Hunt Ventures, a Dallas and Austin, Tex.-based venture firm, has raised $140 million, in part from an unnamed institutional investor, for itsfirst official fund.
Innotas, a company offering something called project portfolio management (PPM), has raised $6 million more in funding.
Feeling stuffy? Two sinus-focused companies, Palo Alto, Calif.-based Sinexus and Maple Grove, Minn.-based Entellus, want to help out, with fresh rounds of funding for product development.
In what may be a first step toward bringing some real-time intelligence to local recommendation sites like Yelp and CitySearch, a startup called Sense Networks is today unveiling a new platform, called Citysense, that it says can create a Google-style “index” of places in a city based on where people are going.
XLumena, a Mountain View, Calif. maker of endosurgical devices, has raised $6.15 million for a new line of endoscopic examination tools, according to VentureWire.
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With the major U.S. telecom carriers rolling out ways to track the location of mobile phones with more precision, startups are rushing to offer services exploiting this.
Vantos, a Seattle-based software startup with a product that can help companies with internal investigations and auditing, has raised $10.6 in a second round of funding.
Aquaculture may not rank high on most investors’ priority lists, but with global food prices continuing their inexorable rise and billions now pouring into farming, one startup is making the bet that this growing sector may finally be ready for prime-time.
Kiptronic, a San Francisco ad startup that inserts ads into audio and video files as they are downloaded, has raised a $3 million second round of funding, according to VentureWire.
Acumentrics, a Westwood, Mass. technology startup working on solid oxide fuel cells in the kilowatt generation range, has received a $15.6 million grant from the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
Update: Innovation CEO John Fox says the credit line figure reported by VentureWire was incorrect and smaller than $130 million, although he would not disclose the exact amount.
Rockport Capital Partners, a cleantech-focused venture firm co-located in Boston, MA and Menlo Park, Calif., has closed its third fund with $450 million, almost twice the size of its last raise.
Yodlee, an online finance web platform that directly serves banks and other financial institutions, has raised a large round of $35 million, led by banking giant Bank of America.
Another day, another thin-film solar startup getting serious cash: Here it’s New York-based FTL Solar, which just capped a first round of funding and is en route to raising $50 million by the end of the fourth quarter. The first round, which yielded an undisclosed amount, was led by Terra Firma Capital Group, the Josh Mailman Foundation and private investors.
Online games powerhouse Turbine confirmed that it has raised $40 million, though the actual investors are different from what was previously rumored.
A Los Gatos company that says it brings together innovations from solar, IT and the semiconductor industry, Tigo Energy has raised a first round of funding for a combined hardware / software designed to improve solar panel installations.
Solicore, maker of flexible, rechargeable batteries, raises $5M in debt
Skyrocketing prices for crude oil, natural gas and their associated products are having interesting side-affects on cleantech. Alongside a high level of excitement for investments like algal biofuel, some non-standard deals are appearing, including one for a company called American Biomass.
Spineworks Medical, a Santa Clara, Calif. maker of medical devices, has raised about $7.6 million toward a total round of funding of $8.8 million, according to a regulatory filing acquired by VentureBeat.
Following the Israeli trend of companies with a dual focus on the water and anti-terrorism markets, ten year old company Green Vision Systems has secured its first funding for remote contaminant sensors.
While the idea of text messaging has grown in popularity — both via the phone and in the form of Twitter — startup Zannel seems convinced that people are more interested in sharing pictures and video, at least while on their mobile phones.
Grockit, a San Francisco-based educational startup, has raised an additional $8 million, led by Integral Capital Partners with previous investor Benchmark Capital participating.
Ever since the advent of the cellphone, along with ubiquitous public WiFi and mobile email, airplanes have served as the last place busy execs can relax, switch off and drop out of communication. AeroSat would like to change that.
With the market for hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) finally starting to heat up in earnest, several companies are making big bets on advanced rechargeable battery technologies. One of these is PowerGenix, a San Diego, Calif.-based startup that makes nickel-zinc (NiZn) batteries.
Another algal biofuel company has emerged from stealth mode, and this one has the biggest story yet, at least according to the estimation of its investors.
Targeted advertising, based on geographic location, age, gender and other factors, is a pretty common concept by now. Visible World wants to bring it to cable television, with an added twist — editing of specific commercial spots to appeal more to individuals.
Actelis Networks, a Fremont, Calif.-based ethernet company that enables high speed transfers over existing copper-based wire infrastructure, has raised $15 million in a sixth financing round, according to Globes.
Ontela is a Seattle-based startup that helps consumers move photos from their mobile phone to their computers, charging a monthly fee of $2.99 for the service.
Cooking.com, an online marketplace for all things having to do with cooking, has raised $7.1 million from a number of investors, including Starbucks executive Troy Alstead.
Openlane, an Internet company that helps auction off automobiles, is just the latest old “B2B” company starting to thrive after struggling in the wake of the first Internet boom.
EnterMedia, an in-game advertising firm based in Russia, has raised a round of over $1 million from Mangrove Capital Partners and ABRT Fund, according to coverage of a Moscow press conference posted on the Quintura blog.
ZinkoTek, a San Francisco-based startup that makes environmentally friendly toys for children, has taken a first round of funding.
Quickoffice, a company that makes mobile office document software for smart phones, has raised $3 million to help it expands at a time when users are expected to start using their phones for more tasks.
Two days ago it was Optimal Technologies with $25 million toward software for electrical grids; today, it’s SmartSynch with $20 million for wirelessly communicating meters. I haven’t gone back and done an official count, but with well over half a dozen large fundings in the past few months, the efficiency-focused smart grid space looks to have emerged as the hot cleantech venture space du jour.
Mocana, a San Francisco, Calif. startup that makes security software for non-PC devices like PDAs and DVRs, has raised $7 million in its second round of venture funding.
Ecore International, a recycler of scrap tire rubber based in Lancaster, Penn., has gotten a $29 million investment round from Element Partners to help grow an already large business.