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David Jones raises $340 million to launch “the world’s first Brandtech group”
Former chief of the advertising and public relations company Havas, David Jones, announced today he raised $350 million for You and Mr. Jones, his brand-building company, and You and Mr. Jones Brandtech Ventures. The company is supposed to be “the world’s first Brandtech group.”
You and Mr. Jones says it will use the money from the round to fund early stage and high-growth technology startups. The company’s first move was to fund “minority investments in Pixlee and Mashable.” Six undisclosed investors participated in the round.
Phone calls from customers are time-consuming for brands, but they’re chock-full of useful info.
Convirza specializes in sifting that info by automatically letting the brand know what marketing led to the call and by judging how good a lead it is. Today, the Salt Lake City-based company is announcing it has raised a new round of more than $20 million.
In total, Convirza has raised just under $25 million. The company claims over 1,200 customers and says it has revenue growth of over 800 percent in the past two years.
This series B round, whose lead investor is a “large East Coast-based investment group” that prefers anonymity, will be used for product development, growth, and acquisitions. In April, Convirza bought the call-tracking division of CallSource. Other investors include Josh James, Todd Pederson, and Rick Alden.
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Coupons startup Personali raises $12M
Online discount tool for retailers Personali announced today that it raised $12 million in a series B round led by Norwest Venture Partners; Dror Nahumi, Norwest’s general partner, will join Personali’s board.
The startup personalizes coupons for the retailer’s costumers based on their activity. Personali said it has “generated over $200 million in incremental revenue for retailers.”
Personali says it’ll use the funds for expansion and hiring tech talent in Tel Aviv.
For at least one company, the Internet of Things would more appropriately be called the Internet of Everything.
Or Evrythng, as the vowel-averse company prefers to spell its name. Today, this maker of the Smart Products Platform announced it has rounded up $7.5 million in new funding so it can get everything in order.
8tracks, a San Francisco startup that runs a online radio service that allows people to create and listen to playlists, announced today that it has taken on $2.5 million in debt money from Silicon Valley Bank. It’s not about keeping the lights on; 8tracks is profitable. The money will help 8tracks do more to personalize its service for users.
8tracks started in 2008; it claims to have more than 8 million monthly listeners.
To date it has raised $3 million, not including the new debt round. Andreessen Horowitz, Index Ventures, SoftTech, Craig Kallman, and Steve Aoki have previously invested. The startup employs 32 people, with seven of them selling ads.
Employment marketplace Vettery raises $1.7M
Vettery, an employment search startup that “showcases” prospective employees to New York companies, announced today that it raised $1.7 million in seed funding from undisclosed angel investors. The company says the funding will help it support its technology and employees.
Messaging app Dasher has taken another round of funding, bringing its total raised to roughly $2 million. Prominent venture capital firms Greycroft, Accel Partners, and Betaworks contributed to this latest round of $840,000.
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