Fetchr just got $11M to take conventional mail to United Arab Emirates

Raise your hand if your email inbox is out of control. While your first-world email frustrations grow, Fetchr just got $11 million to deliver mail — real, physical, paper mail — and packages to people’s doors in the Middle East. New Enterprise Associates led the round, and Fetchr says it is the “largest investment of U.S.-based venture funds in the Middle East for a Series A.”

Funding Daily: Goodie Goodie Gumdrops

Some good souls raised money in funding land today. Ticketfly raised a third round to help people’s assaulted ears listen to better music, and Meteor brought in money to support stressed web developers everywhere. GiveForward received investment for its platform helps people crowdfund medical expenses, and EcoScraps took money for a composting scheme that cuts down on waste and greenhouse emissions. And let’s not forget GoodData, which is mainly good because it has the word in its name.

Funding Daily: VC helping hands lead to startup happy feet

Good thing we start happy hour late here at VentureBeat, or we would have missed Fab.com’s big news yesterday afternoon. In other $100+ announcements, Penguin took an independent, self-publishing platform under its wing, and Microsoft and Yammer sealed the deal. If its under $100 million, does it still count as news? Yes! So keep on reading for what happened today, above and below the $100 million threshold.

Daily dose of funding: social city maps, safer apps, and a dash of Hollywood

At VentureBeat, we come across a lot of funding news every day. In order to bring you the most information possible, we decided to round up the quick-and-dirty details for the funding deals of the day and put them in a new column. Get your daily dose of deals every evening and stay on top of the hottest startups in Silicon Valley and beyond.


Freelance marketplace Elance secures $16M in funding

Elance, a freelance marketplace that connects clients and freelancers, announced Tuesday it has raised $16 million in funding. Stripes Group led the funding, with participation from New Enterprise Associates and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

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Blue Jeans launches "any(ware) video conferencing"

Blue Jeans Network came out of stealth mode Wednesday, making the cloud-based, multi-party video conferencing service commercially available. Dubbed “any(ware) video conferencing,” Blue Jeans Network makes video conferencing accessible to pretty much everyone with practically any video-enabled device.