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Capital Gains: Giant Airbnb Round Confirmed, Goldman Sachs Bets on European Travel and More

Also, a startup called "Shoes of Prey."

Todd Bernard

Podcasts, home renting, European travel and a startup that’s literally called “Shoes of Prey” all disclosed fresh rounds of financing last week. Here’s what happened on the funding front in the tech industry:

  • Airbnb confirmed the Wall Street Journal’s earlier report of a $1.5 billion funding round in an SEC filing last week. The filing also disclosed Airbnb has more than a hundred investors with the leaders of this round including General Atlantic, Hillhouse Capital Group and Tiger Global Management.
  • GoEuro, which lets users book rail, bus and air travel arrangements, raised $45 million in a new funding round led by Goldman Sachs. Additional investment includes money from the London-based VC firm Atomico (Reuters).
  • Dose Media, the Facebook-friendly publisher headed by Emerson Spartz, raised $25 million in funding led by Tribune Media, in addition to $9.5 million in earlier funding.
  • Indian transportation logistics startup BlackBuck raised a $25 million Series B round from Yuri Milner’s personal fund, Apoletto, Accel Partners, Flipkart and Tiger Global Management. Previously, the company had raised $5 million from Accel and Flipkart (Times of India).
  • Shoes of Prey is an Australian startup that lets customers design and buy their own shoes online. The company raised $15.5 million in a round led by BlueSky Venture Capital (Mashable).
  • ItsOn, a startup that helps cellphone carriers customize their services and plans, raised $12.5 million in a round led by Delta Partners Capital Limited, with participation from Verizon Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz and Tenaya Capital.
  • Gigster connects software developers with companies that need help with software projects. The company has landed a $10 million Series A investment round, led by Andreessen Horowitz (Wall Street Journal).
  • TinyPulse makes surveys for companies to assess how happy their workers feel. The Seattle-based startup raised $6 million this week led by the North Dakota-based Arthur Ventures (Seattle Times).
  • Israeli data analysis startup Anodot exited stealth last week and announced a $3 million Series A funding round led by Disruptive Partners (Globes).

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