SuccessFactors, Admeld, Gowalla, Freshdesk: Bay Area Biztech by the Numbers
Time for our irregular, data-driven review of recent Bay Area funding and M&A news and other developments. From biggest to smallest:
$3.4 billion—The amount German business software giant SAP (NYSE: SAP) expects to pay for San Francisco-based SuccessFactors (NYSE: SFSF), the maker of cloud-based human resources management software. The all-cash acquisition was announced Saturday.
$400 million—The amount Google will reportedly pay for Admeld, the New York-based broker of low-priced online advertising space. The Department of Justice approved the acquisition on Friday, and it’s expected to close this week.
$19 million—A Series B financing round announced today for San Jose, CA-based XtremIO, a maker of Flash-based storage arrays. Lightspeed Venture Partners led the round, and Lightspeed partner David Gussarsky has joined XtremIO’s board.
$15 million–A Series A financing round announced Dec. 1 for Rumble, a new game publisher based in Redwood Shores, CA. Google Ventures and Khosla Ventures led the round, which was joined by seed-stage backer Rick Thompson, former CEO of Playdom. Founded by former Bioware/Pandemic CEO Greg Richardson, the company plans to make games for the Web, mobile, and social platforms.
$14.4 million—The size of a debt- and equity-based financing round for Lunera Lighting, a Redwood City, CA-based maker of advanced architectural fixtures for LED-based lighting. The round could go as high as $23.3 million, according to a regulatory filing.
$10.4 million—The rough amount of venture capital raised by Austin, TX-based Gowalla prior to its reported acquisition by Facebook. CNN Money broke the news on Friday. Gowalla’s backers included Alsop Louie Partners, Floodgate Fund, Founders Fund, Greylock Partners, Shasta Ventures, and a collection of prominent angel investors. The companies haven’t confirmed the report, and no financial details have surfaced. [Update, 10:00 am PST, 12/5/11: Gowalla confirmed the acquisition in a blog post, and said the Gowalla service will be shut down by the end of January.]
$2 million—The value of a Department of Defense contract granted last week to Mountain View-based Cogenra Solar. Cogenra will build solar cogeneration facilities at Port Hueneme Naval Base in Ventura County and the Army Parks Reserve Forces Training Area in Dublin, CA, as part of the DoD’s Installation Energy Test Bed Initiative.
$1.5 million—A funding round for Science Exchange, the Palo Alto-based startup operating an online marketplace for outsourcing scientific experiments. The Y Combinator alum won funding from Andreessen Horowitz, Yuri Milner, Crosslink Capital, Morado Venture Partners, Lerer Ventures, Webb Investment Network, Start Fund, SV Angel, Sam Altman, XG Ventures, Jack Jia, and Joe Eandi.
$1 million—A financing round announced last week for Freshdesk, a Palo Alto, CA-based maker of social customer support software. Accel Partners led the financing. Freshdesk, founded by former Zoho engineers, is one of the first companies to emerge from Sramana Mitra’s One Million by One Million entrepreneurship education program.
75 percent—The fraction of kids aged 12 to 17 who own a wireless phone, according to Emeryville, CA-based Safely. The Location Labs subsidiary announced today that it’s powering a new feature of Sprint phones called Sprint Mobile Controls; the feature allows parents to see how their kids are using their phones and lock them remotely.
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