2014 Hottest Boston Companies

LOS ANGELES, Calif., - July 9, 2014 - In order to recognize the fastest growing technology companies in Boston area, Lead411 is proud to announce the release of its "Hottest Companies in Boston" award.


For over 13 years, Lead411’s technology and research team scours the web daily to find information about fast growing companies.  Each day they are looking at press releases and news stories like venture financings, company launches, hiring plans, etc. This has given Lead411 insight on the hottest companies in the US, hence the awards. 

This particular list originally started with over 1432 companies and it has been narrowed down to the top 62.

 “Our 2014 award winners might be our best selection ever,” said Tom Blue, CEO of Lead411. “It seems like there is no better time to be a tech entrepreneur. There are so many startups succeeding right now and it is reflected in these awards.”


About the Awardees

First, all companies must be in either the Software, Wireless, Internet, Hardware, or Media industry and be a privately held organization, and be within Boston Region. From there, each company must meet one or more of the following requirements;

  • ** 100% increase in revenues over the past 2 years; OR
  • ** Over $3M in funding in the past 2 years;


About Lead411

Lead411 provides information, news, and research about U.S. companies and their executives. Founded in 2001, its goal has been to focus on quality corporate data that is valid and useful rather than producing as many company records as possible. In addition, Lead411 tracks company news in order to alert its customers about venture financing, new hires, hiring plans, etc. Customers include Gartner, Administaff and ADP.

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StarWind is a global leader in reliable, scalable, high-performance and easy-to-use Windows iSCSI SAN storage software. StarWind Server is a software solution that converts any Windows server into a powerful iSCSI SAN and is specifically designed for use with VMware ESX and ESXi, Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 and Microsoft Windows Server clustering. StarWind got a hold of $3.25M in funding led by Almaz Capital in April of 2014.

Actifio is a Data Management Virtualization software company, delivering next-generation Data Protection, Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity solutions, purpose-built for Virtual and Physical IT environments. Complementing Server virtualization, Actifio's solutions enable IT organizations to complete the transformation to virtual IT infrastructure, with the resulting benefits of radical simplicity, agility and an order of magnitude lower cost. The company received $100M in funding led by Tiger Global Management in March of 2014.

Affirmed Networks Inc
Today, Mobile Data is at a crossroads where the industry must primarily meet the challenges of the present, but also be cognizant of future opportunities. An evolutionary solution can address both sets of drivers and requirements. Affirmed Networks was formed by a team of industry veterans with this philosophy in mind. The company got a hold of $51M in funding led by Bessemer Venture Partners in June of 2013.

Ambri, Inc
Liquid Metal Battery Corporation (LMBC) is an early-stage company working to develop and commercialize a new battery technology that will revolutionize grid-scale power storage. Our battery has the potential to cost significantly less than existing batteries. By decoupling power supply and power demand, the liquid metal battery will be a major enabler of the widespread use of sustainable energy sources and the development of more efficient power systems.

Anaqua provides intellectual asset management software and maintenance services to patent and trademark holders worldwide. Anaqua's software helps leading companies grow and protect company value with an advanced, flexible IAM solution used by more than 20,000 users in over 100 countries to manage more than $500 billion in intellectual assets. Anaqua received $25M in financing led by Bessemer Venture Partners in October 2013.
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AppNeta is revolutionizing network performance management with the only cloud-based network performance management solution that offers tightly integrated path-based SLA and performance validation, active application performance, in-depth traffic analysis and 100% remote packet capture for distributed networks and critical applications. AppNeta got hold of $8M in financing in November of 2013.

BA Insight
BA Insight is dedicated to developing Advanced Search products that help businesses greatly improve information access and leverage all knowledge and data across the Enterprise. For all people in the organization, whether it's a customer service representative, or a research engineer, our products enable a dynamic and unified view of strategic data, both structured and unstructured, delivered in the form of intuitive search-based applications targeted to a particular job role or task. BA Insight secured $4.5M in financing led by Milestone Venture Partners in October of 2013.
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Backupify is the leading backup provider for cloud application data, offering an all-in-one archiving, search and restore solution for the most popular online services including Google Apps, Salesforce, Facebook, Twitter and more. Backupify ensures that companies can access and control the data they entrust to these systems and prevents data loss from external threats, user error or service failure. Backupify was founded in 2008 and is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The company has raised $9M in venture money led by Symantec Corp in July of 2012.

Benu Networks Inc
Founded in 2010, Benu is a privately held next generation subscriber session control company led by an experienced team of telecommunications veterans headquartered in Billerica, Massachusetts, USA. The company got a hold of $26.6M in funding in September of 2013.

bigtincan has transformed the way business is done on mobile devices. The company’s innovative mobile content enablement solution, bigtincan hub, is a unified set of productivity tools that enables users to securely and effectively engage with the right content at the right time in the right location – no matter where the content resides. The company received $5M in financing led by Southern Cross Venture Partners in February of 2014.

Bit9, Inc.
Bit9, Inc. is transforming the way enterprises solve the problem of unwanted software at the endpoint—your desktops, laptops, and servers. Our cornerstone product, Parity, is the only solution to detect and stop spyware, malware, and non-business applications. Bit9 collected $38.2M in financing led by Atlas Venture in February of 2014.
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BlueConic Inc.
BlueConic helps brands optimize cross-channel marketing opportunities through improved customer engagement. It offers a SaaS-based online customer engagement platform that leverages a Big Data profile interaction store and machine learning to help marketers synchronize relevant communications across web, mobile and social channels in real time. The company received $4M in financing led by CommonAngels in May of 2014.

Brand Networks
Brand Networks is a leading Facebook Preferred Developer Consultant and Facebook Ads API developer based in Boston, MA, with offices in Rochester, NY and New York City. We create experiences that are social by design and amplify stories for clients like American Express, REI, Biore®, Monster.com, and Sperry Top-Sider to name a few. Our GO Local Promotions and Publishing Platform is powering innovative location-based programs like JetBlue\'s Go Places and Applebee\'s Check In and Win

CloudBees, Inc.
CloudBees, the Jenkins Enterprise company, is the continuous delivery (CD) leader. CloudBees provides solutions that enable IT organizations to respond rapidly to the software delivery needs of the business. Building on the strength of Jenkins CI, the world's most popular open source continuous delivery hub and ecosystem, the CloudBees Continuous Delivery Platform provides a wide range of CD solutions for use on-premise and in the cloud that meet the unique security, scalability and manageability needs of enterprises. The CloudBees received $11.2M in financing led by Verizon Ventures in March of 2014.
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Confer Technologies, Inc. operates an open cyber threat prevention network that protects servers, laptops, and mobile devices from advanced cyber attacks. Its open cyber threat prevention network is a SaaS-managed, host-based system, which prevents malware and advanced attacks via lightweight cross-platform sensors that feed a big data analytics and sharing platform; and allows companies to collect and share threat intelligence, enabling protection while providing visibility into the behavior and intent of attackers. The company has raised $8M in funding led by Matrix Partners in January of 2014.
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Correlsense is the leader in IT Reliability™ software. Correlsense SharePath provides a breakthrough in IT Reliability by enabling both a birds-eye and detailed view of how business transactions perform across the four dimensions (4D) of end-users, applications, infrastructure and business processes. The company got a hold of $3M in funding in July of 2012.
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CounterTack, the industry's first and only in-progress attack intelligence and response solution was born out of the critical need for enterprise and government organizations to approach security in a completely different way - combating advanced persistent threats with a new line of defense. CounterTack got a hold of $5M in financing led by Razor s Edge Ventures in June of 2014.

Cybereason Inc
Cybereason delivers a proprietary technology platform that automatically uncovers malicious operations (Malops™) and reconstructs them as a clear image of a cyberattack in context. This enables enterprises to discover sophisticated targeted threats at a very early stage, disrupt them at the stem and significantly reduce the costs and damages caused by such attacks. Cybereason has secured $4.6M in funding led by Charles River Ventures in February of 2014.

DataXu, Inc.
DataXu offers the first real-time ad optimization platform for advertisers. Using techniques originally developed by MIT aerospace scientists for mission-critical spaceflight guidance, the DataXu system processes hundreds of thousands of “ad decisions” a second, each returned in under 100 milliseconds. The company got a hold of $10M in funding in February of 2014.

Digital Guardian
Verdasys, the leader in Information Asset Assurance(TM) solutions, offers the industry's first desktop visibility and control solutions for the enterprise. Founded by senior executives with first-hand experience with the attempted theft of corporate information assets by authorized users, Verdasys has raised $12M in financing led by Brookline Venture Partners in March of 2014.

DraftKings, Inc
Launched in April 2012, Boston-based DraftKings is the online gaming destination where players engage in daily fantasy sports competitions across fantasy baseball, fantasy football, fantasy basketball, and fantasy hockey. DraftKings offers free and pay contests every day that pay cash prizes. The company has raised $24M in financing led by Redpoint Ventures in November of 2013.

EverTrue, Inc
EverTrue was founded at Harvard Business School in 2010 with a vision to reinvent education fundraising. EverTrue’s mobile platform was built from the ground up on LinkedIn’s API to support the needs of alumni relations and development professionals. EverTrue’s Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) product lives in the cloud, providing non-profits with powerful tools without expensive software licenses, large investments in new hardware, or dedicated IT staffs. EverTrue received $5.25M in funding led by Bain Capital Ventures in March of 2013.

Extreme Reach
Our video advertising technology platform enables advertisers and agencies to manage, execute and track video campaigns across all video mediums (broadcast, cable, online publishing, mobile, VOD). Unlike other platforms, Extreme Reach provides a single-source solution (both ad serving and point A to B delivery) within the converging digital media world. The company collected $49M in financing in February of 2014.

FirstFuel, Inc
FirstFuel Software is the commercial energy analytics company that helps utilities and government agencies deliver scalable energy efficiency across their commercial building portfolios. The company’s Remote Building Analytics platform uses advanced meter data analytics to identify, enable, and track energy efficiency savings behind the meter in commercial buildings - all without onsite visits or device installations. The company go a hold of $8.5M in funding in December of 2013.

HubSpot, Inc
HubSpot is an Internet marketing software platform that enables your company to get more leads from your website by driving more prospects to your website and converting more of them into leads. HubSpot software tracks leads in detail, automatically producing useful lead profiles so you convert them to customers more effectively. HubSpot is web based, does not require any IT staff, and is designed to be used by a marketing person, not a techie. The company has raised $35M in financing led by Altimeter Capital in November of 2012.

InsightSquared is the best data intelligence software designed specifically for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). For decades big businesses have depended on Business Intelligence (BI) systems to analyze historic revenue & profitability, forecast upcoming quarters, manage employees, and evaluate clients. The company has secured $8M in financing led by DFJ in June of 2013.

Intigua Inc
Intigua virtualizes the IT management stack — just as servers, storage and networks have been virtualized. This brings simplicity and agility to IT operations for private and public clouds, and virtual and physical data centers. Intigua got a hold of $8.6M in funding led by Bessemer Venture Partners in January of 2013.
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Jana Mobile
Jana is the world’s largest rewards platform. With integrations into the billing systems of 237 mobile operators, Jana can instantly reward 3.48 billion emerging market consumers in 70 local currencies with prepaid airtime. The company received $15M in funding in July of 2013.
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Kensho Technologies
Kensho allows clients to compute massive data sets in real-time and perform split second investment analysis through sophisticated distributed computing environments. Kensho Technologies got a hold of $10M in financing in January of 2014.
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Layer3 TV, Inc.
Layer3 TV is here to make consumers feel great about their television experience and to put the excitement back in the living room. A Boston, Massachusetts based entertainment centric company with great people, terrific partners and groundbreaking technology. Layer3 TV has raised $21M in funding led by North Bridge Venture Partners in March of 2014.
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Leaf empowers local merchants to run and grow their businesses by providing a mobile payment platform built for local commerce. Leaf’s cost-effective product helps retail stores, restaurants, and other local merchants improve the speed and ease of checkout and offers easy-to-use business management, analytics, and customer engagement. The company got a hold of $20M in funding led by Heartland Payment Systems in October of 2013.

LocalyticsT is a Boston based software company offering the most powerful app analytics platform available, giving publishers of smartphone and tablet apps the tools needed to build more successful and profitable apps. Localytics is founded and led by mobile and application analytics experts. The company got a hold of $16M in funding led by Foundation Capital in February of 2014.
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Machine generated log data simply accessible Logentries collects, analyzes and produces actionable insights from the huge quantities of machine- generated log data (often referred to as “log files” or ”machine data”) from the computers, servers, and other hardware and software systems running in the cloud or within a data center environment. The company has secured $10M in funding led by Polaris Partners in October of 2013.

LoopPay, Inc.
Simplify, Organize and Pay with Your Phone. LoopPay is accepted at 90% of retailers around the globe. The LoopWallet™ is the most convenient and secure mobile payment solution in the world, and the only one accepted at tens of millions of POS terminals today. The company received $10M in funding in November of 2013.

Nanigans, Inc
Founded by veteran entrepreneurs with specialties in performance and social marketing, Nanigans was formed to help advertisers maximize the effectiveness of Facebook advertising. Nanigans is the only real-time bidding platform for the Facebook ads marketplace that optimizes for downstream actions and lifetime customervalue. Nanigans got a hold of $5.8M in financing led by Avalon Ventures in April of 2013.
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NEXAGE is a wireless and multimedia software and services company focused on providing Mobile Video & Social Networking Solutions with an addressable market of 550 million mobile phones consisting of over 450 phones models operating on more than 350 wireless networks worldwide. We provide a complete hosted, turn-key solution for companies who want to "Go Mobile" with their video content. NEXAGE has raised $15M in funding led by Hearst Interactive Media in August of 2012.

NuoDB, Inc. is a Cambridge, MA based startup that provides the industry’s first and only Elastically Scalable Database. Unlike every other database, NuoDB is architected to scale effortlessly on the cloud without compromising any of the features or guarantees of relational databases. The company has secured $14.2M in funding led by Dassault Syst in February of 2014.

Founded in 2011, Nutonian is on a mission to enable anyone to derive answers and understanding from data. Our ability to simply explain how things work by unravelling hidden mathematical patterns will change the way businesses extract value from their data. Read more: http://www.crunchbase.com/company/nutonian#ixzz2ibgG0HZJ Follow us: @crunchbase on Twitter | crunchbase on Facebook
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Objective Logistics
Objective Logistics is gamifying the workplace. We are a retail, restaurant-focused software company that provides an artificially-intelligent, web-accessible labor management platform (MUSE) scientifically proven to increase sales and save managers countless hours of precious time. MUSE introduces a competitive environment that compels staff to self-motivate and actively upsell while achieving high customer service ratings. The company got a hold of $5.3M in funding led by Atlas Venture in July of 2013.

OpenExchange has a new approach to B2B video collaboration: an online community exclusively for investor communications. OpenExchange’s easy-to-use, secure interface enables public companies, investment banks and asset managers to find each other, schedule and attend video meetings. The company has raised $6M in venture funding led by Ipreo in September of 2013.
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ParElastic Corporation
Tesora is developing the first enterprise-class, scalable Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) platform for OpenStack. The company brings more than 200 years cumulative database technology experience to the OpenStack community, helping organizations get the most from their OpenStack investment by making it easy to deliver database capacity on demand. The company got a hold of $5.7M in funding led by General Catalyst Partners in April of 2013.
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Perfecto Mobile
Perfecto Mobile is transforming the way enterprise organizations go mobile, enabling them to develop, test, deploy and monitor their mobile applications and services and go-to-market with confidence. Perfecto Mobile’s cloud-based MobileCloud™ Platform and end-to-end mobile quality product suite enables users to remotely access a large selection of real mobile devices connected to local cellular networks around the world and leverage them throughout the mobile application delivery lifecycle – from development, functional and performance testing to monitoring and support. The company landed $20M in financing led by FTV Capital in May of 2014.

Plastiq started with a simple vision: to empower cardholders to pay anyone with their card of choice. Through Plastiq, cardholders can access the convenience, security and rewards they are accustomed to with their credit card where they could not previously. Plastiq got a hold of $6M in financing led by Atlas Venture in March of 2013.
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Predilytics is a healthcare information technology and advanced analytic solutions company, the first to commercially employ in healthcare the analytic techniques and processes that have demonstrated long-term success in such demanding industry sectors as financial services and consumer products. Predilytics received $6M in financing led by Flybridge Capital Partners in September of 2012.

ProcessUnity is a privately-held software company with its home office along Route 128 in Waltham, Massachusetts. The company was founded in 2003, initally focused on automating and improving enterprise business processes and operations. Our customers quickly sharpened our focus on solving specific problems related to compliance and good management practice. ProcessUnity has secured $5M in financing led by Rose Park Advisors in April of 2013.
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Quantopian is building the world’s first algorithmic trading platform in your browser. Quantopian’s tools and support give quants what they need to learn, create, test, trade – and reap the benefits of quantitative finance for themselves. Unlike competitive solutions, a visitor can be testing their algorithm with Quantopian in minutes rather than months. The company collected $6.7M in financing led by Khosla Ventures in October of 2013.
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RapidMiner provides software, solutions, and services in the fields of predictive analytics, data mining, and text mining. We automatically and intelligently analyze data – including databases and text – on a large scale. RapidMiner received $5M in funding led by Earlybird Venture Capital in November of 2013.
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Reflexis Systems Inc
Reflexis Systems is the leader in web-based Precision Workforce Management solutions for retail. Already proven at leading companies like Staples, The Home Depot, B&Q Plc, Pep Boys and Delhaize America, we are the only provider of an integrated solution for task management and labour scheduling. Our solutions provide significant accuracy in forecasting and workflow efficiencies, streamline store execution, and ensure real-time execution compliance to best practices. The company has secured $28.4M in financing in December of 2013.
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Scratch Wireless
Scratch Wireless is the revolutionary Wi-Fi First mobile operator with FREE text, talk and data on top-of-the-line Android smartphones. No contracts. No advertising. No catch. Just free service. Any time you're connected to Wi-Fi you pay nothing for wireless service. The company has raised $5M in funding in October of 2013.
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SCVNGR is a game. Playing is simple: Go places. Do challenges. Earn points! You'll unlock badges and rewards and share where you are and what you're up to with friends. The company got a hold of $12M in funding in June of 2012.
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SimpliSafe, Inc.
SimpliSafe Home Security is a disruptive tech company working to bring home security to the masses. SimpliSafe designs, engineers, and sells wireless home security systems and 24/7 professional. The company has secured $57M in financing led by Sequoia Capital in May of 2014.
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SimpliVity Corporation
SimpliVity was established in late 2009 with the humble mission of simplifying IT, and we are well on our way. OmniStack™--our novel technology that includes 10 patent-pending innovations-- powers a new assimilated, IT infrastructure platform. SimpliVity’s OmniCube™ platform provides enterprise computing, storage services and network functionality, inclusive of WAN optimization, Unified Global Management, Seamless Cloud Integration, Primary Storage Deduplication, Backup deduplication, Caching, and Global Scale Out— all at a fraction of the acquisition cost of standard infrastructure, a fraction of today’s traditional operating costs, and with a game-changing reduction in complexity. The company got a hold of $58M in funding led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byer in January of 2014.

Sonian Inc
Sonian is the world's only SaaS ready to run on all of the major public clouds. Built from the ground up on advanced cloud computing technologies, our advanced cloud monitoring and measurement expertise enable us to port our service wherever you need it to go. The company got a hold of $8M in financing led by OpenView Venture Partners in January of 2014.
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Spritz Inc
Spritz is a Boston based startup focused on text streaming technology and its integration into modern communication. The founders are serial entrepreneurs with extensive experience in developing and commercializing innovative technologies. Spritz received $3.54M in financing led by Digicel in March of 2014.

sqrrl data, inc.
sqrrl is the creator of sqrrl enterprise, which is a secure, massively scalable operational data store powered by Apache Accumulo. sqrrl enterprise is the only solution that offers fine-grained security controls, petabyte scalability for multi-structured data, native Hadoop integration, and diverse analytic capabilities, including full-text search, statistics, and graph analysis. The company has raised $5.2M in funding in October of 2013.

Synack, Inc
Synack is disrupting the traditional model of vulnerability assessments and penetration testing by utilizing proprietary technology that allows companies to safely engage leading global security researchers to test their systems in highly efficient virtual private testing environments (VPTEs). Synack received $7.5M in financing led by Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield, & Byers in April of 2014.

Thinking Phone Networks
Thinking Phone Networks was founded by industry veterans who understood these problems first hand, from managing sales, support, and services teams across several successful companies. The management team’s experience with enterprise software development and managing highly complex, globally-distributed computing environments convinced them that this problem could be solved by developing and integrating best-of-breed technologies on a hosted platform. The company has raised $10M in funding in October of 2013.

uTest Inc
uTest is the SaaS marketplace for software application testing - providing software companies with on-demand testing services by a global community of professional software testers. uTest received $43M in funding led by Goldman Sachs in January of 2014.
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At Vee24 we're dedicated to the process of 'humanising' the online shopping experience and enabling forward-thinking companies and organisations take full advantage of the many benefits that vee-business or 'video chat' can offer. Vee24 received $5.5M in funding led by Data Point Capital in August of 2013.

VoltDB is an insanely fast, in-memory operational database. Applications today require operational databases to meet some very challenging requirements. Incredibly high read *and* write speeds, SQL *and* JSON, event-level transactions *and* integrated in-memory analytics. VoltDB has secured $8M in financing led by Silicon Valley Luminary in March of 2014.

XebiaLabs is a leading provider of delivery automation software that helps enterprises such as GE, 3M, John Deere, Duke Energy, and Société Générale deliver higher quality software faster and more efficiently. The XL platform combines Deployment, Provisioning, Test Management and Release Coordination to reduce development applications costs, accelerates application time to market and bridges the gap between Development and Operations. The company has raised $12M in funding in June of 2014.

Zerto provides enterprise-class business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) solutions for virtualized infrastructure and cloud. Zerto won Best of Show at VMworld 2011, as well as 2011 Product of the Year Gold Award because our software, Zerto Virtual Replication, is the industry’s first hypervisor-based replication solution for tier-one applications. Zerto Disaster Recovery solutions replace traditional array-based BCDR that was not built to deal with virtual environments. The company received $13M in funding led by RTP Ventures in April of 2013.
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