Round the Clock Acquisitions 10-31-2007

October 31st, 2007 at 12:00 am

Halloween isn’t exactly the date that companies find special enough to make a purchase or get an investment.  Oh well.


4Info Inc., a Palo Alto, Calif.-based mobile search company, has raised an undisclosed amount of VC funding from Peacock Equity, a $250 million venture capital fund formed earlier this year from GE and NBC Universal. As part of the deal, 4Info will become NBC Universal’s preferred mobile SMS advertising partner. 4Info previously had raised around $28 million from Draper Fisher Jurvetson, U.S. Venture Partners, Sand Hill Capital and Gannett Co.

Specific Media, an online ad network, has reportedly raised $100 million in a round led by Franciso Partners. With a pre-money valuation reported at $200 million, several ad networks are lining up to be the next DoubleClick or Tacoda.

Hot on the heels of the launches of Disqus and Intense Debate, commenting system SezWho has raised a $1 million series A round from KPG Ventures and upgraded their offering. The investment makes SezWho the best funded of the small group of startups currently trying to improve community for commentors.

Mobile media company 4INFO has taken funding from the NBC-GE joint venture Peacock Equity and a signed a provider deal with NBC.

4INFO is the sixth Peacock Equity investment since the $250 million fund was established in April.

GridNetworks, a company that powers IPTV, has received $9.5 million in funding from Panorama Capital, along with two other undisclosed strategic partners. Internap Networks Services Chief Executive Tony Naughtin is now heading up GridNetworks, along with two other Internap execs Christopher Wheeler and Mike Ortega.