This has to be one of the easiest funding environments – the money is flowing into start-ups like home runs off the bat of St. Louis Slugger, Albert Pujlos.
Pando, a peer-to-peer file sharing application, that I wrote about a few weeks back, has raised a whopping $7 million in funding round led by Intel Capital. BRM Capital and Wheatley Partners, which provided the company’s first round of financing, also participated in this round. The company says a half-million people having installed the software. To date, Pando has delivered more than a petabyte, or 1 billion megabytes, of data. That’s substantial growth from the time I wrote about the company.
Charles River Ventures (CRV) is leading an investment in Beijing-based Maxthon, the originators of the Maxthon Browser, which has been downloaded more than 55 million times since 2003. CRV joins early investors Morten Lund, a seed investor in Skype, and WI Harper. Maxthon is an IE-based browser. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed, though sources say it is sub-$5 million.
PixPo, a BC-based online media start-up just raised $6.5 million from Madrona VC as lead, Growthworks, Yaletown Ventures, and Springbank Ventures.