Canine-boarding marketplace DogVacay raises another $25M

DogVacay, a service that matches pet-sitters with dog owners, said Monday that it has raised $25 million in a round led by Canadian pension fund OMERS. New investor GSV Capital and existing investors Science, First Round Capital, Benchmark, Foundation Capital and DAG Ventures also participated. The Los Angeles startup has now raised a total of $47 million, and the company said it would use the infusion to expand both in North America and internationally. DogVacay today has 20,000 boarders registered, and it’s booked a total of one million overnight stays for pets.

Braintree coaxes startup onto its payments service with $50K in free transactions

Braintree may be part of the eBay/PayPal(s ebay) empire now, but it’s not abandoning its focus on becoming the payments provider for emerging startups. Braintree, in fact, is trying to add virgin e-commerce, m-commerce and collaborative consumption companies to its roster by offering to process the first $50,000 of their transactions for free. Braintree started the program, called Ignition, in 2012 with the aim of getting 1,000 startups set up for payments, and companies like Everpurse and Tastemaker signed up. Those companies may not have made it quite as big as its more famous clients like Uber and Airbnb, but with Ignition now open to any U.S. startup, Braintree is hoping it can help get the next Uber off the ground.

GrubHub files for $100M IPO

After buying up several of its competitors, GrubHub has announced its intentions to take its online digital food delivery and takeout operation public.

Stripe bolsters its mobile payments cred with $80M funding round

The payments startup has become a hot item since PayPal/eBay’s $800 million acquisition of competitor Braintree. As e-commerce increasingly shifts to mobile payments and collaborative consumption, Stripe’s developer-friendly payments platform holds a key advantage.

It’s going to be a very mobile Christmas for Braintree

Payments processor Braintree is seeing a huge year-over-year jump in mobile payments this holiday season. According to CEO Bill Ready we’re witnessing the pent-up demand from consumers to use their phones as shopping tools.