Here’s a list of today’s biggest funding stories, updated as the day unfolds. Tip us here if you have a deal to share.
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Zignal Labs is a San Francisco-based company that helps brands and organizations monitor online media to see who’s talking about them or about topics relevant to them. And this morning the company announced it has raised $10.7 million in new funding. It will use the funds to continue growing its team and acquire new customers.
TaskEasy raises $7M
TaskEasy, a Utah startup for on-demand home services like lawn care, snow clearing, and holiday lighting installations, has raised $7 million in new funding. It raised the funding from Grotech Ventures, Access Venture Partneres, and KickStart Seed Fund. TaskEasy previously raised $2.6 million in seed funding.
San Francisco Giants fans will be assembling in the city’s SoMA neighborhood to watch the World Series games this weekend, and many will be parking their cars — creating a perfect opportunity for on-demand valet apps like Luxe Valet. Conveniently, Luxe is publicly launching its service today, which happens to be Christmas of sorts for the parking industry, thanks to the big games. Luxe also just announced that it has raised $5.5 million in seed funding, which it will hopefully use to prepare for the next few lack-of-parking crises.
Ello bags $5.5M
Alternative social network Ello has raised $5.5 million in new funding. Ello came out of its founders’ frustration with Facebook’s increasing and suffocating advertisements. The company previously raised $435,000 from small Vermont-based investors.
Fountain raises $4M
Fountain, a new app from Mint.com’s founder and former chief executive Aaron Patzer, announced it has raised $4 million in funding from Shasta Ventures and First Round Capital. The app lets people get a quick advice videochat with home and garden professionals. Each videochat will cost $5 for various lengths of time depending on the category (gardening and plumbing, appliance repair, and home interior design).
Meet Charlie, a tool that could potentially replace half of a PR intern’s job. You see, Charlie briefs you on the person you’re about to meet or chat with — just like those “briefing sheets” PR interns spend hours every month or week putting together for their clients before a battery of reporters interview them in carefully scheduled 30-minute slots. Charlie has just raised $1.7 million in new funding, but not from PR interns for obvious reasons.