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CoverHound raises $14 mln

CoverHound said Monday it raised $14 million in Series B financing with participation from existing investors RRE Ventures, Blumberg Capital and Bullpen Capital. New investors Core Innovation Capital, Thomas Lehrman, Tugboat Ventures, Route 66 Ventures and American Family Ventures, the venture capital arm of American Family Insurance also took part. San Francisco-based CoverHound helps consumers find, compare and purchase insurance policies on one site. The company has raised over $20 million in VC funding.


Bullpen Capital led $6.5 million round for Derby Games

New York City-based Derby Games, an online legal gambling company, has closed $6.5 million in funding. Bullpen Capital led the round with participation from other investors that included Andlinger & Company and Alexis Ohanian. In addition to the funding, Paul Martino, founder and managing director of Bullpen Capital, has been appointed to Derby Games’ board of directors.


Bullpen leads funding round for SendHub

SendHub, which provides a business phone system for mobile devices, announced a $5 million Series B round of funding led by Bullpen Capital. Kapor Capital, Menlo Ventures, Seraph Group and Eric Ries also participated in the round. The Menlo Park, Calif.-based company has now raised $10 million in total funding.


New York startup Namely picks up $12 mln Series B

New York-based Namely, a human resources and payroll platform, has secured $12 million in Series B funding, a company spokesperson for the firm confirmed. Matrix Partners led the round with participation from True Ventures, Lerer Ventures and Bullpen Capital. In conjunction with the funding, David Skok, a general partner at Matrix, has been added to Namely’s board.


Mithril Capital leads $19 mln Series D funding round in DoubleDutch

Mithril Capital Management has led a $19 million Series D funding round in DoubleDutch, a mobile app event company. Existing investors Bessemer Venture Partners, Index Ventures and Bullpen Capital also participated in the round, along with Singapore-based Enspire Capital. Ajay Royan, co-founder and managing general partner of Mithril, is joining the DoubleDutch board.


Parking app SpotHero nabs $4.5 mln Series A

SpotHero has closed $4.5 million in Series A funding. The investors included Chicago Ventures, Bullpen Capital, Battery Ventures, OCA Ventures, Pritzker Group Venture Capital, Lightbank, G2T3V,, Draper Associates and 500 Startups. In conjunction with the funding, Mike Gamson of LinkedIn has been added to SpotHero’s board of directors. Headquartered in Chicago, SpotHero is an on-demand parking app.


Online identity platform pulls in $11 mln Series B

Online identity platform said Tuesday that it has closed $11 million in Series B funding. Foundry Group led the round with participation from True Ventures, SoftTech VC, CrunchFund and Bullpen Capital. According to the firm, the capital infusion will be used for expansion and product building. In addition to the funding, Brad Feld, managing director at Foundry Group, has been added to’s board of directors.

Bullpen sets target of $50 mln for second fund

Bullpen Capital has set a $50 million target for its second fund, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The filing is dated Friday and says that the fund – Bullpen Capital II – has so far not had a first close.

FanDuel Closes Series C

Daily fantasy sports game operator FanDuel has closed $11 million in Series C financing from new investor Comcast Ventures, existing investors Piton Capital, Pentech Ventures, Bullpen Capital and serial investor Richard Koch. Andrew Cleland, a partner at Comcast Ventures has joined FanDuel’s board.

Lifecrowd Packs in $5M

Lifecrowd, the social activities discovery site, has tagged on $5 million more to help boost the company’s online marketplace. Chicago-based investment fund Lightbank led the investment and will get a board seat as part of the transaction. Other backers include Bullpen Capital, Baroda Ventures, Prism VentureWorks and MuckerLab. PRESS RELEASE: SANTA MONICA, Calif., April 19, […]

Tello Dials Up $2.7M Series A

Palo Alto, Calif.-based Tello Inc. has raised $2.7 million in a Series A round led by True Ventures and Bullpen Capital. The company is developing a mobile application service that provides feedback to any business — from large retailers, airlines and hotel chains to independent shops and restaurants, the company says. Tello was founded in […]

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