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Consumer United raises $14M in funding

As per BetaBoston, Consumer United in Boston, MA has raised $14M in funding.  The round of funding was led by Spark Capital & Thayer Street Partners.  Consumer United is an online independent insurance agency.  READ MORE

ezCater Raises $4M in Growth Capital

ezCater, Inc, the only national player in online catering ordering for business meetings, is completing a raise of growth capital, for $3M. This follows the $1M in growth capital raised in 2013. Investors include Breton Capital Management (a private equity firm), Launchpad Venture Group (one of the country’s 5 most active angel groups), and super angels such as ZipCar investor Jill Preotle.

The company will use much of the new capital to add 20,000 caterers to its site. “We already offer customers the widest selection of caterers to order from. Within 12 months, you’ll be able to order catering online at ezCater.com from well over 50,000 caterers nationwide,” said Stefania Mallett, CEO.

GroupZoom raises $3M in funding

As reported by The Boston Globe, GroupZoom has raised $3M in funding from a variety of individual investors, including Scott Griffith (former CEO at Zipcar and now a Partner at General Catalyst).  GroupZoom is the creator of Bridj, the world's first pop-up mass transit network. It revolutionizes inter-city mass transportation by connecting travelers directly with their destinations.  READ MORE

Drync Secures $2.1M in Funding

Drync, a top wine app and leader in visual commerce, today announced it has secured $2.1M from marquee venture and individual investors and has expanded its executive team with the addition of Brian Carr, who has been named COO of the company. Carr comes to Drync from Springpad, a venture-funded Evernote competitor and TIME Magazine top 50 app two years running, where he was VP of Marketing.

Investors in this round include Cross Link Ventures, Great Oaks Venture Capital, KEC Ventures and Foundry Group, which led the largest syndicate on AngelList to date, raising over $434k for Drync. Hubspot founder, Darmesh Shah and ScanScout founder, Wakit Lau, also made individual investments in the company. This seed round is on top of a $900k initial investment in August. READ MORE

Smarter raises $1.6M in funding

Smarterer has been making some major waves as the company evolves towards solving an enterprise problem for companies with their skills assessment platform called Flock.

As part of this shift, Smarterer raised $1.6M in funding, which puts their total funding to date at $4.6M.  Investors in the company include Google Ventures, True Ventures, Boston Seed Capital, Rethink Education, Deborah Quazzo (Founder & Managing Partner of GSV Advisors), and many additional seed investors.  READ MORE

Alignable raises $3.54M in funding

As per SEC filings, Alignable in Waltham, MA has raised $3.45M in funding.  Alignable is the place where local businesses create powerful local networks to maximize their local reach and grow. As businesses grow so does the entire community. Alignable’s patent-pending matching technology makes finding the right local businesses to market with fun and easy- making “The power of local” real for businesses...  READ MORE

Timbre acquired by Seatwave

We are incredibly excited to tell you our big news - Timbre has been acquired by Seatwave! Seatwave is the leading ticketing marketplace for fans in the UK, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to work with the brilliant and passionate team there. The Timbre team is working closely with Seatwave to create a brand new best-in-class experience for live music discovery. The acquisition doesn’t mean the end of Timbre; it will continue to deliver concert listings across the globe.

The team behind Timbre’s acquisition, led by Seatwave CEO Ajay Chowdhury...  READ MORE

Vistaprint acquires Pixartprinting

Vistaprint N.V. (Nasdaq: VPRT), a leading online provider of professional marketing products and services to micro businesses and the home, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Pixartprinting Srl for a base purchase price of approximately €127 million, resulting in Vistaprint ownership of 97 percent of Pixartprinting, and 3 percent retained ownership by Pixartprinting’s founder. As part of the transaction, Vistaprint will assume 100 percent of the majority stake in Pixartprinting that is currently held by private equity firm Alcedo SGR. The agreement also includes a sliding-scale earn-out of up to €10 million for Pixartprinting, subject to the achievement of revenue and EBITDA performance targets for calendar year 2014. Vistaprint expects Pixartprinting will have a net debt position of €18 million at the close of the transaction. READ MORE

Bottomline Technologies to Acquire Andera

Bottomline Technologies (NASDAQ: EPAY), a leading provider of cloud-based payment, invoice and digital banking solutions, today announced it will acquire Andera, a provider of innovative customer acquisition solutions. Andera has helped its over 500 bank and credit union customers process more than 4.5 million new account applications online. Andera’s oFlows platform was named “Best of Show” at Finovate four times and Bank Technology News recently named Andera one of the “Top10TechCompanies toWatch.

As the digital channel emerges as customerspreferred way to do business with banks, financial institutions are investing in web-based technologies to sell, service and engage with their customers. Andera’s market-leading customer acquisition solutions enable financial institutions to accelerate revenue growth through their intuitive online account opening and customer engagement capabilities.  READ MORE

Circle raises $17M in funding

Circle Internet Financial, a digital currency company, today announced that it has closed $17 million in Series B financing, bringing its total raise to date to $26 million. Breyer Capital, Accel Partners and General Catalyst Partners were joined by new investor Oak Investment Partners to lead the round. Other Series B investors included Pantera Capital; the Bitcoin Opportunity Fund of Barry Silbert, founder and chief executive officer of SecondMarket, Inc. and founder of the Bitcoin Investment Trust; Leonard H. Schrank, former chief executive officer of SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication); and, Circle board member M. Michele Burns. Fenway Summer, a leading consumer finance advisory and venture firm led by Circle board member Raj Date, was also an investor in the Series B financing.  READ MORE

HourlyNerd raises $4M in funding

We’re thrilled and honored to announce that HourlyNerd has recently raised Series A funding from two of the world’s premier venture capital firms: Highland Capital and Greylock Partners.  Partnering with firms like Highland and Greylock will allow us to help even more businesses across the world.  Our unwavering goal is to allow businesses of all sizes to get access to top quality MBA freelancers while also allowing top-tier business talent to work more flexibly.  We’d like to send a BIG thank you to all of our current and past business customers and Nerds – we couldn’t have gotten to this point without you!  READ MORE

Unsully acquired by Handybook

As per their blog post, Unsully has been acquired by Handybook.  Unsully is a startup founded by Joe Nigro and was focused on providing premium car washes to homes.  Joe will be joining as Handybook's General Manager for their Boston operations.  READ MORE

Flashnotes acquires Moolaguides

Flashnotes.com, the student-to-student study materials marketplace, today announced that it has agreed to acquire Moolaguides, an online study materials marketplace started by Florida State University senior Thomas Brady. The second acquisition for Flashnotes.com following its purchase of NoteUtopia in 2013, Moolaguides.com has generated a quarter of a million in revenue and has a strong user base at Florida State University and surrounding colleges University of South Florida and University of Florida. The acquisition follows Flashnotes.com's recent $3.6 million Series A round of funding as the peer-learning platform continues its expansion to colleges and universities across the country.  READ MORE

Wayfair raises $157M in funding

Wayfair, the largest online retailer of home furnishings and décor, today announced that it has raised $157 million in equity financing to fuel continued growth of the company’s portfolio of home brands. The Series B investment round, led by funds and accounts managed by T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc., encompassed a limited number of key investors, including industry leading growth focused mutual funds, as well as a private investment from Julie M.B. Bradley, TripAdvisor CFO and Wayfair board member.

“Wayfair is heading into 2014 with tremendous momentum and growth as more and more shoppers opt for one of our exceptional ecommerce shopping experiences,” said Niraj Shah, CEO and co-founder of Wayfair.  READ MORE

PillPack raises $4M in funding

As reported by The Wall Street Journal, PillPack with offices in Somerviile, MA and Manchester, NH has raised $4M in funding.  PillPack is an online pharmacy that is leveraging service and technology to simplify the management of complex medication regimes for the 32 million people taking more than 5 medications a month.  PillPack's Series A round of funding was $3.5M with Atlas Venture and Founder Collective as investors.  The company originally raised $550K upon graduating from TechStars.  READ MORE

Flashnotes raises $3.6M in funding

As per SEC filings, Flashnotes in Boston has raised $3.6M in funding.  Flashnotes hosts an online marketplace where students buy and sell college study materials  READ MORE

Rocketmiles raises $6.5M in funding

Rocketmiles today announced that is has raised another $6.5 million to fuel expansion in the U.S. and international markets.  The Series-A round was led by August Capital, with participation from existing investors Peterson Ventures, Link Ventures and Atlas Venture.  New investors include Chicago Ventures and Sam Yagan, CEO at Match.com.

Launched less than a year ago, Rocketmiles is a travel-booking site that helps consumers get on vacation faster through a new class of miles ... READ MORE

Flytenow raises funding

The Boston Dorm Room fund is proud to announce its second investment, Flytenow. Led by Northeastern student and CEO Matt Voska, Flytenow is built from a passion that has resonate with Voska since childhood: the ability and accessibility to share and spread the experience of taking flight on a private plane.  READ MORE

Practically Green raises $3M in funding

Practically Green, the leading provider of digital sustainability engagement programs, today announced that the company has closed a $3 Million Series A round of venture funding. The funding was led by CommonAngels, the Boston-based angel group focused on funding IT startups, and the clean-tech family office Pan Asia Solar, and supported by Clean Energy Venture Group and Launchpad Venture Group. The company will use the funds for product development, continued development of sustainability and CSR engagement programs, and further sales and marketing goals. As part of the announcement, Practically Green has also hired industry veterans, Mark Bissell to Head of Customer Success and Jim Tramel to Head of Sales. READ MORE

Change Collective raises $1.4M in funding

Change Collective has raised $1.4M in funding.  Investors in the round include Founder Collective, NextView Ventures and Eniac Ventures.  Change Collective is a a life betterment site/mobile app with a mission to give people "the tools to succeed with change."  READ MORE

Drizly raises $2.25M in funding

Today, millions of people in New York City and Boston can have beer, wine and liquor delivered to their doorstep, thanks to Drizly, the new iPhone app from Drizly, Inc. The app will reach many more consumers and U.S. cities in the next six months as the company announces today a round of $2.25 million in seed funding to fuel its growth.

Conceived by three classmates from Boston College in 2011, Drizly is unlike any existing or rival system for delivering beer, wine and liquor. Drizly gives consumers the ultimate convenience of swiping their way to a fast and responsible on-demand delivery experience from their iPhone. Furthermore, the company’s turnkey solutions provide retail stores a simple, secure way to offer convenient, and responsible on-demand liquor delivery.  READ MORE

Care.com goes public

Today was a big day for Care.com as it officially went public this morning, with its shares, initially priced at $17, jumping a third in early trading to $22.55 (update: they closed the day at $24.30 - a 42.94% increase) . The company, who originally was expected to price its shares at $14 to $16, is having a good day so far even though the market in general is trending downward today.  READ MORE

Teespring raises $20M in funding

Providence, R.I.-based Teespring, a Y Combinator-backed startup that allows anyone to outsource the production and distribution costs involved with selling their own custom T-shirts, has raised $20 million in new funding in a round entirely led by Andreessen Horowitz. The funding, which closed around a month ago, will also see the firm’s Lars Dalgaard joining Teespring’s board.  READ MORE

Shuttersong raises an additional $500K bringing seed round to $2.2M

Shuttersong, the app that allows users to embed music and sound into a playable JPEG image, announced an additional $500,000 investment in its Seed Round. Gil Anderson, a former partner at Accenture, added the investment to the round which brings Shuttersong's total seed funding to $2.2M. Anderson will also join Shuttersong’s Board of Directors.  READ MORE

BabbaCo acquired by Barefoot Books

Barefoot Books, the award-winning, independent children’s publisher, has acquired BabbaCo, the e-commerce subscription company dedicated to helping parents create fun, memorable experiences for their children. 

Jessica Kim, CEO and Founder of BabbaCo, joins Barefoot Books as President, Barefoot Living, at a time when the company is poised for high growth as a global lifestyle brand. Over the years, Barefoot has gained the reputation as a pioneer in the publishing industry, with its visionary brand and high quality product offer. The company is now focused on growing its community of home-based Ambassadors who run their own businesses and live Barefoot. All are connected by an appreciation of the importance of creativity, imagination and diversity, and by a commitment to raising happy, healthy, caring children.  READ MORE

peerTransfer raises $6.2M in funding

peerTransfer in Boston, MA has raised $6.2M in funding.  peerTransfer is a creator of innovative global payment solutions.  Investor include Devonshire Investors, Spark Capital, QED Investors, & Maveron.  Focused on the education industry, the company enables international students at hundreds of schools globally to save time and money when making or receiving international payments. READ MORE

DealerRater raises $25M in funding

DealerRater, the world’s premier car dealer review website, announced today that it has received an equity investment from Great Hill Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm focused on growth companies. Great Hill Partners invested out of its $1.1 billion fourth fund. DealerRater will use the financing to continue its global expansion, accelerate product innovation and invest in additional sales and marketing resources. The company will continue to evaluate strategic acquisition opportunities, with additional equity capital available from Great Hill Partners.  READ MORE

DraftKings raises $24M in funding

DraftKings, Inc., a leading provider of daily fantasy sports online and in mobile with offerings in fantasy baseball, fantasy football, fantasy basketball, and fantasy hockey, has closed a $24M Series B round of funding led by Redpoint Ventures, with participation by GGV Capital, Atlas Venture, and BDS Ventures. DraftKings plans to use the money to fund marketing and acquisition, develop strategic partnerships, and to hire key talent. Featuring daily fantasy sports contests and same-day settlement, DraftKings makes playing fantasy sports simpler and faster for both seasoned and casual players.  READ MORE

StudentUniverse Acquires WeHostels

StudentUniverse announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire WeHostels – a mobile travel agency that allows users to book budget accommodation through its best-in-class mobile applications. The announcement comes less than two months after StudentUniverse’s first international expansion into the UK.  READ MORE

CoachUp raises $6.7M in funding

CoachUp, the nation’s leading private coaching company, has raised $6.7 million in its Series A round, co-led by venture capital firms Point Judith Capital and General Catalyst Partners.

“We are pleased to continue to support CoachUp — we love the marketplace they are building.  There’s a significant opportunity for CoachUp to connect consumers with fitness professionals,” said David Fialkow, managing director of General Catalyst Partners, both a Seed and Series A investor.  READ MORE