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Funding Daily: March 5, 2013

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Here are the day’s funding stories:

Auction.com raises $50M

The newest Google investment arm, which focuses on putting money into established companies, announced today that it has invested $50 million in online real estate marketplace Auction.com. While it doesn’t typically get as much hype as competitors Trulia and Zillow, Auction.com says it has established the largest online real estate market, with more than $26 billion worth of property sold through the site since it launched in 2008. This latest investment now values Auction.com at $1.2 billion. Read the rest on VentureBeat.

CloudBees tacks on $11.2M

Verizon Ventures is betting millions on CloudBees. The telco’s venture arm led an $11.2 million round for the platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and code-testing provider. CloudBees provides many important tools for building and deploying applications, including a hosted MySQL database and a hosted version of the open-source Jenkins continuous-integration (CI) server for frequently testing code. Developers can deploy their apps from CloudBees onto CloudBees’ own PaaS public cloud, or other PaaSes, like Google App Engine. Read the rest on VentureBeat.

Boxever picks up $6M

Even airlines and travel companies need some big data love, and Boxever is now $6 million richer and here to help. Today, the Dublin-based company is announcing a new round of funding led by Polaris Partners and additional participation from Dublin-based firm Frontline Ventures. Read the rest on VentureBeat.

Peek raises $5M

Peek wants to be the Open Table of events and tours. It just raised $5 million from investors like StubHub cofounder Jeff Fluhr and Orbitz board member Brad Gerstner to make that happen. Peek’s new funding round will help it expand its booking service for activities like foodie tours, Broadway shows, and outdoorsy day trips. Montage Ventures led the round. Read more on VentureBeat.

SpaceCurve takes $4.5M

According to a filing with the SEC, startup SpaceCurve has raised $4.5 million. The Seattle-based company was founded in 2009 and previously raised $22.4 million. This bridge round will enable the startup to grow and market its real-time big data platform.

TripleLift snaps up $4M

TripleLift, an ad-tech startup riding the native advertising wave, just raised a $4 million round of funding. Led by True Ventures, this new round will help two-year-old TripleLift expand its engineering and sales team. Cofounder Eric Berry claims TripleLift is building the first real-time bidding exchange for native advertising. Read more on VentureBeat.

AppZero gets $3M

Apparently, some machines in the business world (more than 10 million servers!) are still running Windows Server 2003, and that’s about to get very inconvenient for them once extended support ends next year. Fortunately for the enterprise, Boston-area startup AppZero just received a healthy infusion of $3 million to help these gentle folks migrate to clouds or data centers running newer operating systems. Read more on VentureBeat.

Blend raises $2.7M

College students like to snap photos. College students also like free stuff. What better idea than to make them do the former by giving them the latter? Blend thought so, and this startup just grabbed a plump $2.7 million seed round to triple its team and take the product out of beta. New Enterprise Associates (NEA) led the round, with additional contributions from Trinity Ventures, Foundation Capital, Lerer Ventures, Maveron, BoxGroup, XG Ventures, and SparkLabs Global Ventures. Read more on VentureBeat.

Javelin raises $1.5M

At a large company, you need to be innovative. But innovation involves a fair amount of risk.
To maintain this tricky balancing act, Javelin is jumping in to save the day. With a fresh $1.5 million in funding, Javelin aims to help companies test their employees’ new business ideas while mitigating some of that risk. Read the rest on VentureBeat.

SnoopWall raising $1.5M

SnoopWall, a startup that makes consumer and business “counter surveillance” privacy tools, has filed for a proposed $1.5 million debt round with around $1.2 million already in the bank, according to an SEC filing today. Founded in 2012, SnoopWall makes products for Android and Windows desktop and mobile devices.