Archive | April, 2016

Spotify acquired CrowdAlbum


In an effort to attract more artists and music fans, Spotify has acquired CrowdAlbum. CrowdAlbum was launched in 2013. The company aggregates photos and videos from artists’ performances based on the location and time when these were shared on social media. The albums essentially give artists a visual history of their concerts and help them connect with their fans. Although it’s still not clear if Spotify will shut down CrowdAlbum, which is what it did to its two most recent acquisitions, the company says CrowdAlbum will help them continue to build products and tools for musicians to engage with fans and gain insights about their preferences and behaviours.

You can read about the acquisition here.

Kamcord raises $10 million

Kamcord, the popular mobile game streaming service, has launched appcasting, a new feature that lets Android users stream a live view of their mobile phone’s screen. According to Kamcord founder, Aditya Ratham, appcasting is the next step in mobile media capture. Unlike YouTube or Snapchat, which requires users to shoot videos, Kamcord’s appcasting utilises the mobile phone’s own screen as the camera, allowing virtually anyone to live stream anything that appears on the screens of their mobile phones. Broadcasters can show websites, apps or videos in real time and create a different kind of content. Along with the launch of appcasting, Kamcord announced a $10 million Series C funding led by Time Warner.

You can read about the funding here.

Weely Update – April 26, 2016

      Total Deal Value (USD) – $2,989,762,716                 Total Deal Number – 100

Deal No.Amount Paid (USD)CompanyInvestor/BuyerSectorDeal Type
1$1,449,050,000VocaLinkMasterCardSoftware & ServicesAcquisition
2$400,000,000SintecMediaFrancisco PartnersSoftware & ServicesAcquisition
3$170,000,000HP SoftwareOpenTextSoftware & ServicesAcquisition
5$77,425,000Daintree NetworksGESoftware & ServicesAcquisition
6$75,000,000Byju Sequoia Capital, SofinaSoftware & ServicesInvestment
7$72,000,000Sirin Labs ConsortiumMobile & AppsInvestment
9$40,000,000The RealReal ConsortiumEcommerceInvestment
10$36,000,000MemSQLConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
12$32,000,000ForterConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
13$30,000,000Acorns PayPal, Rakuten Fintech FundMobile & AppsInvestment
14$30,000,000AnomaliConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
15$25,000,000FusionOpsConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
16$25,000,000Insightly ConsortiumMarketingInvestment
18$21,000,000azeti NetworksWim ElfrinkSoftware & ServicesInvestment
19$21,000,000BrighterConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
20$18,000,000PrecisionHawkConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
21$16,000,0001mgConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
22$15,300,000Threat Stack ConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
23$15,000,000Bugcrowd ConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
24$15,000,000Sysdig Accel, Bain Capital VenturesSoftware & ServicesInvestment
25$15,000,000TakipiLightspeed Venture Partners, Menlo VenturesSoftware & ServicesInvestment
27$12,500,000DiamantiConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
30$10,200,000Fame and PartnersFirstmark Capital, Upfront VenturesEcommerceInvestment
32$9,000,000Wrap MediaConsortiumMobile & AppsInvestment
33$8,500,000UrbanBoundConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
34$8,150,000Waltz Networks New Enterprise AssociatesSoftware & ServicesInvestment
35$8,000,000NginxConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
36$8,000,000Preempt SecurityConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
38$5,000,000CareerFoundry ConsortiumTransactionsInvestment
40$4,000,000Native AdsBeijing Genuine Network Media TechnologyMarketingInvestment
41$3,000,000Armada InteractiveConsortiumGamesInvestment
42$3,000,000SkySafe ConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
43$2,600,000GradescopeConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
44$2,600,000Wootric Cloud Apps Capital Partners, CSC UpshotMobile & AppsInvestment
45$2,500,000EverlyWellUndisclosedSoftware & ServicesInvestment
46$2,132,465ChameleonConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
48$2,000,000TripchampThe Bird GroupTransactionsInvestment
49$1,700,000BridgitHyde Park Venture Partners, Vanedge CapitalSoftware & ServicesInvestment
52$1,500,000Ilos VideosUndisclosedMediaInvestment
53$1,400, Unilever VenturesTransactionsInvestment
54$1,400,000Rezatec Run Capital Investment FundSoftware & ServicesInvestment
55$1,200,000Coinsecure UndisclosedTransactionsInvestment
56$1,000,000ScandyConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
57$876,127Se.m.labsConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
58$847,544Plattar News Corp AustraliaSoftware & ServicesInvestment
59$800,000Thirdshelf ConsortiumMarketingInvestment
60UndisclosedActionGridCongaSoftware & ServicesAcquisition
61UndisclosedBill & Payi3 VerticalsSoftware & ServicesAcquisition
63UndisclosedCheezburgerLiterally MediaMediaAcquisition
64UndisclosedComplexVerizon, HearstMediaAcquisition
65UndisclosedCompriseITBackOffice AssociatesSoftware & ServicesAcquisition
66UndisclosedCRMCultureCongaSoftware & ServicesAcquisition
67UndisclosedCurator & Co.PinterestMobile & AppsAcquisition
68UndisclosedDevice AuthorityDevice AuthoritySoftware & ServicesAcquisition
69UndisclosedDiscover Sunriver Vacation RentalsVacasaTransactionsAcquisition
70UndisclosedEsber Cash Registeri3 VerticalsTransactionsAcquisition
71UndisclosedeyefactiveThe High-Tech Gründerfonds, MBG Schleswig-HolsteinMarketingInvestment
72UndisclosedFloat Left InteractiveOlympusatSoftware & ServicesAcquisition
73UndisclosedGiraffe Omidyar NetworkSoftware & ServicesInvestment
74UndisclosedGoHero.aiTravel Startups IncubatorMobile & AppsInvestment
75UndisclosedGoldleafBattery VenturesSoftware & ServicesAcquisition
76UndisclosedHiparkingVIG PartnersTransactionsAcquisition
77UndisclosedHitFixWoven DigitalMediaAcquisition
78UndisclosedKNOLSKAPEHR Fund, Inventus Capital PartnersSoftware & ServicesInvestment
79UndisclosedLone RooftopReinoud Elhorst , Mamadoo VenturesSoftware & ServicesInvestment
82UndisclosedMPOS Technology SoftPay MobileMobile & AppsAcquisition
83UndisclosedNovatusCongaSoftware & ServicesAcquisition
89UndisclosedSago MiniSpin MasterMobile & AppsAcquisition
90UndisclosedSidereoCleverTodayMobile & AppsAcquisition
91UndisclosedSimply RecipesFexy MediaMediaAcquisition
92UndisclosedSomewriteAsahi ShimbunMediaAcquisition
93UndisclosedSpectraCalPortrait DisplaysSoftware & ServicesAcquisition
94UndisclosedStudyCloudAvantSoftware & ServicesAcquisition
95UndisclosedTempoIQAvantSoftware & ServicesAcquisition
96UndisclosedTigoOrangeMobile & AppsAcquisition
97UndisclosedToca BocaSpin MasterGamesAcquisition
98UndisclosedTourney MachineSports Illustrated PlaySoftware & ServicesAcquisition
100UndisclosedZyncdJ&T Ventures, Texas Atlantic CapitalSoftware & ServicesInvestment

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  1. MasterCard closes in on £1bn VocaLink acquisition (Banking Tech)
  2. Francisco Partners buys Israeli startup SintecMedia for $400 million (GeekTime)
  3. OpenText acquires HP customer experience content management for $170 million (TechCrunch)
  4. Cabify Raises $120M in Series C Funding (FinSMEs)
  5. GE buys Melbourne's Daintree Networks for $100m (AFR)
  6. Byju Raises $75M in Venture Capital Funding (FinSMEs)
  7. Sirin Labs nabs $72M to build the Rolls-Royce of smartphones: ‘Solarin’ goes on sale in May (VentureBeat)
  8. Medium Raises $50M in Series C Financing (FinSMEs)
  9. The RealReal Raises $40M in Series E Funding (FinSMEs)
  10. MemSQL Closes $36M Series C Financing (FinSMEs)
  11. Kueski Closes US$35M Funding Round (FinSMEs)
  12. Forter Closes $32M Series C Funding (FinSMEs)
  13. Acorns Raises $30M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  14. Anomali Raises $30M in Series C Funding (FinSMEs)
  15. FusionOps Secures $25M in Series C Funding (FinSMEs)
  16. Insightly Closes $25M Series C Funding Round (FinSMEs)
  17. China: Shanda Capital’s Chen Tianqiao leads $23m Series B round in (Deal Street Asia)
  18. azeti Networks Reaches $21 Million in Funding and Names IoT Industry Leader Wim Elfrink as Advisory Board Chairman (Marketwired)
  19. Brighter Raises $21M in Series D Funding (FinSMEs)
  20. PrecisionHawk Closes $18M Round of Funding (FinSMEs)
  21. 1mg Raises $16M in Series B Funding (FinSMEs)
  22. Threat Stack Secures $15.3M in Series B Funding (FinSMEs)
  23. Bugcrowd Raises $15M in Series B Funding (FinSMEs)
  24. Sysdig Raises $15M in Series B Funding (FinSMEs)
  25. Takipi Raises $15M in Series B Funding (FinSMEs)
  26. TapInfluence Closes $14M Funding Round (FinSMEs)
  27. Diamanti Raises $12.5M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  28. Apester Closes $12m Second Tranche of Series A Financing (FinSMEs)
  29. HomeLight Raises $11M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  30. Fame and Partners Raises $10.2M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  31. Framebridge Raises $9M in Venture Capital Funding (FinSMEs)
  32. Wrap Media Raises $9M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  33. UrbanBound Closes $8.5M in Series B Funding (FinSMEs)
  34. Waltz Networks Raises $8.15M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  35. Nginx Receives $8M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  36. Preempt Security Raises $8M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  37. Rinse Raises $6M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  38. CareerFoundry Raises $5M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  39. Human Raises $5M in Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  40. Native Ads raises $4 million to develop advertising platform (PE HUB)
  41. Armada Interactive Secures $3M in Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  42. SkySafe Raises $3M in Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  43. Gradescope Raises $2.6M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  44. Wootric Secures $2.6M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  45. EverlyWell Raises $2.5M in Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  46. Chameleon Raises €1.9M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  47. Captiv8 Raises $2M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  48. Tripchamp Raises $2M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  49. Bridgit Closes $1.7M Seed Funding Round (FinSMEs)
  50. Lodgify Raises €1.4M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  51. Betaout Raises $1.5M in Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  52. Ilos Videos Raises $1.5M in Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  53. Secures $1.4M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  54. EO Data Startup Rezatec Raises $1.4 Million for Satellite-Based Analytics (Sattelite Today)
  55. Coinsecure Raises $1.2M in Ongoing Series A Funding Round (FinSMEs)
  56. Scandy Raises $1M Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  57. Se.m.labs Raises €780K in Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  58. Plattar Raises AUS$1.1M in Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  59. Thirdshelf Raises 800K in Funding (FinSMEs)
  60. Conga Completes Multiple Acquisitions Accelerating Comprehensive Solutions for Managing Data, Documents and Contracts (Marketwired)
  61. i3 Verticals Announces Acquisitions of Bill & Pay and Esber Cash Register (BusinessWire)
  62. Xing Buys BuddyBroker, Maker of Employee Referral Program eqipia (FinSMEs)
  63. Cheezburger Acquired by Literally Media (PR Newswire)
  64. Verizon and Hearst Enter Into Agreement to Acquire Complex to Expand Joint Portfolio of Millennial Digital Video Channels (Hearst)
  65. BackOffice Associates Acquires UK-Based CompriseIT (Marketwired)
  66. Conga Completes Multiple Acquisitions Accelerating Comprehensive Solutions for Managing Data, Documents and Contracts (Marketwired)
  67. Pinterest Buys Design App Curator (The Wall Street Journal)
  68. Device Authority and Cryptosoft Join Forces to Transform IoT Security (BusinessWire)
  69. Vacasa Acquires Discover Sunriver In Company's Second-Largest Acquisition Deal (Bendantics)
  70. i3 Verticals Announces Acquisitions of Bill & Pay and Esber Cash Register (BusinessWire)
  71. eyefactive Raises Six Digit Funding Round (FinSMEs)
  72. Olympusat acquires Float Left Interactive (Advanced Television)
  73. Giraffe Closes Seed Funding Round (FinSMEs)
  74. Travel Startups Incubator Invests in Mobile Travel Chat App (Travel Startups)
  75. Battery Ventures to buy Goldleaf Enterprise Payments (PE HUB)
  76. S Korea’s VIG Partners to buy 83% in parking management firm Hiparking (Deal Street Asia)
  77. Woven Digital Acquires HitFix (Exclusive) (Variety)
  78. India: KNOLSKAPE raises Series A from Inventus Capital, HR (Deal Street Asia)
  79. Smart-buildings startup Lone Rooftop secures seed investment (Startup Juncture)
  80. PayScale and MarketPay Team Up to Ensure Companies Attract and Retain the Right Talent (PayScale)
  81. Shots acquires Mindie to build a teen video app empire (TechCrunch)
  82. SoftPay Mobile Acquires Vietnam MPOS Technology (FinSMEs)
  83. Conga Completes Multiple Acquisitions Accelerating Comprehensive Solutions for Managing Data, Documents and Contracts (Marketwired)
  84. Mobify Acquires Pathful; Advanced Machine Learning Technology to Help Retailers Leverage Shopper Interaction With Content (Marketwired)
  85. Agilisys acquires social care software company Quickheart (Agilisys)
  86. Placester Acquires RealSatisfied (FinSMEs)
  88. AOL buys RYOT to bring VR technology to the Huffington Post (Vator News)
  89. Spin Master announces the purchase of Toca Boca and Sago Mini, leading global kids mobile digital app brands (Spinmaster)
  90. CleverToday aquires Sidereo, mobile development agency (CleverToday)
  91. Tritium Partners-backed Fexy Media buys Simply Recipes (PE HUB)
  92. Japanese newspaper giant Asahi Shimbun buys ‘owned media’ marketing startup Somewrite (VentureBeat)
  93. Portrait Displays Acquires SpectraCal (Portrait)
  94. Avant Acqui-hires StudyCloud and TempoIQ (FinSMEs)
  95. Avant Acqui-hires StudyCloud and TempoIQ (FinSMEs)
  96. Orange completes the acquisition of the mobile operator Tigo in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Orange)
  97. Spin Master announces the purchase of Toca Boca and Sago Mini, leading global kids mobile digital app brands (Spinmaster)
  98. Sports Illustrated Play buys Ames' Tourney Machine (The Des Moines Registry)
  99. Tyba, the Madrid-based graduate recruitment startup, acquired by Graduateland (TechCrunch)
  100. Zyncd Raises Venture Capital Funding (FinSMEs)

Medium raises $50 million

Medium, the social publishing platform founded by Twitter co-founder Ev Williams, has raised $50 million in Series C funding in a round that values the company at $600 million. The round was led by Spark Capital, with participation from Ev Williams, Andreessen Horowitz and GV. The funding follows an earlier financing round of $57 million in September 2015, which valued the company at $400 million. Medium is a free platform for people to publish their own ideas and stories. Medium is focused on being the best place where people can read and write interesting content. It’s a publishing tool, a social network and an ecosystem with the sole focus of sharing the written word. So far, Medium has convinced independent publications like The Awl, Electric Literature, Pacific Standard and others to retire their old content management systems and go all-in on Medium.