Today’s funding deals:
Savant picks up $90M
Savant, a company that sells connected-home devices and provides apps for consumers to control climate, audio, lighting, and other characteristics at home, announced today that private-equity firm KKR has invested $90 million in it. The idea is to make Savant popular around the globe.
Black Duck, a provider of open source software logistics, pulled in $20 million of venture funding Wednesday. General Catalyst Partners led the round, which included previous investors.
Read more on VentureBeat: OSS provider Black Duck pulls in $20 million
Avenida grabs $17.5M
Argentinean e-commerce site Avenida has pulled in some fresh funding, to the tune of $17.5 million. Founded in 2013 by Quasar Ventures (a sort of startup incubator or studio), Fede Malek, and Alan Kraus, Avenida is a large online retailer similar to Amazon. The company will use the new funds to continue growing the site’s inventory and available categories and products, add new features to the site, and develop a solid logistic platform. Tiger Global led the round, with additional participation from Naspers.
Find out more about Avenida on its website.
Webinar.ru raises $7.3M
Webinar.ru, a Russian web-conferencing company that provides native and cloud-based conferencing software, announced that it has raised $7.3 million in new funding. Webinar.ru works on any device, without the need to download software, and packs in a variety of features, including presentation and content delivery, desktop sharing, chat, polls, quizzes, and whiteboards. It can also support thousands of participants in a single meeting. Intel Capital and EBRD led the round, with additional participation from Flint Capital and previous investor VTB Capital.
Find out more about Webinar.ru on its website.
Marketers spend gobs of money and even more time trying to devise ways to engage people with a particular brand. Not enough of them realize music might be the best way to do that — and that Feed Media could be music to their ears. Feed Media (aka Feed.fm) launched a “music-as-a-service” platform that allows companies to employ music on their websites, games, and mobile apps, as well as provide statistics on how people are engaging with a brand. Some of the startup’s clients include Budweiser, GameSalad, Starr Hill Brewery, and others. And today, the company has secured a new $1.2 million round, according to an SEC form D document.
Read more on VentureBeat: Feed.fm picks up $1.2M to inject music into your marketing campaign