Here’s our round-up of all the notable funding announcements of the day:
Doctor-booking services are worth a lot, apparently. For instance today ZocDoc reportedly raised a new massive $152 million round at a $1.6 billion valuation, according to a recently discovered corporate filing. ZocDoc is a portal that enables people to search for doctors, read and submit reviews, and book appointments online. The company makes its money by charging doctors to list their practice on its site.
Read more on VentureBeat: ZocDoc is raising $152M, bringing its valuation to $1.6B
San Francisco-based Grand Rounds, which offers several services to connect patients to the right physician, is the latest evidence of that growth. It’s just taken in another $40 million to extend its offerings. The new capital, which includes contributions from existing investors Venrock and Harrison Metal Capital, will help Grand Rounds make its service available to far more people (its goal is 5 million), through contracts with their employers. The company says it will also use the money to develop new products, open new distribution channels, and expand its mobile capabilities.
Read more on VentureBeat: Grand Rounds takes another $40M for expert doctor referral service
Kreditech closes $40M
Big data startup Kreditech has raised $40 million in a new round from Värde Partners, Blumberg Capital, Point Nine Capital, and other investors. The German-based big data and machine learning company uses publicly available data to score applicants’ credit-worthiness and issues micro-loans. The company was founded in 2012 and offers its services to clients in Poland, Spain, Czech Republic, Russia, Mexico, Australia, and Peru.
Read more here.
Aerospike, a startup that built a fast in-memory NoSQL database and has targeted it at advertising applications, has secured $20 million in fresh cash. Now the company harbors ambitions of entering more industries. Aerospike claims its database is 10 times faster than other NoSQL databases, which circumvent the features of more traditional relational databases. And it can use flash storage as well as the RAM sitting in servers.
Read more on VentureBeat: Aerospike chooses to open up its in-memory database — and take some more cash
Education tech startup Schoology has secured a new $15 million round of funding. The startup provides tools to lower education schools for managing curriculum, accessing a global learning community, reviewing advanced analytics, and more. Schoology, which serves over 5 million people across more than 50,000 schools, said it will use the new capital to accelerate growth, expand into new markets, and build new features into its platform. The round was led by Intel Capital with participation from Great Oaks Venture Capital, Great Road Holdings, FirstMark Capital, and Meakem Becker Venture Capital.
Read more here.
Tasktop gets $11M
Application management startup Tasktop Technologies has raised a new $11 million round of funding after bootstrapping the company since its launch in 2007. The Vancouver-based startup provides productivity tools when building and managing applications. The round was led by Austin Ventures, with participation from Yaletown Venture Partners. Tasktop said it plans to use the additional capital to expand into new markets and further develop its technology.
Read more here.
Helpshift has raised $10 million in venture capital funding to finance its expansion as the help desk for mobile app publishers. The company helps mobile game publishers like Supercell deal with millions of customer-service queries by intercepting more than 90 percent of those queries before they ever reach a real person.
Read more on VentureBeat: Helpshift raises $10M to help mobile game companies (and others) deal with the customer-service hordes
Online video community management platform Epoxy has raised a new $6.5 million round of funding, the startup announced today. Epoxy focuses on helping video creators keep up with the various interactions and comments surrounding their YouTube videos, which in turn may help create a bigger, more loyal fan base. The platform also offers analytics to help gauge audience interest and more. Epoxy is available to solo creators for a monthly fee, as well as to larger organizations like YouTube multichannel networks (MCN) or big media companies.
Read more on VentureBeat: Epoxy grabs $6.5M to help video creators get to know their YouTube fans
RedOwl Analytics grabs $4.6M
Analytics startup RedOwl Analytics has closed a new $4.6 million round of funding, the company announced today. The startup provides services that allow corporations to track the digital footprint of their employees. RedOwl said it plans to use the new capital to speed up product development and grow its base of clients within financial, legal, and government-related industries. Baltimore-based startup’s new round comes from Marc Benioff, Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank (through Sagamore Ventures), Attractor Ventures LLC, Propel Baltimore, and others.
Read more here.
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