Here’s a list of today’s tech funding stories, updated as the day unfolds. Tip us here if you have a deal to share.
Ele.me, the online food delivery service expanding rapidly across China, said today it has raised $350 million from a group of Chinese and U.S. investors. The companies involved in the round include CITIC Private Equity, Tencent, JD.com, and Sequoia Capital, according to Reuters.
Apus Group, an Android application development company that focuses on creating products and services that enhance the mobile experience for users worldwide, announced that it has raised $100 million in a Series B round of financing led by Chengwei Capital, SIG and Qiming Venture Partners. Series A investors Redpoint Ventures and Northern Light Venture Capital also participated. Apus Group is based in Beijing, and was founded in June, 2014.
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The rise of the on-demand economy means you can order a cab with your phone and have just about anything delivered quickly — as long as you live in a big city. To help the rest of the country get goods delivered same-day, startup Roadie has just raised $10 million. The mobile app, which launches today on both iOS and Android, uses the vast number of daily commuters on the road to create a person-to-person shipping network. Opening the Roadie app reveals a map of people driving to and from various destinations, as well as delivery requests.
Atlanta-based Engage.cx thinks it has a better way to keep customers happy — and it has just scored $2.9 million to try. The company, founded in 2013, says it intends to “reinvent CRM” with a new “experience-driven customer relationship management” platform that started free trials last week.
Colu is an Israel-based startup aimed at digitizing the ownership of all your things through the blockchain — the public feed of Bitcoin transactions — and it’s announcing $2.5 million in new funding today. The service provides an easy way to use the blockchain technology, originally meant for Bitcoin transactions, for anything, from cars, to art, to concert tickets.
HelloTech raises $2.5M
HelloTech, a Los Angeles-based company seeking to help people better get support for and purchase technology and electronics, announced it has raised $2.5 million in new funding. Upfront Ventures, Accel Partners, and CrossCut Ventures led the round, with IdeaLab!, BasePoint Ventures, Wavemaker VC, Wonder VC, and Ron Burkle also participating. It plans to launch its service in Los Angeles in the spring.
This list will be updated with breaking funding news all day. Check back for more.