TripAdvisor, Nuance, Thinking Phone, & Others in the Boston Deals Roundup

10/3/12Follow @xconomy

[Updated 10/3/12 1:05 pm. See below.] Venture funding, acquisitions, and partnership news has been breaking in the last week among New England IT and Web companies.

—Speech communication software giant Nuance Communications (NASDAQ: NUAN) made its second healthcare software-related acquisition announcement in a week, this time buying Atlanta-based J.A. Thomas and Associates (JATA), which develops clinical documentation improvement software for doctors. Last week Burlington, MA-based Nuance revealed it intends to buy Quantim, which focuses on health information management software and services.

—We’ve received a bit more context on the DocTrackr investment Polaris Venture Partners discussed with the Wall Street Journal recently. The TechStars Boston 2012 alum has inked a $2 million financing deal led by Polaris and Fred Destin and Chris Lynch of Atlas Venture, with the help of a few more angel investors.

—Boston-based Cloudant, a startup that provides a cloud database service for mobile and Web developers, revealed it has inked a strategic partnership and investment agreement with In-Q-Tel, a nonprofit venture firm that scouts technologies that complement U.S. intelligence organizations. Deal terms weren’t disclosed.

—Dyn, a Manchester, NH-based Internet infrastructure company, announced it has picked up a $38 million investment from North Bridge Venture Partners. The deal marks the 11-year-old profitable company’s first outside round of funding.

—TripAdvisor announced its acquisition of New York-based Wanderfly, a social travel recommendation and trip planner. Newton, MA-based TripAdvisor (NASDAQ: TRIP) didn’t say what it is paying for the startup.

—Cambridge, MA-based Thinking Phone Networks, a provider of enterprise communications software, announced it has received a $16.5 million investment led by Advanced Technology Ventures and Bessemer Venture Partners. The company plans to expand its sales, marketing, and support services internationally.

—Punchbowl, the Framingham, MA-based online party planning startup, announced today that it has pulled in $1.5 million in debt financing from Silicon Valley Bank. The investment adds to Punchbowl’s $4 million in existing Series A and Series B funding and will be put toward Punchbowl’s marketing and recently announced e-commerce initiatives.

—TechStars Boston and MassChallenge startup Libboo, inked $1.1 million in financing led by MassVentures, and joined by angels Dharmesh Shah, Bill Warner, and Don McLagan. The startup develops online tools for connecting avid readers and new authors, and recently launched a pilot program with the publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

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