Carmel Ventures closes fourth fund at $194 mln

Israeli venture firm Carmel Ventures has raised $194 million for its fourth fund. Among the pool’s LPs are Baidu, Ping-An and Qihoo360. The fund’s focus is on early-stage tech companies in sectors such as enterprise software, digital media, big data and cyber security.

Nokia’s HERE buys VC-backed travel guide app Desti

HERE, which is owned by Nokia, has acquired travel planning app Desti. No financial terms were disclosed. Headquartered in Menlo Park, Calif., Desti was spun out of SRI International in 2011. It was also backed by Horizons Ventures and Carmel Ventures.


Clarizen secures $35 mln led by Goldman Sachs

Clarizen has closed a $35 million venture funding round led by Goldman Sachs & Co. Existing investors also participated in the round, including Benchmark Capital, Carmel Ventures, DAG Ventures, Opus Capital, and Vintage Investment Partners.

Carmel Ventures leads Series A in LuckyFish

Carmel Ventures has made its first social gaming investment as the lead funder of LuckyFish Games, a developer of luck-based social games for mobile devices and social networks. The business closed on $1.6 million in Series A funding.

Comcast Ventures leads SundaySky’s Series C

SundaySky, which provides video advertising services, has raised $20 million in a Series C investment round that was led by Comcast Ventures. Others in the round include Liberty Global Ventures, Vintage Investment Partners and existing investors Carmel Ventures, Globespan Capital Partners and Norwest Venture Partners. The company previously raised $17 million in funding, including a $9 million Series B round in 2010. As part of the recent round, Andrew Cleland, managing director of Comcast Ventures, has joined the board.

Reuters – SundaySky’s Personalised Videos Boost Sales Threefold

U.S.-Israeli company SundaySky expects its sales to triple annually as companies increasingly use personalised videos to win over new customers and retain existing ones, writes Reuters. Founded in 2007 in Israel, SundaySky is headquartered in New York and has raised over $17 million from Carmel Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners and Globespan Capital.

SAManage Inks $3m from Carmel Ventures

Seattle-based provider of SaaS IT management solutions SAManage has closed $3 million in venture funding from Carmel Ventures, an Israeli Venture Capital firm. Xenia Venture Capital is a previous backer of the company.

Clarizen Uploads $12M

Clarizen, the San Mateo, Calif.-based project management software firm, completed a $12 million round led by Vintage Partners. In addition Benchmark Capital, Carmel Ventures, DAG Ventures and Opus Capital joined in the round. PRESS RELEASE: Clarizen Secures $12 Million Series E Growth Financing Investment Will Accelerate the Company’s Global Expansion and Product Development SAN MATEO, […]

Group Commerce Gets $21M From Jafco, Spark, Carmel, Others

Group Commerce Inc. said it raised a $21 million Series C round of funding from Jafco Ventures and existing investors Spark Capital, Carmel Ventures, and others. The funding will be used for technology development and to expand in the U.K., Germany and other European countries. PRESS RELEASE Group Commerce Receives $21 Million for Product Development […]

France Telecom-Orange Leads myThings Investment

A new venture capital fund formed by France Telecom-Orange and advertising firm Publicis has made its first investment in myThings, an Israeli online advertising technology firm, writes Reuters. The Orange-Publicis fund led a $15 million investment that included existing investors Carmel Ventures, Accel Partners and T-Venture, the investment arm of Deutsche Telekom, according to Reuters. […]

CellEra Inks $9.2M

Vodafone Ventures and Carmel Ventures have led a $9.2 million round for Israel’s CellEra, a developer of fuel cell technology. Israel Cleantech Ventures and B-2-V Partners also invested in the company. Ori Bendori, general partner at Carmel Ventures, joins the CellEra board as a result of the round.

Outbrain Closes Series D Round

Outbrain, a content discovery platform, has closed a $35 million Series D round of funding bringing total financing to $64 million. Index Ventures led the round with participation from Outbrain’s existing investors Carmel Ventures and Lightspeed Venture Partners. PRESS RELEASE Outbrain, the leading content discovery platform, today announced that it has closed its Series D […]

YCD Multimedia Buys VC-backed C-nario

YCD Multimedia has acquired C-nario, a venture backed maker of high-end digital signage. Terms of the sale were not released. The company also announced, however, that it had closed on $6 million in new fundraising from investors including Carmel Ventures, Opus Capital, Pitango Venture Capital and Plenus. C-nario is backed by Carmel Ventures and Opus Capital. YCD is backed by Pitango Venture Capital, Plenus, Arts Alliance Digital Ventures, and others.

Amadesa Raises $7.4M Series B

Amadesa, maker of website testing and analytics platform, has raised $7.4 million from Gemini Israel Funds and Carmel Ventures. The Series B money will help the company expand sales and marketing and continue development efforts.

Wanova Closes $10M Series B

Wanova Inc., a maker of cloud desktop software, has closed a $10 million Series B round from Greylock Partners, Carmel Ventures and Opus Capital. The money will help Wanova build out its sales and support teams, the company said. Wanova is based in in San Jose, Calif.

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