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Capital Gains: Uber swallows $3.5 billion in Saudi cash, 21st Century Fox backs an email newsletter

Plus, Glassdoor raises a down round.

capital gains Todd Bernard / Recode

Uber, a startup that raises lots of money and also operates a private transportation network, raised some more money this week. So did a bunch of other companies. Here are the headlines from the funding front in Silicon Valley:

  • The sovereign wealth fund of the Saudi Arabian government is putting $3.5 billion into Uber and getting a royal family member a seat on the Uber board of directors. Just a few weeks ago, Uber's chief rival Didi Chuxing scored a $1 billion investment from Apple.
  • African media conglomerate Naspers is investing $60 million in the education startup Udemy, which offers "more than 40,000 courses in 80 different languages." Naspers recently opened a San Francisco office, and this is its second investment (Bloomberg).
  • Insight Venture Partners, Greenspring Associates and Scale Venture partners are putting $50 million into the startup WalkMe, which makes software to guide new visitors to websites (Reuters).
  • Glassdoor, which is sort of like Yelp for startups, raised $40 million in a new down round of funding led by T. Rowe Price (Wall Street Journal).
  • Vendini, which makes ticketing, marketing and customer management software for event venues, raised $20 million from the PE firm Level Equity (VentureBeat).
  • Tile makes little Bluetooth-connected tiles that attach to stuff like car keys so that you can locate them when you misplace them. Tile also just raised $18 million in a new round led by Bessemer Venture Partners, with participation from GGV Capital, Khosla Ventures, Tandem and Tencent (VentureBeat).
  • Audience measurement startup Verto Analytics, which focuses on evaluating traffic on multiple devices, raised a $16.1 million Series B round led by EQT Ventures (VentureBeat).
  • Tubular Labs has landed $10 million in a round led by Marker, cash that it will use to take on rival video audience measurement companies comScore and Nielsen (Variety).
  • TheSkimm, the startup behind the newsletter Daily Skimm, landed $8 million in funding led by 21st Century Fox to back the startup's move into video. RRE Ventures, Greycroft Partners and Homebrew are also participating in the investment.(Bloomberg).

This article originally appeared on Recode.net.

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