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News Bytehelping brick-and-mortar retailers track shopping habits with in-store sensors, has raised $17.3 million in a series B venture round, the company announced Thursday. The round was led by Benchmark Capital; NEA, Harrison Metal, and Novel TMT Ventures also participated.
News ByteGrockit, a start-up that is trying to make online learning look pretty, has raised $20 million in funding. A good portion of the round comes from a partnership with Discovery Communications, which is the big media company behind the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and other major properties. In addition to capital, Discovery also promises to market and promote Learnist, a visual learning tool Grockit launched in May. Other investors in the round include Summit Group, Atlas Venture, Benchmark Capital, Integral Capital Partners and GSV Capital.
News ByteDogVacay has raised $6 million in capital to build out a local marketplace providing in-home boarding services, a category being referred to as “Airbnb for dogs.” Benchmark Capital contributed to the company’s first round; previous investors include First Round Capital and the Los Angeles-based incubator Science. DogVacay is live in the U.S. and Canada and is looking to expand internationally; it may also add services like dog walking and training. Competitors include Rover.com.