Data Mgmt / Business Intelligence
Teradyne to Acquire Universal Robots
Teradyne has signed an agreement to purchase Universal Robots (UR), the world’s leading maker of collaborative robots (cobots), based in Odense, Denmark. Cobots are low-cost, easy-to-deploy, simple-to-program robots that work side by side with production workers to improve quality and increase manufacturing efficiency. They automate tasks including machine tending, packaging, gluing, painting, polishing and assembling parts and are deployed in the automotive, food and agriculture, furniture and equipment, metal and machining, plastics and polymers, and pharma and chemicals industries.
Teradyne will provide revenue synergies, financial strength and global reach that will help accelerate Universal Robots growth. The acquisition provides Teradyne early access in an emerging market on the cusp of rapid growth. READ MORE
Rapid7 Acquires NT OBJECTives (NTO)
Rapid7, a leading provider of security data and analytics software and services, announced today that it has acquired NT OBJECTives (NTO), the web and mobile application security testing company, expanding Rapid7's Threat Exposure Management offering to further meet the needs of modern business infrastructures. NTO's application security testing solution - trusted by many Fortune 500 companies - analyzes web applications for security vulnerabilities and maximizes organizations' ability to effectively reduce IT security risk. Rapid7 is offering this technology under the name Rapid7 AppSpider, available immediately to customers.
The addition of the AppSpider suite to Rapid7's Threat Exposure Management solutions provides information security teams with the ability to assess risk in assets and applications in their environments. This is combined with analytics to identify the most impactful actions that can reduce IT security risk. This approach enables users to make decisions based on business context and threat validation through automated attack simulation. READ MORE
PTC to Acquire ColdLight
LiveWorx 2015. It’s On! – PTC (Nasdaq: PTC) today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire ColdLight, a visionary in big data machine learning and predictive analytics, for approximately $105 million. The acquisition of ColdLight’s Neuron automated predictive analytics platform will enrich PTC’s technology portfolio and extend PTC’s position as a leader in the Internet of Things (IoT) market.
ColdLight will serve as PTC’s core data analytics platform to deliver new value to markets both companies serve today – manufacturing, healthcare, media and retail – as well drive growth across new markets. When combined with PTC’s ThingWorx® IoT platform, ColdLight’s Neuron will automate the analysis of data from things to address a range of important challenges. These challenges include detecting failure patterns from data, modeling correlations, predicting failures, prescribing remedies and prioritizing recommendations against cost constraints. ColdLight’s Neuron platform addresses these challenges by using artificial intelligence and machine learning technology to automatically and continuously learn from data, discover patterns, build validated predictive models and send information to virtually any type of application or technology. READ MORE
Cintell Raises $800K in Seed Funding
Saas Startup Expands Team, Opens New Office In Downtown Boston, Launches Private Beta, And Announces Hiring Plans
Cintell, a customer intelligence platform used by companies to better understand their buyers, today announced that it has closed $800,000 in a Seed round of financing. The round was led by angel investor and entrepreneur Venkat Janapareddy, whose startup Gozaik was acquired by Monster Worldwide. The financing will be used to fuel product development, hiring, and user acquisition as the company continues to execute on an aggressive roadmap of planned features and functionality.
The announcement comes shortly after the company formally revealed its plans to bring buyer personas and customer intelligence to the cloud in early 2015. In that time, the team has expended to seven cross-functional individuals including a team of engineering resources and CTO, Data Scientist Shyam Vaidhyanathan to oversee technology operations. The company has also added marketing consultant Samantha Stone as an advisor to help Cintell clients formulate successful buyer intelligence strategies.
Cintell has also opened a downtown Boston office location, and earned local traction as finalists for Boston’s Best Startup award from Tech in Motion and the Babson B.E.T.A. (Babson Entrepreneurial Thought and Action®) Challenge. It also today announced open positions in customer success and engineering in Boston. More detail on career opportunities can be found at www.cintell.net/jobs
“The ability to continually understand buyers in ever-changing markets is such an important pressure facing B2B organizations today,” said Richard April, SVP of Marketing at Repsly. “This funding puts Cintell in a great position to disrupt the marketing technology space by giving marketers the tools to address this issue.”
The Cintell customer intelligence platform is currently being tested by customers in a private, invite-only beta. To request an invitation as either an end-user company or marketing agency, please visit http://cintell.net/beta-request
Swirl Closes $18 Million Investment
Swirl Networks, Inc., provider of the leading proximity-based indoor mobile marketing platform, announced today that it has raised $18 million in equity financing from Hearst Ventures, SoftBank Capital, Twitter Ventures and other strategic investors. Venture capital firm Longworth Venture Partners also participated in the round. The Series C round brings Swirl’s total funding to date to $32 million. The new capital will be used to expand Swirl’s sales and marketing operations and to fuel aggressive investment in product innovation to meet accelerating demand from major retailers and brand advertisers for beacon-powered indoor mobile advertising. Leading companies including Lord & Taylor, Hudson’s Bay, Urban Outfitters, Marriott, Alex and Ani, and Timberland use the Swirl platform.
According to BI Intelligence, beacons will be deployed by 85 percent of the top 100 U.S. retailers by the end of 2016 and beacon marketing will influence $44B in retail sales. By leveraging Bluetooth Low Energy and Apple’s iBeacon™ technologies, the Swirl platform helps retailers and brands deliver highly relevant digital content and offers to consumers’ smartphones while they shop in specific areas of a store. A recent consumer study by Swirl found that 73 percent of shoppers who received beacon-triggered content were more likely to make a purchase during their store visit. Swirl in-store mobile marketing campaigns are already generating strong results, with 60 percent of shoppers opening and engaging with beacon-triggered content and 30 percent redeeming relevant offers at the point of purchase. READ MORE
Deep Secures $8 Million in Series A Round
Deep Information Sciences, the company that reinvented database science for the Big Data age, today announced it has closed $8 million in Series A funding. The round, led by notable investment firms Sigma Prime Ventures and Stage 1 Ventures, and including AlphaPrime Ventures, brings the total invested in Deep to $18 million. The monies will be used to build out Deep’s sales, marketing and development capabilities as the company goes to market with Deep Engine, the first adaptive plug-and-play solution that transforms any database into a Big Data solution.
“Deep was founded to address the well-known problem that, no matter how you try to optimize them, existing databases don’t have anywhere near the performance, scale and agility needed for the emerging Big Data world,” said Les Yetton, CEO, Deep Information Sciences. “We’re extremely pleased that Sigma Prime, Stage 1 and AlphaPrime, all premier technology investors, believe in the unique approach Deep is taking to resolve this problem and our ability to execute on our vision.” READ MORE
Courion Announces Strategic Equity Investment
Courion®, the market leading provider of intelligent identity governance and administration (IGA) solutions, today announced continued market momentum with a strategic equity investment from K1 Investment Management and key customer wins in the first quarter of 2015.
In the first quarter of 2015, total bookings grew 21 percent year-over-year. Key first quarter wins include organizations from a variety of industries such as financial services, manufacturing, education and healthcare. Security-conscious organizations increasingly select Courion over competing offerings because they recognize the value of an IGA solution enhanced with identity analytics and intelligence (IAI). Courion intelligent IGA solutions leverage the application of risk analytics to big data to dramatically improve how IT staff create, manage and terminate access rights for resources and how they identify and eliminate access risk. This enables Courion customers to improve service agility and maintain compliance on a continuous basis, streamlining audits and reducing IT costs. READ MORE
Bedrock Data Raises $3.1M Series A
As reported by BostInno Bedrock Data, an integration and data management platform founded by HubSpot Vets, has raised $3.1 million in Series A Funding. READ MORE
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