This week brought news that social gaming company DianDian Interactive, otherwise known as FunPlus, raised $74 million in a series-B round. It’s the largest funding round for a social gaming company in nearly a decade.
Social gifting company and CleverCards creator Cleverbug celebrated its first birthday in style by announcing the closing of a $6 million funding round, led by Delta Partners, which brought total equity investment in the company to $8 million.
Social relationship platform provider Spredfast announced Friday that it raised $32.5 million in growth capital in a funding round led by Lead Edge Capital, adding that the funds will be used for talent acquisition, product development, and global expansion.
Real-time marketing platform Shift announced Tuesday that it finalized a $6 million series-B funding round, led by DN Capital.
Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg put his money where his mouth has been in terms of support for education, as Panorama Education announced Monday that it raised $4 million in seed funding, co-led by Zuckerberg’s Startup: Education.
Former Facebook Director of Engineering Ari Steinberg, who headed the social network’s Seattle office, left the company last October, saying that he planned to launch a travel startup. That travel startup is Vamo, which raised $1.6 million in capital, according to TechCrunch.
Social commerce technology provider 8thBridge debuted the third version of its 8thBridge Graphite platform Thursday, while social customer-service software provider Conversocial and Preferred Marketing Developer social technology firm Betapond closed funding rounds this week.
The payment platform behind the Facebook Card, plastic gift cards that hold all electronic gift cards users have received through the social network, introduced in January, received a different type of payment, as Marqeta Thursday announced the closing of $14 million in series-B funding.
Although Facebook commerce platform Soldsie works by allowing brands to process purchases within the comments section of the social network, the $1 million in seed funding it announced Wednesday did not come via comments, but from a group of institutional investors.