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.
Payment processor WePay just closed on $40 million in funding from FTV Capital and others, with plans to push its platform globally.
WePay facilitates payments for marketplaces and crowdfunding sites like Care.com, Custom Made, and GoFundMe. It also provides payment services for invoicing platforms like Freshbooks. WePay competes with Stripe and Braintree, though CEO Bill Clerico says it differentiates itself by heavily investing in fraud prevention.
Advertising company that organizes digital campaigns, Centro, received $30M in series B investment by Neuberger Berman Private Equity Funds.
Fuze, a video conferencing company that serves Groupon, Starbucks, and Macy’s, announced it raised $20 million from Hermes Growth Partners. The company also announced today that it’s acquired team collaboration tool LifeMinutes.
Algolia, a startup that can host search engines that can be embedded inside companies’ websites, announced today an $18.3 million funding round.
Algolia competes with Searchify and Swiftype, as well as search services from cloud providers like Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. Open-source tools such as Elasticsearch and Solr are also available, with several startups offering services based on those tools. (Algolia cofounder Julien Lemoine has a compelling Quora answer to the question of how the startup’s service is different from Elasticsearch.)
Stride Health is one of many digital health companies that has gotten up on the Obamacare wave, and ridden it well. The San Francisco-based company specializes in providing health insurance recommendations to people who have traditionally had trouble getting covered affordably — freelancers and other self-employed people.
To fuel the national expansion, Stride has raised a new $13 million funding round, led by Venrock, with participation from NEA and Fidelity Biosciences, the health care venture arm of Fidelity Investments.
An India-based messaging startup called Lookup announced today that it raised $3 million in a round led by Twitter cofounder Biz Stone.
The app lets local businesses and shoppers connect with one another, so customers can place orders, check prices and availability, and book appointments via chat.
FlyOnWall, a mobile video streaming and sharing app previously known as LiveLens, announced it raised $3 million in series B funding from undisclosed investors. The company plans to launch a news live streaming product with the funds from the round.
Native ads — which blend into the surrounding style of a website or app — are hot.
That heat has boiled up $2 million in seed funding for startup Avocarrot. The San Francisco-based company announced the investment today as a key step in its march to become the largest mobile ad exchange specifically for native ads.
GuestU, concierge service app for hospitality businesses, raised $1.1M from Portugal Ventures. It also announced today it signed up its first clients; the Taj Hotel and Queensgate Hotel in London.
This list will be updated with breaking funding news all day. Check back for more.