Start A Fire raises $2.5 mln in Series A funding

Star A Fire, a social attribution tool for marketers, brands and publishers, raised $2.5 million in Series A funding. Canaan Venture Partners led the funding round with participation from Lool Ventures and others. Based in Tel Aviv, Israel, Start A Fire has raised $3.6 million to date.


PE HUB First Read

In First Read, the U.S. says it may not need Apple’s help to unlock iPhone, Hulk Hogan awarded another $25 mln from Gawker and its founder, former Intel CEO Andy Grove, who taught Silicon Valley how to do business, dies.

GreatHorn raises $2.25 mln in seed funding

GreatHorn, a cloud communication security company, raised $2.25 million in seed funding. The round was led by ff Venture Capital and SoftTech VC with participation from Techstars Ventures, RRE and existing investors Zelkova Ventures and V1.VC.


Medical Departures gets $2.5 mln Series A for medical tourism

Medical Departures raised $2.5 million in Series A financing. Singapore-based DMP led the round with participation from Hubert Burda Media, CyberAgent Ventures and OPT SEA, the Asia arm of Japanese digital advertising agency OPT Group. Based in Bangkok, Thailand, Medical Departures is an online platform that helps patients find, compare and book medical appointments abroad.


ClubRead gets Series A investment from Level Equity

St. Louis, Missouri-based ClubReady, a software provider for the fitness and wellness industry, closed  a Series A investment from Level Equity. Financial terms of the investment were not disclosed. In conjunction with the funding, Ben Levin, founder and partner of Level, will join the company’s board.


HPE Growth leads $45 mln Series C for eGym

Munich-based eGym, a provider of high-tech fitness equipment and software for gyms, raised $45 million in Series C funding. New investor HPE Growth Capital led the round with participation from existing backer Highland Europe and others.


Energy Capital Partners invests $300 mln in Sunnova

Houston-based Sunnova Energy Corp, a provider of rooftop solar service to homeowners, secured a $300 million equity investment from Energy Capital Partners. In November, Sunnova raised about $300 million from investors including Triangle Peak Partners and Franklin Square Capital Partners.


YFM Equity, Octopus sell Callstream stake to J2 Global

YFM Equity Partners and Octopus Investments sold their stake in Callstream Group Ltd for an undisclosed sum to J2 Global Inc, a publicly traded technology company based in Los Angeles. UK-based Callstream provides cloud-based call management technology to the insurance, travel and retail markets.


Stellex Capital buys Morbark

Stellex Capital Management acquired family-owned Morbark LLC, a maker of wood chippers and deforestation equipment based in Michigan. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.


Adarza BioSystems closes $5 mln Series B

Adarza BioSystems Inc closed a $5 million Series B financing round led by Cultivation Capital, Lewis and Clark Ventures and Siemens‘ venture capital unit. Adarza, which has operations in Rochester, New York and St. Louis, Missouri, is a developer of label-free biosensor assays and instruments.


CI Capital buys majority stake in Hero Digital

CI Capital Partners acquired a majority interest in Hero Digital, a digital consulting firm based in San Francisco. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Hero’s management retains a significant equity stake in the company.


Riverside promotes Dooling to principal

Riverside Partners promoted Patrick Dooling to principal. Dooling joined Riverside in 2014 as a vice president. He previously worked in Bain Capital‘s global private equity group. Boston-based Riverside is currently investing out of Fund V, a $561 million equity fund.


Danu Partners acquires Smith & Wollensky from Bunker Hill

Irish investment firm Danu Partners acquired Boston-based The Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group Inc, an operator of upscale steakhouses, from Bunker Hill Capital. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The deal gives Danu ownership of 7 of the 8 U.S. locations as well as Smith & Wollensky London, which Danu opened under license from Smith & Wollensky in June 2015.


PE HUB Second Opinion

In Second Opinion, Sequoia Capital is looking to raise up to $1.5 bln for China funds, Moat raises $50 mln to develop a currency for buying and selling online ads, and Apple unveils a smaller, cheaper iPhone SE aimed at new buyers.


VC-backed Jumio files for bankruptcy, to sell assets to investor Eduardo Saverin

Jumio Inc, an identity management and credentials company based in Palo Alto, California, has commenced voluntary Chapter 11 proceedings in the U.S. The company agreed to sell its assets to Jumio Acquisition LLC, an entity formed by Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin, who was an early investor in Jumio. Saverin will also provide Jumio with $3.7 million to support the company’s operations during the sale process. Jumio has previously raised funding from Andreessen Horowitz and others.