Boston Tech Roundup: Nasuni, Acquia, Happier, Betaspring, Techstars

8/15/14Follow @curtwoodward

[Updated, 5 pm] Here’s a collection of deals and announcements worth noting from around the past week in the the Boston-area technology sector, including investments both secretive and straightforward, and startup accelerators either stalling or forging ahead:

Nasuni, a Natick, MA-based data storage software company, has collected another $10 million investment from previous backers. The money is an extension of Nasuni’s previous $20 million Series C investment, which was led by an unnamed strategic investor. Venture investors are North Bridge Venture Partners, Sigma Partners, and Flybridge Capital Partners.

Acquia, a Burlington, MA-based seller of website software based on the Drupal content management system, has added a new investment from Amazon. True to Amazon’s ultra-secretive ways, the amount wasn’t disclosed. Acquia does note in the announcement that it’s a big user of Amazon Web Serivces. Acquia, which has billed itself as “pre-IPO,” raised a $50 million venture round in May.

Happier, a Boston-based startup that offers self-improvement guides and a social network, has raised an additional $2 million investment. The new cash brings the startup’s total fundraising to $4.4 million since 2012, according to BetaBoston, which also reports the app has about 500,000 users.

Betaspring, a Providence, RI-based startup accelerator, is suspending its program to raise more investment cash. The news comes via The Boston Globe’s Scott Kirsner, who also reports that managing partner Allan Tear isn’t expecting continued investment from government sources this time around. The accelerator’s previous fund was $4.25 million.

—Meanwhile, Techstars has announced its latest class of startups—the eighth group in Boston, and the first since Semyon Dukach took over as the national accelerator program’s local director. The 12 startups include five focused on hardware projects and seven on software, with several founders from European countries.

—Boston-based DataRobot has raised a $21 million Series A funding round led by New Enterprise Associates. Atlas Venture (which led the startup’s seed round), IA Ventures, and other investors including Cheng Wu and Jit Saxena also participated. DataRobot makes cloud-based software for data scientists. [This item was added---Eds.]

Curt Woodward is a senior editor for Xconomy based in Boston. Email: cwoodward@xconomy.com Follow @curtwoodward

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