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Today’s funding deals:
Thumbtack, a marketplace for services, has raised a new $100 million round of funding, the company announced today. Thumbtack’s marketplace allows trade professionals to sell their services directly to customers. It offers a broad variety of services, including painting, tutoring, plumbing, and much more. Customers also benefit from being able to compare different service pros, pricing, and the like.
Read more on VentureBeat: Service marketplace Thumbtack grabs $100M from Google Capital & others
Farmlink raises $40M
From Farmlink’s press release: “FarmLink, a Kansas City, Mo.-based company that provides a suite of innovative services to help farmers maximize their productivity, today announced the closing of a $40 million Series B financing. OpenAir Equity Partners is leading the investors, which also includes existing investors Thorndale Farm, LLC, private investors Don Walsworth and John Rose, and new investor Early Investments.”
Read more on the press release.
Sponsored by VB
Datacenter security software company vArmour just announced a raise of $36 million in funding. The raise is a combination of a December 2013 B round that landed the company $15 million and a C round that just closed at $21 million. Menlo Ventures led the B round and Columbus Nova Technology Partners (CNTP), Citi Ventures, and Work-Bench Ventures led the C round.
Read more on VentureBeat: Still in stealth, security firm vArmour brings in $36M
PernixData, which heps companies combine all the flash storage and memory inside all the servers in their data centers, announced today a $35 million round of new venture funding. PernixData focuses on data centers that deploy VMware’s software for virtualizing servers to run multiple virtual machines, all of which can separately run applications. In a statement on the funding today, Poojan Kumar, the startup’s chief executive and a co-founder, said PernixData wants to provide its software “globally to all virtualized data centers.” That could mean it will start focusing more on other virtualization technologies, including the open-source KVM and Microsoft’s Hyper-V hypervisors.
Read more on VentureBeat: PernixData, a startup looking to make the most of data center flash, grabs $35M
The lighting and temperature of large workspaces is usually a one-size-fits-all situation, and somebody’s always unhappy. Sunnyvale, Calif.-based startup Enlighted has developed wireless sensors that gather a range of real-time environmental data such as light, heat, and movement to help companies more intelligently control lighting and temperature in workspaces. And today it’s announcing $20 million in new funding.
Read more on VentureBeat: Enlighted raises $20M for its ambient lighting sensor network
Another digital health company is finding some market traction and some new funding in the home monitoring business. Healthsense makes a remote monitoring system for people with chronic diseases. The systems are sold to healthcare providers who need to keep track of the health of these patients and intervene if they detect that something’s going wrong. If they can detect it early, the thinking goes, they can keep the patient healthy and avoid expensive hospital re-admissions.
Read more on VentureBeat: Healthsense raises $10M for remote patient monitoring system
Chain lands $9.5M
Chain, a startup working to build a development platform for Bitcoin, has launched and also announced that it has raised $9.5 million in a first round of funding. The blockchain, the publicly distributed database of Bitcoin transactions, is quite difficult to build on, and Chain wants to provide a simplified service to help others connect to it. “The blockchain is this mammoth network that is quite difficult to build on…. It’s like telecom or credit card processing or web hosting where certain people at the beginning tend to do it themselves but, over time, it matures and bigger companies start accessing it. So what you need is reliability and real service-level agreements. When a big bank wants to connect to the blockchain, they want an expert to help them. We want that to be us,” said Chain founder and RRE Ventures partner Adam Ludwin to Fortune. Khosla Ventures led the round, with additional participation from RRE Ventures, Thrive Capital, SV Angel, Box Group Kevin Ryan, Barry Silbert, Scott Banister, Homebrew, 500 Startups and Pantera Capital.
Read more on Chain’s blog.
If anybody needs to get constant, real-time information in a Google Glass-like wearable, it’s doctors and other healthcare workers. Healthcare is one of the two major markets being addressed by San Francisco-based Wearable Intelligence, which makes software for wearable data presentation used by people in the healthcare
Read more on VentureBeat: Wearable Intelligence is raising $8.4M for Google Glass for doctors
OnBeep, a stealthy startup with plans to help people communicate around the world with its wearable device reminiscent of the Star Trek communicator badge, is announcing $6.25 million in new funding today. OnBeep isn’t ready to show its creation to the world yet. But Jesse Robbins, its chief executive and founder, described the device’s appearance in an interview with VentureBeat.
Read more on VentureBeat: OnBeep raises $6.25M as it puts the finishing touches on its walkie-talkie wearable
Studionow grabs $5M
From Studionow’s press release: “StudioNow announced that it has raised $5 million in a Series B round led by FCA Venture Partners with participation from existing investor, Claritas Capital. The company also announced that it has made key new hires to support its rapid growth and opened offices in San Francisco and New York. The company is focused on being the leader in the digital video creation market that is estimated to be over $23 billion for 2014. The additions to StudioNow’s management team include new CTO Rob DeMillo, who will also lead the company’s new San Francisco office, CFO Rob Tanner, CRO Michael Thompson, and VP of Business Development Kelly Metz.”
Read more on the press release.
As online retail and wholesaling grows, more and more actual stuff needs to be managed at the same speed, volume, and scale as online sales. That’s where Stitch Labs comes in, and with a new $3.5 million of funding as of today, it’s looking to grow its teams as it works to reach more retailers and wholesalers.
Read more on VentureBeat: Stitch Labs grabs $3.5M to keep your online store running faster and more smoothly
Health Gorilla, a startup whose name evokes jungle fitness, has just scored $1.2 million to help tame the jungle of testing labs. Currently, when your doctor needs to get some lab tests done or orders an X-ray from any of the 9,000 diagnostic labs or 35,000 radiology centers in the U.S., the system she uses is barely modern. There are legacy systems to place an order, and test results are often shuttled around as faxes or physical x-ray sheets between doctors.
Read more on VentureBeat: Health Gorilla, looking to be king of the diagnostic lab jungle, grabs $1.2 million