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Stackdriver Acquired by Google

We are very excited to announce that Stackdriver is joining Google! We are grateful for the incredible team, amazing customers, and dedicated investors, and we thank you all for your support.

We started Stackdriver in 2012 to make operations easier by giving people better visibility into their cloud-powered applications. We believed then, as we do now, that data visualization and analytics are powerful tools to make monitoring more useful.  READ MORE

Vhoto raises $2.4M in funding

Vhoto, the company that finds amazing photos through the power of video, announced today that its revolutionary Vhoto App for iPhone and iPod touch is now available exclusively on the App Store in the United States and worldwide.  Vhoto is free, easy, and fun! Simply take a video using the Vhoto camera app or choose a video from your iPhone or iPod touch’s library. Vhoto’s proprietary technology automatically finds amazing photos hidden inside your video. Then you can save or share your favorite photos ...READ MORE

ANSYS acquires SpaceClaim
Since the inception of SpaceClaim, our focus has been on providing engineers with powerful tools that make their jobs easier. We developed the first truly intuitive 3D modeling solution that puts the power of geometry creation and manipulation into the hands of any engineer who needs it. Since then, we’ve continued to expand our capabilities into new areas such as sheet metal and 3D printing. Every step of the way, we have committed ourselves to listening to our customers and delivering innovative, high quality products. 

 

Earlier today, it was announced that SpaceClaim Corporation has been acquired by ANSYS.  ANSYS is the world’s leading provider of engineering simulation software and has been helping engineers and manufacturers predict the behavior and performance of their innovations for over 40 years... READ MORE

TripAdvisor Acquires Vacation Home Rentals

TripAdvisor, Inc. TRIP +0.77% , today announced it has acquired Vacation Home Rentals, a Massachusetts-based vacation rentals website. Vacation Home Rentals features more than 14,000 properties around the world.

"We're thrilled to welcome Vacation Home Rentals to the TripAdvisor family," commented Dermot Halpin, president, TripAdvisor Vacation Rentals. "The team delivers a great experience for both homeowners and travelers and the inventory is a valuable addition to our fast-growing business." READ MORE

Understory Raises $1.9M in Funding

Understory, creator of next-generation weather sensor hardware and data networks, announced today that it has received $1.9 million of funding in a seed round led by Palo Alto, CA-based True Ventures with participation from RRE Ventures, Vegas Tech Fund, SK Ventures and Andrew C. Payne. With this new funding, Understory will implement the planned and approved deployment of its network of patent-pending weather stations across the Kansas City, MO metropolitan area. After spending a year at Boston-based Bolt, a hardware-focused seed fund, Understory is now actively recruiting data scientists, back-end software developers, product managers and electrical engineers.

While traditional, radar-enabled weather centers collect data by analyzing conditions observed in the atmosphere, Understory—named for the area in a rainforest beneath the forest canopy— detects rain, hail, wind and other weather events directly at the earth's surface, where the risk to life and property is greatest. This "ground-truth"-based detection is a marked enhancement in both resolution and fidelity, providing real time datasets and graphical views of the movement and intensity of weather events, which leads to better insight and early detection of risks. READ MORE

DataXu Acquires JasperLabs

Today, JasperLabs, the dynamic creative optimization (DCO) company I founded three years ago, was acquired by DataXu. Before I had even met the DataXu team, I used to reference a nice DataXu study in which it’s shown that creative is one of the most significant drivers of campaign performance. So as you can imagine, I’m extremely excited to have JasperLabs technology become part of the DataXu programmatic marketing stack...Read More

Intralinks Acquires docTrackr

Intralinks® Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: IL), a global SaaS provider of inter-enterprise content management and collaboration solutions, today announced the acquisition of docTrackr, a leading provider of document security solutions. docTrackr’s innovative security and digital rights management (DRM) technology will be integrated into the Intralinks platform. In addition, Intralinks announced a new service that gives organizations exclusive control over their data encryption keys, further strengthening security and data privacy by ensuring that only the key holders can access files in a readable format... READ MORE

Placester Raises $5.5M Series A Funding

Placester, the real estate advertising network, today announced a $5.5M Series A financing round led by Romulus Capital, which also led the company’s seed round, with additional participation from existing investors Dave Anderson (Kiva, Silverpop), Josh Summers (Clypd, Where.com), David Cohen (Founder of Techstars), Adam Berrey (Curoverse, Brightcove, Allaire) and Angel Street Capital. With this round, Placester also announced a new product for local media companies with a nationwide deal with Hearst Corporation. The end-to-end, white-labeled consumer real estate portal combines listing data, powerful free-text search technology and a native advertising platform designed for the needs of the industry.


Together with its website product for real estate agents, Placester is realizing its long-term vision of connecting local publishers to the world’s real estate professionals. These publishers have long been out of reach to most real estate professionals due to market fragmentation and antiquated advertising choices. For publishers, this represents a fresh opportunity to garner more of the enormous digital advertising investment made each year by real estate professionals, estimated to reach $14.5B by 2017. 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

ezCater Raises $4M in Growth Capital

ezCater, Inc, the only national player in online catering ordering for business meetings, is completing a raise of growth capital, for $3M. This follows the $1M in growth capital raised in 2013. Investors include Breton Capital Management (a private equity firm), Launchpad Venture Group (one of the country’s 5 most active angel groups), and super angels such as ZipCar investor Jill Preotle.

The company will use much of the new capital to add 20,000 caterers to its site. “We already offer customers the widest selection of caterers to order from. Within 12 months, you’ll be able to order catering online at ezCater.com from well over 50,000 caterers nationwide,” said Stefania Mallett, CEO.

Matchbox Acquired by TargetX

TargetX announced today the acquisition of Matchbox, the leading provider of mobile application review in higher education. The Matchbox app provides the ability for college admissions professionals to read, review and make decisions on applications directly from their iPad.

"Admissions offices need more effective tools to review the ever increasing number of applications they receive during the recruitment season," said CEO of TargetX, Sasha Peterson. "Matchbox is an excellent solution for today's modern office and the perfect complement to our online application product." READ MORE

 

Drync Secures $2.1M in Funding

Drync, a top wine app and leader in visual commerce, today announced it has secured $2.1M from marquee venture and individual investors and has expanded its executive team with the addition of Brian Carr, who has been named COO of the company. Carr comes to Drync from Springpad, a venture-funded Evernote competitor and TIME Magazine top 50 app two years running, where he was VP of Marketing.

Investors in this round include Cross Link Ventures, Great Oaks Venture Capital, KEC Ventures and Foundry Group, which led the largest syndicate on AngelList to date, raising over $434k for Drync. Hubspot founder, Darmesh Shah and ScanScout founder, Wakit Lau, also made individual investments in the company. This seed round is on top of a $900k initial investment in August. READ MORE

Wellframe raises $1.5M in funding

Wellframe, a Boston-based company that combines mobile technology and artificial intelligence to amplify caring clinical relationships by engaging patients in personalized care plans, today announced that the company has secured $1.5M in seed funding from leading entrepreneurs and investors. These include, among others, athenahealth CEO, Jonathan Bush, Founder and Managing Director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Tim Draper, President of the British Medical Association, Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, Former Global Managing Director at Accenture, Russ Nash, Venture Partner at Fidelity Biosciences, Carl Byers and Founder and Managing Partner, Leerink Capital Partners, James Nahirny. Wellframe was also a member company of Rock Health's fourth class.  READ MORE

Smarter raises $1.6M in funding

Smarterer has been making some major waves as the company evolves towards solving an enterprise problem for companies with their skills assessment platform called Flock.

As part of this shift, Smarterer raised $1.6M in funding, which puts their total funding to date at $4.6M.  Investors in the company include Google Ventures, True Ventures, Boston Seed Capital, Rethink Education, Deborah Quazzo (Founder & Managing Partner of GSV Advisors), and many additional seed investors.  READ MORE

Circle raises $17M in funding

Circle Internet Financial, a digital currency company, today announced that it has closed $17 million in Series B financing, bringing its total raise to date to $26 million. Breyer Capital, Accel Partners and General Catalyst Partners were joined by new investor Oak Investment Partners to lead the round. Other Series B investors included Pantera Capital; the Bitcoin Opportunity Fund of Barry Silbert, founder and chief executive officer of SecondMarket, Inc. and founder of the Bitcoin Investment Trust; Leonard H. Schrank, former chief executive officer of SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication); and, Circle board member M. Michele Burns. Fenway Summer, a leading consumer finance advisory and venture firm led by Circle board member Raj Date, was also an investor in the Series B financing.  READ MORE

HourlyNerd raises $4M in funding

We’re thrilled and honored to announce that HourlyNerd has recently raised Series A funding from two of the world’s premier venture capital firms: Highland Capital and Greylock Partners.  Partnering with firms like Highland and Greylock will allow us to help even more businesses across the world.  Our unwavering goal is to allow businesses of all sizes to get access to top quality MBA freelancers while also allowing top-tier business talent to work more flexibly.  We’d like to send a BIG thank you to all of our current and past business customers and Nerds – we couldn’t have gotten to this point without you!  READ MORE

Merchant Warehouse Acquires Opticard

 

Merchant Warehouse®, a leading provider of payment technologies, today announced the acquisition of Opticard, a nationally recognized provider of gift and loyalty programs for organizations worldwide. Through this acquisition, Merchant Warehouse will offer deeper mobile and digital engagement opportunities for small and mid-sized businesses through an expanded suite of gift, loyalty and prepaid programs. This move further solidifies the company's position as one of the leading providers of integrated payment solutions.

 

For nearly 20 years, Opticard has offered best-in-class solution processing for merchants, ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies, completing more than 20 million transactions annually. Its prepaid offerings, including both gift card and loyalty programs, are designed to meet the unique needs of every retailer, enabling them to build lasting relationships with their customers, while simultaneously encouraging them to return and spend more. Through this acquisition, Merchant Warehouse will continue to invest in the Opticard platform to advance the suite of service offerings to both new and existing resellers and retail customers.

Actifio raises $100M in funding

Actifio, the copy data virtualization company, today announced it has secured an oversubscribed $100M funding round led by Tiger Global Management, LLC, with participation from current investors North Bridge, Greylock IL, Advanced Technology Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, and Technology Crossover Ventures. Actifio will use the funds to accelerate expansion of market coverage, global brand development, and product feature enhancements in the world’s leading data management solution for virtualized and Cloud IT architectures.

 

“From the start we have focused on building the next great technology brand with a singular focus on delighting our customers with revolutionary technology, enterprise-class service, and transformative business results,” said Ash Ashutosh, Founder and CEO, Actifio. “Having shone a light on the $46 Billion global copy data problem, we will use this funding round to expand our copy data virtualization solution across the Global 2000; enable our cloud service provider partners to build thriving businesses powered by Actifio.. READ MORE

 

Unsully acquired by Handybook

As per their blog post, Unsully has been acquired by Handybook.  Unsully is a startup founded by Joe Nigro and was focused on providing premium car washes to homes.  Joe will be joining as Handybook's General Manager for their Boston operations.  READ MORE

Localytics raises $16M in funding

Localytics (www.localytics.com), provider of the most powerful analytics and marketing platform for mobile and web apps, announced today it has raised $16M in Series C financing led by new investor Foundation Capital. Existing investor, Polaris Partners, also participated in this round. Localytics will use the new funding to accelerate investments in product development, sales and customer service, and to fuel international expansion. The new financing brings total capital raised to $25M.

The new financing comes on the heels of a record-breaking year for Localytics during which it tripled revenues for the fifth straight year. In 2013, Localytics grew its customer base significantly, with new customers such as ESPN, Clear Channel and SoundCloud joining its already broad customer base that includes industry leaders such as eBay, Fox and Microsoft. The company also opened offices in San Francisco and London. Localytics is now used by more than 5,000 companies, and is installed in over 1.4 billion devices across the globe.   READ MORE

Zmags acquired by The Gores Group

The Gores Group, a leading Los Angeles-based investment firm, today announced that it has acquired Zmags Corp. through its Small Capitalization Partners investment fund.

Brian T. Rigney, newly appointed CEO of Zmags, said, “The Gores Group’s investment in Zmags will enable us to continue providing the most innovative solutions to our customers and further accelerate our vision for the future of digital publishing and eCommerce.”  READ MORE

MachineShop raises $3M in funding

MachineShop, today announced it has emerged from stealth mode to help simplify and standardize the way organizations, individuals, applications and systems interact with each other in a hyper-connected world. Looking beyond how tens of billions of devices physically connect to the Internet, MachineShop is focused on the trillions of data transactions and interactions that will occur through the Internet of Services – the domain where communication occurs through standard Services or application program interfaces (APIs) rather than legacy platforms, middleware or proprietary protocols. MachineShop marries the ubiquitous adoption of APIs with the ever-growing number of connected systems and related data sources allowing developers and their applications to leverage standard, discrete, purpose-built services.

The company also announced that it raised $3 million from strategic investors, its first outside capital. Until now the company was funded almost entirely through revenue. The three investors are CSR, Diebold, Incorporated and Xchanging plc, each of whom is a MachineShop customer or partner.  READ MORE

Flashnotes acquires Moolaguides

Flashnotes.com, the student-to-student study materials marketplace, today announced that it has agreed to acquire Moolaguides, an online study materials marketplace started by Florida State University senior Thomas Brady. The second acquisition for Flashnotes.com following its purchase of NoteUtopia in 2013, Moolaguides.com has generated a quarter of a million in revenue and has a strong user base at Florida State University and surrounding colleges University of South Florida and University of Florida. The acquisition follows Flashnotes.com's recent $3.6 million Series A round of funding as the peer-learning platform continues its expansion to colleges and universities across the country.  READ MORE

Wayfair raises $157M in funding

Wayfair, the largest online retailer of home furnishings and décor, today announced that it has raised $157 million in equity financing to fuel continued growth of the company’s portfolio of home brands. The Series B investment round, led by funds and accounts managed by T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc., encompassed a limited number of key investors, including industry leading growth focused mutual funds, as well as a private investment from Julie M.B. Bradley, TripAdvisor CFO and Wayfair board member.

“Wayfair is heading into 2014 with tremendous momentum and growth as more and more shoppers opt for one of our exceptional ecommerce shopping experiences,” said Niraj Shah, CEO and co-founder of Wayfair.  READ MORE

Optio Labs raises $10M in funding

Optio Labs, a developer of transformational security and productivity technologies for mobile and embedded systems, announced the closing of a $10 million Series A funding round. Participants in the round include Optio Labs’ parent company, Allied Minds Inc., as well as several private investors.

Optio Labs develops mobile security software solutions for federal agencies, commercial enterprises, and device manufacturers. The company’s flagship product, OptioCore, has been recognized as the only security solution able to meet stringent U.S. Federal government mobile security policies while maximizing the full range of productivity benefits of Android devices. The company plans to use the funds to expand engineering capacity and accelerate the development of additional solutions for commercial and embedded systems markets. READ MORE

Cloudant acquired by IBM

IBM (NYSE:IBM) today announced a definitive agreement to acquire Boston, MA-based Cloudant, Inc., a privately held database-as-a-service (DBaaS) provider that enables developers to easily and quickly create next generation mobile and web apps.   Cloudant will extend IBM's Big Data and Analytics, Cloud Computing and Mobile offerings by further helping clients take advantage of these key growth initiatives. Financial terms were not disclosed.  READ MORE

TruePosition acquires Skyhook Wireless

TruePosition Inc., a provider of wireless location solutions and a subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation, announces the acquisition of Skyhook Wireless, a provider of hybrid wireless positioning technology and contextual location intelligence. The acquisition bolsters the product portfolio of both companies by leveraging their complementary technologies.  READ MORE

Dunwello raises $1.4M in funding

As per Scott Kirsner, Dunwello in Boston, has raised $1.4M in funding.  Dunwello is an online tool for improving the performance feedback process for employees.  The company's founder is Matt Lauzon (founder and former CEO of Gemvara).  Investors in Dunwello include:  NextView Ventures, G20 Ventures, the Vegas Tech Fund, Bridge Boys, Axel Bichara, Gautam Gupta, Jeremy Hitchcock and Mark Guadagnoli.  READ MORE

Codeship raises $2.6M in funding

Codeship this week announced $2.6 million in series A funding led by Sigma Prime Ventures & John Simon. Boston Seed Capital (Nicole Stata) & Devonshire Investors (David Jegen) are also participating along with a couple of angel investors. Plassnig says the series A will allow Codeship to invest in more developers, designers, and marketing people. In other words, "people who work on the product and make our product better for our existing customers," he says.  READ MORE

BlueConic raises $3M in funding

BlueConic, a company that helps brands optimize cross-channel marketing opportunities through improved customer engagement, today announced a Series A round of $3 million led by Sigma Prime Ventures. The Series A round brings the company’s total funding to $7 million. BlueConic will use the funds to fuel aggressive expansion into the U.S. market, including moving its corporate headquarters and executive team to Boston and rapidly growing its sales and marketing presence. The move comes on the heels of the company closing out 2013 with 300% year-over-year annual revenue growth.  READ MORE