Here are today’s funding deals:
Qualtrics, a startup that sells cloud-based software for surveying employees, markets, and customers, has registered $150 million in new funding. The Provo, Utah-based Qualtrics’ plans to spend it on product development and expansion into foreign countries, according to a statement the startup issued.
Read more on VentureBeat: Survey software player Qualtrics tacks on $150M
As debt-ridden, unemployed college graduates look to retool their skills, investors are betting that online vocational education has a big future. One of the household names in the online education sector, Udacity, just picked up $35 million in funding from Drive Capital to expand into America’s recession-racked heartland.
Read more on VentureBeat: Tech industry-designed higher education heats up with $35M investment in Udacity
Inspirato, a luxury destination club that gives members access to its hundreds of elite accommodations, has just landed $20 million to grow its already large portfolio of locations. With the rise of Airbnb, travelers increasingly want to stay in homes rather than hotels. But wealthy travelers may also want some of the amenities that hotels provide. That’s where Inspirato comes in. The company, which partnered with American Express, offers members a portfolio of luxury homes to choose from. It also gives them access to local high-end resorts.
Read more on VentureBeat: Airbnb for rich people Inspirato nabs a new $20M
Numerify targets its cloud-based business-analytics software at IT admins who need to keep tabs on operations. The startup is announcing the change of direction as it also pulls the cover off a Series B round of funding, which totals $15 million and will cover sales and marketing expenditures.
Read more on VentureBeat: Numerify adds on $15M & aims its cloud analytics at IT
Home improvement is hot space for venture capital, apparently. Pro.com, the site that helps homeowners get quotes for their home improvement projects and find professionals in their areas to do the job, has raised yet another round of funding, $14 million this time, after grabbing $3.5 million this past spring from Jeff Bezos and others.
Read more on VentureBeat: Bezos-backed Pro.com raises $14M to help homeowners find the best pros for their projects
The company announced today that it has raised a $14 million funding round led by Ignition Partners and Relay Ventures. Other investors include Export Development Canada (EDC), MasterCard, and Salesforce Ventures, Salesforce.com’s corporate investment group. It’s notable that Salesforce and Mastercard have invested. Both companies could benefit from simpler authentication technology.
Read more at VentureBeat: Bionym raises $14M for heartbeat-sensing identity bracelet
Massdrop has raised $6.5 million to empower enthusiast communities. It can, for instance, help dedicated fans of BMW cars get a group discount on their purchases. The San Francisco-based company hopes to inspire a new wave of community-driven commerce, founder and chief executive Steve El-Hage told VentureBeat. Massdrop wants to form online communities for enthusiasts — for everything from audio and electronics to quilting and cooking — so they can connect with like-minded people, discuss their favorite products, and buy those products using their collective buying power.
Read more at VentureBeat: Massdrop raises $6.5M to enable enthusiast communities to use their massive buying power
GetFeedback, a startup that is trying to reinvent the online survey, announced a first financing round of $2.3 million from Salesforce Ventures. “Whoa, is this the best software on the market?” co-founder Kraig Swensrud recalls thinking when he looked at survey software during his previous job as chief marketing officer at Salesforce. (Co-founder Sean Whiteley is a former Salesforce senior vice president and general manager.)
Read more at VentureBeat: Q: Which startup trying to reinvent the online survey just got $2.3 million? A: GetFeedback