Jibo, Inc., Raises $11M in Series A Extension Financing
Leading Asia-Pacific Investors Acer, Dentsu, KDDI, LG Uplus and NetPosa Validate Jibo's International Appeal
BOSTON, MA--(Marketwired - Aug 5, 2015) - Jibo, Inc., the company behind Jibo -- the first Social Robot for the home -- has closed $11M in a Series A extension round with strategic investors from Taiwan, Japan, Korea and China. Participating investors include:
- Acer (Taiwan) - Established in 1976, Acer is a hardware + software + services company dedicated to creating innovative products that enhance people's lives.
- Dentsu Ventures (Japan) - Dentsu Ventures invests in technology startups, with a focus on marketing, media, social, devices and others.
- KDDI (Japan) - KDDI is one of Asia's top telecommunications carriers.
- LG Uplus (Korea) - LG Uplus is a telecommunications and mobile phone operator in South Korea.
- NetPosa (China) - NetPosa Technologies Ltd. delivers comprehensive video monitoring and storage solutions.
In January of this year, Jibo, Inc. raised $25.3M in Series A financing. Monies invested in this extension round will be used to accelerate Jibo operations, product enhancements, partner content integrations and Jibo's market introduction. Prior to this strategic investment, Jibo's combined Indiegogo and InDemand campaigns raised approximately $4M with more than 6,500 Jibos sold.
"This round of strategic investment, centered in the target markets of Taiwan, Japan, Korea and China, will be a cornerstone of Jibo's further expansion into international markets," said Steve Chambers, CEO of Jibo, Inc. "We believe these investments in Jibo highlight the appeal of consumer social robots, and of Jibo himself, in the growing Asia-Pacific market."
Jibo helps the family stay connected and improves family communication -- anything from lending a hand in managing your busy life to providing companionship and entertainment. Jibo transforms existing, flat content and application experiences so you can interact with technology in a way never before possible.
"The social/interpersonal exchange inherent to social robotics like Jibo brings a new experience to in-home connected technologies -- one reflective of the intimacy of the home. It will be particularly interesting to watch Jibo evolve for cultural appropriateness across the globe," said Jessica Groopman, an industry analyst with the Altimeter Group covering the Internet of Things. "The vision here is compelling as Jibo will strive to establish a strong personalized relationship between the connected home and the family members living in it. Intelligent interaction design with tightly choreographed and culturally-specific movement, graphics and voice will be critical to successfully localizing Jibo to AsiaPac markets, and beyond."
About Jibo, Inc.:
Jibo, Inc., creator of the world's first Social Robot and Developers' Platform, is a design-driven company dedicated to creating unforgettable experiences through advanced social robotics technology. The Company was founded by Cynthia Breazeal, a pioneer of social robotics and human robot interaction from the MIT Media Lab. Jibo is a capable and engaging Family Companion. He is able to get to know his family, learn from them and adapt to their preferences overtime. With the Jibo SDK, developers have the tools to create and build a wide range of Jibo Skills (robot applications), extending Jibo's personality and capabilities in the home. Jibo was brought here to provide fun, help and companionship to everyone in the home. Get to know Jibo today at www.jibo.com.
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Panorama Education Raises $12M Series A Round of Funding
Panorama Education (www.panoramaed.com), used by schools and districts for educators' professional growth and strategic planning, announced today that it has raised a $12M Series A funding round with participation from Owl Ventures and Spark Capital. Jed Smith, Co-Founder and Partner at Owl Ventures, and Andrew Parker, General Partner at Spark Capital, have joined Panorama's board.
Panorama currently serves more than three million students across 40 states. Schools and districts use Panorama to collect feedback through surveys and to analyze their data. Panorama helps teachers, principals, and district leaders understand and take action on key issues, including student engagement, family involvement, school culture, and teacher recruiting and retention. Of America's Top 100 largest school districts, 14 have already adopted Panorama -- unprecedented for a startup -- along with most major charter networks and hundreds of smaller districts across the country...
DraftKings Secures $300M In Funding
DraftKings, Inc., a leading daily fantasy sports destination, today announced it has secured a $300 Million Series D round of funding led by FOX Sports. Also participating in the round were major North American sports leagues Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League and Major League Soccer; leading sports organizations The Madison Square Garden Company and Legends; as well as existing investors Atlas Venture, DST Global, GGV Capital, The Kraft Group, The Raine Group and Wellington Management Company LLP. DraftKings will use the additional funding to continue building out its industry-leading web and mobile products, launch its product internationally, and explore new opportunities for vertical expansion.
DraftKings has become the fastest-growing company in DFS since its launch in 2012, having just registered its 100 millionth contest entry this month. The company is expected to award well over $1 Billion in prizes in 2015, up from approximately $300 Million in 2014.
"To receive this type of support from such an outstanding group of organizations, including three major sports leagues, is an incredible milestone for us and reaffirms our leadership position in Daily Fantasy Sports," said Jason Robins, CEO of DraftKings. "We intend to leverage these resources to develop even more innovative daily fantasy sports contests and provide new exclusive once-in-a-lifetime experiences for our players."
"Partnering with DraftKings, a clear leader in this field, is a great opportunity for us to capitalize on the growth of daily fantasy sports for the benefit of our viewers," said Eric Shanks, President and COO, FOX Sports. "We'll work with DraftKings to develop ideas and create content to drive deeper engagement with sports fans across multiple platforms, including our national, local, and digital properties."
Fresh off a recently announced exclusive multi-year partnership with ESPN, under which DraftKings will become the official daily fantasy partner of the media network across broadcast and digital platforms, today's announcement builds upon the company's leadership role in the DFS industry and its commitment to player satisfaction over a broad range of platforms. A recent research study by independent firm Eilers, confirmed DraftKings is the favorite daily fantasy sports site among players and has over 10 times the net promoter score (a measure of customer satisfaction and advocacy) of its next significant competitor.
As the first company to take DFS into the mainstream through its original partnership with MLB three years ago, DraftKings now has five major league deals (MLB, NHL, NASCAR, UFC, MLS). Additionally, DraftKings holds relationships with teams across all major sports, branding at marquee facilities like Madison Square Garden and STAPLES Center, and integrated sponsorships with top sporting events, including this year's Triple Crown win at the Belmont Stakes.
The Raine Group worked as exclusive advisor to DraftKings on the transaction.
DraftKings, Inc. is a leading skill-based Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) gaming destination for fans in North America to compete in single-day online games for cash and prizes across the largest variety of professional and collegiate sports. DraftKings is the exclusive DFS partner of Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League, NASCAR, Ultimate Fighting Championship and Major League Soccer. Founded in 2012 by CEO Jason Robins, CRO Matt Kalish and COO Paul Liberman, DraftKings is headquartered in Boston, Mass. For more information about DraftKings, Inc., visit www.draftkings.com.
About FOX Sports
FOX Sports is the umbrella entity representing 21st Century FOX's wide array of multi-platform US-based sports assets. Built with brands capable of reaching more than 100 million viewers in a single weekend, FOX Sports includes ownership and interests in linear television networks, digital and mobile programming, broadband platforms, multiple web sites, joint-venture businesses and several licensing partnerships. FOX Sports includes the sports television arm of the FOX Broadcasting Company; FOX Sports 1; FOX Sports 2; Fox's 22 regional sports networks, their affiliated regional web sites and FSN national programming; FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2Go; FOX Deportes and FOX College Sports. In addition, FOX Sports also encompasses FOX Sports Digital, which includes FOXSports.com, FOX Sports GO, Whatifsports.com and Yardbarker.com. Also included in the Group are FOX's interests in joint-venture businesses Big Ten Network and BTN 2Go, as well as licensing agreements that establish the FOX Sports Radio Network.
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Ecovent Closes $6.9 Million in Funding
Emerson Climate Technologies Leads Series A Round Amid Pre-Order Success of the CES 2015 Automation Product of the Year
Ecovent (ecoventsystems.com), the maker of the only intelligent home zoning system that delivers complete room-by-room climate control, today announced that it has closed a $6.9 million Series A funding round led by Emerson Climate Technologies, a business segment of Emerson (NYSE:EMR). The round includes participation from Tamarisc and Blue Fog Capital.
Ecovent started the year being named Automation Product of the Year at CES 2015, and has struck a chord with consumers, bringing in more than $1 million in pre-orders. Ecovent is transforming the home by giving consumers control over their comfort in every room. Ecovent’s advanced system of wireless vents and sensors intelligently diagnose the factors impacting room temperature and automatically adjust airflow into each room to achieve the perfectly desired temperature. With Ecovent, homeowners have the ability to control the temperature of each room individually through an app, saving energy and money by heating and cooling only the rooms that need conditioning instead of the entire home.
“Today’s cars allow passengers and drivers to set individual temperatures, yet most homes have only one adjustable zone, and it’s time to change that,” said Dipul Patel, CEO and co-founder of Ecovent. “We developed the Ecovent system to give people room-by-room temperature control in any home – automatically. It’s incredibly exciting to have the support of an industry titan like Emerson to help us bring Ecovent to a larger audience as we change the way homeowners experience comfort in their homes.”
For HVAC contractors and other industry professionals looking to deliver home climate control to their customers, Ecovent provides a complete, wireless zoning system that is more cost effective, less invasive and far easier to install than traditional zoning systems.
“With Ecovent, we see the potential to fix an issue that has gone unsolved in the residential HVAC industry for decades,” said Bob Sharp, Emerson executive vice president and climate technologies business leader. “Ecovent’s ability to function seamlessly in tandem with Emerson’s solutions for home comfort and energy efficiency makes them a natural fit as an investment and strategic partner.”
To learn more or reserve your Ecovent system, visit www.getecovent.com.
About Emerson Climate Technologies
Emerson Climate Technologies, a business segment of Emerson, is the world’s leading provider of heating, air conditioning and refrigeration solutions for residential, industrial and commercial applications. The group combines best-in-class technology with proven engineering, design, distribution, educational and monitoring services to provide customized, integrated climate-control solutions for customers worldwide. The innovative solutions of Emerson Climate Technologies, which include industry-leading brands such as Copeland Scroll™ and White-Rodgers™, improve human comfort, safeguard food and protect the environment. For more information, visit EmersonClimate.com.
Designed for comfort-focused homeowners, Ecovent is the only intelligent home zoning system that delivers complete room-by-room climate control through easy-to-install, self-configuring sensors and vents. Based in Boston, Mass., Ecovent brings smart HVAC technology to the residential marketplace through an advanced system of vents and sensors that intelligently diagnose the factors impacting room temperature and adjusts airflow going into each room to achieve the preferred temperature. For more information, please visit www.ecoventsystems.com or follow Ecovent on Twitter at @ecoventsystems.
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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
Beacon Raises $7.5M in Funding
Beacon, the premier all-you-can-fly membership for frequent fliers in the Northeast, today announced that it has completed $7.5 million in Series A and other financing led by Romulus Capital with participation from MiVentures, Western Technologies Investment, and several other early stage investors.
Beacon is bringing an innovative, convenient and sleek travel experience to the Northeast, with plans to launch in late summer 2015. For as little as $2,000 a month, Beacon offers unlimited access to regularly scheduled flights, with reservations, changes and cancellations made as little as 20 minutes before departure at no additional cost, via the Beacon app. Beacon’s service will provide efficient travel between New York and Boston, as well as the seasonal destinations of Nantucket and the Hamptons... READ MORE
Ginkgo Bioworks Raises $45M in Funding
Ginkgo Bioworks, an organism design company, today announced that it has raised $45 million in an oversubscribed Series B round. Viking Global, a firm managing more than $30 billion in capital, led the round along with previous investors including OS Fund, Y Combinator and Felicis Ventures. The new funds will be used to expand into new categories such as pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and probiotics, as well as hire additional employees and build out Bioworks 2, the next generation of Ginkgo’s robotic Foundry.
“Ginkgo Bioworks was our first ever biotech investment and was part of the Y Combinator class of 2014,” said Sam Altman, President at Y Combinator. “Synthetic biology is one of the fastest growing areas of tech right now and Ginkgo is leading the category. We're excited to invest again in the company." READ MORE
.406 Ventures Closes Third Fund
.406 Ventures, a Boston-based venture capital firm investing in early-stage innovative enterprise technology companies, announced today that earlier this month, the firm closed its third fund at $217M and that Payal Agrawal Divakaran has joined the firm as a Senior Associate.
Maria Cirino, Co-Founder and Managing Partner commented, “We are delighted to add Payal to the .406 investing team. She has exceptional experience as both an entrepreneur and a technology investor and shares our passion for helping entrepreneurs build world-changing companies.”
Liam Donohue, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at .406 Ventures added, “We are equally thrilled to have closed our third fund, which was significantly oversubscribed, with our growing base of world-class Limited Partners, many of whom have been with us since our first fund.
“.406 Ventures is a leading venture capital firm with a strong culture and a passionate team committed to helping entrepreneurs build great companies,” said Payal. “The firm has deep expertise in its core sectors, and the Partners bring tremendous experience to the table. I look forward to learning from the team and having this opportunity to partner with and help entrepreneurs.”
Prior to joining .406, Payal was at Harvard Business School (HBS), where she co-founded a company called SpotRocket to help job-seeking students discover high potential startups. She previously worked in Corporate Development at Eventbrite.
Prior to HBS, Payal was an Associate at Spectrum Equity, a technology growth equity investor in Boston with $5.7B under management. She sourced and executed deals in the software, information services, data/analytics, cybersecurity, and Internet segments. Payal started her career in technology investment banking at J.P. Morgan in NYC.
Payal received her MBA, with Distinction, from Harvard Business School and her BS in Electrical Engineering and minor in Management from MIT. Payal resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her husband.
About .406 Ventures
.406 Ventures is an early stage technology venture capital firm investing in enterprise technology companies founded by visionary entrepreneurs. .406 Ventures was founded in 2005 and has ~$600M under management. The .406 Ventures team is comprised of entrepreneurs and operators who became investors to apply real world experience and strong company-building skills to create value for entrepreneurs and LPs. The firm leads, or co-leads, first institutional investment rounds in market-changing Enterprise IT companies and world-class operators, who move quickly and embody successful entrepreneurial DNA with their passion, creativity and endurance.
Learn more about: .406 Ventures
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Rapid7 Announces Pricing of IPO
Rapid7, Inc a leading provider of security data and analytics solutions, announced today the pricing of its initial public offering of 6,450,000 shares of common stock at a price to the public of $16.00 per share. All of the shares are being offered by Rapid7. The shares are expected to begin trading on The Nasdaq Global Market on July 17, 2015 under the ticker symbol "RPD". The offering is expected to close on July 22, 2015, subject to customary closing conditions.
In addition, Rapid7 has granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 967,500 shares to cover over-allotments, if any.
Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC and Barclays Capital Inc. are acting as joint book-running managers for the offering. Pacific Crest Securities, a division of KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc., William Blair & Company, L.L.C., Raymond James & Associates, Inc., and Cowen and Company, LLC are acting as co-managers. The offering was made only by means of a prospectus. A copy of the final prospectus related to the offering may be obtained, when available, from Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, Attention: Prospectus Department, 180 Varick Street, Second Floor, New York, New York 10014; or Barclays Capital Inc., c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, New York 11717, telephone: (888) 603-5847, email: Barclaysprospectus@broadridge.com.
A registration statement related to these securities has been filed with, and declared effective by, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Copies of the registration statement can also be accessed by visiting the Securities and Exchange Commission website at www.sec.gov. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.
Rapid7 is a leading provider of security data and analytics solutions that enable organizations to implement an active, analytics-driven approach to cyber security. We combine our extensive experience in security data and analytics and deep insight into attacker behaviors and techniques to make sense of the wealth of data available to organizations about their IT environments and users. Our solutions empower organizations to prevent attacks by providing visibility into vulnerabilities and to rapidly detect compromises, respond to breaches, and correct the underlying causes of attacks. Rapid7 is trusted by more than 3,900 organizations across 90 countries, including 30% of the Fortune 1000.
CallMiner Raises $12M
NewSpring Capital, a family of private equity funds, announced today that NewSpring Growth Capital (“NewSpring”), the firm’s dedicated technology and business services growth equity fund, led a preferred financing in CallMiner, Inc. (“CallMiner”) with a $12 million investment as part of a larger round which included existing investors. The proceeds from the transaction are being used to fund growth initiatives including sales and marketing.
Based in Waltham, MA and founded in 2002, CallMiner provides speech and interaction analytic solutions to clients across a variety of industries including financial services, utilities and energy, manufacturing, government, communications, fulfillment and performance, marketing and travel and hospitality. CallMiner specializes in improving contact center performance and gathering key business intelligence by automatically analyzing contacts across all communication channels.
“We believe CallMiner is the industry leader in speech analytics for contact centers with a ‘best in breed’ differentiated technology to provide customers with agent insights, analytics and compliance–all with speed, scalability and ease of use,” said Glenn Rieger, NewSpring General Partner and newly added Member of the CallMiner Board of Directors. “The Company is experiencing market tailwinds with traction building in sales productivity. When combined with the experienced management team, we have the right combination to execute on this investment opportunity.”
“NewSpring Capital is an ideal partner for CallMiner at this stage of our evolution,” said Terry Leahy, CallMiner President and CEO. “They have been very active in our space, have consistently followed the market as the adoption cycle has accelerated, and demonstrated keen insight into the dynamics of big customer data and interaction analytics. We are delighted to gain their support as CallMiner enters a new phase of strategic expansion and growth.”
CallMiner helps businesses and organizations improve contact center performance and gather key business intelligence by automating their ability to listen to every customer interaction. CallMiner’s market leading cloud-based voice of the customer analytics solution automatically analyzes contacts across all communication channels: calls, chat, email, and social. CallMiner offers both real-time monitoring and post-call analytics, delivering actionable insights to contact center staff, business analysts, and executives. The results include improved agent performance, sales, operational efficiency, customer experience, and regulatory compliance. With over 10 years of industry leadership and over 2 billion hours of conversations analyzed, CallMiner serves some of the world’s largest call centers, delivering highly effective, usable and scalable speech analytics solutions.
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
Tablelist Announces $2.5 Million in Funding
Per Dennis Keohane at Pando, Tablelist, who allows users to reserve VIP club experiences -- private tables, bottle service, and even access to prominent DJs, has announced $2.5 million in funding from a range of investors with experience in the hospitality and entertainment industry, and also from Wayne Chang, Twitter’s head of product marketing for its mobile platform. READ MORE
EMC Sells Syncplicity
Per TechCrunch, EMC has sold cloud sync and share product, Syncplicity, to private equity Firm.
When EMC bought cloud sync and share company, Syncplicity in 2012, it seemed the company was trying to change the way it does business, but three years later it’s selling out to private equity firm, Skyview Capital, perhaps ready to concede that a freemium cloud model doesn’t fit the company culture. READ MORE
ZeroTurnaround Secures $5M in Series B Financing
New Capital Fuels Global Hiring and Accelerates Development of Award-Winning Productivity Tools, JRebel and XRebel
BOSTON – July 7, 2015 – ZeroTurnaround, the maker of revolutionary developer tools for creating quality software nearly 20 percent faster, today announced that it has raised $5 million in Series B financing led by Bain Capital Ventures with participation from Western Technology Investment, both existing investors. This brings the total amount of funding since the company’s founding in 2007 to $15 million.
The company will use the capital to hire exceptional software development talent worldwide and continue to innovate its JRebel and XRebel products, used by more than 65,000 active customers in 80 countries. ZeroTurnaround will also expand its platform support with this new capital.
ZeroTurnaround’s award-winning developer productivity tools transformed how software is created, enabling development teams to build, inspect and error-proof software with considerably less downtime. JRebel, the company’s flagship product, enables developers to make changes to class structures and resource and framework configuration files without the need to restart or redeploy the application. The ability to immediately see code changes speeds the development process by an average of 17 percent, saving developers five full work weeks a year. With the addition of the lightweight Java profiler XRebel to the ZeroTurnaround product suite, developers can improve the quality of the code they write by finding and fixing issues along the way. Today, more than 4,000 enterprise teams and 36 of the Fortune 100 companies use products from ZeroTurnaround to bring quality software to market faster.
“Java is the programming language of choice for 9 million developers, and it drives many of the world’s business systems, as well as more than 7 billion devices,” said Ben Holzman, Managing Director and Co-Head of the software practice of Bain Capital Ventures. “ZeroTurnaround has built a tremendously successful business by solving some of the biggest challenges in the daily lives of developers. As the usage of Java continues to expand, ZeroTurnaround will continue to innovate and usher in the next 20 years of enterprise adoption.”
ZeroTurnaround’s commitment to the betterment of software development led to the recently announced integration with leading cloud infrastructure providers IBM, Red Hat, SAP and AWS to simplify development and testing in the cloud. In coming months, the ZeroTurnaround will bring the same productivity improvements and rapid feedback cycle to new platforms, including Android, making the testing of mobile applications a pleasure instead of a pain.
“We are passionate about taking away the frustrations and time draining activities that impede developer productivity and performance each and every day,” said Jevgeni Kabanov, Founder and CEO of ZeroTurnaround. “We want to be the undisputed market leader for end-to-end productivity, quality, performance enablement and management in the software development process. Our proven track record and support from investors like Bain Capital Ventures will ensure we reach our goals. ”
ZeroTurnaround makes revolutionary developer tools for creating quality software faster. With its award-winning JRebel and XRebel products, ZeroTurnaround is transforming how software is created, enabling development teams to build, inspect and error-proof quality software with considerably less downtime. Founded in 2007, today ZeroTurnaround’s technologies are used by more than 5,200 enterprise teams, including 36 of the Fortune 100, representing more than 65,000 active users in more than 80 countries. For more information, visit zeroturnaround.com or follow @zeroturnaround on Twitter.
About Bain Capital Ventures
Bain Capital Ventures (BCV) provides seed through growth capital for companies focused on technology and technology-enabled services primarily for enterprise customers. BCV invests across sectors including infrastructure software, application software, FinTech and healthcare. Select BCV investments include ABILITY Network, BloomReach, Docusign, Gainsight, Infusionsoft, Kiva Systems, Liazon, LinkedIn, Optimizely, Rapid7, SolarWinds, SurveyMonkey. TellApart and VMTurbo. As the venture capital affiliate of Bain Capital, a leading global alternative assets firm, BCV has partnered with more than 200 companies since 1984 to start, build, commercialize and grow their businesses. BCV has approximately $3 billion of assets under management and has offices in the Bay Area, New York City and Boston. Follow BCV at @BainCapVC
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Salsify Secures $16.6M in Series B Funding
Venrock, Matrix Partners and North Bridge invest in Omni-channel technology that transforms relationships between retailers and brand manufacturers
Boston, MA (July 6, 2015) —Salsify, the leading SaaS platform that powers the seamless creation and exchange of unique, rich product content between brand manufacturers and their retail partners for over four million products, today announced $16.6M in Series B funding, bringing Salsify’s total funding to date to $24.6M. The round is led by Venrock, and also includes existing investors, Matrix Partners and North Bridge, as well as Michael Skok. The funding will be used to further product development, invest in corporate growth and drive continued value with its customer base.
With Omni-channel commerce evolving to meet the needs of today’s discerning consumers, it is becoming more crucial than ever for retailers to offer the rich product content consumers demand when shopping online. Using Salsify’s SaaS platform, this detailed product information is easily created and delivered on an accelerated timeline, transforming it into a driver for increased product discoverability, revenues and ultimately, customer loyalty that will translate across all buying channels.
“With a roster of brands such as Newell Rubbermaid, 9 West Holdings and Bosch, as well as retail and technology partners like Walmart and Google, companies in the Salsify network can collaborate much more effectively to remain competitive in today’s e-commerce marketplace, simply by using rich product content to their advantage,” said Jason Purcell, co-founder and CEO of Salsify. “We are thrilled that Venrock, Matrix and North Bridge also see our vision for a digital supply chain, and are enabling us to continue transforming the way retailers and suppliers communicate and collaborate.”
“Having worked with the Salsify team at Endeca, I know they have the capacity to do amazing things and I look forward to working alongside the team to build another great company,” said Mike Tyrrell, partner at Venrock. “Salsify is changing the way retailers and suppliers share key information, dramatically improving data quality and transforming the consumer’s online shopping experience. They are going to have a meaningful impact on the marketplace.”
Based in Boston, Salsify is the leading SaaS platform that powers the seamless creation and exchange of rich product content from brands to retailers. Today, Salsify transforms product content management from an administrative burden into a driver of new revenue and amplified brand value for over four million products from top brand manufacturers. For more information, please visit: http://www.salsify.com and follow us on Twitter @salsify.
Originally established as the venture capital arm of the Rockefeller family in 1969, Venrock continues a tradition of partnering with entrepreneurs to establish successful, enduring companies. With a primary focus on technology and healthcare, portfolio companies have included Adify, Apple Computer, Athenahealth, Centocor, Check Point Software, DoubleClick, Endeca, Gilead Sciences, Idec Pharma, Imperva, Illumina, Intel, Millennium Pharma, SlideShare and Tudou. For more information, please visit Venrock’s website at http://www.venrock.com and follow the firm on Twitter at @venrock. About Matrix Partners Matrix Partners backs bold entrepreneurs who have the vision and unstoppable drive to make a difference in the world. We combine our knowledge with a personal approach to help start-ups do more, be better, and achieve greater success. From our beginnings with Apple, Sycamore Networks and Veritas, to recent investments in Oculus VR, Zendesk, Hubspot, JustFab, Namely, Meteor and more, we've earned the trust of each founder we've supported. Find us in Palo Alto, Cambridge, Shanghai, Beijing, and Mumbai, at matrixpartners.com or @MatrixPartners.
About North Bridge
North Bridge actively partners with founders and entrepreneurs of market-leading companies, who are using technology to disrupt and reinvent big markets. With $3.8 billion of capital under management, the firm has funded more than 170 companies creating tens of billions in market value. Recent investments include Acquia, Actifio, Dyn, Demandware, Onshape, Proto Labs, Quora and Starent Networks. The firm has offices in Waltham, MA and Palo Alto, CA.
To learn more about North Bridge go to www.northbridge.com and follow the firm @North_Bridge.
About Michael Skok
Michael is a serial entrepreneur and investor with more than three decades of experience. As a VC, he initiated ventures with innovators, as well as seeded and invested in many great entrepreneurs who went on to build billions of dollars of value focusing on large market opportunities such as eCommerce, and Big Data. Michael focuses on game changing technologies such as Machine Learning and disruptive business models such as Open Source and platform shifts such as Cloud computing and Mobile. He is also an active mentor and teacher. He created and facilitates the Startup Secrets course at Harvard iLab. The course teaches practical tools, frameworks and real practical examples that empower entrepreneurs. Some of Michael’s work in this regard can be found online at www.startupsecrets.com. Follow him on Twitter @mjskok.
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Pneuron Corp. Announces $5 Million Series B-1 Funding
Safeguard Scientifics, Osage Partners and Scott Group LLC Invest into Distributed Analytics Company’s Accelerating Growth
WOBURN, Mass.—July 1, 2015--Pneuron Corporation, the pioneer of the distributed solutions category, today announced a $5 million Series B-1 funding round, led by Safeguard Scientifics and joined by Osage Partners and Scott Group LLC. With this additional investment, Pneuron raised $13.25 million in funding and has seen revenue grow at a CAGR of 173 percent (or comparative revenue growth of 639 percent) since the last funding round in March 2013.
“This new financing round will allow us to focus on hiring key scale-up resources in sales, sales engineering, and implementation to deliver on the significant growth over the last two years across the Distributed Analytics space and the new category of Analytics on the Edge,” said Simon Moss, CEO of Pneuron. “What we built helps companies realize the time-to-value and agility advantages of a distributed data and analytics approach. With Pneuron, businesses no longer need to invest large and burdensome time and costs to solve business problems that have been so poorly serviced by traditional data and systems integration models."
Pneuron’s strategy is to step investment, based on success and growth achievement, ensuring minimal dilution for staff, effective and measurable ROI for investors. Combining strong cash management with effective and disciplined organizational growth enables focused use of funds to help scale operations and support accelerating market success. This approach continues to advance the messaging of its innovative platform and paradigm into the market, and reinforces a corporate culture focused on EBITDA, revenue growth and cash effectiveness.
A growing number of customers see Pneuron’s Distributed Platform as a new and unique way to quickly and dramatically change their solution strategy for problems that are traditionally too expensive, manual or risky to solve. This new round of funding will support Pneuron’s ability to deliver on the promise of solving traditional problems composed of disparate and distributed data, systems, business processes and analytics across an organization with dramatic improvements in time to value and cost.
“We are well-positioned to deliver a strong second half of the year, with aggressive projected growth for 2016,” said Elizabeth Elkins, COO of Pneuron. “Our current client base has found significant success in Pneuron’s approach to solving distributed data, process and system challenges in the enterprise and we are planning for the additional resources needed to service our increasing customer base.”
Analytics on the Edge
Analytics on the Edge represents a fundamental shift in the way firms solve business problems where the requisite solution components are highly disparate and distributed. Pneuron offers the ability to manage distributed processing wherever companies need it and dramatically simplifies the effort required to build such solutions. With the Internet of Things, problem solving is going further out to the edge, and Pneuron offers next generation technology that can distribute and manage solution components that work with the diverse elements in this expanding environment in the most efficient manner - from applications to machines, devices and sensors.
This funding round comes on the heels of another 200 percent revenue and bookings growth year in 2014, Pneuron being named a 2015 Gartner “Cool Vendor”, a global alliance with HP and a new patent for Pneuron’s “distributed analytics method for creating, modifying and deploying software pneurons to acquire, review, and analyze targeted data.”
Pneuron enables organizations to rapidly solve business problems through a groundbreaking, distributed approach that cuts across data, applications and processes. By targeting the right information at the data source, companies are no longer faced with the complex integration and infrastructure requirements of traditional approaches. Pneuron’s innovative Distributed Solutions Platform enables the acceleration of business value and develops reports, products and applications in half the time and cost of traditional methods. Pneuron’s distributed approach is non-invasive, technology-agnostic and leverages an organization’s existing infrastructure, avoiding the deployment risks and IT concerns that are prevalent in today’s centralized data projects. For more information, visit us online at: Pneuron.com, on Twitter or LinkedIn.
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
BitSight Closes a $23 Million Round of Series B Financing
BitSight Technologies, the standard in Security Ratings, today announced that it has closed a $23 million round of Series B financing. Comcast Ventures joins as a new investor together with current investors Globespan Capital Partners, Menlo Ventures, Commonwealth Capital Ventures, Shaun McConnon and Flybridge Capital Partners, all participating in the round of funding. Managing Director David Zilberman led the investment for Comcast Ventures. New funding will be used to extend sales and marketing into Europe and APAC, expand engineering and data science teams to accelerate the company’s new data analytics products, and fund potential acquisitions of key data source partners. BitSight has raised $49 million to date.
BitSight Security Ratings are used by global enterprises to continuously monitor the risk posed by vendors in their supply chain, report to board members about their own security performance benchmarks within a peer group, and support underwriting decisions for cyber insurance. The BitSight platform uses publicly available data to rate the security performance of an organization on a daily basis. Observed security events and configurations, such as communication with a botnet, malware distribution, and email server configuration, are assessed for severity, frequency and duration and used to generate objective Security Ratings. BitSight Security Ratings range from 250 to 900, with higher ratings equating to higher security performance.
“The transition of information security to a business discussion at the board level highlights the market need for objective, evidence-based measures of performance. BitSight Security Ratings provide data that can be used to understand risk in a variety of different scenarios, from the boardroom to conversations with strategic vendors or in underwriting decisions,” said Shaun McConnon, CEO of BitSight. “We are delighted that our existing investors have re-upped their commitment to our success, and I am particularly pleased that an organization with such Internet service reach as Comcast has chosen us as a key part of their investment portfolio.”
“BitSight has all the right ingredients for success, including a seasoned leadership team, innovative technology and a growing customer base,” said David Zilberman, managing director of Comcast Ventures. “Given the necessity for continuous vendor management, it’s important for us to invest in a company that has the potential to truly change the way all organizations measure risk and rate cyber security performance. BitSight is on an impressive trajectory.”
Since closing Series A financing in June 2013, BitSight hit several key milestones, including:
- Securing 150+ enterprise customers
- Tripling revenue from 2014 in only the first two quarters of 2015
- Bringing four Security Ratings use cases to market
- BitSight Security Ratings for Vendor Risk Management, whose users include two of the top five investment banks in the world
- BitSight Security Ratings for Benchmarking, which is used by 25 Fortune 500 companies
- BitSight Security Ratings for Cyber Insurance, which is used by three of the top five cyber insurance underwriters in the world
- BitSight Security Ratings for Mergers & Acquisitions, which is used by four of the top five private equity companies in the world
- The acquisition of security intelligence company AnubisNetworks
- Selection as a Gartner "Cool Vendor" in Vendor Management for 2015
About BitSight Technologies
BitSight Technologies is transforming how companies manage information security risk with objective, evidence-based security ratings. The company's Security Rating Platform continuously analyzes vast amounts of external data on security behaviors in order to help organizations manage third party risk, benchmark performance, and assess and negotiate cyber insurance premiums. Based in Cambridge, MA, BitSight is backed by the National Science Foundation, Comcast Ventures, Commonwealth Capital Ventures, Flybridge Capital Partners, Globespan Capital Partners, and Menlo Ventures. For more information, please visit www.bitsighttech.com or follow @BitSight on Twitter.
Barkly Closes $12.5 Million Series A
Boston-based startup identifies and stops endpoint attacks in real-time; Creates enterprise class protection for the mid-market
BOSTON - June 24, 2015 – Boston-based endpoint security startup, Barkly, today announced that it has closed a $12.5 million Series A financing round, led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and including Sigma Prime Ventures. Barkly has now raised a total of $17 million since the company was co-founded in 2013 by Mike Duffy and Jack Danahy, longtime colleagues, information security industry veterans and serial entrepreneurs. The funding will be used to expedite the company’s recruiting, product development, and go-to-market initiatives in the healthcare and financial services industries.
"We've built Barkly to bring advanced protection to the endpoint systems of the thousands of organizations that find themselves unprotected from modern sophisticated attacks, and who cannot afford to hire teams of experts to manage complex, expensive solutions,” said Duffy, Barkly’s co-founder and CEO.
Redefining the expectations of endpoint security
Barkly enters the information security market at a time when 62 percent of successful cyber attacks breach small and mid-sized companies. These statistics confirm that existing endpoint security solutions for these markets do not provide the protections necessary, nor the simplicity required for universal adoption and use.
By contrast, IT administrators with little or no security background can easily install Barkly on any number of devices using existing systems management tools. Attacks are automatically stopped in real-time without administrator interaction, and messages can be sent to end users to educate them about their mistake. For example, if an employee inadvertently clicks on a malicious link in his/her email, which subsequently attempts to install malware on the user’s machine, Barkly will immediately interrupt the installation, notify the IT administrator and educate the user. Notifications happen in real-time and are delivered on both desktop and mobile devices, so administrators can take action anytime, anywhere.
“The endpoint is the most common attack entry point in any organization,” said Danahy, Barkly’s co-founder and CTO. “Even so, security has not evolved meet the challenge there. Large companies invest in massive data gathering and analytics, while smaller companies suffer with insufficient protection. We purposefully designed Barkly so that any IT administrator, at any company, could implement advanced security and be confident in the safety and productivity of their workforce, with minimal oversight. That’s the beauty of Barkly.”
Breakthrough technology making stronger security simple
Barkly combines a proprietary, high performance, local protection agent with SaaS based reporting and management to provide real time defense against modern malware, including zero-day and polymorphic attacks. Powered by advanced behavioral analytics, the Barkly agent is invisible to both end users and attackers, and is unique in its speed and simplicity.
"We’ve seen countless endpoint security solutions that are focused on the Fortune 1000s but are too complicated for most other companies to consume. We’re excited to back Barkly’s leaders as they deliver a new form of endpoint security that’s simple to deploy and manage,” said Harry Weller General Partner at NEA. “Both end users, and IT administrators want to be protected, but they also want to get back to work. Barkly lets them do both – quickly and simply."
Barkly anticipates general availability in Q1 2016. For more information on Barkly or to request a demo, visit www.barklyprotects.com and follow them on Twitter @barklyprotects.
Barkly is re-inventing endpoint security. Based in Boston, Barkly identifies and stops modern sophisticated attacks on endpoint devices without sacrificing employee performance or productivity. Its speed and simplicity allows IT administrators to install, monitor, and customize reporting with efficiency and ease. Barkly was co-founded in 2013 by Mike Duffy and Jack Danahy, longtime colleagues, information security industry veterans, and serial entrepreneurs and is backed by New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and Sigma Prime Ventures. For more information on Barkly or to sign up for its early access program, visit www.barklyprotects.com and follow @barklyprotects on Twitter.
Fullbridge Secures $15.4 Million
Fullbridge, Inc., a professional development and education company that prepares students and young professionals to succeed in the global economy, has secured $15.4 million through the sale of a series of preferred stock. The round was led by learning innovation investor, GSV Capital, with active participation from several high net worth individuals and family offices from the U.S. and Europe.
The investment is instrumental as the company expands its leadership team, program availability, geographic reach and offerings with colleges, companies and ministries worldwide – all with the goal of preparing students to succeed as young professionals. The funding also allows Fullbridge to expand its technology platform by developing a multi-user offering which streamlines program enrollment and enhance communication between Fullbridge clients, coaches and students. READ MORE
Whetlab acquired by Twitter
Over the past year, we have created a technology to make machine learning better and faster for companies, automatically. Twitter is the platform for open communication on the internet and we believe that Whetlab’s technology can have a great impact by accelerating Twitter’s internal machine learning efforts. READ MORE
Cryptzone Secures $15M Series B Funding
Growth Capital to Help Rapidly Growing Cybersecurity Company Accelerate Sales, Expansion
Cryptzone, a provider of dynamic, context-aware network, application and content security solutions, today announced that it has closed a $15 million Series B round of funding. The round was led by Kayne Partners, the growth private equity group of Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, L.P., an approximately $29-billion alternative investment firm. Nishita Cummings, Managing Director at Kayne Partners, will join the Cryptzone board representing the firm, which has invested in other leading-edge companies in the security and software sectors like CellTrust, Zafin and FaceFirst. Additionally, existing investor Medina Capital and a number of its limited partners participated in the round.
The funding will accelerate Cryptzone’s go-to-market strategy and fuel its global expansion. Cryptzone’s disruptive solutions allow organizations to avert cyber-attacks via privileged account and third-party users, and prevent the exposure of sensitive and confidential information to unauthorized users, using identity and context to dynamically secure access. READ MORE
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BoardOnTrack Closes $1.7 Million Funding Round
Per Scott Kirsner at BetaBoston, Concord, MA based BoardOnTrack, a SaaS company that supports Charter Schools with the most cost-effective, efficient, and convenient way to build a better board, has closed a $1.7 Million Funding Round. READ MORE
Ministry Of Supply Raises $1.5 Million
Per Sara Castellanos at Boston Business Journal, Ministry Of Supply, makers of High-tech performance professional clothing for men, has raised $1.5 million in new funding.
Total funding to date for the company is now more than $6 million.
Investors in the round are undisclosed. READ MORE
Bit9 acqui-hires Objective Logistics
As reported by Dan Primack at Fortune, Bit9 acqui-hires Objective Logistics.
Privately-held cybersecurity company Bit9 has quietly acquired Objective Logistics, a Boston-based maker of restaurant management software, Fortune has learned.
The deal is effectively an aqui-hire, with around a dozen Objective Logistics employees joining Bit9. Not moving over, however is Objective Logistics founder and CEO, who says he’s Philip Beauregard “retired until further notice.” READ MORE
Comverse to Acquire Acision
Combined Entity Will Incorporate Best-of-breed Complementary Products and Technologies to Drive Increased Global Footprint, Market Leadership in Messaging and Digital Services
WAKEFIELD, Mass., June 15, 2015 – Comverse, Inc. (Nasdaq: CNSI), a global leader in digital services, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Acision, a privately-held leader in secure mobile messaging and engagement services, based in Reading, United Kingdom. Comverse will acquire Acision for a purchase price consisting of approximately $135 million in cash, 3.13 million shares of Comverse’s common stock, and potential earnout payments of up to $35 million. In addition, Comverse will seek to maintain Acision’s existing $157 million senior credit facility following completion of the transaction. The Boards of Directors of Comverse and Acision have approved the transaction, which, subject to satisfying closing conditions, is expected to be complete by the end of the third calendar quarter. Following completion of the transaction, the new company will be led by a team comprised of executives from both organizations under the leadership of Comverse CEO Philippe Tartavull and the company will remain headquartered in Wakefield, Massachusetts, USA.
Enabling Today’s Digital Services
In addition to offering market-leading Cloud Multi-VAS and IP messaging solutions, the combined company will provide Service Providers, Over the Top (OTT), and Enterprise customers with a wide array of fast-growing mobile monetization, enterprise messaging and digital services in high growth segments. Comverse helps Communication Service Providers (CSPs) transition to Digital Service Providers (DSPs) and gain competitive advantage through a portfolio of solutions that help them monetize the coming “fourth wave” of digital services. The combined company’s expanded portfolio will extend into new digital application areas including data analytics, secure enterprise application-toperson (A2P) messaging, credit orchestration, two-factor authentication, and Machineto-Machine (M2M) communication as well as Rich Communication Services (RCS), WebRTC, and APIs for rapid service creation.
“Continued consolidation in the Service Provider space creates the need for strong suppliers,” said Philippe Tartavull, President and Chief Executive Officer, Comverse. “Our acquisition of Acision underscores Comverse’s commitment to quickly building scale and market leadership in the fast-growing digital services sector. This acquisition creates a formidable platform for innovation that is expected to serve our customers’ current and evolving needs. Acision brings a diverse portfolio of mobile monetization and rich enterprise messaging solutions complementing Comverse’s market leading digital services platform. The combined portfolio will allow us to enable our service provider and enterprise customers to deliver and monetize a new array of advanced digital services to their customers.”
“Today’s acquisition is in line with our growth strategy to broaden our reach and capabilities, and brings two leading companies together to deliver the very latest monetizable, rich communication services for mobile operators and enterprises worldwide,” said Didier Bench, Executive Chairman at Acision. “The two companies are well aligned in their respective visions and strategies, yet were operating in largely complementary markets. We believe that joining forces is in the best interests of both our customers and our employees, and our commitment to them and the products we provide will remain our highest priority. By combining our resources, we can provide our customers and partners with access to an extended portfolio of digital products and services, with high quality innovation as well as the best in class knowledge and expertise.”
“The combination of Acision and Comverse creates a market leader in the high growth digital services segment,” commented Jorg Mohaupt, Head of TMT at Access Industries, majority shareholder of Acision. “We are excited about the potential of this acquisition and the resulting value creation for our shareholders.”
Acision connects the world by powering relevant, seamless mobile engagement services that interoperate across IP platforms and enrich the user experience creating value and new communication opportunities for carriers, enterprises and consumers across the world. For more information, visit Acision at http://www.acision.com
Comverse empowers people to engage with each other, services, and things as part of their multi-device, digital lifestyle. We help service providers and enterprises deliver and monetize innovative digital experiences through an award-winning portfolio of cloud-based software solutions, backed by expert services. You can find us at www.comverse.com.
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These risks and uncertainties discussed above, as well as others, are discussed in greater detail in our filings with the SEC. The documents and reports we file with the SEC are available through us, or our website, www.comverse.com, or through the SEC's Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval system (EDGAR) at www.sec.gov. READ MORE
Rapid7 files for $80 million IPO
Per Fortune, Security firm Rapid7 has filed for $80 million IPO
As the security space heats up, another hot cyber firm has announced that it will go public.
Rapid7, a Boston, Mass.-based cybersecurity company, has filed for an $80 million IPO.
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Yesware Raises $13.3 Million
Foundry Group led the round, with Battery Ventures, Google Ventures, Golden Venture Partners and IDG Ventures participating.
From Yesware CEO, Mathew Bellows:
Five years ago today, I was the VP of Sales at a venture-backed startup. I hadn’t yet been fired for applying for my CEO’s job. I hadn’t called Cashman to pitch “Software for Salespeople.” I certainly hadn’t made up the word “Yesware” five years ago.
Five years ago I felt pain, and I smelled opportunity. The pain I felt was from salespeople struggling to make their number, close that last deal, make club, and reach their goals. I’d stood before boards of directors defending my team’s quarterly pipeline—riddled with uncertainty and imprecision. The board knew it, and they knew that I knew it, but none of us at the time knew why.
The opportunity that I smelled was to start a virtuous circle.
If, by bringing the power of software to salespeople at every level of an organization, we could genuinely help our customers be more successful, our customers would earn more money. If they earned more money, they’d be able to buy more of our products. Since there are a lot of salespeople in the world, it smelled like the chance to build a real company.
Happily and luckily, when I shared my vision with my former business partner Cashman Andrus, he said, “I can build that” and we embarked on the best adventure of our careers. Just over four years ago, we brought in our first investors, threw away our prototype, recruited a few of the best engineers on the planet, and released our first version of Yesware for Gmail.
Looking back at our first funding round, I’m struck by how unrealistic our revenue projections were. How did I not get laughed out of every room I walked into?
But really the way it worked for us is the way it works for most startup people…
You talk with enough people, and make enough sense or don’t seem too crazy, that some of them smell the same opportunity that you do. After meeting with and pitching 45 angels, super angels, micro and macro VCs, and other associated people, we connected with Rich Miner from Google Ventures, Brad Feld from Foundry Group, and Matt Golden from Golden Venture Partners.
In our A Round we welcomed Pat Kineally from IDG Ventures to the team. In our B Round, we welcomed Neeraj Agrawal from Battery Ventures. And since that delusional business plan, we’ve built the foundations of a great company.
We have served almost 700,000 salespeople across the globe. We offer Yesware for Google Apps, Outlook and iOS. We are deeply integrated into the sales process at some of the fastest growing software companies in the world. We’ve built an incredible team and culture.
But there is so much more to do. I’m so proud of what we’ve done so far, and it’s gratifying to see so many of our initial ideas in the hands of our customers, and we’re only just getting started.
In order to accelerate our growth, I’m honored to announce that we’ve raised an additional $13.3 million.
Foundry Group led the round, with Battery Ventures, Google Ventures, Golden Venture Partners and IDG Ventures participating.
I am incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to create my dream job. I’m grateful to our customers, our prospects, and the companies that turned us down but told us why. I’m forever grateful to our investors. I’m even grateful to the investors who turned us down but told us, honestly, why.
But mostly, I’m grateful to the smart, strange, wonderful people who work at Yesware. They give everything of themselves to bring our software to you. They push through personal struggles. They stretch themselves. The people who work here are, in the words of our first Yesware value, “Brave, Ambitious and Resilient.”
Thank you all for getting us this far. I’m so excited to see what our next stage of growth will bring. If you want to let me know your thoughts, please email me at matthew [at] yesware.com. Thanks. More to come.
Podium Data Announces Funding
PODIUM DATA ANNOUNCES INITIAL FUNDING
Funds to Fuel Growth of Big Data Platform that is Redefining
Enterprise Data Management
LOWELL, Mass. – June 3, 2015 – Podium Data, provider of a practical, big data platform that accelerates access to critical business data, announced today that it has secured initial financing, led by CommonAngels Ventures. The initial round of financing will fuel company growth and advance early marketplace adoption of the Podium enterprise data management platform, released in August 2014.
Podium Data gained early traction among target customers by addressing a persistent and growing challenge faced by today’s enterprises: fundamental business data is not readily available for decision making. Business leaders are increasing the pressure on IT, requesting self-service access to more data sources, as well as faster consolidation and integration of critical information.
The Podium platform extends the power of big data technologies, delivering the first data lake platform with business ready data. Business users get access to the data they need in a secure, self-service environment with insights continuously captured. With Podium, businesses dramatically reduce their time to answer, enabling informed decision making, agile innovation, improved customer experience and, ultimately, competitive advantage.
Growing demand for a cost-effective data management solution that captures value from vast stores of information is evidenced by the number of customers in the financial services, insurance, healthcare and retail sectors committing to multi-year Podium subscriptions.
“With Podium, we finally have access to essential data we can trust. Podium provides self-service access to all of our data, and has enabled our team of analysts and data scientists to dramatically accelerate analysis and business insights. Podium was installed with data ready for use in 90 days, and began to immediately deliver ROI to our business.”
-Top 20 Pharmaceutical customer
Much of Podium Data’s early success is attributed to its strong leadership team, which is led by visionary founders Paul Barth (CEO) and Steve Richards (COO), and comprised of recognized thought leaders and hands-on experts in big data technologies, data management and business intelligence. With decades of IT experience, the other founding team members —technologists Atif Majid, Michael Howard and Bob Vecchione—inherently understand and can innovatively address the most pressing issues faced by today’s business and IT leaders.
Podium Data will leverage the CommonAngels-led funding to build on its accomplishments of the past year, expand the company’s reach in target markets, and continue to deliver on its mission to help commercial enterprises and government organizations optimize the value of critical data assets.
“Podium Data significantly and cost-effectively advances the ability to make complex business data immediately useful to organizations. CEO Paul Barth is a well-regarded thought leader in big data and a successful serial entrepreneur. CommonAngels Ventures is thrilled to partner with him and the other co-founders in this new enterprise.”
--James Geshwiler, Managing Director, CommonAngels Ventures
About Podium Data
Podium Data is redefining the enterprise data management landscape. The company’s practical high-performance Podium platform continuously captures and integrates data from disparate sources. IT elevates its value contribution by unleashing data to business users who can now access and leverage information on demand. Podium’s proven big data technologies help organizations in all industry sectors optimize the value of their information assets by making trusted business data readily available to stakeholders across the enterprise. Visit http://www.podiumdata.com to learn about how Podium accelerates access to fundamental data, driving the analytics and insights required for dramatic impact.