BLPA Rearview Mirror: Private Placements for the Period Ending June 11th, 2014

BLPA’s Rearview Mirror:

Private Placements for the Period Ending June 11th, 2014

  • We love to hear your opinions and comments at;
  • If you like what you read, please click the SHARE button at the end of this blog.
The graduates with Dr. Stephanie Borns-Weil
The graduates with Dr. Stephanie Borns-Weil

Another day, another dollar: My pugs finally graduated from Tuft University’s veterinary behavior school: they stopped their internecine warfare and declared a truce. Dr. Dodman, the world’s leading dog behaviorist, located at Tufts Veterinary School, designated Max to be Alpha, Pierre to be Beta. and prescribed a weighty dose of Prozac to mollify some of Pierre’s aggressive tendencies. The pugs’ behavior was noted on a chart daily, and submitted to Dr. Steph [Borns-Weil]. Five months later, with enough Prozac and behavior modification, victory was declared. And then there was peace. For which I am exceedingly grateful.

Private Placements[1]

(40 Deals)

Retail (3 deals – $99)

SAVO, an online retailer focused on office seating [yes, chairs] company, raised a $35m round.

On-line art auction marketplace, Invaluable raised a $34m Series D round.


Stitch Fix, an online women’s personal styling service that sends clothing and accessories to your door, raised a $30m Series C round.

Software Tools (9 deals – $903m)

Elasticsearch, an open source search and analytics engine, raised a $760m Series C round.

Plex Systems, a worldwideERP systems with a “Manufacturing Cloud”[sic], raised $50m. T. Rowe Price was the lead investor.

File transfer tool, Zapya, raised a $20m Series B round.

Egenera raised a $16m round.

Egenera’s automation and management solutions enable enterprise IT organizations and service providers to quickly create scalable, secure and highly reliable private, public and cloud services.[2]

Gild, a social professional recruiting tool, raised $14m.

XebiaLabs, the leading automation software for DevOps and Continuous Delivery, raised $12m

aCommerce, an enterprise supply chain management company, raised an $11m Series A round.

Mesophere, an environment and simulation framework for team based AI research, raised a $10m Series A round. The goal is to build a “Google-like scale.”

Aryaka Networks, which helps resolve web application acceleration and network performance issues faced by distributed enterprises, raised a $10m Series D round.

Service/App (3 deals – $1.36b)

Uber, the app-based online taxi service, raised a $1.2b Series D round.

Houzz, “the new way to design your home,”raised a $150m Series D round.

On-demand dry cleaning and laundry service Washio raised a $10.5m Series A round. “We believe clean clothiers should never be more than two taps away.”says the Company.

Marketing/Media/Analytics (7 deals – $149m)

Yext, which lets marketers manage their local content, listings, store pages, social pages, campaigns and more, raised a $50m Series F round.

Visier, a workforce analytics and planning company, raised a $26m Series C round.

RichRelevance, the leader in “omnichannel”personalization in ad targeting, raised $20m.

Yieldbot raised an $18m Series B round. The company claims to have “a real-time flow of consumer intent.”

Digital marketing platform, Offerpop raised a $15m Series C round.

Exabean, a big data security analytics company, raised a $10m Series A round.

Big data startup, Concurrent Inc. raised a $10m Series B round.

Security (2 deals – $85m)

Okta, a leader in enterprise identity access and management raised a $75m Series E round.

Cybersecurity startup, Fortscale, raised $10m.

Platform(2 deals – $206m)

Kobalt Music Group, Offers global creative and administrative services to writers, publishers and other publishing rights holders, and a royalty collection[3], raised $140m.

HR-management platform, Zenefits, raised a $66m Series B round.

Financial (3 deals – $55m)

TransferWise, a worldwide money transfer company that claims to do it for less, raised a $25m Series B round.

Bitfury, which produces products that facilitate Bitcoin and the Bitcoin network and its infrastructure, raised $20m.

Global micro-insurance specialist, MicroEnsure, raised $10m.

Gaming (1 deal – $15m)

Games developer, Octro, raised a $15m Series A round.

Medical-oriented (3 deals – $40m)

Senseonics, which is developing “transformative”glucose monitoring products, raised a $20m round.

TrialScope raised $10m. TrialScope enables clinical trial sponsors to comply with legislation and internal policy and to register clinical trials and disclose results across the globe.[4]

Seres Health, a therapeutics company focused on discovering and developing drugs to treat diseases of the micro biome (driven by ecologies), raised a $10m Series B round.

China (5 deals – $365m)

Chinese Pinterest clone, Mogujie, raised a $200m Series D round.

Chinese personalized news service, TouTiao raised a $100m Series C round.

Dayima, a China-based menstrual tracking app, raised a $30m Series C round.

China based Dew Mobile, a network-free close-range file sharing app for mobile devices, raised a $20m Series B round.

Chinese voice call application, Inbilin, raised a $15m Series A round.

Germany (1 deal – $12m)

Germany-based game developer, flaregames, raised a $12m Series A round.

India (1 deal – $10m), an online shopping site in India, raised a $10m Series D round.


That’s it for now.

All the best,

All the best,

Margaret Johns

Founder, BlueLake Partners, LLC

SiVal_LogoJan Robertson

SiVal Advisors, LLC





Bic Stevens

Stevens Capital Advisors


Chartworth2Susan Woods and Vlad Harris

Chartworth, LLC

Margaret Johns is the Founder and Chairman of BlueLake Partners, a boutique M&A investment bank based in the Greater Boston Area.  Prior to founding BlueLake she was an employee founder and Managing Director at Needham & Company where she worked in Corporate Finance in New York City and headed up its Boston office.  She now lives in Londonderry, New Hampshire with her husband, 16 year old step-daughter and three pugs.  When she’s not working with clients, FINRA or writing blogs she competes on the Granite State Penguins Masters Swim Team, skis, rides her bike or is out walking her pugs.

Content researched, edited and reviewed on a best efforts basis.

This newsletter is currently being proofed by Dave Henshaw, which is much appreciated. Dave is my USMS swimming lane mate, and Granite State Penguin team-mate.  He is retired from MIT, where he used to produce and proof their annual financial report.  Exactly what we need.


We make no claim to being comprehensive in our review, as the contents are companies and topics we, ourselves, find of interest.

[1] TechCrunch, company websites, WSJ.

[2] Company website

[3] Company website

[4] Company website