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Capital Gains: Jawbone Gets New Lease on Life (And $300 Million), and Other Funding News

Bitcoin and content startups also got some new cash.

Todd Bernard

In terms of funding, maritime data, wearables and content, startups had a pretty good week. Here are the details on the cash that changed hands in tech:

  • Confirming a Re/code report from last month, the wearables and personal technology company Jawbone closed a $300 million funding deal with BlackRock. The company now has $700 million in total funding.
  • Circle, a Bitcoin brokerage firm, raised $50 million in a round led by Goldman Sachs and IDG Capital Partners. Alongside the funding announcement, Circle also said it would start allowing customers to send, store and receive dollars as well as bitcoins.
  • The women’s interest website Refinery29 raised $50 million in a new round led by Scripps Network Interactive and the ad agency WPP. This gives the company $80 million in total funding and a $290 million valuation.
  • Big data analytics company DataTorrent raised a $15 million Series B round led by Singtel Innov8, with participation from GE Ventures, Morado Venture Partners, August Capital and AME Cloud Ventures (Silicon Valley Business Journal).
  • The Israeli startup Windward, which uses maritime data to track shipping patterns, landed a $100 million valuation following a $10.8 million investment from Li Ka-shing’s Horizon Ventures, and Angelic Ventures (Wall Street Journal).
  • Digital media startup The Daily Dot, which reports on Internet-based communities, raised $10 million from an undisclosed media company (New York Observer).
  • Tracxn, a Bangalore-based company focused on market research for tech startups, scored $3.5 million in Series A funding from SAIF Partners (Tech in Asia).
  • Untapt, an automated recruiting service to help finance companies find tech workers, raised $3 million in Series A financing from Tsai Capital, SenaHill Investment Group and other investors (Dow Jones).

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