Twilio, Edmodo, Uber: Bay Area Biztech by the Numbers
Here’s your one-stop, data-driven roundup of deals news around the San Francisco Bay Area in the last few days.
$110 million—The cash price fetched by Jobs2Web, the San Mateo, CA-based online talent recruiting company purchased this week (PDF) by SuccessFactors (NYSE: SFSF). The San Francisco-based maker of cloud-based human resources management software is itself in the midst of an acquisition by German giant SAP (NYSE: SAP).
$32 million—New funding for San Francisco-based Uber, the mobile-mediated private limousine service. Menlo Ventures led the investment, which was joined by Goldman Sachs, Bezos Expeditions, Benchmark Capital, and Lowercase Capital. Uber also announced the introduction of car services in Paris, France.
$20 million—Series C funding for San Francisco’s Plum District, an e-commerce site for moms. General Catalyst Partners, Comcast Ventures, and Duke University chipped in, along with existing investor Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.
$18 million—A Series C financing round for GainSpan, the San Jose-based maker of low-power Wi-Fi chips. New investors Hatteras Funds and Mobile Internet Capital led the round, which was joined by existing investors Opus Capital, In-Q-Tel, Intel Capital, New Venture Partners, Sigma Partners, and Camp Ventures.
$17 million—A round of Series C money for Twilio, the San Francisco startup providing voice-over-Internet and SMS messaging services to Web-based businesses. Return backers Bessemer Venture Partners and Union Square Ventures poned up the funds.
$15.5 million—A Series D round for Bill.com, the Palo Alto, CA-based provider of online accounts-payable and accounts-receivable systems for businesses. A new investor, Citi Capital Advisors’ Financial Partners Fund, picked up the check, along with existing investors DCM, Emergence Capital Partners, August Capital, Jafco Ventures, and Total Technology Ventures.
$15 million—A new round of venture financing for Edmodo, a San Mateo, CA-based startup offering secure, private social networks for teachers and students in K-12 schools. Greylock Partners and Benchmark Capital led the round, and Greylock managing partner Reid Hoffman and Benchmark general partner Matt Cohler have joined Edmodo’s board.
$13 million—New funding for San Francisco-based Martini Media, which runs a publishing and advertising network targeting consumers with incomes above $100,00 per year. New investor Granite Ventures led the round, which was joined by existing backers Reed Elsevier Ventures, Silicon Valley Bank, and Venrock.
$11 million—New Series B money for San Francisco’s Framehawk, a stealth-mode company working on software that allows enterprise software to run on mobile devices such as the Apple iPad. Matrix Partners led the round, according to a report in Dow Jones VentureWire.
$1.4 million—A seed financing round collected by Iron.io, whose software speeds messages and work requests traveling between cloud-based applications. Baseline Ventures led the round, with Ignition Partners, Cloud Capital Partners, Citrix Systems, and individual invesotrs Jonathan Siegel, Matt Ocko, Jared Kopf, and Lance White joining in.
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