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.
This weeks jobs include analyst positions at Fortress and Vista Equity, a director of investments at Rutgers University, and an associate at Blackstone.
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.
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.
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.
iCapital Network, an online private equity and alternative investments marketplace, agreed to acquire HedgeFocus from Credit Suisse. Financial terms were not disclosed. The HedgeFocus portfolio contains more than 20 hedge fund access vehicles representing approximately $1.8 billion in assets.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
Healthcare investment firm venBio Partners LLC raised $288 million from 22 LPs toward a $303 million venture fund, according to an SEC filing.
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.
Formation Capital and Dubai-based investment firm Safanad acquired nine assisted living facilities in South Carolina from Agape Senior for $128.6 million.