It’s time once again for VentureBeat’s round up of today’s investment announcements, which we like to call Funding Daily.
In today’s edition, there were literally so many deals that I won’t waste any time having you read the intro. (Well, I won’t waste any more of your time since you’ve undoubtedly spent several minutes dying of cute overload from the regretful-faced golden retriever photo shown above.)
DFJ secures $325M for a new investment fund
Venture firm DFJ announced today that it has raised a fresh $325 million for its 11th investment fund focused on early stage startups. Read more on TechCrunch.
Elementum grabs $44M to disrupt supply chain tech
Elementum, an enterprise software startup, has closed a $44 million second round of funding today. The company provides its clients with cloud-based mobile software that pulls supply chain data to employees. Read more on VentureBeat.
AtTask pulls in $38M series D
FoodPanda nabs $20M
A food fight is brewing on the Internet. Today, one of the big contenders — FoodPanda — announced that it has raised $20 million to fuel its aggressive growth strategy. FoodPanda is a straightforward online ordering system for food. Read more on VentureBeat.
Greybull Stewardship raises $20M for new fund
Greybull Stewardship has secured $20 million for its second Evergreen investment fund. Read more about the deal here.
Localytics raises $16M for its powerful app analytics and marketing platform
Boston-based Localytics is one of many firms promising to gleam insights from your app — but with huge customers including Microsoft and Fox and a base of more than 1.4 billion devices, it’s an analytics firm worth your attention. Localytics announced today that it has raised $16 million in a third round of funding led by Foundation Capital, bringing its total funding to $25 million. Read more on VentureBeat.
Microsoft is just the sugar mama Foursquare was looking for
Microsoft is investing $15 million into Foursquare and signed a licensing agreement to use its extensive location data. This data will help Microsoft improve Bing’s local and search products. For Foursquare, the deal provides a new revenue stream and creates a cushion as the company continues to iron out its business model. Read more on VentureBeat.
Remind101 closes $15M
Teens are fervent texters — they send thousands of texts a month, and it is their dominant daily mode of communication. Remind101 channels some of this texting fervor toward improving their performance in school. The company announced today that it has raised $15 million for its free platform that gives teachers a safe way to send text messages to students and stay in touch with parents. Read more on VentureBeat.
TeamSnap scores $7.5M to help sports teams stay on top of their game
Play sports, be a better person — there are decades of research (and countless movies) that support this claim. However, it is not as simple as running around a field with a ball. Sports teams, like a business, require organization and communication to function, which is where TeamSnap steps in. TeamSnap has scored (get it?) $7.5 million for its team management software. Read more on VentureBeat.
Noom bulks up with $7M first round to support its weight-loss & fitness apps
Noom is one of the few companies making good money on Android — or so it appears. Now, the company is raking in some investment dollars, too. Today, the startup announced that it closed a $7 million Series A investment led by RRE Ventures, one of New York’s highest-profile venture capital firms. Read more on VentureBeat.
Once upon a time, a children’s book app got kids to read at record rates
FarFaria is a popular electronic book app for children. Today, it announced raising $3.25 million from Inventus Capital Partners and angel investors. FarFaria creates interactive stories on the iPad. For $4 a month, families have unlimited access to over 600 books, and five new stories join the selection a week. Read more on VentureBeat.
Watchup raises $1M to be your daily personalized newscast
Developer of news apps Watchup has raised $1 million from Microsoft Ventures and StartX as well as the Knight Foundation, Campus Televideo founder Ned Lamont, Tom Yellin, and Gerry McIntyre. Watchup first launched an iPad app that serves as a hybrid between video aggregators and newsreaders, so you can create a custom newscast. It also has a Watchup for Glass app. Read more on VentureBeat.
The Muse grabs $1M from a handful of celebrities
Career site The Muse has raised $1 million in seed funding today from a plethora of notable investors in the public eye. Some of those investors include Tyra Banks, Alexis Ohanian, Dan Rosensweig, Sallie Krawcheck, Chris Herrmannsen, Tracy Brennan, Mike Walsh, Ruth Ann and Bill Harnisch, Anjula Acharia Bath, Gordon Crawford, and WGI Group. Read more on TechCrunch.
OneFold raises $400K to grab data on how we use mobile devices & wearables
The data streaming off of wearables and mobile devices — such as data about how applications are used — could be a gold mine for companies developing mobile and wearable apps. Companies can analyze that information and adjust their applications to make them more compelling. A startup called OneFold is seizing this opportunity, and now it has some money to keep working on its product. Today OneFold announced a $400,000 seed round. Read more on VentureBeat.
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