RIFT.io Raises $16 Million In Series A Funding
BURLINGTON, Mass. – August 13, 2015 – RIFT.io, today announced the completion of a $16 million series A round of funding, led by North Bridge Venture Partners with participation from other strategic investors. The funds raised will be used to continue the development of RIFT.ware, the company’s open source network virtualization platform, and expand its world-class product, design, and engineering teams, while growing its marketing and customer support capabilities.
RIFT.io was founded in 2014 by CEO Greg Alden, an industry veteran joined by fellow co-founders, CTO Tim Mortsolf and CDO Matt Harper. The company features a talented leadership team including CSO Tony Schoener; CFO Scott Bryce, and SVP, Business & Market Development Vincent Spinelli, who have decades of experience in networking and enterprise software and held senior management roles at Cisco, Starent Networks, Juniper, 3COM, Redback, EMC, Arrowpoint and Movik Networks. Headquartered in Burlington, MA with offices in San Jose, CA and Bangalore, India; RIFT.io specializes in open source, hyperscale network virtualization software that simplifies the development, deployment and management of virtual network services, applications and functions.
The RIFT.io founders believe that network services need to migrate from proprietary appliances to open, hyperscale networking software services in order for virtual network functions (VNFs) to be relevant in cloud networks that support Web, mobile, and IOT-centric applications. RIFT.io promises to fundamentally change the economics of the networking industry and help customers reduce complexity and accelerate service velocity.
“The walls between network product suppliers and network service consumers are disappearing. Our goal from day one was to build a platform that would provide everyone with the same capabilities and technology enjoyed by the largest networking technology companies,” said Greg Alden, chief executive officer of RIFT.io. “Robust Open Source components, high performance general purpose computing, and RIFT.ware make this a reality. Our software addresses the unique challenges and complexities of network applications and leverages the best of open source and hyperscale data center technology to bring innovation, lower cost and an emerging community of value-adding solution providers.”
Network applications and VNFs built with RIFT.ware combine the economics and scale of hyperscale data centers with the security and availability of carrier-grade network services. Companies can start with a single network application or service on a single virtual machine (VM) on any cloud platform and scale to any number applications, VMs, and locations on multiple clouds with no capacity constraints or distance limitations. This dramatically lowers the risks associated with rolling out new services, allowing providers and enterprises to easily trial and evolve services to determine what best meets the needs of customers.
“Benu Networks has been a leader in developing network solutions that embrace virtualization and cloud technologies,” said Dino Di Palma, CEO, Benu Networks. “ Partnering with RIFT.io has sped our development of solutions for the connected home, helped us build a more robust, scalable virtual network application and allows us to target any customer on any cloud infrastructure, at any scale.”
Network function virtualization promises the same transformation in network applications that virtualization delivered to Web-based applications. Virtualization is now foundational to over $3 trillion in annual IT spending. The transformation in network applications, driven by the Internet of Things and the growth in the number of connected devices, will have an even larger impact and the pace of change will be unprecedented. According to Beecham Research, the world will be host to more than fifty billion device connections by the year 2020, emphasizing the importance of scalability, security and efficient connectivity.
“At North Bridge we invest in great ideas and great teams. It is rare to find a team that can adapt so easily to the changing market and technology requirements, especially a team has worked together for many years.” said Ed Anderson, managing general partner of North Bridge. “Our most successful portfolio companies have been the disruptors with bold ideas and the capability to achieve their potential. The pace of software innovation is changing everything and we are thrilled to be working with RIFT.io as a true partner to accelerate the transformation.”
Rift.io recently joined the Intel® Network Builders program in July, an ecosystem dedicated to accelerating the transition to SDN and NFV solutions based on industry open standards.
“NFV service orchestration will require increasing intelligence that can best determine how to take advantage of the underlying hardware capabilities and apply them to the right workload.” said John Healy, General Manager, SDN Division, Intel Corp. “By joining the Intel Network Builders program, RIFT.io will help to accelerate the adoption of NFV and enable service providers and enterprises to take advantage of key capabilities such as enhanced platform awareness (EPA) on Intel architecture.”
RIFT.io will be showcasing their software August 18th – 20th at the Intel Developer Forum being held at the Moscone West Convention Center in San Francisco, CA. Come visit the company in booth # 163.
RIFT.io makes it simple for network service developers, enterprises, and service providers to create, deploy, and manage Web-scale network applications and virtual network functions (VNFs). Network applications and services built with RIFT.io technology combine the economics and scale of hyperscale data centers with the security and availability of carrier-grade network services. RIFT.io is a privately held, global company with offices in the United States and India. For more information about RIFT.io, visit http://riftio.com/. Follow us at @RIFT_io.
About North Bridge
North Bridge Venture Partners and North Bridge Growth Equity are active partners with entrepreneurs providing seed-to-growth financing for innovative companies looking to disrupt big markets. With nearly $4 billion in capital currently under management, North Bridge partners, many founders themselves, work with entrepreneurs to apply their expertise in the creation, operation and scaling of market-leaders. The firm has funded more than 200 companies creating many billions in market value. The firm has offices in Boston, MA and Palo Alto, CA. To learn more about North Bridge go to www.northbridge.com. Follow us at @North_Bridge
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ACT.md Raises $8.4M in Series A Funding
ACT.md, the provider of a team-based care coordination platform for the management of complex patients, announced today a $8.4 Million Series A funding agreement led by Rose Park Advisors, a specialized investment firm that utilizes Clayton Christensen's research to make intelligent and successful investment decisions. ACT.md will leverage this investment to accelerate product development and help manage the company's rapid growth.
National leaders in healthcare informatics and operations - Dr. Isaac Kohane, Dr. Kenneth Mandl, and Ted Quinn - founded ACT.md. "We were inspired to launch ACT.md after observing for decades the constant dropped handoffs across the various providers caring for patients. So we created ACT.md as an operating system for team-based care that drives action toward improved outcomes and reduced costs," said Dr. Kenneth Mandl, Professor at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Boston Children's Hospital Computational Health Informatics Program...READ MORE
Scratch Announces $3.6M in Funding
Today, Scratch launched its invite-only service and announced $3.6 million in funding from Bessemer Venture Partners, NextView Ventures, Red Swan Ventures and Matt Salzberg, Founder and CEO of Blue Apron.
“We invested in Scratch because the endless selection presented by eCommerce today is a huge problem. Consumers only know exactly what they want a tiny fraction of the time, and the tools available to help filter and discover products are limited. We loved the completely different approach that scratch is taking by combining human curation and algorithmic personalization to provide a simple but incredibly powerful way to shop. Matt has faced this problem first hand within CustomMade, and has built a world-class early stage team with veterans from Tripadvisor, Wayfair, and Gemvara to tackle this massive opportunity.” - Rob Go, NextView Ventures... READ MORE
Zagster Raises $3.5 Million
Exponential Growth & Strong Demand Drives Funding From Investors Including LaunchCapital, Fontinalis Partners, Clean Energy Venture Group, LaunchPad Venture Group and Other Boston-Area Angel Investors
CAMBRIDGE, MA--(Marketwired - Jul 2, 2015) - Zagster, the leading provider of private and public-private bike sharing systems, today announced it has raised $3.5 million in a Series A round of funding to support its rapidly expanding national footprint of bike sharing programs. The company received funding from existing investors, including LaunchCapital; Fontinalis Partners (a strategic investment firm co-founded by Bill Ford); Clean Energy Venture Group; LaunchPad Venture Group; and several leading Boston-area angel investors, as well as a new investor, Otter Consulting.
"With more than 75 programs in 50 cities in 28 states, Zagster is the fastest growing bike sharing company in the country," said Timothy Ericson, co-founder and CEO of Zagster. "There's incredible demand for bike sharing in places that simply can't be served by the large, city-wide programs, and we're the only company capable of meeting that demand with our low-cost, scalable, turnkey model."
In the past year alone, Zagster has increased the number of bikes in its program by more than 300 percent, and projects to increase it by another 300 percent in 2015. In addition, the total number of members is up nearly 250 percent. In expanding from eight states to 28 states, it has doubled the number of employees and recently doubled its office space.
The company counts among its customers leading employers (including General Motors, Samsung, Workday, Quicken Loans and others); several of the top 10 national real estate developers (including Kayne Anderson, Related Management and Irvine Company); several top universities (including The Ohio State University, Duke University, Yale University and Princeton University); and leading hotel brands like Hyatt and The Four Seasons.
Increasingly, Zagster's model of public-private sponsorship is enabling expansion into cities, like Cleveland and Canton (Ohio), Albuquerque (New Mexico), Carmel (Indiana) and Montgomery County (Pennsylvania), that would otherwise not have bike sharing programs.
"Zagster has shown that it can apply the elements of a high growth, tech-enabled business into what has been a capital intensive industry," said Bill McCullen, Chief Investment Officer of LaunchCapital. "As a result, they are growing faster and serving more customers and partners -- the type of trajectory that we like to see in our investments."
Unlike large, city-wide programs that are costly, lock sponsors into long-term contracts and require expensive and complex infrastructure that is hard to upgrade, Zagster's agile, flexible and easy-to-upgrade technology make it possible to be deployed nearly anywhere.
"We see a lot of opportunities in the next-generation mobility space, including bike sharing, and we were attracted to Zagster's long-term, financially viable business model that helps open up bike sharing to previously underserved segments of the market," said Chris Cheever, Founder & Partner at Fontinalis Partners. "Zagster has been able to do what no one else in the bike sharing space has done -- be able to show a return on investment and a pathway to long-term sustainability of bike share programs. It's a major step forward for the industry."
Zagster members use their mobile phone to receive a code to unlock the bike at the time of the trip. The same lock that locks the bike to the host location can be used to lock the bike during the trip, something that most city-wide programs do not allow because their bikes must be locked at official docking stations. At the end of the trip, the member returns the bike to a Zagster location, locks it and ends the reservation via the Zagster mobile app or via a simple text message to Zagster.
Founded in Philadelphia in 2007 as CityRyde and now headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., Zagster is the leading provider of private and public-private bike sharing systems. Zagster is uniquely focused on contracting with property managers, hotels, businesses, universities and smaller cities across North America to make bike sharing programs available to tenants, employees, guests, students and residents. This highly efficient and unique model allows Zagster to offer services in areas that traditional city-wide bike sharing systems can't reach. More information about Zagster is available at www.Zagster.com.
LaunchCapital was founded in January 2008 with a mission to help entrepreneurs gain quick access to seed capital and mentorship. With investments in over 100 companies, LaunchCapital has a core focus in technology, consumer and medical businesses. The nine-person team has syndicated investments with over 50 venture firms and 1000 angel investors. They currently have offices in Cambridge, MA, New Haven, New York City and Palo Alto. More information about LaunchCapital is available at www.launch-capital.com.
About Otter Consulting
Otter represents the interest of a single-family office in South Florida. Otter's Investment Manager, Mike Wohl, has led Otter's private investment effort since mid-2013, participating in 18 venture deals that span seven major US cities. Working on behalf of a single limited partner, Otter possesses the flexibility to be sector and stage agnostic.
About Fontinalis Partners
Fontinalis Partners, with offices in Detroit and Boston, is a venture capital firm strategically focused on next-generation mobility. The firm was founded by Bill Ford, Ralph Booth, Chris Cheever, Chris Thomas, and Mark Schulz. Fontinalis' mission is to leverage the firm's considerable management experience, market access, strategic relationships, international expertise, and background in transportation innovation to scale companies providing next-generation mobility solutions. Fontinalis invests across all facets of the world's transportation infrastructure on a stage-, structure- and size-agnostic basis. Fontinalis is not affiliated with Ford Motor Company. More information about Fontinalis is available at www.fontinalis.com.
About Clean Energy Venture Group
Clean Energy Venture Group is an investment group that provides seed capital and management expertise to early stage clean energy companies. Its mission is to invest in and support early stage clean energy companies that have the potential to mitigate climate change and achieve attractive financial returns. The group is comprised of seasoned operating executives with strong capabilities in the energy and environmental sectors. With each investment, it brings not only capital, but also the value of its team's experience and network to help companies achieve their goals. More information is available at www.cevg.com.
VENTUREAPP Raises $2M
Per BostInno, VENTUREAPP, an invite-only concierge service that provides on-demand solutions for a startup’s most pressing challenges, has raised $2 million from Accomplice and Boston Seed.
VENTUREAPP was founded by Chase Garbarino, Kevin McCarthy and Gregory Gomer of Streetwise Media and Boris Revsin and Jared Stenquist of DailyBreak. READ MORE
Drafted Announces $2.5M Seed Funding
Drafted Announces $2.5M Seed Funding from Accel, General Catalyst, and Lightspeed
Drafted, a mobile app focused on hiring through referrals, has raised a total of $2.5M to date in seed financing from VC firms Accel, General Catalyst, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and others. The funding will be used to accelerate Drafted’s growth and continue building the team.
Drafted launched in beta exclusively in the Boston tech community in May 2015, with plans to expand to other cities and verticals later this year. In less than two months, more than 50 Boston employers joined the platform, including companies like Hubspot, M.Gemi, and Drizly. Almost $500,000 in rewards are up for grabs, with some individual rewards as high as $15,000.
“Referrals work because of the people that make them. We are making it super easy and rewarding for people to do what they already do - helping their friends. And unlike many other aspects of the process, Drafted is actually fun to use,” said founder and CEO, Vinayak Ranade.
The mobile-first platform enables hiring managers to enter the vital details of the job they are trying to fill in a matter of minutes. They can then set a reward for filling the position and share it with their colleagues through social networks, text and email. Those who receive a job notification on Drafted can either apply themselves, or simply forward the job along to a friend. A job can be forwarded many times, creating chains of referrers that connect the hiring manager to prospective hires. When someone is hired, everyone in the successful chain of referrers splits the reward, including the new hire.
“It’s probably the easiest fun way in the world to make a few grand. It takes two minutes. Plus you are helping somebody get a job.” said Paul English, KAYAK co-founder and Drafted investor.
Drafted makes referral-based hiring fast, fun, and rewarding. The free Drafted mobile app is available in both the iOS and Android app stores. Designed and built in Boston by alumni of KAYAK and MIT, Drafted is the easiest way to help your friends find jobs while being appreciated by the companies that hire them.
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ezCater Raises $11.7M in Funding
As reported by the Boston Business Journal, ezCater in Boston has raised $11.7M in funding. The round of funding was led by NY based Insight Venture Partners and it also included participation from Breton Capital Management, Launchpad Venture Group, and other current investors. ezCater is an online marketplace for catering services aimed at businesses... Read More
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
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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