Roamer, a startup that aims to help users avoid roaming charges, has brought in $1.3 million in seed investments. The company’s app is in use in more than 200 countries and has seen a 40% increase in users over the past three months.
A San Jose startup called PernixData, which applies virtualization to flash storage, has brought in $35 million in new funding. Investors include Seagate CEO Steve Luczo and Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff.
A home automation service called Peq -- from Smart Home Ventures -- will soon be available through 250 Best Buy stores. The service’s primary focus is home security, although it expects to expand to automate additional connected devices.
Wells Fargo, Sprint and China’s Qihoo 360 Technology are among the latest investors in EyeVerify, which has brought in more than $6 million in new funding. EyeVerify designs biometric security technologies for use with the cameras on mobile devices.
In addition to EyeVerify, Wells Fargo has also brought two other mobile banking-related companies -- Zumigo and Kasisto -- under the umbrella of its first accelerator program. All three startups will be mentored by Wells Fargo experts.
Altruist has acquired the voice-based social media app Bubbly, previously known as Bubble Motion, which had already raised $39 million from investors. Most of Bubbly’s Singapore-based employees will move to India or Indonesia. The value of the deal was not disclosed.
French billionaire Xavier Niel has invested an undisclosed amount into startup Open Garden. The company’s FireChat app, which connects smartphones via mesh networking, has been downloaded 5 million times.