NEA, Shasta co-lead funding in LearnUp

San Francisco-based LearnUp, which operates a job training and placement platform, said it has raised an $8 million Series A round of funding co-led by New Enterprise Associates and Shasta Ventures. Greylock Partners, Floodgate and High Line Venture Partners also participated in the round.


Maker Media attracts $5 mln

San Francisco-based Maker Media, a platform that connects inventors of products and services with each other, has raised $5 million in funding. The backers included Obvious Ventures, Raine Ventures, Azure Capital, OATV, Floodgate and from Square 1. In addition to the funding, Maker Media has named Rafe Needleman as editor-in-chief to lead its editorial team and content strategy. Previously, Needleman served as editorial director of Yahoo Tech.


Outreach snags $2.3 mln seed

Seattle-based Outreach, a sales automation platform provider, has raised $2.3 million in seed funding. The investors included Version One Ventures, Mark Sugarman of MHS Capital and Mike Maples of Floodgate.


Cloud Apps, Floodgate back GoFormz

GoFormz has raised $3 million in Series A funding from Cloud Apps Capital Partners and FLOODGATE. As part of the funding, Matt Holleran, general partner of Cloud Apps Capital Partners, has joined the company’s board of directors. The San Diego-based company provides a mobile business productivity platform.


KPCB leads Series C round for Ayasdi

Menlo Park, California-based Ayasdi, a provider of machine intelligence software, has secured $55 million in Series C funding. Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers led the round with participation from Institutional Venture Partners, Khosla Ventures, FLOODGATE, Citi Ventures, Centerview Capital Technology and Draper Nexus.


LEGO subscription service Pley attracts $10 mln

LEGO subscription service Pley has raised $10 million in Series B funding. Sozo Ventures led the round with participation from previous backers Floodgate, Correlation Ventures, Maven Ventures and Allegro Venture Partners. Concurrent with the funding, Phil Wickham, managing director at Sozo Ventures, has been added to Pley¹s board of directors.


Front Desk rings up $4 mln

Front Desk has received $4 million in funding. The investors included FLOODGATE, Version One Ventures, Second Avenue Partners and Demandforce co-founders Sam Osman and Rick Berry. In addition to the financing, Osman has been named to Front Desk’s board of directors. Headquartered in Seattle, Front Desk is a provider of mobile-focused software solutions for personal services businesses.


Boxbee nets $5 mln Series A

New York-based Boxbee, a storage and logistics provider for homes and businesses, has received $5 million in Series A funding. Metamorphic Ventures led the round with participation from others investors that included Floodgate, Northgate and an unnamed “home improvement giant.” According to the firm, the capital will be used for growth.


VC-backed Ensighten buys marketing analytics firm Anametrix

Ensighten has acquired Anametrix, a San Diego-based provider of marketing analytics. No financial terms were disclosed. Ensighten is backed by Insight Ventures, Volition Capital, LeadEdge Capital and FLOODGATE while Anametrix’s investors included TVC Capital.

San Francisco advertising startup Sharethrough nets $10 mln

According to a blog post on its site, San Francisco-based advertising startup Sharethrough has received $10 million in funding. British Sky Broadcasting led the round with participation from FLOODGATE, Elevation Partners, North Bridge Venture Partners and Silver Creek Ventures. To read more about the funding, visit here.

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Xamarin raises $54 mln in Series C funding

Xamarin, a mobile app development platform, has raised $54 million in Series C funding from new and existing investors, including Charles River Ventures, Floodgate, Ignition Partners, Insight Venture Partners and Lead Edge Capital. Xamarin has raised a total of $82 million in three funding rounds.


VC-backed Refinery29 hires Zalaznick as strategic advisor

New York-based media company Refinery29 has hired Lauren Zalaznick as a strategic advisor. Recently, Zalaznick served as executive vice president at NBCUniversal. Refinery29’s backers include Stripes Group, FLOODGATE, First Round, Hearst Corp., Lerer Ventures and Eastern Capital.


Floodgate and IDG-Accel back Tapatalk app

According to a blog post on its site, Tapatalk has raised an undisclosed amount of seed funding. Floodgate and IDG-Accel led the round. Based in Santa Monica, Calif. and Shanghai, Tapatalk is a social app that connects users through their hobbies and interests. To read the announcement, visit here.

Compare Metrics nabs $3.8 mln

Compare Metrics has secured $3.8 million in financing. Austin Ventures led the round with participation from Julie Allegro of Allegro Venture Partners, Bob Greene of Contour Ventures, Capital Factory, Mike Maples Jr. of Floodgate, Brett Hurt of Hurt Family Investments, Ralph Mack and Adam Ross. Based in Austin, Compare Metrics is a provider of adaptive commerce navigation and discovery tools.

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