Everyday I troll SEC Form D Filings to discover new startups, fundings and investments. I put everything I find into CrunchBase.
In case you do not check CrunchBase.com religiously you can also get the funding information at our funding twitter account.
For everyone else I give you the daily digest, a quick hit of the latest and greatest SEC Form D filings in the TechCrunch sphere:
Where.com is a platform product of uLocate Communications. The platform consists of native mobile applications on the iPhone, Blackberry, Android and Palm platforms. As one might expect, Where is a GPS service that enriches the mobile experience with geographic information such as nearby stores, deals via Yowza and even a social network built on top. Where also is responsible for the Traffic.com mobile application in tandem with NAVTEQ. Location-based services are a huge market as evidenced by today’s Twitter-Mixer Labs acquisition, the recent fundings of Gowalla, Foursquare and SimpleGeo and the attention of major players like Google and potentially Facebook. Where.com certainly has the best domain name and has previously raised a good deal of funding. It is unclear from the SEC filing where the new money has been raised from, but the company has been pumping out new products consistently over the last couple of months and expect more to come.
MarketArt creates event maps/directories for conferences, trade shows, malls and stores. The company has taken the mall directory concept to a while new level adding interactive elements and a mobile version for on-the-go. There is a huge market for these services and MarketArt’s line of products could be ideal. MarketArt was founded in 2005 and makes its corporate headquarters in New York. The company did not specify what it will do with the new funding.
Just today Mike wrote an article about CauseWorld, a mobile app that lets users earn money towards various causes just by walking in to a store. Cafegive works in similiar eCommerce/charitable space. Cafegive allows users to select a cause and a product and then promote them via email, blogging etc. For each purchase, the cause will get a percentage, sort of like the Amazon affiliate program but for non-profit causes. The company was founded in 2008 and is based out of Portland, OR. The $310K was raised in debt out of a total offering of $1M.
Whaleback Systems is a VoIP telephony service that targets small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). The company was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Portsmouth, NH. The SEC filing details that Whaleback took $315K from three investors in the first close of a debt offering worth up to $808K. The proceeds will be used for working capital purposes including salaries and the like.
Another firm that filed a Form D today was Palantir Technologies, a finance and government-focused startup founded by PayPal alums and backed by Peter Thiel amongst others. Palantir processes all types of data and apparently quite well as they continue to grow. The company did not disclose raising any capital in its filing, instead opening a new offering of options. However, it did file for $35M in equity at the end of November though.