Crayon Raises $1.5M
Crayon, the visual inspiration platform for marketers, announced today that it has raised a $1.5M round of angel investment to help marketers execute better digital marketing projects. The funding comes from top Angel investors in Boston, New York and San Francisco, including Dharmesh Shah, Brian Halligan, Mike Volpe, Eric Ries, Ed Roberts, Othman Laraki, Jonah Goodheart, and Jennifer Lum, among others. Common Angels and Boston Syndicates are also backing the company. The funding will be used to accelerate product development. READ MORE
Valore Acquires Boundless
Valore announced today the acquisition of Boundless, a digital publisher and platform that offers millions of students and teachers customizable textbooks, teaching resources, and learning tools. Together, Valore and Boundless are uniquely positioned to eliminate the inefficiencies that exist throughout the textbook ecosystem and to be an agent of change in how college textbooks are created, acquired and consumed.
“Textbooks and course materials are the biggest expense that students face after tuition and room and board, and inefficiencies in the textbook market continue to drive that expense higher and higher,” said Kevin Walker, CEO, Valore. “We are excited about the product, platform and content Boundless has built. And we are looking forward to working with their strong team to continue empowering students and professors with choices for creating and consuming content that will result in higher quality education resources at a lower cost.” READ MORE
Metromile Raises $10M in Funding
As per SEC filings, Metromile in San Francisco, CA has raised $10M in funding. Metromile is building a platform for services designed around the needs of drivers—everything from useful data and insights to a revolutionary pay-per-mile insurance offering... READ MORE
Metromile Raises $4M in Funding
A Bay Area startup called MetroMile Insurance Services LLC has raised $4 million in Series A funding to sell car insurance by the mile, with a high-tech twist.
"The less you drive, the less you pay," says Chief Executive and Co-Founder Steve Pretre. The CEO hopes to incentivize people to make healthy and green lifestyle choices like riding their bikes to work, for example, or using public transportation when reasonable....READ MORE
Lineage Labs raises $4M in funding
As reported by The Boston Business Journal, Lineage Labs has raised $4M in funding. Investors in the round include Paul English's Blade, The Kraft Group, CommonAngels Ventures, and Windspeed Ventures. Lineage Labs' first product is called Bevy, which is creating new ways for families to experience digital photos and video... READ MORE
Fitbit raises $2M in Funding
Fitbit, producer of a sleek little device that clips onto your clothing and tracks your movement throughout the day and night, has raised $2 million from True Ventures, SoftTech VC and several angels in what appears to be the company’s first round of institutional funding...READ MORE
Fitbit raises $12M in Funding
Fitness technology startup and TechCrunch 50 finalist Fitbit has raised $12 Million in Series C funding from existing investors Foundry Group, True Ventures, SoftTech VC and Felicis Ventures...READ MORE
Fitbit raises $8M in Funding
Fitness technology startup and TC 50 finalist Fitbit just raised $8 million in funding, judging by this recent SEC Form D filing. According to information gleaned from the document, the $8 million looks to be part of a Series B round that the company hopes will eventually top out at $9 million...READ MORE
Fitbit raises $43M in Funding
Fitbit, a startup which makes a wide range of digital fitness trackers and health devices, has closed a $43 million funding round, according to an SEC filing. The funding comes as the market for health trackers is heating up, with more money being invested in the space... READ MORE
Teespring acquires Fabrily
Our mission at Teespring is to remove the barriers between great ideas and bringing those ideas to market. That means enabling entrepreneurs to reach the right audience for their idea, wherever that audience might be.
Today I’m thrilled to announce that Fabrily, Europe’s leading custom apparel platform, will be joining the Teespring family...READ MORE
WHOOP Raises $3M in Seed Funding
As per SEC filings, WHOOP (formerly known as Bobo Analytics) has raised $3M in seed funding. Whoop is a technology and data analytics company for performance optimization. READ MORE
SiteSpect Raises $13M in Funding
NewSpring Capital, a family of private equity funds, announced today that NewSpring Growth Capital, the firm's dedicated technology and business services growth equity fund, has invested $13 million in a minority financing in SiteSpect, Inc. ("SiteSpect"). This represents the Fund's sixth deal of 2014 as a closing was held on December 29, 2014.
This is the first outside funding received by the A/B and multivariate testing provider that incorporated in 2004. Since its founding, SiteSpect has been a recognized leader with its unique SaaS-based optimization technology that enables marketers, product managers and developers to test and optimize the entire digital user experience and increase revenue. Backed by a strong executive team and unique, patented technology, SiteSpect provides the only true enterprise-grade A/B and multivariate testing platform to the world's largest and most successful online brands. READ MORE
Pencil Labs Acquired by Airbnb
As reported by Scott Kirsner of BetaBoston, Pencil Labs in Cambridge has been acquired by Airbnb. Pencil Labs which created Wyth, a scheduling app and the company was founded by Carla Pellicano and Han Shu. As reported by Scott, both co-founders have relocated to San Francisco... READ MORE
Wayfair Goes Public
Wayfair, one of the world’s largest online destinations for home furnishings and décor, today announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 11,000,000 shares of its Class A common stock at a price to the public of $29.00 per share. A total of 10,500,000 shares are being offered by Wayfair, and a total of 500,000 shares are being offered by certain selling stockholders. In addition, the underwriters have been granted a 30-day option to purchase an additional 1,650,000 shares of Class A common stock from the selling stockholders.Wayfair will not receive any proceeds from the sale of shares by the selling stockholders. The shares are expected to begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange on October 2, 2014, under the symbol "W." ...READ MORE
ezCater raises $2.16M in funding
As per PandoDaily, ezCater in Boston, MA has raised $2.16M in funding. ezCater is a nationwide online food ordering service for businesses. READ MORE
LTG Exam Prep Platform raises $3M in Funding
LTG Exam Prep Platform, an education technology startup company out of MIT, announced today a combined investment of $3 million from Tal Education Group, Atlas Venture, Jamie McCourt, Margot Carter, Yongjin Group and Zhen Fund. The investment will fund the company’s continuing development of mobile study apps that provide comprehensive yet affordable standardized test prep tools to students around the world. The apps use proprietary algorithms developed at MIT to create personalized study courses for each app user. Cognitive games designed to teach test skills while providing an engaging break from studying are also in development...READ MORE
Wayfair Files S-1 with the SEC for an IPO
As per the company's SEC filings, Wayfair in Boston, MA has filed an S-1 for a public offering which could raise $350M. Investors in the company include Battery Ventures, Great Hill Partners, Spark Capital, HarvourVest Partners, and T. Rowe Price Associates. Wayfair is an eCommerce company focused on the home furnishings market... READ MORE
Gazelle Raises $9.5M in Funding
As reported by BostInno, Gazelle has raised $9.5M in funding from existing investors Venrock, RockPort, Physic and Austin Ligon (founder of CarMax). Gazelle is the nation's leading consumer electronics trade-in site, providing an easy, fast and safe way for consumers to get cash for their unwanted devices. READ MORE
TripAdvisor Acquires Viator
TripAdvisor ®, the world's largest travel site*, today announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Viator, a leading resource for researching and booking destination activities around the world. Viator features more than 20,000 bookable tours and attractions and more than 600,000 reviews, photos, and videos submitted by travelers...READ MORE
TurningArt Raises $670K in Funding
As per SEC filings, TurningArt in Boston, MA has raised almost $670K in funding. TurningArt is a subscription based business focused on providing pieces of art for your home or office. Subscribers can rotate the artwork out with new pieces as often as they like. 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
Allclasses Raises $1.5M in Funding
Allclasses, a vertical search engine for finding online and offline courses has raised a $1.5 million in funding. Investors in the round include: Floodgate Fund, Great Oaks Venture Capital, Atlas Venture, Designer Fund, Maiden Lane, & angel investors...READ MORE
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
SilverRail raises $40M in funding
SilverRail, the global leader in passenger rail search and distribution technologies, today announced it has raised $40m in Series C funding to accelerate the integration of global rail carriers, continue building next generation search technology, and expand carrier IT solutions. This will include multi-modal journey planning and pricing, booking and reservation management, inventory and seating management, and reporting and analytics.
The Series C investment round was led by Mithril Capital Management, the global technology investment firm founded by Ajay Royan and Peter Thiel, and supported by existing investors - Canaan Partners, Sutter Hill Ventures and Brook Ventures... READ MORE
GroupZoom / Bridj 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
Ektron Closes Growth Equity Investment
Content management and web experience management software provider Ektron today announced it closed a growth equity funding round led by Accel-KKR. This minority investment, the company's first institutional round, will enable Ektron to accelerate product and company expansion as enterprise demand for its content management, marketing and web experience management software offerings continues to grow. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"We're entering a new era where businesses and people experience content across the web and mobile devices in entirely new ways," said Ektron President, Tim McKinnon. "Ektron is at the forefront of helping to power these new experiences for the world's leading organizations. Accel-KKR's investment is a testament to our success and the future growth opportunity our continued focus on innovation will bring to the market." 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