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Don’t tell anyone, but a little birdie told us that anonymous social app Secret raised its first round of institutional funding today. We’ve got the details on that and a few other Friday financings below.

Synthesio raises $20M because companies are desperate to learn what you think of them

Social media-analysis startup Synthesio today announced a $20 million funding round led by Paris-based private equity firm Idinvest Partners. Synthesio’s key offering enables businesses to analyze consumer sentiment on social media and blogs. Synthesio says its funds will be for “research and product development.” Read the full story on VentureBeat.

Online visa & travel service ByeCity bags $20M from Alibaba

ByeCity, a Chinese outbound traveling service, announced that it has secured nearly $20 million in financing from Alibaba Group and CBC Capital. The company received around $10 million from JAFCO Asia and Investor Growth Capital in 2008 and an undisclosed amount from TaishanXD in 2011. The capital raised will go toward network construction, branding, and enhancement of user experiences. Read the full story on VentureBeat.

Anonymous social app Secret’s new funding emerges from the dark: $8.6M

Secret’s rumored funding is secret no more! Today, the company with the anonymous social app announced via a Medium blog post that it has raised $8.6 million in its first round of institutional funding. Read the full story on VentureBeat.

More about the companies and people from this article:

Secret is a new way to share what you’re thinking and feeling with your friends, anonymously. Write anything that’s on your mind, free of judgment. Make your words stand out by adding a photo or color backdrop. Customize further ... read more »

Synthesio helps brands and agencies listen to, understand and engage with consumers. By delivering social media data of the highest quality within 100+ countries & 50 languages, brands receive crucial intelligence & insights into their... read more »

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