wash.-based startup has raised a total of $7.45 million in funding to date. Read the full story on VentureBeat.
Yapta’s price-tracking tech could save corporations millions on airfare
Airline prices can toy with your emotions. They go up, they go down, and you never know exactly where you stand. Yapta has raised $4.2 million for its airfare price-tracking technology that lets you know when to book. The engine continually monitors flight prices, and you set up custom alerts to receive push notifications when a fare drops. Concur led this round through its Perfect Trip Fund. Read the full story on VentureBeat.
Affectv gets $3.08M
Social data-gathering ad-targeting startup Affectv has raised £2 million, or $3.8 million, from an octopus. Oops, no, that’s Octopus. Octopus Investments, founded in 2000, is a U.K. firm named after a cephalopod and currently handling around £3 billion in assets. Affectv lets advertisers target online consumers not just by what they’ve viewed or clicked on but by what they’ve actively shared online; the end goal is, as is always the case with online ads, to smooth out the conversion funnel by only targeting highly qualified leads.
Riskive Closes $2.2M
Cloud-based security platform Riskive has raised a $2.2 million seed round from Genacast Ventures and Core Capital. The company specializes in something they call social risk management, which basically helps enterprise and government entities avoid getting hacked (or “hacked”) on their social accounts such as Twitter and Facebook. As social hacking becomes more common among Internet pranksters and hacktivists, we can see a fair amount of revenue in such a scheme.
Minetta Brook raises $2M
Seattle-based big data firm Minetta has taken a $2 million round of seed-stage funding. The round was led by Naya Ventures with participation from TiE Angels Group Seattle. The startup, which gleans data from real-time streams faster than a speeding bullet, was founded by former Microsofties and Sun execs as well as some Wall Street types who would find that kind of tech useful for analyzing financial trading data.
Panjo secures $1.6M
Panjo, a sort of eBay for sports fans and other rabid enthusiasts, has taken a small, $1.6 round of funding led Spark Capital with participation from Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments, Lerer Ventures, and Mesa. The site currently lists $22 million in goods, from Porsche parts to guinea pig mirrors to zebra-print belly dancing outfits. The funding will be used to build a Panjo mobile app, among other things.
Crowdly gets $1.2
Facebook ad platform Crowdly just announced a $1.2 million seed round. The funding mostly comes from Launchpad Venture Group, New York Angels, and Laconia Ventures, and will be used for sales and marketing. The company’s service helps brands and agencies hunt down their truest superfans on Facebook and “activate” them through private conversations, exclusive content, and special offers. Creepy!
Emotion analytics startup Beyond Verbal scores $1M in additional funding
Beyond Verbal makes it easy to tell how you’re feeling simply by listening to your voice. The Israel-based startup launched in May and develops technology that analyzes your voice to determine your emotions and thoughts in real time. The company announced today it has scored an additional $1 million in a second seed round of funding. The funding was led by Winnovation, a fund supporting entrepreneurs and technologies in the fields of human-machine interface, brain technology, and cybersecurity. This is Beyond Verbal’s second round of funding since launching in May, bringing its total raised to $3.8 million. Read the full story on VentureBeat.