Interactive Brokers to buy VC-backed Covestor

Interactive Brokers has agreed to acquire online investing marketplace Covestor. No financial terms were disclosed. Covestor’s backers included Union Square Ventures,Spark Capital, Amadeus Capital and Bay Partners.

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Hello Alfred collects $10.5 mln Series A

Boston and New York City-based subscription errand service Hello Alfred has raised $10.5 million in Series A funding. New Enterprise Associates and Spark Capital led the round with participation from Sherpa Ventures and CrunchFund.

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Socratic nets $6 mln Series A

New York City-based education company Socratic has secured $6 million in Series A funding. Shasta Ventures led the round with participation from Spark Capital and Omidyar Network. According to the company, the capital infusion will be used for growth.

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Splash inks $6 mln

Event-planning company Splash has raised $6 million in funding. Spark Capital led the round. Also, Splash has named Melissa Wallace as vice president of marketing.

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Spark Capital backs on-demand delivery service Postmates

San Francisco-based Postmates, an on-demand delivery service, has raised $16 million in Series B funding. Spark Capital led the round. In conjunction with the funding, Nabeel Hyatt of Spark Capital has been added to Postmates’ board of directors.

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Union Square Ventures leads $20 mln growth investment in Work Market

Union Square Ventures has led a $20 million growth investment in Work Market, which provides software-as-a-service for companies to help manage and pay freelance and independent contractors from a single platform. Other investors in the funding include Spark Capital, SoftBank Capital, Industry Ventures and Silicon Valley Bank.

Andreessen Horowitz backs Stack Exchange

Stack Exchange, a network of question and answer websites, has secured $40 million in funding, the company announced in a blog post on its site. The bulk of that funding comes mostly from Andreessen Horowitz. In addition to the funding, the venture firm’s Chris Dixon will be joining Stack Exchange’s board of directors as an observer. Previous backers of Stack Exchange are Union Square Ventures, Index Ventures, Spark Capital and Bezos Expeditions. To read the announcement, visit here.

 

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PeerTransfer nets $22 mln

PeerTransfer, a Boston-based provider of payment solutions for the education sector, has received $22 million in funding. Bain Capital Ventures led the round with participation from previous backers that included Spark Capital, Devonshire Investors, Accel Partners and QED Investors.

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Union Square Ventures backs eShares

According to a blog post on its site, Union Square Ventures has led a Series A funding round for eShares. No financial terms were disclosed. The other backers include Spark Capital. Based in Mountain View, Calif., eShares digitizes paper stock certificates. To read the announcement, visit here.

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Spark Capital backs Freight Farms

According to a blog post on its site, Freight Farms has raised $3.7 million in funding. Spark Capital led the round. Freight Farms is a creator of hydroponic farms. To read the announcement, visit here.

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Therapy start-up Talkspace attracts $3.5 mln

Talkspace, which provides anonymous therapy via a mobile device or online, has raised $3.5 million in seed funding. The investors in this round included Metamorphic Ventures, SoftBank and Spark Capital.

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Cincinnati startup EBTH grabs $13 mln

Cincinnati-based Everything But The House, an online real estate firm, has closed $13 million in Series A funding. The investors included Spark Capital and Greycroft Partners. According to the firm, the capital will be used for growth and expansion.

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Kik Interactive picks up $38.3 mln Series C, also acquires Relay

Kik Interactive has closed $38.3 million in Series C funding. Valiant Capital Partners led the round with participation from Millennium Technology Value Partners, SV Angel, Foundation Capital, RRE Ventures, Spark Capital and Union Square Ventures. Also, Kik has bought GIF messenger Relay. No financial terms were disclosed. Headquartered in Waterloo, Ontario, Kik is a maker of chat network Kik.

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Errand service Alfred nets $2 mln

Alfred has closed $2 million in funding. Spark Capital led the round with participation from SV Angel and CrunchFund. Headquartered in New York, Alfred is a subscription errand service.

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