Funding and Acquisitions Roundup: RJ Metrics gets $1.2 million from a group that includes a customer; Blippar raises Seed money for its augmented marketing technology

By Editor January 3, 2012

Today’s technology funding and acquisitions roundup…

And we’re off and running in 2012 in technology funding and acquisitions! Philadelphia-based BI software provider RJ Metrics has raised $1.2 million in Seed funding. It’s particularly notable because the investors include at least one customer (check out the story on TechCrunch). The company was founded in 2009.

Mobile image recognition and augmented reality platform Blippar also closed a Seed round, amount not disclosed. Qualcomm Ventures led the round for the UK-based startup, which was founded in 2010. The Blippar platform is intended mainly for enhanced mobile advertising (at least for now). Pretty cool technology.

Finally, later-stage social music sharing service SoundCloud has raised a new round of funding that may be as large as $50 million, according to various outlets. The Berlin-based company was founded in 2008 and has raised several rounds of funding prior to this new one.

On the acquisitions front,, described as a “social network for IT professionals,” has been bought by Ziff-Davis. Before ZD, the site was owned by the Corporate Executive Board. has been around since 1998…would it then be the original social network? It’s the fourth acquisition for ZD over the last year. In other acquisitions news, managed web host Voxel was acquired by fellow host and IT services provider Internap for $30 million. New York City-based Voxel was founded in 1999.

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