Every day dozens of companies file their funding rounds with the SEC, but often these stories go uncovered by the mainstream tech press until they receive a pitch. These filings are public, and often quite interesting if you’re willing to dig into the names of the directors to see what’s cooking. Many of these companies are based outside of Silicon Valley and don’t build consumer tech – placing it outside of the editorial focus of many tech publications.
Check out the companies whose funding has come across the wire so far today:
Kentucky-Based Frogdice Games Raises $576K for Online RPGS, Virtual Worlds, and Casual Games [Source: SEC Filing] The company has been around since 1996, and is lead by Michael Hartman. Titles include Coin ‘n Carry, Threshold RPG, Primordiax, Tower of Elements, and Dungeon of Elements. Investors in the round were not disclosed.
Chicago-Based Whoozat Raises $750K to Connect Social Affinity Groups. [Source: SEC Filing] The company is founded by Curt Conklin and investors in this round include Brill Street + Co founder Nancy Lerner Frej and former Ameritrade COO and Nebraska Senate nominee Peter Ricketts. The website currently says coming soon Summer 2013.
Skyword Raises $6.7M in Venture Funding. [Source: SEC Filing]
Skyword was formerly Gather.com (their site now times out and Twitter account has been deleted), which raised over $27M from 2004 to 2010, and the core leadership team remains the same. Between the two companies they have taken over $40M in investment.
AbilTo Raises $1.5M from Liam Donohue at 406 Ventures to Build Behavioral Health Programs for Adults Making Life Transitions. [Source: SEC Filing] The company is based in New York and founded by Michael Laskoff. The company announced a $3M Series A earlier this week lead by 406 Ventures, and the $1.5M in this filing is their portion of the capital committed.
Privlo, the Public Marketplace for Real Estate Loans, Raises $2.1M from QED Investors. [Source: SEC Filing]
English Helper Raises $750K More in Seed Funding, Bringing Total Funding to $1.3M for the Language Learning Startup. [Source: SEC Filing]
Variable Technologies, Creators of the Node Sensor Platform, Raised $2M. [Source: SEC Filing] To learn more check out this article in BusinessWeek, explaining how George Yu is building a sensor to measure anything.