Round the Clock Acquisitions: Feb 06 2008

February 6th, 2008 at 12:00 am

[Image courtesy of OIT, University of Maryland] 

Well, it’s been eventful this week.  Yesterday I already had a list for my daily roundup of investments made.  However, TechJournal was done and we’re sorry for that.  Apparently there was something wrong with the server.  Well, at least we’re back up now so let’s get on with it.

Notable today is, AOL has made another acquisition. The rest are smaller investments but   of course all still very helpful investments for startups.  


AOL has acquired, a leading affiliate marketing network backed by VC house DFJ Esprit. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but well-placed sources say the deal is worth in the region of £75 million ($150 million). Although launched in the UK now has a growing US operation, which is what attracted AOL’s interest. is the fifth advertising company AOL has acquired in the past year.

TubeMogul has indeed raised $1.5 Million in Series A funding, as they announced at DEMO last week.

7digital, the online music downloading service, has announced they’ve raised $8.5 million from Sutton Place Managers and Balderton Capital (also known as Benchmark Europe). 7digital is the download service behind the music downloads available for purchase by way of Last.FM. , an Amsterdam-based provider of mobile instant messaging solutions, has raised EUR 6.5 million in second-round funding. Prime Technology Ventures led the round. It’s unclear is existing shareholder Lowland Capital Partners also participated.

Howcast is also announcing an $8 million series A financing, led by Tudor Investment Corp. In addition to their own site, they already have a Youtube channe.  The Howcast team also has signed distribution deals with Myspace, Verizon for its Vcast phones and FiOS TV, Joost, and ROO. JetBlue is the launch advertiser. Howcast faces competition from Expert Village, 5min, and Instructables.

San Ramon, CA based a la mobile has taken $6.75 million Series B in a round led by original investor Venrock. Under the deal, Venrock managing partners Ray Rothrock and Tony Sun join the a la mobile board.


Numobiq  is announcing a $4.5 million A round from Benchmark Capital., the on-demand software startup that makes the email-based lead generator SalesGenius, said this week that it’s raised $19 million in its third round of funding, this one led by Accel Partners.

FlowPlay has raised $3.7 million in a first round of funding, led by Intel Capital and Ambient Sound Investments. According to Seattle PI, FlowPlay has in fact turned down a few buyout offers in hopes of continuing on with its initial efforts of raising funding for product development.


Thanks to Mashable, TechCrunch, GigaOm and PEHub.