Wiretap Wrapup: Funding news from around Silicon Valley

Friends will tell you I’m fascinated by unusual names, but a few Silicon Valley startups announcing funding this week really push the envelope.

For instance, Vungle manages to connote both the words “vulgar” and “fungal,” but that apparently didn’t turn off the investors who pooled $17 million for its Series B. For the record, the name is a portmanteau of “video jungle” — the San Francisco startup makes a video-advertising platform for mobile devices.

Then you’ve got Tapingo and Totango, which contrary to my first impression aren’t characters in the next Tim Burton movie. The former is a San Francisco mobile shopping platform that landed $10.5 million; the latter, of Palo Alto, makes customer engagement software and snared $15.5 million from InterWest Partners and Canvas Venture Fund. Canvas, by the way, recently spun out from venerable Morgenthaler Ventures.

Elsewhere Thursday:

• Sunnyvale’s PayNearMe — which lets people make online purchases with cash — loaded up on $20 million from GSV Capital et al. 

• San Francisco-based CircleCI, which helps developers quickly test their code, notched a $6 million Series A from the very busy folks at DFJ.

•  And DataFox of Palo Alto formally unveiled its platform for gathering detailed financial information on private companies. In the same spirit, co-founder CEO Bastiaan Janmaat told me that his StartX-backed company has raised $1.45 million from backers including Google Ventures; YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim; and Ram Shriram, who’s on the boards of Google and Stanford.

 

 

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