News, Insights and Stories from the Australian and New Zealand tech ecosystem.

Perion acquires Undertone for $180 million; AppDynamics raises $158 million; Tyro Payments raises $100 million

One of the biggest stories in a busy week across the startup space came from Australia, with fintech startup Tyro Payments announcing that it had raised $100 million in funding from Tiger Global, TDM Asset Management, and Mike Cannon-Brookes. In other news, Israeli marketing company Perion acquired New York-based digital ad startup Undertone for $180 million, AppDynamics raised $158 million, and healthcare CRM platform Evariant raised $42.3 million.

Acquisitions

Atheer acquires ONtheGO Platforms

Atheer, a company working in augmented reality, has announced that it has entered an agreement to acquire ONtheGO Platforms, the developer of gesture recognition software that turns any mobile device with a standard camera into a gesture interface. The acquisition will give Atheer products greater functionality. Alberto Torres, CEO of Atheer, said in a statement, “As we continue to build an enterprise-class smart glasses platform, natural interactivity is front and center of the rich Atheer experience. ONtheGO shares a strong and synergistic patent portfolio and talent that will benefit our rapidly growing customer base and the overall market of smart glasses. We look forward to creating innovative solutions for Fortune 1000 companies with our expanded team.”

Perion acquires Undertone for $180 million

Israeli marketing company Perion has acquired New York digital ad startup Undertone for $180 million. Josef Mandelbaum, CEO of Perion, said in a statement,  “In Undertone we have found a premium brand company of scale and profitability, with a differentiated sustainable position in the market. Together we firmly establish ourselves as the leader in delivering high-quality advertising solutions for publishers and brands. In addition to providing strong cash flow and revenue diversification, Undertone will add significant depth and talent to our company. With this acquisition we intend to become synonymous with engaging and impactful advertising solutions for brands and publishers.”

Perk.com to acquire Corona Labs

Mobile rewards platform provider Perk.com has announced its intention to acquire Corona Labs, a mobile software company. Ted Hastings, CEO of Perk, said that Perk will be integrating its rewards model and monetisation solution into the Corona platform.

Funding

Tyro raises $100 million

Australian fintech leader Tyro Payments has raised $100 million in funding from New York firm Tiger Global Management, Sydney-based TDM Asset Management, and Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes. Combined with the banking licence Tyro obtained from the Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority in August, the funding will go towards accelerating Tyro’s growth initiatives and new product development to help the company provide new payment and banking solutions to customers.

PeopleSpark raises $1 million seed round

PeopleSpark has closed a US$1M seed funding round led by founder Mitchell Harper, which will be used to build the platform, accelerate customer acquisition and help grow the team.

AppDynamics raises $158 million

App intelligence company AppDynamics has raised $158 million in a financing round led by General Atlantic and Altimeter Capital, with participation from Adage Capital, Industry Ventures, Goldman Sachs, and Cross Creek Advisors. Existing investors IVP, Greylock Partners and Lightspeed Venture Partners also participated in the round. The funding will be used to accelerate product innovation and spur sales and marketing activities.

Evariant raises $42.3 million Series C round

Healthcare CRM platform Evariant has raised $42.3 million in a Series C round led by Goldman Sachs, with participation from Health Enterprise Partners and Lightspeed Venture Partners. Jason Kreuziger of Goldman Sachs has joined the board of directors.

Netsertive raises $24 million Series C round 

Marketing intelligence startup Netsertive has raised $9 million to complete its $24 million Series C round, led by River Cities Capital Funds with participation from Babson Capital Management and existing investors. The funding will be used to support accelerated development in the platform.

EatStreet raises $15 million Series C round

Food delivery company EatStreet has raised $15 million in a Series C round led by 4490 Ventures and Lumia Capital, with participation from GCI Capital, MATH Venture Partners, and the State of Wisconsin Investment Board, among others. This brings the total raised by EatStreet to date to $30 million, and will be used to expand in new cities, increase market share in existing locations, and further develop the startup’s technology.

Figma raises $14 million

Online design tool Figma has raised $14 million in a Series A round led by Greylock Partners, with Greylock’s John Lilly appointed to the startup’s board of directors.

BrightFunnel raises $6 million Series A round

BrightFunnel, a startup that has developed a revenue attribution and forecasting platform, has raised $6 million in a Series A round led by Crosslink Capital, with participation from Salesforce Ventures and existing investors Bloomberg Beta, Karlin Ventures, and Resolute Ventures. The funding will go towards product development, sales, and marketing.

Burpple raises $6 million Series A round

Singapore food reviewing app Burpple is raising $6 million in a round led by Tembusu Partners, SPH Media Fund, and Triumph Capital. The funding will go towards further development of Burpple’s features, as well as expanding the startup’s engineering and product development teams.

Image: AppDynamics founder Jyoti Bansal and CEO David Wadhwani. Source: AppDynamics. 





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