SOFTBANK Corp invests $200 million in InMobi mobile ad network

SOFTBANK Corp invests $200 million in InMobi, one of the largest investments in the mobile internet space, globally. Softbank joins existing investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Sherpalo Ventures in helping InMobi become a global leader in the mobile advertising industry. The $200 million investment, one of the largest to date in the mobile internet space , will help the company create value across the mobile ecosystem globally through world-class advertising, mobile payments using SmartPay™, and HTML5 rich media production and distribution using the recently acquired Sprout™ platform.

Lightspeed Venture Partners leads $16.7mm Series B funding for Peel

Lightspeed Venture Partners leads $16.7mm Series B funding for Peel. The Series B funding will enable the company to move forward with additional retail opportunities for the Peel device, as well as for expansion of the Peel application for additional mobile platforms and content sources.

Emergence Capital Partners gives xAD $4 million to expand mobile search advertising platform

xAD secured $4 million from Emergence Capital Partners LLC of San Mateo, Calif. xAd is a local mobile ad network. It plans to use the capital to expand its technology platform, to scale its management team and to increase its footprint in the local mobile advertising sector.

JiWire gets $11 million in funding for mobile audience and ad growth

jiwire-logoJiWire closes $11 million in venture capital funding to expand largest mobile audience. Panorama Capital leads Series B financing to specifically fuel mobile audience and advertiser growth. Panorama Capital is joined by new investor Comcast Interactive Capital and existing investor DFJ Frontier. JiWire claims to be the first company to leverage wireles Internet as a means to advertise, with 20 million unique users and 25,000 Wi0Fi hotspots I wonder if they’ve managed to engage these visitors as customers.

Greystripe gets $5.5 million to unify online and mobile advertising

greystripe-logoGreystripe secures $5.5 million in Series C funding to unify online and mobile advertising into one comprehensive advertising solution. Greystripe powers over 180 million ad-supported mobile downloads, makes it easy to buy across online and mobile. With a unified ad platform connecting mobile and online, the popular third screen now offers Web-like campaign management and measurement, such as engagement, while expanding to new levels of targeting, such as location.

Apptera pulls in an additional $10.5M in venture capital

Apptera secures an additional $10.5M in venture capital funding and appoints former Yahoo! senior vice president of sales to the board. Funding and expertise should assit with leadership growth in voice and visual mobile advertising. Lightspeed Venture Partners, Alloy Ventures, and Walden International lead this round.

Envivio secures $25 million

Envivio secures $25 million in funding following extended period of rapid growth. Envivio completes world-class leadership team with appointment of new CFO, COO and board members.

Social network service Pelago secures $15 million

Pelago LogoPelago closes $15M Series B round; T-Mobile Venture Fund lead investor. Social discovery service validated by wireless and global technology leaders.

Gizmoz raises $6.5 million led by DoCoMo Capital

Gizmoz logoGizmoz raises $6.5 million. DoCoMo Capital leads Series B round, with investments from ngi capital, inc., Benchmark Capital and Columbia Capital.

Ringtones not done — Thumbplay raises $18 million

Thumbplay logoRingtone online retailer Thumbplay raises $18 Million. This should go into Guinness, but the mobile content retailer which is rumored to be on sale silently raised a series E funding. E funding, sheesh, what’s left in terms of equity in Thumbplay anyway?