The week in tech startups, October 22, 2011…

By Editor October 22, 2011

By Brian Kovalesky, StartUp Beat Editor 

It was a week that saw some big funding announcements in the tech sector, some news about Q3 funding trends that could be positive or negative depending on your perspective, and the continued growth of the cult of Siri (see the Siri song on YouTube). The funding highlight of the week was no doubt Dropbox’s $250 million funding round, just because of its sheer size. The personal cloud storage startup has now raised a total of $257.2 million in outside funding. Also notable was’s $54 million round. The coupon site was founded in 2003, and claims to have generated $500 million in online retail sales for merchants in that time.

StartUp Beat this week featured Q&As with web infrastructure platform NGINX, database platform DataStax, advanced language translation site MyGengo, and online identity management service Vizibility.

Seed and Series A funding announcements this past week:

SideTour – $1.5 million – $580K

Treehouse – $600K – Undisclosed

OwnLocal – Undisclosed – $2 million

GramercyOne – $14.5 million

TextNow & PingChat – $1 million+

Pose – $3 million

Hadapt – $9.5 million