Archive | October, 2014

Is digital art the next big thing?


The advent of the digital technology had artists turning to their computers and drawing tablets to create art. The younger generation, specifically, are more receptive to digital art and are more likely to purchase and invest in pieces. And as the market for “fine” contemporary art becomes more and more expensive, digital art is becoming a more affordable alternative. The burgeoning market for digital art has sparked the growth of online marketplaces, some of which have received funding from investors. Depict, a San Francisco-based platform for digital art has raised $1.6M recently; and Artspace, a digital marketplace for fine art and designs from artists, raised $8.5M last year. Today, Curioos, a curated marketplace for digital art based in New York City, has grabbed $1.9 M from investors. Additionally, sites like Sedition and are becoming more and more popular among art aficionados, further proof that technology is indeed changing the art world status quo.

You can read about the Curioos investment here.

Is Telemedicine the future of outpatient care?


Rapid advances in computer equipment, software, and internet technology have made telecommuting an acceptable way to communicate in business. Now we can connect digitally, device to device; share documents and files; and even conduct video meetings and conferences. Today the concept of remote communication is now being used in the field of medicine. Coined as “telemedicine,” which literally means healing at a distance, telemedicine is described as the ability to provide interactive healthcare using modern communication technologies. Now patients can consult their physicians live over video to avail of immediate care. Videos and still images of patients with ailments can also be sent to physicians for diagnosis or follow up treatment. The beauty of telemedicine is, wherever you are in the world, you can use the technology to instantly connect you to a specialist.

One startup at the forefront of telemedicine technology is, a Portland-based company that has the SmartExam™ platform that connects patients to their physicians using their home computer or mobile device and allows them to receive treatment for less cost. has closed a $1 million round of seed funding today. You can read about the funding here.

The rise of Fintech


Financial Technology or “Fintech” is changing the financial services industry and redefining the way people bank, borrow, invest and exchange money. Today, there are countless alternatives to traditional banks. There’s online banking, peer-to-peer lending, crowdfunding, online trading and many more. The industry is growing rapidly and venture investment is also on the rise. According to Accenture, global investment in Fintech ventures in the past five years has increased from a little over $900 million in 2008 to more than $2.97 billion in 2013. This trend is expected to continue with a global investment forecast of $8 billion by 2018.

One of the hottest sectors in the Fintech industry today is the peer-to-peer money transfer space. To date, this sector has enjoyed continuous funding from investors. TransferWise recently received an additional $25 million from existing investors and Sir Richard Branson, CurrencyFair raised $2.5 million led by Frontline Ventures, and WorldRemit enjoyed a $40 million investment led by Accel Partners. Today, WeSwap, an online, peer-to-peer travel money exchange service that charges a service fee of just 1%, received $7.5M from investors. Read about the funding here.

Weekly Update – October 27, 2014

      Total Deal Value (USD) –  $3,008,911,265                            Total Deal Number – 102

Deal No.Amount Paid (USD)CompanyInvestor/BuyerSectorDeal Type
1$840,000,000Digital RiverSiris Capital GroupEcommerceAcquisition
2$542,000,000Magic Leap ConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
3$350,000,000Koudai Tencent, Tiger FundEcommerceInvestment
4$185,000,000Mozido ConsortiumMobile & AppsInvestment
5$110,000,000Spikes SecurityConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
6$100,000,000Mirantis ConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
8$75,000,000YodleeUndisclosedSoftware & ServicesPublic
10$55,000,000 51TalkConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
11$39,000,000Answers Corp. UndisclosedMediaInvestment
12$35,000,000NexgateProofpointSoftware & ServicesAcquisition
13$32,500,000Telcare ConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
14$30,000,000PhreesiaConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
15$27,700,000Benu NetworksConsortiumHardware & InfrastructureInvestment
16$26,000,000Snowflake ConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
17$25,000,000Roku Menlo VenturesHardware & InfrastructureInvestment
18$20,000,000SnaplogicConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
19$20,000,000Playstudios ConsortiumGamesInvestment
20$15,000,000B2X Earlybird Venture CapitalSoftware & ServicesInvestment
22$13,300,000Acumatica MYOBSoftware & ServicesInvestment
23$13,000,000TechnisysConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
24$13,000,000Tipalti Wicklow Capital.Software & ServicesInvestment
25$12,100,000Urban Airship ConsortiumMobile & AppsInvestment
26$12,000,000Osmo ConsortiumHardware & InfrastructureInvestment
27$12,000,000RecurlyConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
28$12,000,000Orchard Platform ConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
30$10,700,000Zignal Labs ConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
31$10,000,000Kespry Lightspeed Venture PartnersHardware & InfrastructureInvestment
32$10,000,000YieldMo ConsortiumMarketingInvestment
33$9,400,000FlintConsortiumMobile & AppsInvestment
34$9,250,000iCapital Network UndisclosedSoftware & ServicesInvestment
35$8,200,000Opera SolutionsWipro TechnologiesSoftware & ServicesInvestment
36$8,000,000Cazena Andreessen Horowitz, North Bridge Venture PartnersSoftware & ServicesInvestment
37$8,000,000Navera Bill Ericson, Gordon RitterTransactionsInvestment
38$7,000,000Lytics ConsortiumMarketingInvestment
40$7,000,000TaskEasyUndisclosedSoftware & ServicesInvestment
41$6,800,000KnowRe ConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
42$6,000,000StackIQ ConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
43$5,500,000HMicroConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
44$5,500,000Ello ConsortiumMediaInvestment
45$5,000,000Spring.meGRP CorporationSoftware & ServicesInvestment
47$4,500,000Argyle DataUndisclosedSoftware & ServicesInvestment
48$4,250,000CareSync ConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
49$4,000,000FountainShasta Ventures, First Round CapitalMobile & AppsInvestment
51$3,500,000CrowdCare Extreme Venture Partners, Mantella Ventures PartnersMobile & AppsInvestment
52$3,500,000Fortress Risk Management ConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
54$3,200,000Boostable ConsortiumMarketingInvestment
55$3,100,000Small Giant GamesConsortiumGamesInvestment
56$3,000,000XplentyUndisclosedSoftware & ServicesInvestment
57$3,000,000Moogsoft ConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
58$3,000,000Moov Banyan CapitalHardware & InfrastructureInvestment
59$3,000,000YouAppiConsortiumMobile & AppsInvestment
60$2,800,000MailcloudConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
61$2,500,000Staq ConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
62$2,100,000nousDECOR ConsortiumTransactionsInvestment
63$2,000,000JostleUndisclosedSoftware & ServicesInvestment
64$2,000,000Kartrocket ConsortiumEcommerceInvestment
65$2,000,000Vestorly ConsortiumMarketingInvestment
66$1,750,000WeGoLook ConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
67$1,750,000CharlieConsortiumMobile & AppsInvestment
68$1,700,000La Belle Assiette ConsortiumTransactionsInvestment
69$1,584,331DisplayNote TechnologiesKernel CapitalSoftware & ServicesInvestment
71$1,200,000Beautified ConsortiumMobile & AppsInvestment
72$1,000,000Loopd ConsortiumMarketingInvestment
73$1,000,000Bureau 14NewfundSoftware & ServicesInvestment
74$1,000,000Capshare ConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
75$1,000,000VideoElephant AIB Seed Capital Fund DBICTransactionsInvestment
76$876,000Oneflare ConsortiumTransactionsInvestment
77$760,479KlikkapromoAndena Holding, BincotTransactionsInvestment
78$750,000Attentive.lyNew Media Ventures, Atlanta Tech AngelsSoftware & ServicesInvestment
79$653,000Misoca Incubate Fund, SMBC Venture CapitalSoftware & ServicesInvestment
80$500,000SellegitIDG Capital PartnersMobile & AppsInvestment
81UndisclosedBear Data SolutionsDatalinkSoftware & ServicesAcquisition
82UndisclosedClub AppsNetpulseMobile & AppsAcquisition
83UndisclosedDrivetrainSlyceSoftware & ServicesAcquisition
84UndisclosedDynamic Learning ServicesiCollegeSoftware & ServicesAcquisition
85UndisclosedMacheenGood TechnologySoftware & ServicesAcquisition
87UndisclosedShipWorksStamps.comSoftware & ServicesAcquisition
88UndisclosedVideoplazaOoyalaSoftware & ServicesAcquisition
89UndisclosedYinkerSource Code CapitalTransactionsInvestment
90UndisclosedDistinctionSkyscannerMobile & AppsAcquisition
91UndisclosedFirebaseGoogleSoftware & ServicesAcquisition ConsortiumTransactionsInvestment
93UndisclosedPOSIOSLightSpeedSoftware & ServicesAcquisition
94UndisclosedSilverSkyBAESoftware & ServicesAcquisition
95UndisclosedWalk ScoreRedfinSoftware & ServicesAcquisition
96Undisclosededdyson High-Tech GruenderfondsSoftware & ServicesInvestment
98UndisclosedMangoPlateSoftbank Ventures KoreaTransactionsInvestment
99UndisclosedSlack Sequoia Capital, KPCBSoftware & ServicesInvestment
101UndisclosedRevolvNest LabsHardware & InfrastructureAcquisition

More information

  1. Digital River to be acquired by investor group for $840 million (Reuters)
  2. Magic Leap Completes $542m Series B Financing (FinSMEs)
  3. Koudai secures giant $350 million Series C funding round (Red Herring)
  4. Mozido Raises $185M in Series B Funding (FinSMEs)
  5. Spikes Security Raises $11M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  6. Mirantis Raises $100M in Series B Funding (FinSMEs)
  7. Tokopedia Secures $100M (FinSMEs)
  8. Yodlee, a Hub for Financial Apps, Raises $75 Million in I.P.O. (NY Times Deal Book)
  9. Grabtaxi grabs another $65 million (with maybe more to come) (TNOOZ)
  10. English-leaning Site 51Talk Pockets Series C Financing Led by Sequoia Capital (TechNode)
  11. Answers Corp. group raises $39 million for new fund (St.Louis Biz Journal)
  12. Proofpoint acquires Nexgate for $35 million (SC Magazine)
  13. Telcare Raises $32.5M in Series C Funding (FinSMEs)
  14. Phreesia Closes $30M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  15. Benu Announces $27.7 Million Strategic Funding, and Hires Tech Veteran Dino Di Palma as CEO (Owler)
  16. Snowflake Computing Emerges From Stealth With $26M In Funding To Modernize The Data Warehouse (TechCrunch)
  17. Roku raises $25 million amid growing competition from Amazon and Google (VentureBeat)
  18. SnapLogic Accelerates Momentum with Series D Financing (BusinessWire)
  19. Playstudios Secures $20M in Series C Financing (FinSMEs)
  20. B2X Raises $15M For Smartphone Care, Buys Apple Partner TSS In India For $45M (TechCrunch)
  21. BitBeat: Bitnet Raises $14.5M in Funding Round (Wall Street Journal)
  22. Acumatica Raises $13.3M (FinSMEs)
  23. Technisys Raises US$13M in Series B Financing (FinSMEs)
  24. Tipalti Raises $13M in Series B Funding (FinSMEs)
  25. Urban Airship Raises $12.1M in Series D Follow-on Financing (FinSMEs)
  26. Osmo Raises $12M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  27. Recurly takes $12M to end your software subscription headaches (VentureBeat)
  28. Orchard Platform Raises $12M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  29. Mogl nabs $11M because getting cash back after a tasty restaurant meal won’t ever go out of style (VentureBeat)
  30. Zignal Labs Completes $10.7M Series B Round of Funding (FinSMEs)
  31. Kespry Raises $10M in Series A Financing (FinSMEs)
  32. YieldMo Raises $10M in Series C Funding (FinSMEs)
  33. Flint Mobile Raises $9.4M in Series C funding (FinSMEs)
  34. iCapital Network Completes $9.25 Million Financing from Consortium of Partners Led by Credit Suisse’s Private Fund Group (BusinessWire)
  35. Wipro invests $8.2 million in Opera Solutions (Owler)
  36. Cazena Raises $8M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  37. Navera Secures $8M in Series B Funding (FinSMEs)
  38. Lytics Raises $7M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  39. Glamsquad Raises $7M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  40. TaskEasy raises $7M to mow your lawn (Silicon Slopes)
  41. KnowRe Raises $6.8M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  42. StackIQ Raises $6M in Series B Funding (FinSMEs)
  43. HMicro Raises $5.5M (FinSMEs)
  44. Ello Raises $5.5 Million, Legally Files As Public Benefit Corp. Meaning No Ads Ever (TechCrunch)
  45. Sprung From The Ashes Of Formspring, Raises $5M To Create The “Friendliest Social Network” (TechCrunch)
  46. ExecOnline Completes $5M Series A Financing (FinSMEs)
  47. Argyle Data Raises $4.5M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  48. CareSync Raises $4.25M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  49. Mint’s Aaron Patzer Launches Beta Version Of An On-Demand Answers App With $4 Million In Funding From Shasta And First Round (TechCrunch)
  50. GDiapers raises money, founders will leave Portland (Portland Biz Journal)
  51. CrowdCare Raises $3.5M (FinSMEs)
  52. Fortress Risk Management Raises $3.5M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  53. PrivateGriffe Raises €2.7M in Equity Funding (FinSMEs)
  54. Boostable Raises $3.2m in Seed Financing (FinSMEs)
  55. Buoyant Helsinki: Small Giant Games raises $3.1 million (PocketGamer)
  56. Xplenty rakes in $3 mln Series A (PE HUB)
  57. Moogsoft Raises $3M in Series B Funding (FinSMEs)
  58. Moov Secured $3M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  59. YouAppi Raises $3M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  60. Mailcloud Raises $2.8M in Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  61. Staq Secures $2.5M in Series A Financing (FinSMEs)
  62. nousDECOR Raises $2.1M in Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  63. Jostle Closes $2M Funding (FinSMEs)
  64. Kartrocket Raises $2M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  65. Vestorly Raises over $2M in Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  66. WeGoLook Raises $1.75M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  67. Charlie Raises $1.75M in Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  68. La Belle Assiette Raises $1.7M in Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  69. DisplayNote Technologies Raises €1.25M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  70. MCI invests in, an online platform integrating sellers and buyers in the design industry. (MCI)
  71. Beautified Raises $1.2M in Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  72. Loopd Raises $1M (FinSMEs)
  73. Newfund investment in Bureau 14 (Owler)
  74. Capshare Closes $1M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  75. VideoElephant Secures $1M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  76. Australian Service Directory Site Oneflare Raises $876,000 For International Expansion (TechCrunch)
  77. Klikkapromo Raises €600K (FinSMEs)
  78. Raises $750K in Funding (FinSMEs)
  79. Japan’s cloud-based invoicing startup Misoca raises $653,000 (The Bridge)
  80. Startup scores $500K so its Peach app can add new twists to designer-brand auctions (VentureBeat)
  81. Datalink Acquires IT Solutions Provider Bear Data Solutions, Inc. (BusinessWire)
  82. Netpulse Acquires Assets of Club Apps (FinSMEs)
  83. Slyce to acquire mobile app agency Drivetrain (PE HUB)
  84. iCollege to snap up Dynamic Learning Services (Proactive Investors)
  85. Good Technology acquires Macheen, bolsters BYOD efforts (ZDNet)
  86. Targets Student Shoppers with Acquisition of Perkla (BusinessWire)
  87. Acquires E-Commerce Software Company ShipWorks (CNN)
  88. Ooyala Buys Euro Video Ad Startup Videoplaza In Its First Acquisition (TechCrunch)
  89. Source Code Capital Leads Series A In P2P Platform Yinker (Owler)
  90. Skyscanner acquires mobile developer Distinction (Skascanner)
  91. Google acquires Firebase to help apps span Android, iOS, Web (CNET)
  92. completes €1m funding round (Owler)
  93. Retail Software Startup LightSpeed Now Caters For Restaurants After Buying Belgian Startup POSIOS (TechCrunch)
  94. BAE steps up cyber drive with purchase of SilverSky (Telegraph)
  95. Online home broker Redfin acquires walkability data site (Seattle Times)
  96. eddyson Secures Seed Funding from High-Tech Gruenderfonds (FinSMEs)
  97. Filemobile to become Newzulu platform (Filemobile)
  98. Softbank Ventures Has Invested To Connect Korean Foodies To The Restaurants They Crave (BETECH ASIA)
  99. Slack Is Raising Another Round At Up To A $1B Valuation (TechCrunch)
  100. Yelp Buys Restaurant-Kritik To Expand Its Presence In Germany (TechCrunch)
  101. Google’s Nest acquires smart home hub Revolv, will not accept new customers (VentureBeat)
  102. Deezer acquires Stitcher to get serious about talk radio and podcasts (VentureBeat)