Cloud texter ZipWhip raises $5M Series B

ZipWhip, a startup that is extending SMS beyond the mobile phone, has raised a $5 million Series B round led by Chicago private equity firm Ronin Capital. ZipWhip has a cloud-based messaging platform that’s able to route text and multimedia messages to and from any landline number, whether it’s linked to a home phone or business. Consumers or businesses can then access those messages from a browser or app.

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.