Achievers, Yammer, Zenverge: Bay Area BizTech By the Numbers
Time for our periodic rendition of the local deals keeping the Bay Area technology sector humming.
$300 million—The amount of fresh capital being handed over to newly independent Investor Growth Capital of New York and Menlo Park, CA, by its parent company Investor AB, as Xconomy’s Arlene Weintraub explained yesterday.
$160 million—The valuation San Francisco- and New York-based SecondMarket assigned to itself in its first-ever offering of employee stock through its own secondary trading platform, according to founder and CEO Barry Silbert. The offering, completed this week, brought $13 million in liquidity to selling shareholders. Xconomy profiled SecondMarket in August.
$75 million—The size of Google’s new fund at San Francisco-based residential solar installation company Clean Power Finance, as announced yesterday at the Renewable Energy Finance Forum in San Francisco.
$24.5 million—A Series C funding round announced today for San Francisco-based Achievers, which was previously known as I Love Rewards and previously based in Toronto. Sequoia Capital led the round. The startup’s software helps companies administer employee recognition and rewards programs.
$20.5 million—A Series D financing round announced September 26 for Zenverge, the Cupertino, CA-based fabless semiconductor maker focused on integrated circuits for media devices. The round combined funds from new investors Entropic Communications, CID Group, and Woodside Fund, as well as existing investors DCM, Norwest Venture Partners, Motorola Mobility Ventures , and Battery Ventures.
$17 million—A fourth round of funding announced Tuesday for San Francisco-based Yammer, which makes an enterprise social networking platform. Leading the round was a new venture fund, The Social+Capital Partnership, created by former Facebooker Chamath Palihapitiya, who has taken an observer seat on Yammer’s board. Existing investors Charles River Ventures, Emergence Capital, and U.S. Venture Partners joined the round.
$16 million—An expansion round announced September 26 for Si-Bone, the San Jose, CA-based maker of diagnostic tools and treatments for patients with lower back pain. Montreux Equity Partners and Skyline Ventures participated.
$11 million—A new round of funding for San Francisco-based ClearSlide, courtesy of Greylock Partners and Felicis Ventures. The startup has developed a Web-based platform for sales presentations.
$5.25 million—A Series A round announced yesterday for San Francisco-based MyGengo, which offers scalable translation services. London-based Atomico led the round, which was joined by the 500 Startups seed fund in Mountain View, CA. Atomico partner Hiro Tamura joined MyGengo’s board.
$5 million—New funding for Fundly, the Palo Alto-based provider of fundraising support services for non-profits. Morgenthaler Ventures led the round, which was joined by seed investors Kapor Capital, Correlation Ventures, Seraph Group, and Accelerator Ventures.
$4,998,031—A new funding round for Karmasphere, according to a September 26 regulatory filing. The Cupertino, CA-based startup makes big data analytics software for the Hadoop distributed computing platform. Previous investors include Hummer Winblad Venture Partners and U.S. Venture Partners.
$37,438—The average value consumers place on their digitally stored assets, according to a study released yesterday by Santa Clara, CA-based McAfee (NASDAQ: INTC). McAfee rolled out a cross-platform service called AllAccess designed to help consumers protect their data against hackers, malware, and identity theft, whether the data resides on a smartphone, a tablet, a netbook, a Windows PC, or a Mac. The service costs $99 for individuals and $149 for families.
500—The tons per year of lithium carbonate that Simbol Materials expects to generate for use in electric vehicle car batteries, at a new facility opened today in Brawley, CA, near California’s Salton Sea. The Pleasanton, CA-based startup is backed by Mohr Davidow Ventures, Firelake Capital Management, and strategic investor Itochu Corporation, the Japanese energy, metals, minerals, and chemical giant.
75 percent—The fraction of game playing time sucked up by Zynga’s online social games among the top 10 social games, according to a report on Zynga released yesterday by Mountain View, CA-based Raptr, a game community site. Zynga titles FarmVille, Cafe World, CityVille, FrontierVille, and Texas Hold’em Poker collectively attract three times as much game play as the next five titles combined—EA/PopCap’s Bejeweled, Digital Chocolate’s Millionaire City, Kabam’s Kingdoms of Camelot, Wooga’s Monster World, and Kixeye’s Backyard Monsters.