RightNow, BlueStacks, Bridgelux: Bay Area BizTech News by the Numbers
Time for our irregular roundup of business and technology news. Some of this is today’s news, and some is catch-up from last week:
$1.5 billion—The approximate price fetched by Bozeman, MT-based RightNow, which was acquired today by Oracle, the Redwood Shores, CA-based database giant. RightNow offers cloud-based customer service and support software. Oracle executive vice president Thomas Kurian said the move was part of Oracle’s “aggressive” strategy to “offer customers a full range of cloud solutions including sales force automation, human resources, talent management, social networking, databases and Java as part of the Oracle Public Cloud.”
$1 billion—The size of a new private capital fund just closed by venture debt firm TriplePoint Capital of Menlo Park, CA. TriplePoint says the fund is “the largest private or public capital raise by any company in the 30-year history of the venture leasing and lending industry.”
$100 million—The amount of venture capital raised to date by Trion Worlds, a Redwood City, CA-based online game company. Trion Worlds told Reuters on Friday that it’s thinking about filing for an IPO.
$99 million—The price paid by Cisco Systems last week for Boxborough, MA-based cloud video management software maker BNI Video, as Xconomy’s Greg Huang reported.
$85 million—A Series F financing round announced today for Workday, the Pleasanton, CA-based provider of SaaS-based human resources management and payroll software. A group of new investors including T. Rowe Price, Morgan Stanley Investment Management, Janus Capital Group, and Bezos Expeditions led the round.
$42 million—A Series A funding round for Redwood City, CA-based Dermira, which is developing small-molecule therapies for acne and other skin conditions. Investors in Dermira include Bay City Capital, New Enterprise Associates, and Canaan Partners. The company also said that it has acquired competitor Valocor Therapeutics.
$15 million—New funding for Livermore, CA-based Bridgelux, which is developing gallium nitride-based LED lighting technology. Participants in the round include VantagePoint Capital Partners, DCM, El Dorado Ventures, Novus Energy Partners, IFA, Chrysalix, Harris & Harris Group, Craton Equity Partners, Jebsen Asset Management, and Passport Capital.
$14 million—The amount of a strategic investment round for Campbell, CA-based BlueStacks, announced October 20. AMD and Citrix Systems led the round. BlueStacks makes software that allows Android applications to run on Windows computers.
$9.3 million—The new projected size of a Series A funding round for San Francisco-based RentJuice, developer of an apartment listing platform for rental and real estate agents, according to an amended regulatory filing. Xconomy profiled Rentjuice in July; the company initially pegged its Series A round at $6.2 million, with Highland Capital in the lead.
$5 million—New funding announced last week for Palo Alto, CA-based Zoove, which maintains a registry of vanity “star star” numbers that let consumers reach major brands from mobile phones. Rogers Ventures, the investing wing of Canadian telecom giant Rogers Communications, provided the funds, which come on top of a recent $15 million Series D round.
$2 million—A Series A financing round announced today for Chartboost, a San Francisco startup operating a marketplace where game publishers can cooperate to cross-promote each others’ games. TransLink Capital, SK Telecom Ventures, and XG Ventures provided the funds.
1 million—The cumulative number of installs of apps from Salesforce.com’s AppExchange, according to a company blog post last week. The online app store, which features apps compatible with Salesforce.com’s cloud-based software, was introduced in 2005.
$399—The cost of the basic 8-gigabyte light field camera unveiled last week by Mountain View, CA-based Lytro. The camera doesn’t have a typical focus plane—instead users choose a focus point for their photos after the fact using software. The company says the gadget will be available in early 2012.
$188—The total cost of the materials inside Apple’s new iPhone 4S, according to a tear-down analysis reported last week by El Segundo, CA-based iSuppli, a division of IHS. Apple charges $199 to $399 for the device, depending on its internal memory and the wireless service plan consumers choose.
150—The new head count at San Francisco-based location-based security software provider Location Labs, which announced today that it has acquired two other startups: Wirkle, a mobile product development company, and Volly, a mobile group messaging company.
7—The number of companies named last week by Menlo Park, CA-based DCM as the first beneficiaries of its A-Fund, which is focused on supporting developers of Android applications. The companies receiving investments from the A-Fund include Appia, Billing Revolution, Papaya Mobile, Happy Elements, Kanbox, Loki Studios, and Kakao.
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