Week in deals, Dec. 7, 2009


Lumexis Corp.

Costa Mesa, Calif.


Amount/Round: $15M/NA

Investors: Perseus LLC (led), PAR Capital Management and Zone Ventures.

Details: Develops fiver-optic in-flight entertainment and connectivity systems.


Branders.com Inc.

San Mateo, Calif.


Amount/Round: $5M/NA

Investors: Menlo Ventures, DCM, Venture Strategy Partners and Altos Ventures,

Details: Sells promotional items online. The company has now raised $46M in venture funding.

Hot Potato

Brooklyn, N.Y.


Amount/Round: $14.2M/A

Investors: First Round Capital (co-led), RRE Ventures (co-led), Betaworks, Founders Collective and individual investors Allen Morgan, Ron Conway, Chris Dixon, Strauss Zelnick, Scott Banister, Ben Lerer Josh Kushner and Zach Klein.

Details: Operates a social networking startup focused on connecting friends and fans through live events. Justin Shaffer, who had spent the past seven years working on digital media initiatives for Major League Baseball, founded Hot Potato.

Life360 Inc.

San Francisco


Amount/Round: $750K/NA

Investors: The Founders Fund, LaunchCapital, Band of Angels, Seraph Group and individual investor Mark Goines.

Details: Operates a website that provides safety and security services to families. The company was launched in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to focus on disaster preparedness and emergency situations.

Seeking Alpha Inc.

New York


Amount/Round: $7M/B

Investors: DAG Ventures (led), Benchmark Capital & Accel Partners.

Details: Operates a financial blog. The company previously raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Benchmark Capital. The company was founded by David Jackson, a former technology research analyst with Morgan Stanley.


AutoVirt Inc.

Nashua, N.H.


Amount/Round: $5M/NA

Investors: Kepha Partners and Sigma Partners.

Details: Provides file virtualization and automation solutions. The company has raised more than $10M in total financing since 2008.



San Francisco


Amount/Round: $12.5M/A

Investors: Adams Street Partners (co-led) and Trinity Ventures (co-led).

Details: Provides a monetization platform for social media. Founder and CEO Gurbaksh Chahal previously launched ClickAgents and BlueLithium.


San Francisco


Amount/Round: $10M/A

Investors: Khosla Ventures and individual investors.

Details: Provides payment services that allows merchants to use credit cards via mobile phones. The company was launched by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey. TechCrunch reported last week that the company is already valued at $40M.


Groupon Inc.



Amount/Round: $30M/NA

Investors: Accel Partners and New Enterprise Associates.

Details: Operates a website for helping consumers save money. The company previously raised a $4.8M round in early 2008 from Accel and NEA. Groupon founder and CEO Andrew Mason said that the company has been profitable since mid-2008.

Working Equity Inc.

San Francisco


Amount/Round: $5M/NA

Investors: Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

Details: Provides financial services that help homeowners to lock in the equity value of their home.


Bizo Inc.

San Francisco


Amount/Round: $6M/NA

Investors: Bessemer Venture Partners (led), Vulcan Capital and Ascent Equity.

Details: Provides a business-to-business advertising platform.

Vizu Corp.

San Francisco


Amount/Round: $6.75M/NA

Investors: iNovia Capital (co-led), Greycroft Partners (co-led), Draper Fisher Jurvetson and individual investor Esther Dyson.

Details: Operates an online ad platform. The company has now raised more than $16M in funding since 2006, including a $5M infusion in late 2006 at a PMV of $11M.


EndoGastric Solutions Inc.

Redmond, Wash.


Amount/Round: $21.5M/E

Investors: Advanced Technology Ventures (ATV).

Details: Develops minimally invasive surgical devices to treat chronic heartburn and other gastrointestinal diseases. The company previously raised about $82M from ATV, Chicago Growth Partners, DeNovo Ventures, Foundation Medical Partners, MPM Capital, and Oakwood Medical Investors.


Forma Therapeutics Inc.

Cambridge, Mass.


Amount/Round: $25.5M/B

Investors: Lilly Ventures (led), Novartis Option Fund and Bio*One Capital.

Details: Develops small molecule drugs with an initial focus on cancer. The company has now raised more than $50M in funding since early 2008. Steve Hall, a venture partner at Lilly Ventures, has joined the board.


Aquantia Corp.

Milpitas, Calif.


Amount/Round: $35M/D

Investors: New Enterprise Associates (led), Lightspeed Venture Partners, Greylock Partners, Pinnacle Ventures and Venture Tech Alliance.

Details: Develops physical-layer transceiver integrated circuits. The funding round could ultimately reach $44M. The company has now raised about $75M in total funding since 2005.


Ansca Mobile

Palo Alto, Calif.


Amount/Round: $1M/Ax

Investors: Merus Capital.

Details: Makes iPhone apps creation software. Investor Merus Capital is a venture fund founded by ex-Google and ex-Microsoft executives.


San Francisco


Amount/Round: $27M/D

Investors: Cisco Systems, Big Sky Partners and individual investor Stephen Friedman.

Details: Develops information management business software. The company has now raised about $40M in total funding.

Asana Inc.

San Francisco


Amount/Round: $9M/A

Investors: Benchmark Capital (led), Andreessen Horowitz and individual investor Matt Cohler.

Details: Develops Web collaboration software. The company was co-founded by Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz. Matt Cohler, general partner with Benchmark Capital, joined the company’s board.

Soasta Inc.

Mountain View, Calif.


Amount/Round: $10M/C

Investors: UV Partners (led), Canaan Partners, Formative Ventures and RB Webber & Co.

Details: Provides cloud-based testing solutions. The company has now raised more than $20M in total funding.


Xirrus Inc.

Thousand Oaks, Calif.


Amount/Round: $20M/NA

Investors: InterWest Partners, August Capital, U.S. Venture Partners, Canaan Partners, and QuestMark Partners.

Details: Wi-Fi device maker. The company has now raised $80M in total funding. Khaled Nasr, partner at InterWest, ha joined the board. The company said that the round financing is anticipated to be the last round of private funding it will require.