Four fundings we missed late last week, while sidetracked by the bustle of paidContent 2010:
– Moonshoot: Moonshoot, a startup which teaches kids English via online games, got $6.6 million in a funding round led by Alsop Louie Partners and TL Ventures. The company also said that Tom Kalinske, whose long resume includes time as the CEO of Sega America, Mattel, and Leapfrog, is joining the firm full-time as executive chairman.
Online language learning has been a busy sector for venture funding lately, with eduFire, EnglishCentral, and LiveMocha all raising rounds in recent months. Here’s the release and here’s some additional color on the company, courtesy of the Wall Street Journal.
– Backupify: Backupify, which backs up cloud data — like webmail e-mail accounts or online photo albums — on behalf of consumers and businesses, raised $900,000 in a first round of funding which it said it would use primarily to build services for business customers.
First Round Capital led the round; General Catalyst Partners, Betaworks, Chris Sacca, and Jason Calacanis, among others, also participated. More details in the release and in this critical analysis by GigaOm.
– MyEdu: MyEdu, an education startup which sells a number of web apps designed to help students get through college, has raised $5.5 million in a second round of funding led by Bain Capital Ventures. The company’s apps include a way for students to track which courses to take based on graduation requirements and workload. The company says that more than two million students at 750 universities have used its services. Here’s the release.
– Dukky: Direct marketing startup Dukky raised a second round of funding led by LongVue Capital. The company isn’t saying how much it got in this round but says to date it has now raised $3 million. Dukky initially was solely a direct mail company but has since added e-mail, social media, and mobile marketing to its platform — something which it says allows clients “to convert static direct marketing pieces into interactive sharing and data collection tools … resulting in higher response rates, increased revenue, and more valuable data for future campaigns.” Here’s the release.