Data Mgmt / Business Intelligence
Utilidata Raises Funding
UtiliData, Inc., a leading supplier of voltage optimization products for the electric grid, has completed a round of financing led by Braemar Energy Ventures. The financing will accelerate the advancement and expansion of the company’s AdaptiVolt™ Volt/VAR Optimization product, which allows utilities and large industrial companies to realize significant energy efficiency gains as well as improved reliability. The funding comes in the wake of the successful AdaptiVolt™ system performances in major utilities across North America, where it has demonstrated operational excellence, along with robust, measurable results...READ MORE
Utilidata Raises $20M in Series B Funding
Utilidata, Inc., a leading supplier of voltage optimization and digital automation systems for the electric utility industry, today announced that it has secured more than $20 million in Series B financing. Formation 8 Partners and Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures (‘SAEV’) led the round and were joined by existing investors Braemar Energy Ventures and American Electric Power – one of the nation’s largest utilities. The funding will allow Utilidata to bring new advances and innovation related to digital automation, voltage optimization, and systems management to market, and further expands its presence in North America, Asia and the Middle East. Formation 8 founder Jim Kim will join Utilidata’s board of directors...READ MORE
Next Step Living Raises $18.2M in Series C Funding
Next Step Living, Inc., a leader in residential energy efficiency and renewable energy, has raised $18.2 million in a Series C financing. New investor VantagePoint Capital Partners led the round. Existing investors, including Black Coral Capital and Mass Green Energy Fund, also participated in the round, which remains open.
The financing allows Next Step Living to expand its geographic base and thus serve homeowners in Connecticut, Maryland, and other states on the Atlantic Coast. To date, Next Step Living has primarily conducted its operations in Massachusetts...READ MORE
Sqrrl Secures $7M Series B financing
Sqrrl, the Big Data Analytics company that develops software to uncover hidden patterns, trends, and links in data, has announced the launch of Sqrrl Enterprise 2.0. The release of Sqrrl Enterprise 2.0 coincides with securing $7M of Series B financing, led by Rally Ventures and with participation by existing investors, Atlas Venture and Matrix Partners.
“Sqrrl is at the intersection of two of the most important trends facing the enterprise: cybersecurity and Big Data,” says new Sqrrl investor, Zenas Hutcheson of Rally Ventures. “Sqrrl’s technology can help both Fortune 1000 companies and government agencies prevent themselves from becoming the next cyber incident headline story.” READ MORE
RapidMiner Raises $15M in Funding
RapidMiner, the industry’s easiest-to-use Modern Analytics platform, today announced it closed $15 million in Series B investment led by Ascent Venture Partners and Longworth Venture Partners, with renewed commitment from Series A investors, Earlybird Venture Capital and Open Ocean Capital. This brings the total investment in RapidMiner to $20 million. The new capital will enable RapidMiner to execute on aggressive growth plans as the company furthers its global agenda to bring self-service advanced analytics to next-generation data scientists.
“The Big Data rush is here today, and companies that can quickly and efficiently capitalize on this will emerge leaders,” shared Luke Burns, partner at Ascent Venture Partners. “RapidMiner’s code-free advanced analytics platform puts the power of modern analytics into the hands of business analysts and data scientists, optimizing productivity and making it easier for anyone to use predictive analytics.” READ MORE
MediSafe Raises $6 Million
MediSafe™, the leading global medication management platform with over 1.3 million mobile downloads across iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, announced today that it has raised a $6 million Series A Round led by Pitango Venture Capital. Others participating in the round include 7wire ventures, as well as investors from previous rounds, including lool Ventures, TriVentures and Eyal Gura.
MediSafe’s mobile-first approach involves creating personalized interventions to the major causes of non-adherence – forgetfulness, lack of support, emotional distress, information overload, low engagement, and rising medication costs. Through its platform, the company is enabling tighter care coordination between patients, caregivers or “MedFriends,” physicians, and other providers. READ MORE
Dun & Bradstreet Acquires NetProspex
Dun & Bradstreet (NYSE: DNB), the world's leading source of commercial information and insight on businesses, today announced that it has acquired NetProspex, the Massachusetts-based company that is a leader in B2B professional contact data and data management. The acquisition combines NetProspex's comprehensive professional contact database with Dun & Bradstreet's proprietary global business data and analytics.
"Dun & Bradstreet already provides our customers and partners the most comprehensive view of companies around the world, and now our customers can reach the largest, most accurate set of decision makers and decision influencers," said Bob Carrigan, president and chief executive officer and director of Dun & Bradstreet. "This acquisition fills a growing need for marketers by providing an actionable view of companies and the people who run them, putting quality relationship insight at the center of their marketing data strategy." READ MORE
DataGravity Closes $50 Million Series C Round
DataGravity, creator of the first data-aware storage platform, today announced that it has raised $50 million in a series C investment round led by Silicon Valley venture capital firm Accel Partners. Previous investors Andreessen Horowitz, CRV and General Catalyst Partners also provided strong support in the round. The company will use this investment to accelerate product development, expand upon its go-to-market strategy and support customers’ technology and service needs in their pursuit of data insights that propel business forward. The series C round brings total investments in DataGravity to $92 million.
The funding comes at the end of a capstone year in which DataGravity launched the industry’s first data-aware storage platform, the DataGravity Discovery Series. DataGravity was built on the belief that storage should do more than just store data. The Discovery Series, introduced in August and shipped in October 2014, combines primary storage, data protection, data governance, and search and discovery into an integrated appliance that makes businesses more successful by uncovering data insights that were previously inaccessible. DataGravity customers can better understand their data and streamline data management, reduce business risk and increase user productivity. READ MORE
InsightSquared Closes $13.5M
InsightSquared Inc. raised $13.5 million for what founder Fred Shilmover calls "affordable business intelligence"--software to help small and medium-size businesses analyze their sales and marketing data for answers to questions that are hard to answer given currently available software.
The Series C round comes from current investors Atlas Venture, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and NextView Ventures along with a new investor, Two Sigma Ventures. READ MORE
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Cazena Raises $8 Million In Series A Funding
BIG DATA STARTUP CAZENA RAISES $8 MILLION IN SERIES A FUNDING LED BY ANDREESSEN HOROWITZ & NORTH BRIDGE VENTURE PARTNERS
Cazena today announced it has assembled a team of technology luminaries to take on the next challenge in big data. To execute its vision, Cazena has raised $8 million in Series A funding led by Andreessen Horowitz and North Bridge Venture Partners.
Cazena was founded by former leaders from Netezza where the team pioneered big data appliances. Netezza was acquired by IBM in 2010 for $1.7 billion. “We are thrilled to announce Cazena and our investors,” said Prat Moghe, founder and CEO of Cazena. Moghe was previously senior vice president at Netezza, where he launched the latest generation of its market-leading appliance and brings a wealth of experience in the space. “Today big data is too hard and too slow. It takes months to implement enterprise big data infrastructure, and millions of dollars of on-going annual investment of resources that do not scale with growing data.” READ MORE
Quantopian Raises $15M in Funding
Algorithmic investing platform, Quantopian announced today that it has secured $15 million in Series B financing from lead investor Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP), with returning top-tier investors, Khosla Ventures, Spark Capital, and Wicklow Capital also participating. With this round of funding, the company will develop the Quantopian Managers Program - a hedge fund that allocates capital to the top-performing quants in the community.
As part of the funding, BVP partner Rob Stavis will join the board of directors. “Quantopian is the premier developer platform for algorithmic trading across various security types and has an unparalleled community of top algorithmic and financial talent,” said partner, Rob Stavis. “We are excited to work with Quantopian to create a new category in asset management. For Bessemer, it’s an exciting business that exists at the intersection of two areas of investment interest: disruptive asset management and platforms for software developers...READ MORE
Nara Logics Raises $6m In Series A-2 Financing
Nara Logics, Inc., a Cambridge, MA-based artificial intelligence company focused on turning big data into smart data, raised $6m in Series A-2 financing round.
The round was led by .406 Ventures with participation from existing investors including Peter de Roetth, president of Account Management LLC. In conjunction with the funding, Larry Begley from .406 Ventures will join Nara Logics’ Board of Directors while neuroscientist Mriganka Sur will join Nara’s advisory board. READ MORE
EverTrue Raises $8M Series B
EverTrue (www.evertrue.com), a social donor management platform, today announced $8Min Series B funding led by Bain Capital Ventures, with participation from Silicon Valley Bank. This latest round of funding brings the company's total financing to $14.5M. EverTrue plans to use the capital to support further investments in engineering, data science and customer success.
TechStars Boston alumnus and MassChallenge winner EverTrue works with more than 250 organizations, including leading higher education institutions and independent schools. Powered by social networks including LinkedIn and Facebook, the EverTrue platform provides real-time intelligence to support donor identification and prospect management... READ MORE
Teradata Acquires Hadapt
On July 17th, Teradata acquired assets of Hadapt, including experienced big data technologists and intellectual property...
From Hadapt, Teradata has gained an experienced engineering team with deep big data knowledge that will be leveraged to enhance and move forward the Teradata Unified Data Architecture. READ MORE
Luminoso Lands $6.5M In Series A
As reported by TechCrunch Luminoso has raised $6.5 Million in Series A Funding. Luminoso is a Text analytics and understanding company spun out of the MIT Media Lab. READ MORE
Gartner Acquires Senexx
Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT), the leading provider of research and analysis on the global information technology industry, today announced that it has acquired Senexx, a cloud-based questions and answers platform that identifies and manages expertise within organizations.
Gartner will leverage Senexx’s proven expertise to significantly enhance its web search capability and augment its content recommendation engine and proprietary social platforms. This will further strengthen the overall value Gartner provides to its clients worldwide and is consistent with the Company’s strategy to continuously improve the quality of its products and the service it delivers. READ MORE
Next Step Living Secures $25 Million in Series D Financing
Next Step Living, New England’s leading provider of home energy solutions, has received $25 million in Series D funding, the company announced today. Led by new investor Braemar Energy Ventures, the funding also includes several leading earlier-stage investors. Among them are VantagePoint Capital Partners and Black Coral Capital.
The funding caps a record growth period for Next Step Living which since 2008 has helped more than 75,000 households become more energy-efficient and adopt renewable energy. Earlier this year, the company ranked first as the fastest-growing private company in Massachusetts and was named to the prestigious TiE50 “2014 Global Hot Technology Start-up Watch List.” Additionally, company founder and CEO Geoff Chapin this month was named EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014TM in New England. READ MORE
RapidMiner has Acquired Radoop
As reported by TechCrunch, RapidMiner has acquired Radoop. RapidMiner is a big data, analytics platform company based in Cambridge, MA... READ MORE
Luminoso Raises $1.5M in Funding
As per SEC filings, Luminoso in Cambridge, MA has raised $1.5M in funding. The round of funding was led by local angel investor, George Kassabgi. Luminoso is a text analytics and understanding company spun out of the MIT Media Lab. READ MORE
Swipely Raises $20M in Funding
Swipely, a Providence, RI-based platform for merchants to understand customers and grow sales, completed a $20m Series C round of financing.
The round was led by Pritzker Group Venture Capital, with participation from existing investors First Round Capital, Index Ventures and Shasta Ventures... READ MORE
Tamr, Inc. Announces More Than $16 Million in Financing
Tamr, Inc., of Cambridge, Mass., a new company founded by big-data serial entrepreneurs Andy Palmer and Michael Stonebraker, today unveiled software that dramatically reduces the time-to-value for enterprises that want to exploit all their data. The announcement was made at the DataBeat 2014 conference, which runs May 19-20 in San Francisco.
The company also announced today that it has received more than $16 million in financing led by Google Ventures and New Enterprise Associates (NEA). Rich Miner of Google Ventures and Peter Barris from NEA have joined Tamr’s board of directors. They join database pioneer Jerry Held, who is chairman of the board, alongside Andy Palmer and Michael Stonebraker. READ MORE
QPID HEALTH SECURES $12.3M SERIES B FUNDING
QPID Health, which has committed to bringing clinical intelligence to healthcare providers to improve outcomes and lower costs, today announced a $12.3M Series B round of funding led by New York City-based New Leaf Venture Partners. The company will use the investment to meet the market demand for its clinical intelligence solution, which promotes cost-effective and high quality patient care by making it easy for clinicians get access to patient data stored in electronic health records (EHRs) and other backend data repositories. The QPID software, which sits on top of virtually any EHR, has proven that it can generate a strong ROI for hospitals and physician practices. QPID Health welcomes New Leaf’s Managing Director Philippe Chambon to its board of directors.
Today’s investment enables QPID to accelerate the growth of the company and support wider use of its proven software solution in leading hospitals and healthcare systems in the U.S. Current customers include Massachusetts General and Brigham & Women’s Hospitals as well as other members of the Partners HealthCare system. Implementations in other leading medical centers across the country are under way. READ MORE
Profitect Announces Motorola Solutions Investment
Profitect, a profit amplification solutions provider, announced today an investment by Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) through its strategic investment arm, Motorola Solutions Venture Capital. This investment will be used to further Profitect's global growth in the world of data analytics.
"Profitect has a compelling retail-specific pattern-seeking analytics platform that provides highly actionable information from the vast amount of data being collected from stores today," said Reese Schroeder, managing director, Motorola Solutions Venture Capital. "The Profitect solution provides data to retailers that allow associates to take immediate, guided action to resolve problems that impact shoppers and profits." READ MORE
DataXu Acquires JasperLabs
Today, JasperLabs, the dynamic creative optimization (DCO) company I founded three years ago, was acquired by DataXu. Before I had even met the DataXu team, I used to reference a nice DataXu study in which it’s shown that creative is one of the most significant drivers of campaign performance. So as you can imagine, I’m extremely excited to have JasperLabs technology become part of the DataXu programmatic marketing stack...Read More
Wellframe raises $1.5M in funding
Wellframe, a Boston-based company that combines mobile technology and artificial intelligence to amplify caring clinical relationships by engaging patients in personalized care plans, today announced that the company has secured $1.5M in seed funding from leading entrepreneurs and investors. These include, among others, athenahealth CEO, Jonathan Bush, Founder and Managing Director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Tim Draper, President of the British Medical Association, Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, Former Global Managing Director at Accenture, Russ Nash, Venture Partner at Fidelity Biosciences, Carl Byers and Founder and Managing Partner, Leerink Capital Partners, James Nahirny. Wellframe was also a member company of Rock Health's fourth class. READ MORE
Morningstar acquires ByAllAccounts
Morningstar, Inc. (NASDAQ: MORN), a leading provider of independent investment research, today acquired ByAllAccounts, Inc., a provider of innovative data aggregation technology for financial applications.
ByAllAccounts uses a knowledge-based process, including patented artificial intelligence technology, to collect, consolidate, and enrich financial account data and deliver it to virtually any platform. The company has built a network of more than 2,100 clients, 4,300 custodians, and 40 platform and service providers. Clients include independent financial advisors, asset managers, wealth managers/family offices, trust companies, and broker-dealers. Currently, more than $730 billion in assets move daily through the ByAllAccounts aggregation engine. READ MORE
Actifio raises $100M in funding
Actifio, the copy data virtualization company, today announced it has secured an oversubscribed $100M funding round led by Tiger Global Management, LLC, with participation from current investors North Bridge, Greylock IL, Advanced Technology Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, and Technology Crossover Ventures. Actifio will use the funds to accelerate expansion of market coverage, global brand development, and product feature enhancements in the world’s leading data management solution for virtualized and Cloud IT architectures.
“From the start we have focused on building the next great technology brand with a singular focus on delighting our customers with revolutionary technology, enterprise-class service, and transformative business results,” said Ash Ashutosh, Founder and CEO, Actifio. “Having shone a light on the $46 Billion global copy data problem, we will use this funding round to expand our copy data virtualization solution across the Global 2000; enable our cloud service provider partners to build thriving businesses powered by Actifio.. READ MORE
Localytics raises $16M in funding
Localytics (www.localytics.com), provider of the most powerful analytics and marketing platform for mobile and web apps, announced today it has raised $16M in Series C financing led by new investor Foundation Capital. Existing investor, Polaris Partners, also participated in this round. Localytics will use the new funding to accelerate investments in product development, sales and customer service, and to fuel international expansion. The new financing brings total capital raised to $25M.
The new financing comes on the heels of a record-breaking year for Localytics during which it tripled revenues for the fifth straight year. In 2013, Localytics grew its customer base significantly, with new customers such as ESPN, Clear Channel and SoundCloud joining its already broad customer base that includes industry leaders such as eBay, Fox and Microsoft. The company also opened offices in San Francisco and London. Localytics is now used by more than 5,000 companies, and is installed in over 1.4 billion devices across the globe. READ MORE
VoltDB raises $8M in funding
VoltDB today announced that it has closed $8 million in Series B funding. The round was led by a Silicon Valley luminary with participation from two additional independent investors as well as existing stakeholders Sigma Partners and Kepha Partners. This funding represents the first in a succession of strategic developments to be announced which bolster VoltDB’s ability to support next-generation “smart” applications that tap Big Data and the Internet of Things.
With more than 400 commercial customers and a highly differentiated product proven in mission critical applications, VoltDB will use the funds to accelerate sales and marketing as well as global expansion. VoltDB’s “no compromise” design gives customers the world’s most powerful platform with unparalleled speed and capacity to process, analyze and make decisions on massive amounts of incoming data in real-time (milliseconds). VoltDB’s customers use the company’s unique in-memory architecture to power everything from mission critical enterprise applications, transportation systems and electricity management, to mobile and advertising networks. READ MORE
Spotify acquires The Echo Nest
Spotify today announced that it will acquire the industry’s leading music intelligence company, The Echo Nest. The acquisition supports Spotify’s strategy to grow global music consumption and overall revenue back to the music industry by building the best user experience and music discovery engine for millions of global fans.
This deal will allow Spotify to leverage The Echo Nest’s in depth musical understanding and tools for curation to drive music discovery for millions of users around the globe. The addition of The Echo Nest to Spotify will also strengthen Spotify’s ability to help brands and partners build amazing music experiences for their audiences. READ MORE