Social Media Agency Gets Funding Boost

Seattle-based Banyan Branch, a media agency that provides end-to-end marketing services for the leading brands, has secured $1.7 million in growth funding from a group of private investors. The company plans to use the capital to accelerate growth and continue investment in scalable social media processes, media buying and technology for its clients. A group of elite investors and entrepreneurs participated in the Series A growth round, including, among others, Bob Gay, CEO and co-founder of Huntsman Gay Global Capital; Bill Bryant, venture partner at Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Geoff Entress, venture partner at Voyager Capital.

Oracle Buys GoAhead

Oracle is buying GoAhead, a maker of packaged service availability software for the communications industry. GoAhead has reportedly raised more than $40 million in venture capital from investors including Columbia Capital, Cedar Grove Investments, Intel Capital and Voyager Capital. Terms of the acquisition were not released. The deal is expected to close before the end of the year.

Medify Raises $1.8M In Series A Money From Voyager, Angels

Medify said it raised $1.8 million in Series A funding from angel investors and Voyager Capital. The Seattle consumer health services company also announced its launch from stealth. PRESS RELEASE THE PROGNOSIS IS GOOD: MEDIFY LAUNCHES CONSUMER HEALTH SERVICE THAT EMPOWERS PATIENTS TO TRANSFORM MEDICAL INSIGHT INTO ACTION Company Backed by Series A Funding from […]

Act-On Software Buys Marketbright

On the heels of a $10 million venture round this summer, Act-On Software, which is developing cloud-based integrated marketing platforms, has acquired the assets of marketing automation software maker Marketbright. Terms of the deal were not released. Beaverton, Oregon-based Act-On is backed by venture capital firms Trinity Ventures, U.S. Venture Partners and Voyager Capital, as well as by Cisco.

Big Fish Games Adds Geoff Entress to Board

Seattle-based Big Fish Games has added Geoff Entress to its board. Entress is a venture partner with Voyager Capital and a former venture partner with Madrona Venture Group. He serves on a handful of other boards, including publicly traded drugstore.com, as well as Liquid Planner and Dashwire. Founded in 2002, Big Fish Games develops and distributes casual games.

Bruce Chizen Joins Voyager Capital

Two years after stepping down as the CEO of Adobe, Chizen tightened his relationship with Voyager and became a partner.

He had his pick of VC firms, he said, but he thinks Voyager is best positioned for the new, shrinking world of venture capital. It makes small investments — $1 million to $2 million initially, $10 million to $20 million total — that don’t require a $500 million IPO to get a return.

“We’re not going to be seeing many of those in the future,” he said.

Geoff Entress Joins Voyager Capital

Geoff Entress has joined Voyager Capital as a venture partner, with a focus on Internet and digital media opportunities in the Pacific Northwest.He was previously a venture partner with Madrona Venture Group.

Jodi Sherman Jahic Leaves Voyager Capital

Jodi Sherman Jahic has left venture firm Voyager Capital, after a seven-year run that saw her run the firm’s wireless sector practice. She now will serve as a fulltime managing director with Sherman Capital Group, which she says is focused on “bootstrapped and cash-flow opportunities that need less capital than the typical venture capital model […]

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