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Startups and ideas across the globe that got funded in the passing week

Apart for digital and eCommerce, the past week witnessed the funding deals spread across various sectors including Technology, Mobile, Social commerce and Video. Also, some startup apps like Depop, a social shopping app; Mapbox, a cloud based app, and many more also got their share in this week’s funding.

As compared to the previous weeks roundup, the current week was marked with one of the largest fundings of the month, USD 150 Mn by Xero, a San Francisco based online Accounting SaaS provider.

Every week, we try our best to bring in the maximum deals aggregation thereby providing the investors and entrepreneurs a glimpse of what’s hot in markets across the globe.

Here is a brief overview of this week (13th October to 19th October) funding.


Headquartered in San Francisco with offices in Auckland and Australia, Xero was founded in 2006. This online accounting has raised USD 150 in venture round funding led by Peter Thiel and Matrix Capital Management. Xero provides business owners with real-time visibility of their financial position with its online accounting software and services.


SkyGiraffe empowers enterprises to fully utilize and mobilize their data by providing valuable information to increase workforce productivity. Launched back in 2012, the startup has its offices in California and Israel. It has just has raised strategic investment from Microsoft Ventures within just a few months after it raised a seed round from Angels including Parker Thompson, a partner at 500 Startups.


ShopCade is a social commerce startup, it helps its users to discover new products, create lists of these products to get exclusive deals. It has raised GBP 2.5 Mn (circa USD 4 Mn) in additional seed funding from Pascal Cagni, formerly head of Apple’s European business and Michel Combes, CEO of telecommunications company Alcatel-Lucent and ex-CEO of Vodafone Europe. Shopcade has its offices in New York and London.


Its a New York based video startup and has recently closed a USD 20 Mn in Series C financing round led by Comcast Ventures with the participation of Liberty Global Ventures, Vintage Investment Partners, and existing investors, Carmel Ventures, Globespan Capital Partners and Norwest Venture Partners. SundaySky is the creator of SmartVideo, that helps customer-centric brands to engage people with personalized, real-time video experiences at every step of the customer lifecycle.


NGINX is an advanced Internet infrastructure software based company in San Francisco, it enables companies to match increasing demand for faster web experiences at scale. NGINX was launched in 2011 and has recently raised USD 10 Mn in Series B funding led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and existing Series A investors, Runa Capital, MSD Capital, as well as participation from Aaron Levie, CEO and founder of Box.


New York based PolicyMic is a news and analysis platform, it allows people to share and debate on the issues that matter, including social, cultural and political issues. It publishes 50 to 100 pieces of content every day, created by a network 2,500 writers. It has just raised USD 3 Mn in funding.


A startup targeted towards parents, it allows them to digitally enhance, and store their kids artworks. Keepy is based in New York and has raised USD 1 Mn in funding from group of angels across Silicon Valley, New York City and Israel in seed funding. Keepy was launched in 2013.

Vox Media

Vox Media Inc. is an American Internet media company and currently has three main editorial brands i.e SB Nation, The Verge, and Polygon. It is solving the problem of developing high-value digital journalism, storytelling and brand advertising at scale. Vox is headquartered in Washington. The company is raising USD 40 Mn from Silicon Valley venture firm Accel Partners in 4th round of funding.


It is a social shopping app which helps users to sell their stuff by just taking a picture. This UK based startup has recently raised EUR 1 Mn in funding from Balderton Capital and Holtzbrinck Ventures.


Founded in 2010, MapBox is a cloud based map startup, it has raised USD 10 Mn Series A round from Foundry Group. It helps people to design and publish a custom map, its platform allows developers to make maps that embody their product and brand.


Launched in 2004, Refinery29 is a fashion and style website in the United States. The website has raised USD 20 Mn in Series C funding from Stripes Group. Refinery29 connects over 10 Mn visitors every month and over 1.25 Mn subscribers with content, commerce, and community, giving them all the tips, tricks, and tools they need to live a more beautiful life.


New York based, Nomi is a marketing platform for offline businesses, it has raised USD 10 Mn in Series A funding led by Accel Partners along-with participation of existing seed investors First Round Capital, Greycroft Partners and Forerunner ventures. Nomi was founded in 2012, it allows retailers to quantify the number of visitors each marketing campaign generates and determines how effectively stores convert browsers into buyers.


Boxer is a mobile e-mail client for iOS, has recently completed USD 3 Mn funding round led by Sutter Hill Ventures. It enables you users to quickly swipe e-mail messages to either trash, archive, or reply quickly.


It is a California based startup, providing enterprise software solutions to federal, state, and local government agencies in the United States and internationally. It was founded in 1999, its product Accela Automation is Web-based government automation software suite that empowers government agencies to unify its departments to automate workflow, track information, and manage data for asset management, emergency response. Accela has raised USD 40 Mn in the 4th round of funding led by Bregal Sagemount.

Social Touch

Its a social marketing startup founded in 2011, recently it has raised Series C funding round led by Sierra Ventures, with participation from existing investors GGV Capital and Legend Capital. SocialTouch provides a platform for both large enterprises and SMEs (“PinQu”) to manage their social marketing message, monitor social voice from customers, and launch social marketing campaigns across the main social networks in China.


Washington, DC based Personal was launched in 2009, Mill Miller of Legg Mason has led a new USD 4.5 Mn round in it. Personal provides individuals a digital vault for controlling and securely sharing their important data and files.

Thinking Phone Networks

Cambridge based Thinking Phone Networks is a unified communications as a service (UCaaS) platform, it has recently picked up USD 10 Mn follow-on investment led by existing investors Bessemer Venture Partners and Advanced Technology Ventures. Its ThinkingSuite solution combines powerful mobility-enabled and analytics-driven communications services and third-party application integration on an open architected platform.


Founded in 2012, Cozy is an online renting startup based in California, it has recently grabbed USD 5 Mn Series A round from General Catalyst Partners with participation from the Social+Capital Partnership, taking the total funds raised by Cozy to USD 6.5 Mn. Cozy is dedicated to transforming the landlord-tenant relationship and making the process of finding, and then paying for, an apartment, smoother and less stressful.


Its a data analytics startup providing real-time database for big data analytics. ParStream recently got funded with USD 8 Mn from Khosla Ventures. Its technology enables ultra-fast, flexible analytics of stored and streaming data. The ParStream Real-Time Database is used worldwide in eCommerce, telecommunications, finance, advertising, retail, and mining. It is based in California.


Mode calls itself the “GitHub for Data Analysis.” IT makes data analysts more productive by enabling them to easily share and discover each other’s work. It has recently raised USD 550K in seed round led by David Sacks.


Applift is a marketing platform for mobile games, Applift was founded in 2012, it is based in Berlin with presence in 3 continents. AppLift helps mobile game advertisers acquire loyal, quality gaming users at scale on a CPI basis. On the supply side, it helps its media partners to easily and effectively monetize their traffic with relevant game offers, on both iOS and Android. The startup has raised USD 7 Mn in a recent funding round.


It’s an online marketplace for independent design and art, Minted crowdsources design from a global community of thousands of independent designers and then sells their best designs as fine products such as stationery, wall art, and décor for the home, holidays and occasions. It raised USD 41 Mn in Series C funding led by Benchmark Capital. It is based in San Francisco.


It’s a marketing intelligence company with offices in San Francisco and Tel Aviv. It has raised USD 10 Mn in Series C funding led by Adams Street Partners with participation from existing investors, Sequoia Capital and Giza Venture Capital. It’s marketing intelligence platform continuously searches the big data on the web and social profiles to help marketers find and engage their best prospects.

Stitch Fix

Stitch Fix is an online personal styling startup which has raised a USD 12 Mn round led by Benchmark. It delivers a curated box of accessibly priced items directly to doors across the United States.


Its a device for smartphones designed in a way to help users to easily test their blood alcohol content with nothing more than their smartphone and Breathometer device. The startup has just raised USD 2 Mn in seed funding. It was founded in 2012 and is based out in California.


It has raised USD 25 Mn in funding led by Bessemer Venture Partners. Anaqua is based in Boston. It provides intellectual asset management (IAM) software solutions and services worldwide.


Founded in 2013, UserMind has raised USD 7.6 Mn in Series A funding led by Andreessen Horowitz with participation from Charles River Ventures (CRV) and SV Angel. Usermind is building enterprise software to allow users to work across sales, marketing, support, and services, to connect siloed teams and fragmented data and improve agility.


Berlin based Labfolder is currently in beta phase, it is a digital library notebook it helps to organize your research. It is free of charge for individual scientists and small research groups.  Founded last year, Labfolder has recently raised six digit funding from an undisclosed investor.


It has raised USD 475 K in seed funding from Seven Peaks Ventures. It allows users to share images, documents, files & links, users can Drag and drop anything to Droplr, it lets people know when it has been uploaded and provide a link that you can share in emails, instant messages, Twitter, Facebook etc.


It has raised USD 1.3 Mn in a funding round led by Sunstone Capital. Tyba provides companies with a platform to connect with and hire junior talent.

Chukong Technologies

Formerly called as CocoaChina, Chukong Technologies is a mobile game publisher community in China. It was founded in 2010 and has raised USD 50 Mn in series D funding led by New Horizon Capital with participation from existing investors GGV Capital, Sequoia Capital, Steamboat Ventures, and Northern Light. It has helped some of the world’s largest mobile developers navigate the complexities of the Chinese mobile market, as well as published many of the most popular mobile titles in China, such as the Fishing Joy franchise.

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