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Capital Gains: Phone Security, Uber for Children and More Funding News

A startup specializing in deep linking technology also raised a big round.

Todd Bernard

Some funding headlines from this week: Uber for children landed some cash, Google Capital put a bunch of money into a phone security startup and one company scored an investment from a group that includes ESPN and former NBA boss David Stern. Here’s the full story:

  • Pindrop, a cyber security startup that focuses on fraud detection for phones, raised a $75 million Series C round led by Google Capital, including investment from Andreessen Horowitz and IVP (Fortune).
  • Canadian video marketing startup Vidyard raised $35 million at a $300 million valuation, giving it $60 million in total funding. The round was led by Battery Ventures, with participation from Bessemer Venture Partners, Salesforce Ventures and others (Bloomberg Business).
  • Branch Metrics, a company specializing in deep linking technology, raised $35 million in a round that includes NEA, Pejman Mar Ventures and Cowboy Ventures. The company has raised $53 million in total (Fortune).
  • Lifestyle and women’s interest digital media company SheKnowsMedia took out a $22 million loan from Ally Technology Finance, money that it plans to spend on acquisitions (AdExchanger).
  • Airport ride-hailing startup Wingz raised an $11 million Series B round led by Expedia, with investment from Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and Altimeter Capital (VentureBeat).
  • HopSkipDrive, a car service that parents can use for their kids (like Shuddle), raised $10.2 million in a new round of funding led by Firstmark Capital. Uber’s manager for Los Angeles, Eyal Gutentag, is joining the company as its operations lead (Los Angeles Times).
  • Sports data analysis startup StatMuse raised a $10 million Series A funding round from Techstars and (ESPN parent company) Disney. United Talent Agency and ex-NBA commissioner David Stern also participated in the investment (TechCrunch).
  • Savari, a company that builds sensor technology for self-driving cars, raised $8 million in a Series A round from Delta Electronics Capital and the investment arm of Chinese state-owned Shanghai Motor (Wall Street Journal).
  • Insurance shopping startup Insurify, which began at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, raised $2 million in a seed round led by Rationalwave Capital Partners (Wall Street Journal).

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