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Digital Media M&A

Posted in Deals, Digital Media, News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 16, 2009 by Dave Liu

Huffington Post Acquires Comedy News Site 236.com From IAC — Huffington Post is wasting little time in putting last month’s $25 million funding to work: as expected, the company says it’s buying comedy news site 236.com. The comedy site was created in Nov. 2007 as part of a joint venture between Huffington Post and IAC (NSDQ: IACI). Now, after a year as a standalone, 236.com will be integrated into Huffington Post as a vertical channel. The purchase represents Huffington Post’s recognition that it needs to expand its offerings beyond straight commentary, now that the presidential campaign is over and traffic and advertising are expected to fall off. 236.com claims roughly 2 million unique users a month, which is a drop compared to HuffPo’s 16 million monthly uniques.

TheKnot Expands Social Net Offerings To New Moms, Acquires Breastfeeding.com — Wedding planning and content site The Knot has acquired a community site aimed at new mothers called Breastfeeding.com. Terms weren’t disclosed. The addition of Breastfeeding.com to The Knot follows a few other acquisitions of the past year that are designed to expand the company’s purview beyond nuptials and into what often comes after. In particular, The Knot has been focusing on pregnancy sites, such as the purchase of TheBump.com for $1.4 million last February, as well as parents community TheNestBaby.com and general parenting site Lilaguide.com, which were added in 2007.

Online Marketing Firm Theorem Acquires Interactive Designer Webpencil — In the latest in a series of deals in the online-marketing space over the past two days, Theorem has acquired Webpencil, an interactive ad design firm, for an undisclosed sum. N.J.-based Theorem offers campaign management and analytics services for search, display and email ads, and the addition of Webpencil gives the firm a creative arm with rich-media experience. Las Vegas-based Webpencil’s client roster has included the Obama campaign and CareerBuilder, and founders David and Cheryl Rosowsky will remain with the company in their current roles. The other recent activity in online marketing includes new funding for Goodmail, Yodle, Go Internet Media and avVenta.

Donnerwood Media Merges Meez Brand With Pulse Entertainment; Gets New Funding, CEO — Several big changes at avatar-based social-networking service Meez … The company is merging with Pulse Entertainment, a mobile entertainment platform also built around avatars. Meez’ service is primarily Web- and IM-based, with brand sponsorship of virtual goods like clothing and accessories for the avatars, while carriers like AT&T and Verizon Wireless offer subscribers Pulse’s animated messages. Both companies are based in San Francisco, and the new joined entity will use the name Meez.

Digital Media VC

Posted in Deals, Digital Media, News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 15, 2009 by Dave Liu

Yodle Raised $10 Million In Series C — New York-based provider of local online advertising and lead generation, has raised $10 million in Series C funding. JAFCO Ventures led the round, and was joined by return backers Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Bessemer Venture Partners.

SocialVibe Raised $8 Million In Series B — Los Angeles-based social media monetization platform, has raised $8 million in Series B funding. JAFCO Ventures led the round, and was joined by return backer Redpoint Ventures.

SimpleTuition Raised $6 Million In Series C — Newton, Mass.-based online student loan comparison site, has raised $6 million in Series C funding, according to a regulatory filing. Backers include Atlas Ventures, Flybridge Venture Capital and North Hill Ventures.

RevaHealth.com Raised Euro1.25 Million — Dublin, Ireland-based provider of a global health clinic search engine, has raised €1.25 million in new VC funding. Existing backer Mianach Venture Capital led the round, and was joined by Enterprise Ireland.

Go Internet Media Raised $10 Million In Series A — Santa Clara, Calif.-based online advertising network focused on consumer acquisition services, has raised $10 million in Series A funding led by Kennet Partners.

NewsGator Technologies Raised $10 Million In Series E — Denver-based provider of content aggregation tools and services, has raised $10 million in additional Series E funding. Return backers include Masthead Venture Partners, Mobius Venture Capital and Vista Ventures.

United Sample Raised $3 Million In Series B — Encino, Calif.-based provider of online sample solutions for the market research industry, has raised $3 million in Series B funding. Greycroft Partners led the round, and was joined by return backer DFJ Frontier.

Schoolwires Raised $12 Million In First Round — State College, Penn.-based provider of online portals and content management solutions for K-12 schools, has raised $12 million in its first round of institutional funding. Kennet Partners led the round, with Kennet principal Eric Filipek joining the company’s board of directors.

Motionbox Raised $6 Million In Series C — New York-based personal video sharing and storage site, has raised $6 million in Series C funding. Constellation Ventures led the round, and was joined by fellow return backers Canaan Partners and SAS Investors.

Meez Raised Undisclosed Amount Of VC Funding — San Francisco-based social entertainment community, has raised an undisclosed amount of VC funding led by Anthem Venture Partners. The company also acquired Pulse Entertainment Inc., a San Francisco-based provider of avatar messaging services for mobile phones and websites. Meez had previously raised VC funding from Battery Ventures and Transcosmos, while Pulse had raised over $50 million from firms like Anthem, DFJ, El Dorado Ventures, Encore Venture Partners and Mobius Venture Capital.

ServiceChannel.com Raised Undisclosed Amount Of Series B — Albertson, N.Y.-based provider of online tools for contractors to collaborate with facilities managers, has raised an undisclosed amount of Series B funding led by SJF Ventures.

Kewego Raised $6.2 Million In Funding — Internet video company based in Paris, raised $6.2 million (4.7 million Euros) from Banexi Venture Partners and CDC Entreprises.