Private Placement funding activity for startups across fintech, on-line real estate services, regulatory and compliance, social media, enterprise software, cyber-security and AI (Artificial Intelligence)–all benefited during the past several weeks from the largess of private equity and venture capital firms that advanced initial funding via Series A rounds as well as fast growing firms that closed Series B and/or Series C rounds. Here’s the recap (courtesy of Strictly VC and Fortune’s Term Sheet.
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Attivo Networks, a six-year-old, Fremont, Ca.-based maker of so-called deception-based detection technology, has raised $21 million in Series C funding led by Trident Capital Cybersecurity, with participation from earlier backers Bain Capital Ventures and Omidyar Technology Ventures. The company has now raised $45.7 million altogether. More here.
Brilliant, a two-year-old, San Mateo, Ca.-based startup whose tech aims to give consumers voice and touch control over lighting, music, climate, and other smart home products, has raised $21 million in Series A funding led by August Capital, with participation from Miramar Ventures, The Box Group, and the Stanford-StartX Fund. More here.
Diandian Yangche, a three-year-old, Hangzhou, China-based start up offering a range of painting and cleaning services for cars in more than 20 Chinese cities (it also more recently jumped into the auto nsurance business), has raised “tens of millions of dollars” of Series C+ funding, including from investors GGV Capital, GSR Ventures, Garden Ventures, and Magic Stone Alternative. The company had closed on $60 million in Series C funding in 2015. More here.
eShares, a five-year-old, Palo Alto, Ca.-based company that’s trying to modernize the way private companies manage and interact with their shareholders and optionholders, has raised $42 million in Series C funding led by Menlo Ventures and Social Capital. TechCrunch has more here.
Gaiya Environment, a young, Suzhou, China-based maker of environmental protection sensors and other tech, has raised $6 million in Series A funding led by Qiming Venture Partners. China Money Network has more here.
Honest Buildings, a five-year-old, New York-based maker of construction management software for landlords and developers — it helps them manage and solicit bids from contractors and oversee budgets — has raised $13 million in a Series B funding. Investors include Brookfield Property Partners, Rudin Management, C-III Capital Partners, Navitas Capital, Greensoil Building Innovation Fund, Bienville Capital Management, and Riverpark Funds. Earlier backers The Westly Group, Rockport Capital, Circle Ventures and Thrive Capital also joined the round. The RealDeal has more here.
Impossible Objects, a six-year-old, Northbrook, Il.-based company that says it has developed a completely new 3D printing technology, has raised $6.4 million in funding led by earlier investor OCA Ventures of Chicago. Other investors in the round include Idea Fund Partners, Mason Avenue Investments, Huizenga Capital Management, and Inflection Equity Partners. Crain’s Chicago Business has more here.
Lalamove, a four-year-old, Hong Kong-based intra-city delivery company that connects hundreds of thousands of customers with tens of thousands of professional vans, motorcycles, and truck drivers, has raised $100 million in new financing at a valuation that’s “just shy of the $1 billion mark,” reports TechCrunch. ShunWei Capital led the round, with participation from earlier backers, including Xiang He Capital and MindWorks Ventures. More here.
MioTech, a young, Hong Kong- and Shanghai, China-based financial tech startup that’s developing artificial intelligence-based software for investment managers, has raised $7 million in Series A funding led by Horizons Ventures, with participation from returning investor Zhenfund. TechCrunch has more here.
NumberAI, a year-old, Oakland, Ca.-based company whose technology enables small businesses to digitize their landline numbers and thus make interacting with customers easier, has raised $1.6 million in seed funding from DFJ. TechCrunch has more here.
Ola, a six-year-old, Bangalore-based ride-hailing company, has closed $1.1 billion in fresh financing. That’s the largest funding round in its history and its first major raise since November 2015, when it closed $500 million from investors. China’s Tencent is a new backer and the lead investor of the round. SoftBank, an existing Ola investor, also chipped into the round. TechCrunch has more here.
Ometria, a four-year-old, London-based AI-powered customer marketing platform, has raised $6 million in Series A funding led by Summit Action. TechCrunch has more here.
Ross Intelligence, a two-year-old, Toronto-based platform that helps legal teams sort through case law to find details relevant to new cases, has raised $8.7 million in Series A funding led iNovia Capital, with participation from Comcast Ventures Catalyst Fund, Y Combinator Continuity Fund, Real Ventures, NextLaw Labs and angel investors. TechCrunch has more here.
Withlocals, a four-year-old, Netherlands-based startup that operates a marketplace for personalised travel experiences, has raised $4.2 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Inkef Capital, an Amsterdam-headquartered venture firm. TechCrunch has more here.