Venture capital

Video Ad Startup Innovid Raises $4 Million

Innovid, a startup which helps advertisers make their pre-roll video ads interactive, has raised $4.1 million in a first round of funding le…

Ad Network Rocket Fuel Raises $2.85 Million

Ad Network Rocket Fuel has raised $2.85 million in new funding, according to an SEC filing; the company tells us that the round was led by e…

ZoomInfo Spin-Off Bizo Raises $6 Million

Bizo, the business-to-business ad targeting platform spun off from ZoomInfo a year-and-a-half ago, has raised $6 million in a round of fundi…

ScanScout Closes $8.5 Million Second Round

In-stream ad placement service ScanScout has secured an $8.5 million second round funding, which the company will use to promote U.S. and As…

IngBoo Gets $800,000 For Organization Tool

IngBoo, a startup that makes it easy for users to track activity on various sites from one place via a free web tool, has raised $800,000 in…

Trivia Games Maker Amuso Raises $1.5 Million

London-based casual games maker Amuso has raised $1.5 million (£947,000) from Mangrove Capital Partners. It’s first round was undisclosed b…

Ad Sales Platform Isocket Raises $2 Million

Isocket, which calls itself “the first commission-free ad platform,” has raised $2 million in a round of seed funding from a group of priva…

Germany's SMS Guru Grabs Second-Round Funding

German start-up SMS Guru has secured a second round of VC funding from previous investors Wellington Partners and the investment arm of Germ…

Greentech Media Raises $800K

Online environmental news and events company Greentech Media has raised about $800,000 of a $1.25 million round, according to an SEC filing.…

Chess Site ChessCube Raises $1.25 Million

International chess site ChessCube has raised $1.25 million in a round of funding from investors, including South African early stage VC fir…

Social Recruiting Site KODA Raises $3 Million

New recruiting site KODA.us has closed a $3 million funding round from angel investors. The site lets job candidates and companies set up no…

Kontera Raises $15.5 Million For In-Text Ads

In-text ads might be widely considered to be annoying — but they’re increasingly being adopted and lots of money continues to flow into the…

AdMeld Raises $8 Million Second Round

Online advertising continues to struggle, but ad optimizer AdMeld will push forward with its expansion plans, now that it has raised an $8 m…

Virtual World eRepublik In

Online games, especially ones involving virtual worlds, remains a sector to watch closely: Spanish-based eRepublik which runs the strategy-b…

Video Ad Network YuMe Raises $2.9 Million

Video ad network YuMe has raised $2.9 million of a $4.5 million round, according to a regulatory filing (Via Venturebeat). Investors were no…

Estonian Pet Community Site Gets

Estonian pet social network company United Dogs and Cats, which runs the ad-funded UnitedDogs.com and UnitedCats.com, has raised

Photo Book Maker Picaboo Raises $1 Million

Picaboo — which lets people put together printed photo albums and cards from their digital photo collections — has raised $1 million, acco…

Motally Completes First Round Funding

UPDATE: Mobile analytics company has raised $1 million in its first round of funding, according to a regulatory filing picked up by Reuter…

BeeTV Raises $8 Million In Second Round

BeeTV has raised $8 million in a second round to try to popularize a technology that tracks what kind of TV programming people like and then…

Cloudera Raises $6 Million In Second Round

Software company Cloudera has raised $6 million in a second round according to a press release issued this morning. The round brings total f…

Mobile Commons Completes First Round Funding

Mobile messaging platform provider Mobile Commons has closed its first round of funding — an undisclosed sum raised from Greenhill SAVP and…

Celtra Raises $1.2 Million First Round Funding

Cambridge, Massachusetts -based Celtra has received $1.2 million in first round funding from Slovenian venture capital fund RSG Capital. Cel…

Shopping Site StyleFeeder Raises $500,000

Social shopping site StyleFeeder has raised $500,000 from existing investors Highland Capital Partners and Schooner Capital, according to an…

Greylock Leaves Boston For Silicon Valley

In a blow for Boston’s reputation as a tech and startup hub, venture-capital firm Greylock Partners is moving its headquarters from Boston t…

Dashwire Closes $1.6 Million In Funding

Seattle-based Dashwire has closed a $1.6 million round of financing (after seeking $2.3 million), with the round led by Seattle-area previou…

Parenting Site Babble Raises $1.25 Million

Parenting site Babble has raised an additional $1.25 million from Greycroft Partners and private investors, on top of the $2 million it got…

DealBase Raises $1 Million In Angel Funding

DealBase, which helps travelers find cheap hotel rates, has raised $1 million in funding from a group of angel investors, including Russ Sie…

Fring Raises Undisclosed Third Round

Fring, an Israel-based company that allows people to use services, such as Skype, Twitter, and various other instant messengers and social n…

Media6Degrees Completes $9.8M First Round

Social media analytics company Media6Degrees has closed its $9.8 million first round, which was opened back in August with U.S. Venture Part…

Kid Gamer Tribal Nova Raises $2.5 Million

Montreal-based Tribal Nova, a virtual-world and educational-gaming company for kids, has raised $2.5 million (C$3 million) from iNovia Capit…

Ad Exchange DataXu Raises $6 million

Startup DataXu has raised $6 million in a first round of funding from Atlas Venture and Flybridge Capital Partners, peHub reports. The compa…

ValueFirst Raises $6 Mn in Series B From NEA

ValueFirst raised its first round of $250k in 2006 from Rajesh Jain’s personal investment firm Emergic Ventures.

ValueFirst Messaging, a De…

Scrapblog Picks Up $4 Million Second Round

Online scrapbooking site Scrapblog has closed a $4 million second round of funding. Disney’s Steamboat Ventures and Longworth Ventures led t…

Is Mobile Content Overinvested?

Venture capitalists are not excited by mobile content at the moment (although to be fair, they’re pretty cautious about everything) accordin…

CashURdrive Set To Get Rs 2.5 Crore Funding

The firm expects a monthly turnover of Rs. 84,00,000 by April 2009 by covering 10% of the total market share.

Three month old startup CashU…

Google Working On a Formal VC Arm

Google (NSDQ: GOOG) has done a number of strategic investments over the years, and usually big amounts in big-issue-tackling companies, like…

JS-KIT Acquires Blog Comment System Haloscan

JS-KIT, a provider of widgets and services for blogs, has acquired Haloscan, the old commenting platform, often seen on blogspot-hosted blog…

Social Net Ad Firm X-tract Raises $5.4 Million

Mobile advertising start-up X-tract has raised 3.5 million euros ($5.4 million) from Nordic VCs Creandum, who were joined by existing invest…

Goodrec Gets $900k For Social Reviews

Goodrec, a recommendation sharing service, has raised $900,000 of a planned $1.05 million first round, reports peHUB. Investors include Soft…

SBI Capital To Set Up Rs 400 Crore Fund

[by Cerius Shah] This has happened sooner than expected. Close on the heels of Balakrishnan comments on indigenous venture capital funds, th…

Cisco Eyes Stake In Media Companies

Cisco (NSDQ: CSCO) Media Solutions Group is planning to launch an online content delivery product in India, and SVP and General Manager Dan…

United Mobile Raises $15 Million Funding

Zurich, Switzerland-based United Mobile, which sells SIM cards that allow people to make roaming calls “for up to 80 percent less than you w…

Momail Closes $5.4 Million First Round

Stockholm-based mobile e-mail provider Momail has raised SEK 35 million (US$5.4 million) in its first round of funding: Investors include th…

Smaato Gains $3.5 Million Angel Funding

Mobile advertising platform provider Smaato has closed a $3.5 million angel round. Investors came from international media, advertising, mob…

AutoIndia Receives Angel Investment

Auto portal Autoindia.com has received a round of investment from Babu Sivadasan, who was the founding Chief Technology Officer of stamps.co…

Who Needs Non Compete Clauses

Not Bijan Sabet or his partners at Spark Capital. “….have decided to do away with the non-compete clause. Starting today. We will…

Rajesh Jain’s Novatium Funded By NEA

Rajesh Jain founded thin client company Novatium Solutions has received an undisclosed amount of funding from venture capital firm New Enter…

Sequoia Closes $300 Million India Fund

We’d mentioned earlier that Sequoia Capital India is about to close a $280 million fund, and now here’s the announcement, via BS: the Sequoi…

@Proto.in on July 21

Would love to meet as many of you at the Proto event in Chennai. I’ll be there for the event in IIT Madras tomorrow so feel free to email me…

Nexus India Closes $100 Million Venture Fund

Nexus India Capital has closed a $100 million venture fund to invest in tech and media startups (among other sectors) in India. Nexus has in…

NASSCOM to launch Venture Fund

NASSCOM, the industry body representing IT and ITES companies in India is planning to launch a Rs. 100 crore venture fund in collaboration w…

On VCs Having To Deploy Capital In India

Some news stories over the past week give an insight into how VCs percieve the Internet and Mobile space in India.
First, the Economic Time…

NEA To Invest $200 Million In India

Too much VC money chasing too few deals? You can say that again…New Enterprise Associates has announced that they’ve allocated up to $200…

Google Invests In Early Stage Fund Erasmic

We’d told you about Google investing in Seed Fund last month. Now the Economic Times, quoting an official release, reports that Google has a…

The Big VCs in India

San Jose Mercury News has come out today with a series of stories about rise of venture capital in India, and among other stories, has this…

Seed Fund To Launch On November 30

For all those who are looking for seed money and angel capital, there is good news. Seed Fund – floated by Mahesh Murthy, Pravin Gandhi, Bha…

Dhruva Interactive To Raise $5 Million

Bangalore-based game development company Dhruva Interactive has been in the market to raise venture capital funds for sometime. It looks lik…

Sequoia Capital India To Invest In Geodesic?

Just saw it on the NDTV Profit ticker. The market buzz is that Sequoia Capital India may be picking up a stake in Geodesic Information Syste…

@TiEcon 2006: Confidence Is Key

TiEcon 2006 ended with the Valedictory Session featuring Dr. Subas Pani, Chief Secretary Govt. of Orissa, Naveen Patnaik CM of Orissa, Dr. V…

“We Like Building New Categories”

Clearstone Venture Partners is another US-based venture fund which recently opened an office in India. It manages over $650 million, includi…

TiE-ISB Connect 2006 : Technology

Rajat Gupta, covering the Tie-ISB Connect 2006 for us, attended the Technology track on Day 2 of the event. His report:

Day 2, Track 4
Asho…

TiE-ISB Connect 2006 : Internet Technologies

Track 1 on ‘IT and IT Services’ and Track 2 on ‘Internet Technologies’ took place simultaneously on Day 2 at the TiE-ISB Connect. Rajat Gupt…

TiE India 2006 On October 26-28 In Delhi

TiEcon India 2006, TiE’s biggest event in India, will be held from October 26-28, at Hotel Maurya Sheraton in New Delhi. There will be paral…

Sify’s Former CEO Ramaraj May Become A VC

The Financial Express: R Ramaraj, who quit Sify Ltd as CEO and managing director, may become a VC. He may launch his own fund or join hands…

Ram Shriram On Cleartrip CEO

Cleartrip.com, an online travel company which is set to launch on Tuesday (July 4), recently got funding from Ram Shriram of Sherpalo Ventur…

Microsoft Plans India Venture Fund

Red Herring: In a story here, Red Herring reports that Microsoft “plans to set up a venture fund to invest in local startups”. However, deta…

Seed Fund Attracts Silicon Valley Investors

The Economic Times has some details on the investors (Limited Partners) of a new early stage fund called Seed Fund. The fund – approximatel…

TiEcon 2006: Podcast Coverage

Wahindia.com has a whole series of podcasts with venture capitalists and industry veterans who attended the TiEcon 2006 recently held in San…

MakeMyTrip.com Plans IPO After 2008

Business Standard: Besides Indiatimes and Naukri.com, here is another Indian internet portal that has announced its IPO plans.-  “We may fl…

VCs Shift Focus From China To India

The Australian: For VCs, China is passe. It’s India now, thanks to the growing internet and consumer wireless applications. The VC groups ha…

Nortel dives on Dunn Dismissal

Nortel plunged nearly 30 percent on the news of executive upheavals and news of possible financial irregularities. The news of dismissal of…