I don’t normally cover companies outside of Silicon Valley, but one of the first stories I wrote after coming back onto the tech beat early last year was about CapLinked, a startup launched by PayPal mafioso Eric Jackson. With seed funding from Peter Thiel, CapLinked offers a place for startup entrepreneurs to meet prospective funders and close deals.
On Thursday, the company – which has expanded its cloud-software offerings to handle M&A and other complex transactions - announced it had closed a $1.6 million Series A round. Thiel, once again, was in on the action, along with his Founders Fund and 500 Startups – which, yes, is the brainchild of yet another PayPal alumnus, Dave McClure.
Thiel also put money into another deal announced Thursday – but it wasn’t through Founders Fund. Valar Ventures, another branch of the sprawling Thiel family tree that focuses on non-US companies, was among those pumping $49 million into Xero, which has always amused me with its tagline about making “beautiful online accounting software.” The company’s based in New Zealand, but its US digs are in San Francisco.
Another startup I met with last year was DoAT, maker of a mobile-search app. The company has since re-named itself Everything.me and shifted focus, touting its ability to switch up the apps on a user’s phone depending on his or her needs at the moment. Wednesday, it announced a $25 million Series C funding, led by Telefónica Digital, Singapore’s SingTel Innov8 and Mozilla.
Also raking in the dough in Mountain View was SumoLogic. The data analytics play netted a $30 million Series C from Accel Partners, Greylock Partners and Sutter Hill Ventures. Not a shabby bunch.
And right down the road, another big-data startup, AgilOne, announced it had secured a $10 million Series B funding round from Mayfield Fund and Sequoia Capital. Just in time for the holidays.