Funnel raises $47 million to automate data collection for marketers

Funnel, a Swedish startup that’s setting out to help marketers automate their data collection, has raised $47 million in a series B round of funding led by Eight Roads Ventures and F-Prime Capital, with participation from Balderton Capital, Oxx, Zobito, Industrifonden, and Kreos Capital.

The raise comes as digital ad spending in the U.S. exceeds that of traditional “offline” channels, according to some reports, and the major technology platforms are battling for companies’ marketing dollars.

Founded out of Stockholm in 2013, Funnel connects with more than 500 data sources, from LinkedIn and Mailchimp to Salesforce and Shopify. It then automatically cleans, maps, and groups this data before feeding it into a destination of the user’s choice — anything from Tableau to Looker, Microsoft Power BI, or Qlik. It’s all about structuring the data and making it “business ready” for analysis and reports.

Looker, for example, is a big data analytics platform owned by Google that’s designed to help companies extract meaning from their data. To get this data into Looker, Funnel automates the collection and mapping process from whatever sources clients use. Companies can also create custom rules to group data from various sources rather than reporting on each one separately.

Ultimately, Funnel is setting out to create what it calls a “single source of truth” for marketing, sales, and commerce data. It has already garnered some big-name clients over the past seven years, including Samsung, Trivago, Scandinavian Airlines, and Coinbase.

This announcement originally appeared in VentureBeat.

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