Mobile entertainment company Seriously has raised $18 million in Series A funding led by Northzone. Korea Investment Partners, Upfront Ventures, Sunstone Capital and Daher Capital also participated. Seriously is behind the Best Friends games series and will use the new funds to build out production teams and invest in marketing programs. “Seriously is reverse engineering the typical Hollywood approach to create an entertainment franchise with Nordic gaming at the heart of it,” said Bjorn Stray, Partner at Northzone. “We have been impressed by Seriously’s growth and team they have built in Los Angeles and Helsinki, and see extraordinary potential for disruption in the market.”
Panorama Education, a growth and planning tool for schools and districts, has raised $12 million in Series A funding. Owl Ventures and Spark Capital participated. Panorama will use the funding to expand its platform and grow its Boston-based team. “Since we first founded Panorama as college students, our mission has been helping educators build schools around what really matters. A great education is about more than just test scores. It’s about a love of learning, growing confident in your abilities, and developing as a responsible human being,” said Aaron Feuer, Co-Founder and CEO of Panorama Education. “That’s resonated tremendously with schools we’ve met with all across the country. Over the coming years, you’ll see us taking huge steps to empower educators and innovate on what school looks like.”
Revenue strategy service Duetto has raised $30 million in a Series C investment round led by Icon Ventures. Past backers Accel Partners, Altimeter Capital, Battery Ventures, Leland Pillsbury and Marc Benioff all participated. “Duetto is the only pricing solution able to handle the complexity of different customer segments, room categories, length of stay restrictions and distribution channels. The company’s approach, combining Open Pricing and Big Data analysis, has enabled Duetto customers to far outpace their competitive sets, often seeing twice the rate of revenue growth over their competitors,” the company said in a statement.
Riffsy, a GIF keyboard maker, has raised $10 million in Series A funding, TechCrunch reports. Menlo Ventures led the round, with participation from Redpoint Ventures, Cowboy Ventures and Signia Venture Partners. The company plans to sue the funds to build an Android version of the GIF keyboard and to expand into international markets.