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WHOOP Raises $6 Million

As per SEC filings, Whoop in Boston, MA has raised $6M in funding.  Whoop is a Health, Welness and Fitness technology and data analytics company for performance optimization. READ MORE

SmashFly Technologies Secures $9 Million

Last June, J.P. Morgan Chase published a study that suggested more than 75 percent of businesses today cite talent acquisition as one of their biggest challenges. While talent acquisition can be exacerbated by a number of issues, one particularly glaring obstacle is that many organizations continue to rely on legacy ERP and ATS systems to manage the post-applicant recruitment process. Meanwhile, the pre-applicant recruiting experience continues to be haphazardly managed by several disparate solutions — namely, CRM systems, job distribution software, mobile and social recruiting tools, and myriad career sites.

Ultimately, the result of all of that is an overly complex, costly, and inefficient recruiting process, which prevents recruiting teams from capturing and centralizing data — two critical components of executing and improving talent acquisition. SmashFly Technologies, the leader in Recruitment Marketing Platform technology, believes its Platform is the answer to those challenges. And today, theMassachusetts-based SaaS company announced that it had secured the funding to help bring that solution to the masses. READ MORE

OnHand Raises $500K SEED Round

As reported by BostInno OnHand Raises $500K SEED Round.

OnHand, a tech accessories company that was started in a Babson College dorm room and grew up in the MassChallenge Accelerator (2012 Finalist), has raised a seed round of $500,000 through private investment 

OwnerIQ Completes $11 Million Financing Round

OwnerIQ, the leading provider of retailer and manufacturer audience monetization services, has completed an $11 million financing round to further drive growth of the category. OwnerIQ drives first-party audience monetization for more retailers than any other company, helping retailers turn their online customers into a valuable asset. At the same time, OwnerIQ's co-operative audience marketplace enables retailers and manufacturers to share first-party data to run targeted digital advertising.

The financing was led by existing investors with new investors joining the syndicate and was completed in two tranches. The first tranche closed in April. READ MORE


Bain Capital Ventures Raises $850M For Two Funds

As reported by TechCrunch, Bain Capital Ventures has raised $850M for two funds:  $650M for BCV 2014 and $200M for a coinvestment fund.  READ MORE

TalkTo Acquired by Path

Path and TalkTo share a vision for the future of messaging as a hub for communicating with all the people, places and things in your life.

We’re joining forces to create the first unified messaging app! READ MORE


Pixability Raises $4M & Completes $8.1M Series B Financing

Pixability, a YouTube marketing software provider, today announced that it closed an additional $4 million financing round led by Point Judith Capital, completing a total Series B investment round of $8.1 million. Quad/Graphics, Inc. (NYSE: QUAD) and Progress Ventures also participated in the round. David Martirano, Co-Founder and General Partner of Point Judith Capital, will be joining Pixability’s board of directors... READ MORE

Zerto Raises $26 Million in Series D Financing

Zerto, setting the standard for protection, recovery and migration of data in cloud and virtualized datacenters, today announced that it has raised $26 million in Series D financing. New investor Harmony Partners led the financing, with participation by all current investors: Battery Ventures, Greylock IL, RTP Ventures and U.S. Venture Partners. The round brings Zerto’s total financing to more than $60 million and provides a large war chest to allow Zerto to expand its global footprint, maintain long-term independence and focus major R&D efforts around the company’s recently launched “Cloud Fabric” initiative for workload mobility in hybrid clouds.


With more than 500 enterprise customers and 100 managed cloud service providers (CSP) including Terremark, KPN and Colt offering cloud disaster recovery powered by Zerto, the company has built a strong base to aggressively corner... READ MORE


Repsly Secures Funding

Repsly Inc., a B2B Mobile Cloud solution provider who simplifies field management and increases field team effectiveness, announced that it has secured a round of funding led by Launchpad Venture Group, First Beverage Group and K5 Ventures. The company, which has been operating since 2010 as Salespod, is a SaaS business that manages the activities of field reps and the data that they collect. Repsly’s clients include companies such as L'Oreal, Nike Golf, KIA Motors, Keune, Philips, Doctors Urgent Care, Schweigen Home Appliances, and Lavazza, who use this solution to drive higher accountability and efficiency within their field teams. Customers in 40 countries also leverage Repsly to gather and analyze data generated by their reps about everything from product performance, to competitive actions, customer demographics, and service delivery.

Tom First, Managing Partner, First Beverage Ventures and founder of Nantucket Nectars said that the firm was interested in Repsly because the solution is such a strong fit for companies selling consumer products through retail channels...  READ MORE

CloudHealth Technologies Secures $3.2 Million of Extension Funding

CloudHealth Technologies, the pioneer in IT service management for the cloud, announced today it has secured a $3.2 million extension of its Series A funding round, bringing the total to $7.7 million. The funding, which is from existing investors .406 Ventures and Sigma Prime Ventures, will be used to support the company’s customer growth, platform enhancements, expansion of services and increased hiring efforts tied to sales and engineering. 

“When we invested in the company last year, we knew we were investing in a management team and technology that was poised to address the significant challenges emerging in one of the most disruptive technologies we’ve seen, cloud computing,” said Bob Davoli, Managing Partner of Sigma Prime Ventures. “No other cloud management platform delivers the level of business value provided by CloudHealth and we look forward to playing a role in the company’s continued success.” READ MORE

OYO Sports Raised $3 Million in Seed Funding

OYO Sports, a rapidly growing fan engagement company, announced that it has raised $3 million in seed funding bringing total angel and seed funding to-date to $4.6M. The funds are being used to build a vertically integrated e-commerce business with real-time U.S. based manufacturing. In addition to several participating angel investors, seed investors include Boston Seed Capital and Atlas Venture.


“We’ve been amazed by the consumer demand, reflected in both our dramatic e-commerce growth and incredible sell-thru results at retail,” said Tom Skripps, Founder and CEO, OYO Sports. “We are ambitiously building on a vision that extends beyond toys to engage the kid in all fans.”  READ MORE

Kyruus Raises $11.3M in Funding

As per SEC filings, Kyruus in Boston, MA has raised $11.3M in funding.  Kyruus is a provider solutions company that helps hospitals and health systems optimize their Patient Access, Referral Management, and Care Coordination operations.  Using a Big Data approach, the company enables the integration of massive amounts of information into actionable, operational workflows so that organizations can achieve their growth, patient retention, and provider engagement goals.  READ MORE

Egenera Receives $16 Million from Comvest Partners

Egenera, a leader in converged infrastructure and cloud management software, today announced they have received $16 million in funding from Comvest Partners through its Comvest Capital II/III funds.  The funds will be used to further product innovation and aggressively drive its go to market strategy.

 “With cloud transforming businesses of all kinds, our technology puts us at a strong competitive advantage which is what made us such an interesting investment prospect,” said Pete Manca, CEO of Egenera.  “The new funding will help fuel our sales and marketing efforts, enabling more companies to transform the way they manage their cloud infrastructures and virtual data centers.” READ MORE

TurningArt Raises $670K in Funding

As per SEC filings, TurningArt in Boston, MA has raised almost $670K in funding.  TurningArt is a subscription based business focused on providing pieces of art for your home or office.  Subscribers can rotate the artwork out with new pieces as often as they like.  READ MORE

XebiaLabs Raises $12M in Funding

As reported by the Boston Business Journal, XebiaLabs in Boston, MA has raised $12M in funding from Updata Partners, a Washington, DC based firm.  XebiaLabs is a provider of software delivery automation for the enterprise.  READ MORE

Romulus Capital Raises $50M Seed Fund

Romulus Capital, a venture capital firm founded out of MIT focused on seed- and early-stage technology and science-enabled companies, announced today that it has raised $50 million from a powerful group of individual investors from six regions around the world including the US, Western Europe, Russia, South Asia, the Middle East, and Hong Kong. Further making the fund unique in the venture industry is the profile of investors – individuals and no institutions. As the second fund raised by Romulus, today’s milestone makes it one of the largest seed funds in the world...READ MORE

Acquia Acquiring TruCentric

Acquia, the digital business company, today strengthens its offerings for big data marketing and commerce, signing a definitive agreement to acquire Toronto-based TruCentric and its SaaS solution for real-time customer profiling and user engagement. TruCentric uses situational and historical data to drive deeper understanding of site visitors and provides insight in a way that marketers can make use of it. 

"Today, everyone expects a personalized, relevant, and engaging experience, but the vast majority of visitors are typically anonymous, and therefore difficult to engage. Being a digital-first business requires a commitment to harnessing data from all prospects to make better decisions faster," said Dries Buytaert, CTO and co-founder, Acquia. "Acquia is acquiring TruCentric to help organizations get a handle on their critical customer data, quickly analyze it, and capitalize on it by delivering more engaging experiences from the very first visit to a site." READ MORE


Invaluable Raises $33.75 Million

Invaluable, the world’s largest online live auction marketplace, today announced that it has raised $33.75 million in a Series D funding round led by New York-based Insight Venture Partners, with participation from existing investors Ascent Venture Partners and Commonwealth Capital Ventures. As part of the transaction, Bradley Twohig, principal at Insight Venture Partners, will join Invaluable’s board of directors. 

The new round of funding will further extend Invaluable’s market leadership position, and accelerate growth, as the company works to rapidly scale the live auction industry. Funds will be leveraged for technology innovation and team expansion, as well as additional strategic partnerships and acquisitions. The capital raise follows a record year for Invaluable in 2013, during which the company experienced a 98 percent increase in gross merchandise sales. READ MORE


Spark Capital Raises $375M Growth Fund

As per Bijan Sabet's blog post, Spark Capital in Boston has raised a new $375M growth fund properly called Spark Growth.  Some sample Spark investments include Twitter, Tumblr, Oculus VR, RunKeeper, Wayfair, OMGPOP, Foursquare, Warby Parker, etc.  They also announced the addition of Jeremy Philips, who will head up the new fund.  READ MORE

Vsnap adds $1 million in funding

As reported by BetaBoston, Vsnap, who makes it easy for businesses to send short video messages to engage customers & prospects, added $1 Million in funding. 

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Acquia Completes $50 Million Financing Round

Acquia has closed a $50 million financing round, bringing total investment in the company to $118.6 million. Led by new investor New Enterprise Associates (NEA), the round includes new investor Split Rock Partners as well as existing investors North Bridge Venture PartnersSigma PartnersInvestor Growth Capital, and Tenaya Capital. Ravi Viswanathan, general partner at NEA, will join Acquia’s Board of Directors. With the new funding, Acquia will scale its sales and marketing, increase investments in the channel, and double down on key growth areas including big data marketing, personalized engagement, and commerce.

“Digital isn’t just about marketing; it is the core of modern business, disrupting everything - commerce, campaigns, customer service, employee engagement, civic engagement and more. Acquia is powering this disruption for enterprise organizations, creating an enormous opportunity to accelerate our momentum,” said Acquia CEO Tom Erickson. “With this new funding, we’re helping our customers maximize their business impact with our open cloud platform for integrated digital experiences.”  READ MORE


Tackle Grab raises $1 million in funding

As reported by the Boston Business Journal, Tackle Grab in Boston, MA has raised $1M in funding.  Tackle Grab is a membership based online fishing tackle retailer where members sign up to receive monthly samples of the best lures on the market today. READ MORE


SAP to Acquire SeeWhy


SAP AG
 (NYSE: SAP) today announced plans to acquire SeeWhy, the market-leading provider of cloud-based behavioral target marketing solutions to help businesses increase customer engagement and drive revenues. The addition of SeeWhy complements the commerce platform of hybris, an SAP company, with 1-to-1 personalized marketing based on real-time customer behavior that converts customer interactions into sales. The addition of SeeWhy will enhance the real-time customer engagement and commerce platform from hybris and across multiple SAP products by optimizing the customer experience and increases sales across an ever-growing number of delivery channels and touch points.


The growth of online and omni-channel commerce requires businesses across industries to transition to automated personalized marketing and experiences. Businesses are focusing on solutions that convert more traffic into purchases, and nurture customers across channels and devices, while marketers are shifting from one-size-fits-all marketing.  READ MORE


Evergage Secures $4 Million in New Funding

Evergage, provider of the market-leading real-time behavior-based web personalization platform, today announced that it has closed a $4 million Series A. This round of financing, which will reinforce the company’s influence in the market, underscores remarkable performance milestones, prominent client wins and significant product advancements.

The investment was led by G20 Ventures, a venture capital group of technology pioneers guided by co-founders Bob Hower, who joins the Evergage board of directors, and Bill Wiberg. The company’s existing major investors – including Point Judith Capital, Advanced Technology Ventures, Jit Saxena, Stephan Schambach, Andy Ory, and Jim Baum – also participated in the round. READ MORE

Drizly Raised Additional $2.5M In SEED Capital

Drizly, a Boston, MA-based smartphone app for alcohol delivery, raised an additional $2.5m in seed capital.

The round was led by Continental Investors of Chicago, with participation from Gary Vaynerchuk through his new Vayner RSE fund, and Suffolk Equity, as well as participation from existing investors announced in January as part of the initial $2.3m in seed funding (read here). In conjunction with the funding, Paul Purcell of Continental, will be joining Drizly’s Board. READ MORE

Ditto Secures More than $2M in Funding

Ditto Labs – the pioneer in photo-analytics announces an additional investment of $2.2 million from Cue Ball Capital, Stage 1 Ventures, and leaders in media, technology and advertising. Ditto is the only company scouring the daily torrent of publicly shared photos for brands and products. This is a game-changer for marketers who have never been able to identify and engage directly with consumers who are sharing more than 5 billion photos on social media each week. Ditto automatically identifies who cheers for the Red Sox, who eats at Burger King, who drives a Jeep, and who wears Prada.

Built by a team of MIT-trained computer scientists, Ditto’s proprietary visual search engine adds structure to this unstructured data stream enabling enterprises to make better decisions about product use and audience targeting... READ MORE

Jack Morton Acquires Genuine Interactive

Jack Morton Worldwide, one of the world’s largest and most respected brand experience agencies, celebrating 75 years in business, is acquiring Genuine Interactive, a leading digital, mobile and social firm in Boston, thereby giving it unmatched capabilities to seamlessly connect clients with consumers.

“We’re building the agency for now and fulfilling our clients’ need for experiences that reach people at every touchpoint,” Josh McCall, Jack Morton’s Chairman & CEO, commented. “Adding digital, social and mobile to live brand experiences isn’t an option anymore; it’s required and expected.  Although we’ve been on this path for quite a while, we need to continue to evolve and grow digital, social and mobile on a larger scale.  Genuine Interactive is the perfect partner to help us expand this vision of a digitally enabled brand experience agency, and allows us to create a powerhouse of two incredibly talented and creative teams.”  READ MORE

QPID HEALTH SECURES $12.3M SERIES B FUNDING

QPID Health, which has committed to bringing clinical intelligence to healthcare providers to improve outcomes and lower costs, today announced a $12.3M Series B round of funding led by New York City-based New Leaf Venture Partners. The company will use the investment to meet the market demand for its clinical intelligence solution, which promotes cost-effective and high quality patient care by making it easy for clinicians get access to patient data stored in electronic health records (EHRs) and other backend data repositories. The QPID software, which sits on top of virtually any EHR, has proven that it can generate a strong ROI for hospitals and physician practices. QPID Health welcomes New Leaf’s Managing Director Philippe Chambon to its board of directors.

Today’s investment enables QPID to accelerate the growth of the company and support wider use of its proven software solution in leading hospitals and healthcare systems in the U.S. Current customers include Massachusetts General and Brigham & Women’s Hospitals as well as other members of the Partners HealthCare system. Implementations in other leading medical centers across the country are under way.  READ MORE

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

Perfecto Mobile Raises $20M in Funding

Perfecto Mobile, provider of the MobileCloud™ Platform and integrated mobile application quality suite, today announced it has raised a $20 million growth equity investment from new investor FTV Capital, with continued participation from existing investors Carmel, Vertex and Globespan Capital Partners. The latest capital infusion will be used to further fuel Perfecto Mobile’s record growth and continued market leadership in the rapidly emerging mobile application quality space... READ MORE