Round the Clock Acquisitions 23-January-2008

January 23rd, 2008 at 12:00 am


Wow! Lots and lots of fundings and acquisitions today.  Most noteworthy of all is the nearly $30 million by Automattic.  Moreover, there are also a high profile acquisitions by Microsoft and IBM.

Some days I really wonder if this influx of capital into Web2.0 is the formation of another bubble.  But as long as nobody’s closing down, I really do not care. 

Thanks to TechCrunch , GigaOm , Mashable , Webware and PEHub for today’s roundup. 


Online storage provider has raised $6M in a Series B round of financing led by U.S. Venture Partners and involving Draper Fisher Jurvetson.

Ad Infuse, a San Francisco-based provider of personalized mobile advertising solutions, has raised $12 million in new VC funding. SoftBank Capital led the round, and was joined by return backers ComVentures and Storm Ventures. The company previously had raised nearly $6 million.

United Mobile , a Liechtenstein-based low-cost roaming mobile operator, has raised $15 million in VC funding. Accel Partners and Grazia Equity were joined by individual angels Morten Lund, Thomas Geitner and Robert Zacconi.

IBM has agreed to acquire AptSoft Corp., a Burlington, Mass.-based provider of business coordination software solutions. No financial terms were disclosed. AptSoft has raised around $14 million in VC funding from firms like Egan-Managed Capital, Portage Venture Partners and Lazard Technology Partners.

Unisfair , a Menlo Park, Calif.-based provider of virtual meeting spaces for corporate events, has raised $10 million in new VC funding. Norwest Venture Partners led the round, and was joined by return backer Sequoia Capital.

GoldSpot Media, a Sunnyvale, Calif.-based provider of ad-insertion solutions for mobile broadcast TV, has raised $3 million in Series A funding from Exa Ventures.

MixerCast, a San Mateo, Calif.-based provider of social media marketing tools, has raised $6 million in Series B funding. Intel Capital led the round, and was joined by Onset Ventures and return backer Velocity Interactive Group.

Two weeks after Microsoft announced its $1.2 billion acquisition of FAST Search & Transfer, enterprise-search competitor Endeca is getting a $15 million cash infusion from Intel and SAP.

Automattic, the company best-known for blog publishing software WordPress, has raked in $29.5 million in Series B funding. Originally reported on several blogs, the funding round was confirmed by Automattic founder Matt Mullenweg in his personal blog Tuesday evening.