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circleci raises $31m series c for its ci/cd platform


circleci was recently in the news because its founder, paul biggar, wrote about his experience at the now infamous silicon valley sex party at was also attended by the likes of elon musk (who said it was just nerds on a couch). in less salacious news, circleci also today announced that it has raised a $31 million series c round for its software automation platform.top tier capital partners was the lead investor for this round, which brings the company’s total funding to $56.5 million. other investors include existing investors scale venture partners, harrison metal ventures, dfj ventures and baseline ventures, as well as new investors industry ventures and heavybit.circleci is one of the better-known players in the continuous integration and delivery space. like its competitors, including






developer tools startup wercker has been acquired by oracle


back in 2012 wercker, a dutch startup which helps developers test and deploy code at a rapid pace, appeared. it fitted into the space of emerging new platforms that help developers build apps such as cloudbees, circleci and newcomers like cloudmunch. after raising a seed round it raised a $4.5 million series a funding round last year.it’s today been acquired by oracle for an undisclosed sum, which was clearly attracted by its container-centric and cloud-native automation platform, among others things.oracle and wrecker are in alignment in that oracle is building out its iaas and paas foundation for its cloud computing platform.wercker’s series a round was led by inkef capital, with participation from existing investor notion capital. it had raised $7.5 million to date.






mobile gaming company scopely raises $60m


scopely just announced that it has raised $60 million in series c funding.the round was led by revolution growth, a firm led by former aol executives steve case and ted leonsis (aol owns techcrunch), which targets startups outside silicon valley and new york. (scopely is headquartered in los angeles.) revolution’s donn davis is joining scopely’s board of directors, while greenspring, sands capital ventures, cross creek advisors and pritzker group venture capital also participated in the new round.scopely has built a platform for promoting and monetizing mobile games, whether developed in-house or by third-party studios. its titles include the walking dead: road to survival, wheel of fortune free play and wwe champions. the company says it reaches more than 125 million players, with the wal






livesmart, a london-based employee health platform, raises £700,000


livesmart, a london-based startup that offers a platform to help employees track and improve their health, has raises £700,000 in funding.investors include matt merrick (formerly the managing director of virgin active health clubs) and lawrence mitchell (formerly global marketing director and global wellness lead at reed business information), while the capital will be used to grow livesmart’s b2b offering and bridge the gap to a series a round later this year.competing with more traditional offerings from companies like bupa, and nuffield, livesmart combines employee health screening with what founder alex heaton describes as health coaching. the idea is to take data gleaned from various tests offered, as well as pulled in from other sources, such as fitness trackers, and use this as the






livesmart, a london-based employee health platform, raises £700,000


livesmart, a london-based startup that offers a platform to help employees track and improve their health, has raises £700,000 in funding.investors include matt merrick (formerly the managing director of virgin active health clubs) and lawrence mitchell (formerly global marketing director and global wellness lead at reed business information), while the capital will be used to grow livesmart’s b2b offering and bridge the gap to a series a round later this year.competing with more traditional offering from companies like bupa, and nuffield, livesmart combines employee health screening with what founder alex heaton describes as health coaching. the idea is to take data gleaned from various tests offered, as well as pulled in from other sources, such as fitness trackers, and use this as the b






healthcare booking platform docplanner raises €15m series d


docplanner, the european online booking platform for healthcare appointments, has raised €15 million in series d funding, just ten months after announcing a larger series c round of $20 million (~€18m). leading the round is existing investors enern investments, and target global, in addition to london-based one peak partners.it brings the total raised by docplanner to approximately €46 million, whilst the company says it will use the new capital to open new offices in brazil and mexico over the next six months, and for marketing and sales in docplanner’s core markets in southern europe and latin america.docplanner operates both a consumer-facing marketplace, and cloud software for private healthcare providers, including individual doctors, dentists and other healthcare professionals (such






blowing up the re-location industry, move guides raises $48m series c


whatever any country leader says about banning travel or shutting down the movement of people, the world is accelerating its globalisation and that means people move around. duh. talent is now global, and the industry that helps that talent move is huge.thus it is that move guides — a saas platform for employee relocation which launched in london but has grown internationally — has closed $48 million in a series c funding from future fund, new enterprise associates (nea) and notion capital. that takes its total raised to $91m since it began aiming at disrupting traditional relocation management, a market worth $11 billion, by some estimates.the series c round will be used for growing market share for its platform, (currently growing at 200% annually) and infrastructure. it previously secur






blowing up the re-location industry, move guides raises $48m series c


whatever any country leader says about banning travel or shutting down the movement of people, the world is accelerating its globalisation and that means people move around. duh. talent is now global, and the industry that helps that talent move is huge.thus it is that move guides — a saas platform for employee relocation which launched in london but has grown internationally — has closed $48 million in a series c funding from future fund, new enterprise associates (nea) and notion capital. that takes its total raised to $91m since it began aiming at disrupting traditional relocation management, a market worth $11 billion, by some estimates.the series c round will be used for growing market share for its platform, (currently growing at 200% annually) and infrastructure. it previously secur






netskope raises $100m to boost cloud security platform


security vendor netskope announced a new $100 million round of funding today as the company aims to expand its technology platform and market presence. the series e funding round was led by lightspeed venture partners and accel, bringing the total funding to date for netskope up to $231.4 million."for us this was an over-subscribed, pre-emptive round, we didn't really need, nor were we looking for capital," sanjay beri, founder and ceo, netskope, told eweek. "this round lets us become financially independent and advance our cloud security platform."netskope's core technology platform is the company's cloud access security broker (casb) the helps to enable enterprises to securely use cloud services. the casb platform has evolved as part of netskope's broader security vision, with the compan






five years after its launch, website building platform strikingly raises $6m ser


a website built using strikingly’s platform.half a decade after it was founded, website building platform strikingly finally decided it’s time to raise a series a. the y combinator alum announced that it has closed a $6 million round from investors including cas holding, infinity venture partners, innovation works, former y combinator partner kevin hale and teec. strikingly also recently launched an app that lets users build and publish websites using only their mobile devices to help its growth in emerging markets.co-founder and ceo david chen says strikingly’s new funding will be spent on user acquisition and adding more features to its platform. the startup waited five years before raising its series a because it became profitable the second month after its launch in 2012. at first this






silverfin, a ‘connected accounting platform’, raises $4.5m series a led by index


silverfin, a startup out of ghent, belgium (of all places) that offers a ‘connected accounting platform’ to help businesses stay on top of their financial data, has picked up $4.5 million in series a funding.index ventures led the round, with participation from existing investors, while the cash injection will be used to expand the team and build out the company’s international presence, starting with the u.k.founded in 2013, silverfin’s platform plugs into popular accounting software and other financial data sources to help finance departments, accountancy firms and consultants, such as external tax specialists, get much better real-time visibility of a company’s financial data.or another way to describe it might be ‘salesforce for financial data,’ since stakeholders can communicate via t






silverfin, a ‘connected accounting platform,’ raises $4.5m series a led by index


silverfin, a startup out of ghent, belgium (of all places) that offers a “connected accounting platform” to help businesses stay on top of their financial data, has picked up $4.5 million in series a funding.index ventures led the round, with participation from existing investors, while the cash injection will be used to expand the team and build out the company’s international presence, starting with the u.k.founded in 2013, silverfin’s platform plugs into popular accounting software and other financial data sources to help finance departments, accountancy firms and consultants, such as external tax specialists, get much better real-time visibility of a company’s financial data.or another way to describe it might be “salesforce for financial data,” since stakeholders can communicate via t






ai-powered customer marketing platform ometria raises $6m series a


ometria, a customer marketing platform which says it’s “ai-powered” has raised $6m in series a funding. us-based summit action led the round, along with an investment syndicate backed by individuals with roles inside some key retailers. ometria has now raised a total of $11m to accelerate the development of its customer marketing platform, which, it claims, enables retailers to send individually personalised marketing messages across several brand touchpoints.ometria says it is used by over 100 of the largest multi-channel retailers and fast-growing vc-backed ecommerce businesses including moss bros, crew clothing, charlotte tilbury, feelunique, lovecrafts, wonderbly (formerly lost my name), and graze.com.strategic investors included summit action, the us vc fund of the summit series, sona






ai-powered customer marketing platform ometria raises $6m series a


ometria, a customer marketing platform which says it’s “ai-powered” has raised $6m in series a funding. us-based summit action led the round, along with an investment syndicate backed by individuals with roles inside some key retailers. ometria has now raised a total of $11m to accelerate the development of its customer marketing platform, which, it claims, enables retailers to send individually-personalised marketing messages across several brand touchpoints.ometria says it is used by over 100 of the largest multi-channel retailers and fast-growing vc-backed ecommerce businesses including moss bros, crew clothing, charlotte tilbury, feelunique, lovecrafts, wonderbly (formerly lost my name), and graze.com.strategic investors included summit action, the us vc fund of the summit series, sona






true fit, the personalisation platform for apparel and footwear, raises $55m ser


if the funding fits, keep it. true fit, the boston-based “personalisation platform for apparel and footwear” that helps online shoppers find clothes that fit and are to their liking, has raised $55 million in series c funding. leading the round is georgian partners, with participation from cross creek captial. existing backers jump capital, signal peak ventures, and intel capital also followed on.working with retailers and partners in north america, u.k. and e.u. markets, in addition to recent expansions into asia and south america, like a plethora of other startups in the space, true fit started out trying to solve the fit problem: how to be sure clothes you purchase online will actually fit you despite not bring able to try them on before making a purchase.to do this, the company built o






aqua security raises funds to advance container security platform


containers are one of the hottest areas of technology in 2017, and as a result there is an increasing need for advanced container security platforms. one company in the business of securing containers is aqua security, and on sept. 19 it announced that it has raised $25 million in a series b round of funding.the funding was led by lightspeed venture partners and included the participation of existing investors microsoft ventures, tlv ventures and shlomo kramer. aqua announced a $9 million series a round of funding in september 2016 and had previously raised $4.5 million in seed funding, bringing total funding to date for the company to $38.5 million."we started the company two years ago, and since then we've seen the widespread proliferation of container technology use," dror davidoff, ceo






illumio raises $125m to further improve adaptive security platform


security vendor illumio today announced that it has raised $125 million in a series d round of funding to help the company continue building and delivering its adaptive security platform to customers around the world.the funding round was led by j.p. morgan asset management and included the participation of existing investors andreessen horowitz, general catalyst, 8vc, accel and data collective (dcvc). total funding to date for illumio now stands at $267 million.illumio emerged from stealth in october 2014, with the promise of helping companies to segment their networks, in a bid to reduce the attack surface and minimize risks. "it has been 10 quarters that we have been shipping software in market now,"andrew rubin, ceo and co-founder of illumio, told eweek. further readingrubin said that






indian online lending platform capital float raises $45m series c


capital float, which claims to be the largest online lending platform in india, announced today that it has raised a $45 million series c led by ribbit capital. returning investors saif partners, sequoia india and creation investments also participated.capital float’s last round of funding was a $25 million series b in may 2016. it has now raised about $87 million in total equity financing since it was founded in 2013.the company also said today that it has secured $67 million in new debt lines from banks and non-bank financial companies in the last 12 months, which it uses along with its own equity to finance loans.capital float’s investor ribbit capital is a palo alto-based venture capital firm that focuses on financial tech. in a press statement, partner nick shalek said “we’ve been imp






bluecore marketing automation platform raises $35 million in series c


bluecore, the automated marketing platform for ecommerce brands, has today announced the close of a $35 million series c round of funding. norwest venture partners led the round, with participation from existing investors including georgian partners, firstmark capital, and felicis ventures.as part of the deal, nvp’s scott beechuk will join the board of directors at bluecore.when bluecore first launched in 2013, the platform allowed marketers to manage their email marketing through simple triggers. with if/then combinations — if the price of jeans drops, send an email to users, for example — marketers were able to set up an automated system of email marketing around their brands and products.since then, bluecore has expanded in two ways.the first is that the company has developed a machine






bluecore marketing automation platform raises $35 million in series c


bluecore, the automated marketing platform for ecommerce brands, has today announced the close of a $35 million series c round of funding. norwest venture partners led the round, with participation from existing investors including georgian partners, firstmark capital, and felicis ventures.as part of the deal, nvp’s scott beechuk will join the board of directors at bluecore.when bluecore first launched in 2013, the platform allowed marketers to manage their email marketing through simple triggers. with if/then combinations — if the price of jeans drops, send an email to users, for example — marketers were able to set up an automated system of email marketing around their brands and products.since then, bluecore has expanded in two ways.the first is that the company has developed a machine






events management platform bizzabo raises $15m series b


just eight months after its last round of funding, events management platform bizzabo has raised a $15 million series b. the new round, which brings bizzabo’s total funding so far to $30 million, was led by pilot growth equity, with participation from maor investments and returning investors.co-founder and chief executive officer eran ben-shushan told techcrunch that bizzabo raised more capital because the company is growing quickly and wants to expand its cloud-based event software platform to take advantage of market demand.“we have both a product market fit and a scalable repeatable business model. this growth round will help us scale faster and bring our event innovations to more brands around the world,” he said. the company claims its annual revenue is in the millions and that its an






cohesity raises $90m+ series c round for its hyperconverged data platform


cohesity, a company that helps enterprises to store and manage all of the secondary data they create outside of their production apps, today announced that it has raised over $90 million in a series c round led by gv (aka google ventures) and sequoia capital. sadly, the company’s investor’s won’t let it disclose the exact number, except that it’s over $90 million (and our understanding is that it’s under $100 million, too).cisco investments and hpe also participated as strategic investors, as well as accel ventures, artis ventures, battery ventures, dhvc (formerly danhua capital), foundation capital, qualcomm ventures, trinity ventures and wing venture capital.the company says it decided to go out and look for new funding because it saw “a rapid uptick in customer demand for cohesity’s hyp






yoyo wallet raises £12m series b led by metro group to expand in europe


the race to digitise the loyalty card just got a shot in the arm with the news that yoyo wallet, the european-based mobile payment and customer loyalty platform, has raised a £12 million series b round, led by the us wholesale and food retail giant metro group. the round is joined by the uk-based woodford investment management and touchstone innovations. the deal is subject to fca approval.the round will help the london-based company expand partnerships with uk high-street retailers, expand the platform and aid its european expansion.launched in 2013, yoyo allows customers to do fast and simple mobile ordering on the app, payments, and get a personalised loyalty program, while retailers get an analytics and campaign platform.this is either through the yoyo app or via retailer-specific bran






chinese game streaming platform chushou raises series d, adds google as investor


google has added chinese mobile game livestreaming platform chushou to its list of investments in asia. the beijing-based startup announced today that it has closed a series d round, which google joined as a new investor, that brings its total funding so far to over $120 million. chushou’s previous investors qiming venture, shunwei capital and alpha x capital, also returned for this round.chushou did not disclose the size of the series d, but its last round of funding, announced almost exactly one year ago, was $58 million and prior to that it had raised about $20 million. techcrunch has learned that chinese media reports last week, which put chushou’s new round at 500 million rmb (about $77 million), weren’t accurate.google’s investments in asia now span game livestreaming (chushou), arti






minneapolis council members give themselves $10k raises


minneapolis — minneapolis city council members have voted to give themselves and the city's new mayor a $10,000 raises.the star tribune reports the council approved the raises at its last meeting of the year on dec. 15. the council implemented the raises through a last-minute resolution that was approved unanimously without discussion.the move brings council members' salaries to $98,695. mayor-elect jacob frey, who voted as a council member, will make $126,528.the resolution also provides the mayor and council members with annual raises for the remainder of their four-year terms.the $140,000 for the raises wasn't included in the city's budget. the resolution calls for pulling the money from city departments.frey's campaign manager, joe radinovich, says the raises bring compensation levels






menlo security raises $40m to help advance isolation technology


menlo security announced on dec. 11 that it has closed a $40 million series c round of funding, to help the company grow its security isolation platform.the new round included the participation of american express ventures, ericsson ventures and hsbc and brings total funding to date for menlo security up to $85 million. menlo security first emerged from stealth mode in june 2015 with the company's isolation platform that makes use of linux containers (lxc) to help protect against web based attacks. the company has since expanded its platform to protect against email based threats as well."one can never know if a given piece of content is good or bad, so we decided to isolate everything," amir ben-efraim, ceo of menlo security, told eweek. further readingthe way the the web isolation platfo






menlo security raises $40m to help advance isolation technology


menlo security announced on dec. 11 that it has closed a $40 million series c round of funding, which it intends to use to grow its security isolation platform.the new round, which included the participation of american express ventures, ericsson ventures and hsbc, brings total funding to date for the company to $85 million. menlo security emerged from stealth mode in june 2015 with an isolation platform that makes use of linux containers (lxc) to help protect against web-based attacks. the company has since expanded its platform to also protect against email-based threats."one can never know if a given piece of content is good or bad, so we decided to isolate everything," amir ben-efraim, ceo of menlo security, told eweek. the way the web isolation platform works is that menlo security ru






chinese game streaming platform chushou raises series d, adds google as investor


google has added chinese mobile game live streaming platform chushou to its list of investments in asia. the beijing-based startup announced today that it has closed a series d round, which google joined as a new investor, that brings its total funding so far to over $120 million. chushou’s previous investors qiming venture, shunwei capital and alpha x capital, also returned for this round.chushou did not disclose the size of the series d, but its last round of funding, announced almost exactly one year ago, was $58 million and prior to that it had raised about $20 million. techcrunch has learned that chinese media reports last week, which put chushou’s new round at 500 million rmb (about $77 million), weren’t accurate.google’s investments in asia now span game live streaming (chushou), ar






respond software raises $12m and debuts security analyst platform


respond software emerged from stealth on aug. 16 to introduce general availability of its respond analyst platform along with $12 million in series a funding. the promise of the respond analyst platform is to help solve the it security staffing challenge with technology that can identify and escalate potential security threat alerts.respond software is led by co-founder and ceo mike armistead, who co-founded security software vendor fortify in 2003 and sold it to hewlett packard in 2010. armistead worked at hp and hewlett packard enterprise helping to lead the company's fortify and arcsight security efforts until 2016, before moving on to start respond software."working on arcsight gave me a lot of experience working with security operation centers (socs)," armistead told eweek. "looking a






messagebird, a european cloud comms platform that competes with twilio, raises $


messagebird, a cloud communications platform that counts publicly listed twilio as a competitor, has raised a hefty $60 million in series a funding. the round is being led by accel in the u.s., with atomico, the vc firm founded by skype’s niklas zennström, leading in europe.notably, i’m told this is the largest series a for a graduate of silicon valley accelerator y combinator, and in quintessential european enterprise startup fashion, amsterdam-founded messagebird is already profitable. aside from yc investment, the startup has been bootstrapped till now, too, and is on track to hit a $100 million run rate this year. keeping up? i do hope so — all of which begs the question of why the company has raised funding now and why such a large round.in a call, messagebird founder and ceo robert v






messagebird, a european cloud comms platform that competes with twilio, raises $


messagebird, a cloud communications platform that counts publicly listed twilio as a competitor, has raised a hefty $60 million in series a funding. the round is being led by accel in the u.s., with atomico, the vc firm founded by skype’s niklas zennström, leading in europe.notably, i’m told this is the largest series a for a graduate of silicon valley accelerator y combinator, and in quintessential european enterprise startup fashion, amsterdam-founded messagebird is already profitable. aside from yc investment, the startup has been bootstrapped till now, too, and is on track to hit a $100 million run rate this year. keeping up? i do hope so — all of which begs the question of why the company has raised funding now and why such a large round.in a call, messagebird founder and ceo robert v






livesmart, a london-based employee health platform, raises £700,000


livesmart, a london-based startup that offers a platform to help employees track and improve their health, has raised £700,000 in funding.investors include matt merrick (formerly the managing director of virgin active health clubs) and lawrence mitchell (formerly global marketing director and global wellness lead at reed business information), while the capital will be used to grow livesmart’s b2b offering and bridge the gap to a series a round later this year.competing with more traditional offerings from companies like bupa, and nuffield, livesmart combines employee health screening with what founder alex heaton describes as health coaching. the idea is to take data gleaned from various tests offered, as well as pulled in from other sources, such as fitness trackers, and use this as the






minneapolis council members give themselves $10k raises


minneapolis (ap) — minneapolis city council members have voted to give themselves and the city’s new mayor a $10,000 raises.the star tribune reports the council approved the raises at its last meeting of the year on dec. 15. the council implemented the raises through a last-minute resolution that was approved unanimously without discussion.the move brings council members’ salaries to $98,695. mayor-elect jacob frey, who voted as a council member, will make $126,528.the resolution also provides the mayor and council members with annual raises for the remainder of their four-year terms.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the $140,000 for the raises wasn’t included in the city’s budget. the resolution calls for pulling the money from city departments.frey’s campaign mana






unbabel raises $23m for its ‘ai-powered, human-refined’ translation platform


lisbon-headquartered unbabel, a startup that has developed what it describes as an “ai-powered, human-refined” translation platform that makes it more cost effective to conduct business globally, has raised $23 million in series b funding.the round is led by scale venture partners, with participation from microsoft ventures, salesforce ventures, samsung next, notion capital, caixa capital, and funders club. it follows a $5 million series a round in october 2016.a graduate of y combinator’s 2014 winter batch, unbabel uses ai/machine learning, augmented with a network of around 55,000 human translators, to power translations across multiple text-based content and communication, such as email, chat, websites and more. this is delivered via an api and integrations with the likes of salesforce,






xeneta raises $12m series b to crack open ocean freight pricing


xeneta, the oslo, norway-based startup that offers a crowdsourced price comparison service for ocean freight, has raised $12 million in series b funding.leading the round is london-based smedvig capital, with participation from existing investors, including creandum, and alliance venture. it brings total raised since xeneta was founded in 2012 to $20.5 million.aiming to disrupt the traditionally opaque $200 billion-plus container shipping market, xeneta has built what it describes as an “ocean freight benchmarking and market intelligence” platform that relies on the ‘crowd’ to share data on container shipping prices from shipper and freight forwarders.xeneta raises further $5.3m to bring greater transparency to sea freight pricesxeneta raises $1.6m to crowdsource price comparisons for sea






clinc raises a $6.3m series a to advance its ai for banking platform


clinc hopes its ai personal assistant finie will one day reduce the complexity and barriers many consumers face when attempting to understand their finances. the company claims the voice-controlled platform serves up financial data in impactful ways with minimal effort. and now, with an infusion of cash from mostly midwest venture funds, the company has a bit more runway to advance its cause.the company is today announcing it closed a $6.3 million series a led by drive capital and joined by hyde park venture partners, cahoots holdings and boston’s stuart porter. this round brings the total raised to $7.75 million since its founding in july 2015.clinc is based out of ann arbor, mich. and founded by university of michigan professor jason mars and johann hauswald, phd.the product currently em






jewish center evacuates on hoax bomb threat


hoax bomb threats prompted the evacuation of the jewish community center in la jolla and at centers across the nation tuesday.san diego police searched the lawrence family jewish community center on executive drive but found nothing suspicious.it was a third wave of threats this month to jewish community centers around the united states, and included one in canada, according to an official with the jcc ociation of north america.the bomb threat was phoned in to the la jolla center shortly before 9 a.m., executive director michael cohen said. he said staff immediately followed their security protocols by evacuating employees and pre-schoolers. they were ushered to la jolla country day school while san diego police searched the center’s buildings and parking lot.all programs at the center wer