New Capital For Anaplan, App Annie, Shape Security
Bay Area companies, back from the holidays, unveiled some substantial fundraising hauls this week.
—Anaplan, a provider of Web-based planning software for businesses, announced a $90 million Series E financing round that pegs its valuation at more than $1 billion.
The San Francisco-based company’s planning tools are designed to track numerical data from all aspects of an enterprise, from finance to production and sales. Customers can use Anaplan’s models and simulations to guide business planning decisions.
The Series E round was led by Premji Invest, with participation from Baillie Gifford, Founders Circle Capital, Harmony Partners, and a roster of Anaplan’s previous investors, which include Brookside Capital, Coatue Management, DFJ Growth, Granite Ventures, Meritech Capital Partners, Salesforce, Sands Capital Management, and Shasta Ventures.
—App Annie, which tracks the performance of apps to help app developers gauge their progress, and investors to make their bets, raised $63 million in a Series E funding round. The majority of the money came from equity investments, led by new investor Greenspring Associates. Joining in the round were previous investors e.Ventures, Greycroft Partners, Institutional Venture Partners (IVP) and Sequoia Capital. App Annie also announced it has added NetSuite CEO Zach Nelson to its board of directors.
The company, founded in 2010, had only five employees by mid-2011. It now has a staff of about 425 people distributed across its San Francisco headquarters and 15 global branch offices. By App Annie’s count, half a million app professionals are consulting the data it compiles from app stores, such as Apple’s and Google’s, to guide their business decisions. Users include 94 of the top 100 app publishers, the company says.
Some of App Annie’s data analysis is free to anyone, while its revenues come from companies that pay for enhanced intelligence insights. The Series E round brings App Annie’s fundraising total to $157 million.
—Shape Security, whose “Botwalls” guard company data from attacks by automated hacking attacks, raised a $25 million in a Series D funding round led by Baseline Ventures, which was joined by Northern Light Venture Capital, Epic Ventures, and Shape’s previous investors including Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Venrock, Norwest Venture Partners, Google Ventures, and Eric Schmidt’s Tomorrow Ventures. Counting that capital infusion, Mountain View, CA-based Shape has raised a total of $91 million since it was founded in 2011.
Beijing-based Northern Light plans to help Shape expand its market in China. The company says it already counts large banks, airlines, and retailers, as well as government agencies, among its customers. Shape has adapted its Botwall for mobile devices, and now plans to scale up its global reach.