Livefyre, a real-time content marketing startup, has raised $47 million in funding from Adobe, Cue Ball, Greycroft Partners, Hillsven Capital, Salesforce Ventures and U.S. Venture Partners. The company announced that it secured $15 million in Series C2 financing shortly followed by a $32 million Series D. Livefyre will use the funds for research and development, sales and marketing expansion and international growth. “Livefyre’s mission has always been to help our customers drive online conversations and community around content. Over time, we have evolved the platform to include vital functionality that enables marketers to not only engage but grow their audiences through the management, discovery and amplification of user generated content,” said Livefyre founder and CEO Jordan Kretchmer.
Instructure, the company behind the Canvas learning management system, has secured a $40 million Series E round of financing led by Insight Venture Partners with participation from Bessemer Venture Partners and EPIC Ventures. The company will use the capital to finance the launch of Bridge, a corporate learning platform. Instructure described the funding as ‘pre-IPO’ and has now raised around $90 million in total. “This funding allows us to continue to innovate in education while simultaneously expanding to the learning portion of human capital management market,” said Josh Coates, CEO at Instructure in a press release. “We believe Bridge makes it easier for businesses to improve employee engagement and learning, just as Canvas made it easier for educators to improve teaching and learning.”
Mobile relationship management company Urban Airship has completed a $21 million round of financing. August Capital, Foundry Group, Franklin Park Associates, QuestMark Partners, True Ventures and Verizon Ventures all participated. The company has now raised $67.6 million to date.
Security startup Synack has raised $25 million in Series B funding, led by GGV Capital and Icon Ventures. Existing investors Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers, Google Ventures, Greylock Partners and Allegis Capital were among the other participants. Synack has now raised more than $34 million in less than two years. “Since our last round just nine months ago, we have been successful in targeting and recruiting some of the most sought-after security researchers in the world to join our team, and we have expanded our customer base across multiple industry verticals including financial services, banking, healthcare, education, retail, entertainment, technology and manufacturing,” said Jay Kaplan, CEO, Synack.