funding

  • Rick Marini on Branchout's New Round of Funding

    BranchOut Hits 25 Million Users, Nabs $25M In Series C Funding

    BranchOut is officially going for the big time. The company, which makes a professional social network that runs on top of Facebook, is announcing today it has closed on $25 million in new funding, bringing its total venture capital investment to $49 million. This latest batch of money, which serves as BranchOut’s Series C round, was led by the Mayfield Fund with the participation of… Read More

  • Flower Subscription Service H.Bloom Raises $10 Million

    Flower Subscription Service H.Bloom Raises $10 Million

    Subscription flower delivery Service H.Bloom, which once described itself as the ‘Netflix of Flowers,’ raised a $10 million Series B funding round today. The investment was lead by Shasta Ventures with the participation of a number of existing VC funds and angel investors, including Battery Ventures, Thomas Lehrman of Gerson Lerhman Group, and ShoeDazzle’s Brian Lee. Read More

  • [Excerpt] Fundraising: From $1,000 To $1,000,000

    [Excerpt] Fundraising: From $1,000 To $1,000,000

    Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from Onswipe CEO Jason L. Baptiste’s new book The Ultralight Startup: Launching a Business Without Clout or Capital. If you pay attention to the headlines about startups getting millions of dollars of funding from investors, venture capitalists, or partnerships, you might think the fund-raising process happens overnight. It all sounds so… Read More

  • SEO Service BrightEdge Raises $12.6M

    SEO Service BrightEdge Raises $12.6M

    BrightEdge, a startup that offers tools for large companies to manage their search engine rankings, has raised $12.6 million in a Series C round of funding. The round was led by new investor Intel Capital, with participation from existing backers Battery Ventures, Altos Ventures, and Illuminate Ventures. CEO Jim Yu says that brings BrightEdge’s total funding to a little more than $21… Read More

  • No Filter Required: Instagram Reportedly Raising $40M At $500M Valuation

    No Filter Required: Instagram Reportedly Raising $40M At $500M Valuation

    Instagram, the photo touch-up and sharing app, doesn’t make a penny in revenue from consumers, but it’s picking up users faster than you can click on a point-and-shoot camera, and the app is, well, just kind of great. Now, Instagram is poised to pick up another round of funding worth about $40 million, which will value the startup at $500 million, according to reports. According to… Read More

  • Wireless Memory Card Maker Eye-Fi Raises $20M Series D Led By NTT DOCOMO

    Wireless Memory Card Maker Eye-Fi Raises $20M Series D Led By NTT DOCOMO

    Eye-Fi, the maker of those nifty, wireless memory cards that automatically sync digital camera photos to your devices, as well as to cloud services like Facebook, Flickr, Picasa and YouTube, is today announcing it has raised $20 million in Series D funding. The round was led by NTT DOCOMO, the largest mobile operator in Japan, something which hints at the company’s plans towards… Read More

  • Startups: Durham Wants You In Their Smoffice

    Startups: Durham Wants You In Their Smoffice

    Durham (a city in North Carolina) is looking to vitalize their already burgeoning startup scene by giving away the “World’s Smallest Office,” a moniker I once reserved for my attic bathroom but can now be rendered unto a bit of space in the front of a Cafe in Durham’s beautiful Downtown. Although the office shown above appears to be more like a monkey cage than a… Read More

  • OpenLabel Exits Stealth, Raises $80K To Turn Barcodes Into Public Labels

    OpenLabel Exits Stealth, Raises $80K To Turn Barcodes Into Public Labels

    OpenLabel, a startup that wants to augment everyday products’ barcodes with crowd-sourced information that helps you decide whether to buy, has raised $80,000 in seed funding in a round led by Peter Kirwan, also an investor in IFTTT. Also participating in the round were Tim Drees and Doug Taylor. According to OpenLabel co-founder Scott Kennedy, this $80K is just the first part of a… Read More

  • Stealthy Startup timeRAZOR Raises $3.4M Pre-Launch, Partners With Major Household Brands

    Stealthy Startup timeRAZOR Raises $3.4M Pre-Launch, Partners With Major Household Brands

    Got FOMO? (That’s “fear of missing out” for those of you who don’t do slang.) There will soon be an app for that, or so says the $3.4 million in angel funding the stealthy D.C.-area startup called timeRAZOR has raised. In its pre-launch state, the curious company is already lining up brand partnerships with big names like Marriott and L’Oreal in preparation for… Read More

  • Lead Management Company Leads360 Raises $15 Million

    Lead Management Company Leads360 Raises $15 Million

    Leads360, a consumer sales automation and telephony platform, announced today it has completed a $15 million round of new funding. The round was led by Volition Capital and saw participation from existing Leads360 investor Rustic Canyon Partners. The company plans to use the funding to expand its product lineup, pursue strategic relationships and raise awareness about its platform. Read More

  • Conceptboard receives funding from HighTech Gruenderfonds, Seedfonds

    Conceptboard, a virtual whiteboard startup, which was in the news recently with their G+ Hangout feature, just announced that’ve raised “a 6-figure funding round” from two German investors. Details of the investment have not been shared publicly, but TechCrunch has learned that it was around 500.000 euros. It’s the startups series A round, and was led by… Read More

  • Cloud Computing Software Company Joyent Raises $85 Million To Pursue Global Growth

    Cloud Computing Software Company Joyent Raises $85 Million To Pursue Global Growth

    Cloud computing software and service provider Joyent has secured an $85 million round of new funding, the company is announcing today. The round was led by European group Weather Investment II. It also included Telefónica Digital, the growth arm of global telecom giant Telefónica, which participated as a strategic investor. Read More

  • Trion Grabs $85 Million To Bring New Life To The “Deep End” Of Online Gaming

    Trion Grabs $85 Million To Bring New Life To The “Deep End” Of Online Gaming

    Trion Worlds, a lesser known game development company headquartered in Silicon Valley, yesterday gave even further evidence that the “deep end” of online gaming is alive and well, announcing that it has raised an $85 million round of strategic growth equity financing from Ontario Teachers Pension Plan and Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments. The round adds to the $100 million… Read More

  • How To Create An Early-Stage Pitch Deck For Investors

    How To Create An Early-Stage Pitch Deck For Investors

    This is a guest post by Ryan Spoon (@ryanspoon), a principal at Polaris Ventures. Read more about Ryan on his blog at ryanspoon.com. When raising capital, a combination of your company’s product, vision, team and execution are what ultimately attract investment. And while the pitch deck is ultimately less important than vision and product, it exists to convey both elements and… Read More

  • Siri Sibling Trapit Raises $6.2 Million Series A From Horizons

    Siri Sibling Trapit Raises $6.2 Million Series A From Horizons

    Personalized web search tool Trapit, often called the sister to Apple’s Siri because both were built on the same artificial intelligence project from DARPA and SRI, has just raised $6.2 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Horizons Ventures, the Hong Kong-based venture fund that manages the investments for Facebook and Spotify investor Li Ka-shing. Horizons also… Read More

  • Eved Raises $9.5 M To Expand Its Online Marketplace For Meeting & Events Industry

    Eved Raises $9.5 M To Expand Its Online Marketplace For Meeting & Events Industry

    Chicago-based Eved, an online marketplace for the meeting and events industry, has raised $9.5 million in a Series B round by New World Ventures and MK Capital. The funding will be used to scale and expand the company’s proprietary platform which provides those in the event industry supply chain with a sourcing, marketing and e-commerce solution. Read More

  • Enterprise Cloud File Sharing Provider Accellion Secures $12 Million

    Enterprise Cloud File Sharing Provider Accellion Secures $12 Million

    Enterprise cloud file sharing company Accellion has raised $12 million in a new Series 3 round from private equity firm Riverwood Capital. The company will use the additional funding to accelerate growth, invest in enterprise mobile file sharing products, pursue partnerships and international expansion. Read More

  • Outbrain Raises $35M In Series D Funding For Content Discovery Platform

    Outbrain Raises $35M In Series D Funding For Content Discovery Platform

    Today, content discovery platform Outbrain is announcing it has secured $35 million in Series D funding in a round led by Index Ventures. Existing investors Carmel Ventures and Lightspeed Venture Partners also participated in the round. As a part of the deal, Dominique Vidal, partner at Index Ventures, will join the company’s Board of Directors. Read More

  • Cloud Application Services Company Iron.io Raises $1.4 Million Seed Round From Baseline

    Cloud Application Services Company Iron.io Raises $1.4 Million Seed Round From Baseline

    Cloud application services provider Iron.io has just closed a $1.4 million round of seed funding, led by Baseline Ventures, the same investors who led the seed rounds for Instagram, TaskRabbit, Heroku, Weebly and many others. Additional investors participating in this round are Ignition Partners, Cloud Capital Partners, Citrix Systems, Jonathan Siegel, Matt Ocko, Jared Kopf and Lance… Read More

  • DaWanda secures €4 million to go international

    The discussion regarding copycats of US startups in europe is still an ongoing one, and largely due to the fact that the copycats are often heartless rip-offs. DaWanda, a marketplace for DIY goods, took the successful concept of Etsy, which was founded in 2005, to Europe and has since then grown into a company with 65 employees and 1,9 million products for sale. But in contrast to other… Read More