Funding and Acquisitions Roundup: New funds from StartX, Spark Capital, Softbank Capital, NTT DoCoMo, and Accel; Former Google and Twitter execs jump into the VC game

By Editor February 8, 2013

This week’s early-stage startup funding and acquisitions news:


Stanford Student Startup Accelerator StartX Raises Another $400,000, Bringing Total Funding To About $1.5 Million (via TechCrunch)

Spark Capital to close an oversubscribed $425M fund (via VentureBeat)

SoftBank Capital creates $250M fund to help startups break into Asia (via VentureBeat)

NTT DoCoMo Announces $109M Venture Fund, As Well As An Investment In 500 Startups (via TechCrunch)

Accel’s latest European fund rumored at $450M (via VentureBeat)

Ex-Google and Twitter product guys reportedly launching new VC firm (via gigaom)


Enterprise Social Network Startup Batterii Closes $2.5M Seed, Led By CincyTech, As It Builds Out Feature-Set & Adds Android App (via TechCrunch) has acquired French startup EntropySoft (via VentureBeat)


AlchemyAPI Raises $2 Million For Neural Net Analysis Tech, On Par With IBM Watson, Google (via TechCrunch)

Think Big Analytics Raises $3 Million in Seed Funding (via DigitalMediaWire)


Insurance Comparison Tool CoverHound Raises $4.5M, Looks to Add New Partners (via BetaKit)

VouchedFor Raises $235K For Its Financial Advisor Marketplace And Reviews (via TechCrunch)

EvntLive Raises $2.3 Million From Lady Gaga’s Troy Carter, Vint Cerf & More (via Hypebot)

Guide Raises $1M In Seed Funding To Replace TV News With Feeds And Virtual Anchors (via TechCrunch)


FreedomPop lets customers share their bandwidth; raises another $4.3M (via gigaom)


Ribbon Raises $1.6M From Tim Draper & Others, Launches New Way To Take Payments Directly In The Facebook News Feed (via TechCrunch)

Social Media

Twitter Confirms Purchase Of Bluefin Labs To Boost TV Analytics And Advertising Services (via TechCrunch)

Lulu Raises Another $2.5M From Yuri Milner And Angels For Its Girls-Only App To Rate Guys (via TechCrunch)


NanoSatisfi Raises $1.2M To Disrupt The Aerospace Industry With Small, Affordable Satellites (via TechCrunch)


Kred Owner (And Twitter Firehose Contester) PeopleBrowsr Buys Swaylo, The Loose Thread Of Facebook’s Threadsy Buy (via TechCrunch)


Timbre Scores $360K To Take Local Music Discovery App Global (via


Jawbone Acquires Mobile Health Startup Massive Health In Big Talent Acquisition (via TechCrunch)