Open Source database developer MariaDB picks up $27M from the EIB

 As open source database architecture continues to grow in popularity, one of the bigger developers in the area has picked up some funding in an attempt to better target the opportunity. MariaDB Corporation, the company that develops solutions and contributes to the open-source SQL fork managed by the MariaDB Foundation, today announced that it has raised €25 million ($27 million) from… Read More

Garena rebrands to Sea and raises $550 million more to focus on Indonesian e-commerce

 Garena, one of Southeast Asia’s biggest tech startups, has picked up $550 million in new funding and changed its name. The Singapore-headquartered consumer Internet company told Bloomberg that it is now called Sea Ltd. to reflect is global expansion plans (and also because SEA is an acronym for Southeast Asia). Its new valuation was undisclosed. Read More

Will the tech acquisition spree continue?

 The year was off to a good start for technology acquisitions, according to data provided by PwC. There were 486 U.S. tech deals announced in the first quarter totaling $42.8 billion. In terms of both number of deals and value of deals, it was the best start of the year for U.S. tech M&A since 2014. There were 28% more deals than the same period last year, although the total was just 2%… Read More

Growlabs nabs $2.2M to automate outbound sales

 Just six months into its life, Growlabs, a startup using machine intelligence to support outbound sales teams, has raised a $2.2 million seed round. Founded by Ben Raffi, the creator of ticketing app Universe, Growlabs helps businesses reduce their customer acquisition costs by enabling smalls sales teams to do more with less. From his past work with Universe, Raffi knows how difficult it… Read More

Signifyd raises $56 million for e-commerce fraud protection

 E-commerce fraud is a growing problem, but Signifyd thinks it has a solution to save businesses money. Their company is growing fast and has closed a $56 million Series C investment led by Bain Capital Ventures. Menlo Ventures also participated in the round. Signifyd counts big clients like Jet.com, Peet’s Coffee and Lacoste, where it uses its pattern recognition technology to warn… Read More

Whirlpool acquires Yummly, the recipe search engine last valued at $100M

 Some consolidation in the world of subject-specific search and social networks, as a legacy player from the world of white goods makes a play for a wider audience. The Whirlpool Corporation — the world’s largest home appliance maker, founded back in 1911 — has acquired Yummly, a visual and semantic recipe search engine and aggregator with 20 million users, which also let… Read More

YL Ventures closes $75 million fund to bring Israeli startups to the US

 Early-stage investors YL Ventures have raised a $75 million fund, their third, to back Israeli software startups seeking to enter the U.S. market. The firm maintains offices in Tel Aviv and Mill Valley, Calif. It is best-known for its use of predictive analytics to find promising entrepreneurial teams before they have officially launched a business. YLV founder and Managing Partner Yoav… Read More

Indonesia’s Uber rival Go-Jek raises $1.2 billion led by Tencent at a $3 billion valuation

 Go-Jek, the motorbike on-demand startup that is battling Uber and Grab in Indonesia, has closed a new round of $1.2 billion led by Chinese internet giant Tencent, two sources close the company told TechCrunch. The deal, which we understand was signed last week, values the company at $3 billion post money. It is expected to be officially announced “soon.” Neither Go-Jek… Read More