Funding and Acquisitions Roundup: Launched by big names from Hollywood and Silicon Valley, social media management firm theAudience raises $20M

By Editor November 23, 2012

This week’s early-stage startup funding and acquisitions news:

Social Media

Sean Parker, Ari Emanuel And Oliver Luckett’s theAudience Raises $20M To Help Celebs Navigate Social Media (via TechCrunch)

With Google’s Former Identity Director As CTO And $2M In New Funding, Trulioo Launches Fake Facebook Profile Detector (via TechCrunch)

Social TV consolidation: GetGlue gets bought by Viggle for $25M + stock (via gigaom)


Social Data Analytics Startup Likely Secures $1.6M To Scale Up Offer For Brands (via TechCrunch)

SocialBro secures €500k angel investment (via Research)


BetterLesson gets $3.5 million from the Gates Foundation to digitize and distribute math curricula (via


Mobile app venture biNu adds $4.3 million to money pool (via StartupSmart)

500px Acquires French iOS App Studio Pulpfingers To Beef Up European Presence (via TechCrunch)


YieldKit scores $750,000 Series A from Tim Schumacher and HackFwd to push international expansion (via TheNextWeb)

Canadian Broadcaster Invests $4M in Wantster (via Adotas)


SumAll raises $6M to bring data analytics to small businesses (via gigaom)


Garage Comparison Engine Autobutler Secures Seed Capital From Dawn Capital (via TechCrunch)

Backed By $1.1 Million In Funding, Mobee Launches A Mobile Mystery Shopping App Which Rewards Customers For Reviewing Businesses (via TechCrunch) Buys Another IT Job Site, vWorker (aka, For A Price In The Millions (via TechCrunch)


Qumulo snags $24.5M to staff up its stealthy storage push (via gigaom)

Mortar Data closes $1.8M seed round for Python-wrapped Hadoop (via gigaom)


Seed Stage VC Firm O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures Raises $85M New Fund (via TechCrunch)