Startup Calendar for July 22nd

Five events are featured in this week’s Startup Calendar:

And nine accelerator programs are currently accepting applications:

Read the weekly newsletter for more… To take part in this program as an organization that hosts startup events, visit the Startup Calendar page for guidelines and send us an email at events@crunchbase.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Startups Find It Easier To Get From A to B

Startups Find It Easier To Get From A to B

The Series A may be the new Series B, but as first round venture fundings have flat-lined over the past year, investors are increasing their bets on B rounds. Indeed, the dollar value of Series B rounds in Q2 was the highest of any quarter in the past decade, according to CrunchBase.

These B rounds are also proving less difficult to raise, despite what some believe to be a Series B crunch. In fact, the number of startups to make it to a B round has steadily increased each quarter since the end of 2012.

This is in contrast to the prevailing trend at the end of 2013, when a flurry of Series A deals made the subsequent round look much more like the ‘hardest round to raise‘. Since the start of 2013, the number of Series A deals has increased about 25.5%, compared to the 44.7% increase for Series B rounds over the same six quarters. We took a look at who the winners were.

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CrunchBase Daily Featured Fundings

AppDynamics, an application management software company based in San Francisco, has raised a new round of $170 million, adding $120 million in equity to a $50 million debt roundannounced in June. The latest funding was led by Battery VenturesClearBridge Investments, and Sands Capital with participation from current investors Greylock Partners,Lightspeed Venture PartnersKleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Institutional Venture Partners, and values AppDynamics at over $1 billion. Founded in 2008, AppDynamics helps businesses monitor applications to detect performance problems and will use the latest cash to accelerate sales and expand internationally.

Taulia, a cloud-based payment management company based in San Francisco, has raised $27 million in a Series D round led by QuestMark Partners with participation from existing investors Trinity VenturesMatrix PartnersLakestar and DAG Ventures. Taulia provides web-based invoicing as a service to large corporations and rewards suppliers with discounts for speeding up payments. Founded in 2009, Taulia has raised over $62 million to date and will use the new funding to continue signing corporate clients and expand into Asia.

SimpleReach, a content marketing startup based in New York, has raised $9 million in a Series A round led by MK Capital with participation from Atlas VentureVillage Ventures andHigh Peaks Venture Partners. SimpleReach helps marketers and publishers measure content and ad effectiveness, giving content a predictive score that indicates social media potential. Founded in 2010, SimpleReach will use the new funds to continue building out content marketing analytics tools.

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CrunchBase Weekly Investment Map

CrunchBase Weekly Investment Map

In the past 7 days we’ve seen over $1.2 billion invested in 149 funding rounds. San Francisco saw 10 rounds, New York and Chicago 5, and Austin 4. More than 25 of these rounds were raised by companies based outside the U.S., according to CrunchBase data.

Some of the biggest international fundings include a $100 million Series D round in Shanghai-based luxury products platform Secoo and a $65 million Series D round in London-based lending marketplace Funding Circle.

The biggest venture round of the week in the U.S. was raised by Pond5, a marketplace for media makers based in New York.

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CrunchBase Weekly Investor Leaderboard

CrunchBase Weekly Investor Leaderboard

Because it’s Friday, we compiled our list of Top 10 Investors from the CrunchBase dataset this week, by amount raised and number of funding rounds. Accel Partners participated in two of the largest rounds this week in a Series A for Pond5 and a $65M Series D for Funding Circle, along with Index Ventures, Ribbit Capital and Union Square Ventures.

Among the most active investors for the week were Hong Kong based SAIF Partners who were involved in four funding rounds announced during the week. Khosla, Qualcomm, Redpoint and Sequoia each tallied three funding rounds this week. Both Khosla and Sequoia co-invested in the $9M round for Relcy.

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Investors Are No Longer Cashing In On Payment Technologies

Investors Are No Longer Cashing In On Payment Technologies

Editor’s note: This is a repost of a TechCrunch article written by Jon Shieber.

It seems like investors are no longer paying out for payment companies.

Over the past three quarters the number of venture-backed payments companies has declined, tumbling from 59 startups in the third quarter of 2013 to just 41 companies in the second quarter of 2014, according to CrunchBase data.

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Startup Calendar for July 15th

Six events are featured in this week’s Startup Calendar:

And nine accelerator programs are currently accepting applications:

Read the weekly newsletter for more… To take part in this program as an organization that hosts startup events, visit the Startup Calendar page for guidelines and send us an email at events@crunchbase.com. We look forward to hearing from you!