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Education Technology Startups Raised Over Half A Billion Dollars In Q1

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 13:41
Education technology-focused startups raised over $488 million already in the first quarter of 2014, marking the single biggest quarter for capital committed to the sector in the past five years. What began as a trickle in 2009, with 17 companies raising $63.9 million at the beginning of the year, is now a flood as funding leapt to $488.8 million in 84 venture-backed startups, according to… Read More
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AppGyver Raises $2.5M Funding Round To Expand Its App Development Platform

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 13:05
AppGyver, an HTML5-centric development platform for quickly building mobile apps, today announced that it has raised a $2.5 million funding round led by Initial Capital, an early investor in companies like Supercell, with participation by Finnish VC firm Open Ocean Capital, which was established by the founders of MySQL. Read More
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Sequoia Partner And WhatsApp Backer Jim Goetz Tops Forbes Midas List

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 12:57
Forbes released its annual Midas List today, which ranks the top venture capitalists by returns and more (you can check out the complete methodology here). Topping the list was Sequoia Capital's Jim Goetz, who has backed WhatsApp (acquired by Facebook for $19 billion), Nimble Storage and Palo Alto Networks among others. Read More
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TubeMogul Files For $75M IPO, With $57M In Revenue And A $7M Net Loss For 2013

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 12:54
Video ad platform TubeMogul has filed its S-1, declaring its plans to go public with an offering of up to $75 million. And it's doing so with what appears to be pretty healthy gross margins, though with an overall net loss. Once upon a time, TubeMogul was a video analytics company. But somewhere along the line, it morphed into a ad-buying platform that aggregates premium and transparent… Read More
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BlinkMail Brings A Mailbox-Like Email Triage Experience To Mac Users

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 12:25
A new application called BlinkMail, launching into beta today, offers Mac users a different way to manage their email inbox from their desktop. Though competing in the same general space as other OS X mail clients like Sparrow or Airmail, what makes BlinkMail interesting is that its main focus is on email triage. Its user interface is inspired by gesture-based mobile apps like Mailbox,… Read More
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AOL Aims To Unify Its Programmatic Efforts With A New Ad Platform, ONE

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 12:12
AOL's Tim Armstrong and Bob Lord are taking the stage at the ad:tech conference in San Francisco today where they're announcing a new programmatic ad platform called ONE. I met with Armstrong (CEO) and Lord (CEO of AOL Platforms, which is the new name for AOL Networks) earlier this week to discuss the news. Armstrong said ONE represents the company's work to "fully formulate a vision for the… Read More
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Garmin’s Vivofit Has Some Neat Features, But How Does It Compare To Other Wearables?

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 12:12
Garmin had the world by the tail. With their amazing in-car GPS devices and great sports watches, it looked like things could only go up. Until every phone on the market got a GPS chip and Google mapped the world. Now, Garmin has to play catch-up and they're coming after one of the most popular wearables to date - the Fitbit. Their new band, called the Vivofit, looks like a less-expensive… Read More
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BlackBerry Gets Tough On Remaining Fans With Legal Action Against Leakers

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 12:01
BlackBerry, this is not how you handle a zealous fan base. CEO John Chen published a blog post today in which he promised that the company would pursue legal action against a “party who stole confidential information about a future BlackBerry product and made that information public.” Ugh. This is tiresome because it represents the company taking an inexplicably tough stance against… Read More
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Despite A Low Stake In Box, Aaron Levie Has A High Influence

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 11:55
Box CEO Aaron Levie made enterprise startups sexy again, though this week’s Box IPO announcement revealed that Levie only owns 5.7% percent of the company. (Levie sold off stock to raise the money he needed to punch through the enterprise space). But 28-year-old Levie, who has been credited with building a big company that genuinely makes life easier for people and companies, may take some… Read More
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LoopMe Closes $3M From Holtzbrinck, Open Ocean For Its Mobile Ad In-Box

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 11:09
So, we know developers and publishers make money from apps and other mobile content often via advertising. But smartphone screens are small, so ads have to be small. And ad formats vary widely. LoopMe solves this problem by creating an “ad inbox” that users access through a small button, instead of having to display the ad over the content of the app. Users – and now investors… Read More
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TouchBistro Closes An Additional $1.5M In Funding, Bringing Seed Round Total To $6M

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 11:03
Toronto-based iPad POS startup TouchBistro has raised an additional $1.5 million in funding, adding to its existing seed funding and bringing the total to $6 million raised to date. TouchBistro’s new funding comes from Walden Venture Capital and Kensington Capital Partners, and should help the startup expand its offerings, with a planned office opening in San Francisco in 2014. The company… Read More
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Amazon WorkSpaces, Amazon’s Cloud Desktop Service, Launches To Public Along With New Sync Client

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 11:00
Amazon WorkSpaces, the company’s virtual desktop computing environment introduced last fall at the AWS re:Invent conference, is today available to the public. Up until now, Amazon was testing the service in a “Limited Preview” with select customers large and small, including Peet’s Coffee & Tea and ERP and CRM solution provider WorkWise. Now, any AWS customers can… Read More
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Indix Raises Additional $8.5M From Avalon, Nexus To Build World’s Largest Product Database For Brands

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 10:55
Indix, a big data startup building an index for over 1 billion consumer products in the world, is raising $8.5 million in Series A-1 funding from Avalon Ventures and Nexus Venture partners to achieve that goal. Indix is among a growing breed of startups that are helping consumer brands tackle the challenges of real-time commerce. On one hand, online retailers such as Amazon are pushing the limits… Read More
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Pedius Lets Italy’s Deaf Make Phone Calls, With More Countries To Come

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 10:47
Pedius is a four month-old Italian start-up that has an app currently available for Android that enables the deaf to make phone calls. The user texts a message, and that text translates to speech at the other side of the phone call. There is also a clean-looking website to accompany it, and, although it is currently available only in Italian, it is soon set to expand to Brazil, the United States,… Read More
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VMBeacon Is Wearables For Mannequins, Sends Clothes Info To Customers

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 10:46
It’s not iBeacon, but uses a mix of Apple’s iBeacon technology plus their own “secret sauce,” whatever that is. What is it? VMBeacon is a new product enabling store mannequins to transmit information to shoppers about the clothes on display, via their smartphones as they browse in store or through a shop window. In other words, we are talking Wearables for mannequins… Read More
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Jawbone Sends The Up24 Abroad

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 10:35
The Jawbone Up24 is no longer exclusive to the U.S. market. The wireless Jawbone fitness tracker is now available in 29 markets around our blue marble including in the UK, China and Japan. Previously, only the company's original Up was officially available outside the U.S. Read More
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Bitcoin Gets Another Boost As Circle Internet Raises $17 Million

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 10:23
After a stormy few weeks, the ship of bitcoin seems like it's beginning to right itself. Regulators are beginning to refine their thinking around the currency, and new startups based on the cryptocurrency keep raising money. The latest of these is Circle Internet Financial, which has raised $17 million in a Series B round of funding and just launched a limited release of its first products. Read More
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Chris Burch & Others Put $1 Million Into Split, An App For Avoiding Your Exes And Others You Don’t Want To See

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 10:11
Split, a newly launched “anti-social” application and competitor to the recently buzzed about app Cloak, is offering yet another way for users to tap into their social networks in order to avoid other people, instead of connecting with them. The app is backed by $1 million in seed funding, which includes an investment from entrepreneur and fashion mogul Chris Burch. (Wonder who… Read More
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NewsCred Unveils Content Marketing Partnerships With Getty Images, Visual.ly, Others

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 10:10
Content marketing startup NewsCred isn't just connecting marketers with freelancers anymore — through a new partnership program, it allows them to commission work from organizations like Getty Images and Visual.ly. The goal of these content marketing programs is to help companies build their presence online and awareness among consumers, often with content that doesn't directly promote the… Read More
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King.com IPO Does Not Crush It: Shares Open At $20.50, Down Nearly 9% On $22.50 Pricing

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 10:00
King Digital, publisher of the popular mobile game Candy Crush Saga, began trading as a public company today on the NYSE not with a pop but with a drop. The stock, trading as KING, commenced trading at only $20.50, down nearly 9% on the $22.50 per share it announced on Tuesday. Read More
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