AirPR, a 2.5-year-old, San Francisco-based tech platform designed to increase public relations performance, has raised $4 million in Series A funding led by Mohr Davidow Ventures. Crosslink Capital, Correlation Ventures and angel investors also participated in the round, which brings the company’s funding to date to $5 million.
Area 1 Security, a months-old, Menlo Park, Calif.-based cyber-security startup founded by three former NSA analysts, has raised $2.5 million in seed funding fromKleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Cowboy Ventures, Data Collective, First Round Capital, Allegis Capital, Ray Rothrock and Derek Smith.
Automattic, the nine-year-old, San Francisco-based company behind the popular blogging platform WordPress, has raised $160 million in new funding led by Insight Venture Partners. New investors Chris Sacca and Endurance also participated in the round, along with earlier investors True Ventures, Tiger Global Management,and Iconiq. In a post about the funding, company cofounder and CEO Matt Mullenweg writes that, “This is obviously a lot of money, especially considering everything we’ve done so far has been built on only about $12 million of outside capital over the past 8 years.” But “there was an opportunity cost to how we were managing the company toward break-even, and we realized we could invest more into WordPress and our products to grow faster.”
Drivy, a three-year-old, Paris-based peer-to-peer car rental platform, has raised $8.3 million in funding from Alven Capital and Index Ventures. To date, the company has raised roughly $10 million, shows Crunchbase.
CommonAngels, a well-known startup investing group of around 50 Boston-area angel investors, is looking to raise a $35 million new pooled fund and is nearly halfway there, according to a new SEC filing that lists the group’s managing directors, James Geshwiler and Maia Heymann. CommonAngels began raising the fund some time last year.
Lyfe Mobile, a two-year-old, Santa Monica, Ca.-based mobile demand-side platform (DSP), has been acquired by the British video advertising company Blinkx in an all-cash transaction. The purchase price wasn’t disclosed. Lyfe had not disclosed any outside funding.