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Dec 2012

With 2 Billion Video Views a Month, Maker Studios Raises $36 Million Round Led By Time Warner

  There’s more big money going into video startups: Maker Studios, which ranks among the top networks of creators publishing on YouTube, announced today that it has closed a $36 million round of financing led by Time Warner Investments. The …

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Dec 2012

Legendary raises $443 million as big 2013 looms

  With a high-stakes 2013 looming in which its first slate of in-house developed films will be released, Legendary Entertainment has raised $443 million in new equity financing, the company announced Tuesday.   The deal gives asset management and financial …

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Nov 2012

NDN Ranked No. 3 in Online Video, News Propels Growth

  Video syndication network News Distribution Network (NDN) jumped to No. 3 in comScore’s ranking of the top online video properties in October, with an audience of 53.2 million, up from 40.5 million in September.   NDN distributes video to …

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Nov 2012

Optimization Goes Social: Revionics Acquires SkuLoop

  ROSEVILLE, Calif. & LOS ANGELES, Nov 05, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Revionics, Inc., the leading provider of End-to-End Merchandise Optimization solutions, and GIIV, Inc., owner of the SkuLoop business, the cutting edge provider of social commerce driven promotions for …

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Oct 2012

BrightTag Software to Underpin Yahoo! Japan

  Digital marketing technology firm BrightTag has sealed a partnership with Yahoo! Japan, the companies said Wednesday.   Chicago-based BrightTag makes software to help website owners manage "tags," or bits of code planted by outside marketers to collect users' data …

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Oct 2012

Marissa Mayer Makes First Yahoo Acquisition: Stamped

  Yahoo has acquired the company behind 1-year-old mobile recommendations app Stamped, its first since ex-Google exec Marissa Mayer became CEO of the company in July, Mashable has learned.   The acquisition was purely for talent: Stamped’s nine-person team — …

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Aug 2012

Ness Nabs $15M From Ness Nabs $15M From AmEx And SingTel To Expand Data-Driven, Personalized Search To Other Verticals

  Ness Computing, a startup that has developed a highly personalized, data-driven search engine, has raised $15 million in Series B funding led by SingTel Innov8 with American Express Ventures participating in the round. Ness previously raised $5 million from …

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Aug 2012

biNu Raises $2M, Gives 3G Speeds to 2G Feature Phones

biNu is actively playing an important part in emerging markets. The company has managed the impossible feat of making social media sites, like Facebook and Twitter, as fast on any Java-running 2G feature phone as  on a 3G smartphone. As …

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Jun 2012

The Chicago Startup That Changed How Orbitz, Gap, And Obama Collect Your Data

It might not be Spy vs. Spy exactly, but today’s business fortunes are increasingly won or lost on intelligence. In the brave new digital economy where consumers and their behaviors can be modeled with breathtaking specificity based on their online …

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Jun 2012

Cisco Teams Up With Instructure To Move The World’s Largest IT Classroom To The Cloud

The Cisco Networking Academy is the largest education program in the world you’ve probably never heard of. The Academy, which is Cisco System’s largest and longest-running corporate responsibility program, partners with over 10,000 universities, community colleges, and high schools to …

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May 2012

Mozido Announces Three Leading Business Executives to its Board Building a Team to Achieve Leadership in Cloud Financial and Targeted Marketing Services

DALLAS, May 29, 2012 — Mozido, a provider of white-labeled, multi-channel financial services, added new depth and expertise to an already strong management team and board of directors. Acquiring world class talents with strong track record in the global cloud-based …

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May 2012

Fullbridge Inks $5.5M

Fullbridge, Inc. announced today that the company has raised a $5.5 million investment round through top investors, including GSV Capital Corp., the investment fund headed by Michael Moe. Top education proponent and industry veteran, Moe, will also be joining Fullbridge's …

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May 2012

White Label App Platform Appia Rolls Out Pay Per Install Service For Google Play

Appia, an app marketplace and white-label app platform, is broadening its support for Android with the introduction of Pay Per Install App Advertising for Google Play (formerly known as the Android Market). Up until now, all the downloads generated through …

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Apr 2012

Shape Security: Kleiner Perkins & Eric Schmidt Lead $6M Round In Stealth Security Startup

Big corporations have been riddled by security attacks over the past year, and hackers seem to be growing even bolder and more resolute. As a result, market research firm The Radicati Group said that it expects the corporate web security …

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Apr 2012

BrightTag raises $15M in latest funding round

Chicago-based digital marketing technology firm BrightTag said Wednesday it has raised $15 million in its third and largest round of funding.   Baird Venture Partners led the round, making it the fresh face of the group. The other investors have …

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Apr 2012

Fullbridge, Inc. Names Stuart Goldfarb President

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Fullbridge, Inc., announced the appointment of Stuart Goldfarb as President. Goldfarb brings decades of experience and insight to spearheading the growth of The Fullbridge Program, a high-end boot camp that accelerates a successful transition between college and …

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Apr 2012

New Funding In Tow, Playsino Places Its Bet On Social Casino Gaming

Titan Gaming, the makers of a gaming platform that enables content sites and social networks to offer cash and prize-based game tournaments, is today announcing that it is embarking on a complete makeover that includes its rebranding as Playsino, along …

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Apr 2012

Mobile Payments Startup Beamit Raises $2.4M From Founder’s Co-op, Jeff Bezos, Eric Schmidt & Others

Mobile payments platform Beamit, which focuses on international money transfers between the U.S. and developing markets, has just closed a $2.4 million seed round led by Founder’s Co-op, with participation from Bezos Expeditions (the personal investment company of Jeff Bezos), …

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Apr 2012

Maker Studios Hires Former Salesforce Exec Ryan Lissack as CTO

Maker Studios is the latest Los Angeles company to recruit a Silicon Valley stalwart, hiring Ryan Lissack as its first ever CTO. Lissack, who was most recently the Senior Director of Software Engineering at Salesforce.com, joined the next-generation content network …

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Apr 2012

Xfire Appoints New CEO, Malcolm CasSelle, and Announces Joint Venture with China Youth Goyor Technology (Beijing) Co., Ltd. to Support Significant Expansion into China

Today Xfire enters a new era of global expansion through the formation of a joint venture (JV) with the China Youth Goyor Technology (Beijing) Co., Ltd. Led by newly appointed Xfire CEO Malcolm CasSelle, Xfire and China Youth Goyor Technology …

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Apr 2012

Legendary Closes $275 Million in New Financing

Burbank, CA – Legendary Entertainment has completed separate equity and debt financing deals totaling approximately $275 million in aggregate proceeds. The equity component consists of $128 million in new financing from a collection of new and existing investors. Existing Legendary …

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Mar 2012

Mobile Ad Optimization Startup AppStack Raises $1.5M From Eric Schmidt, Google Ventures And Others

Mobile web and ad optimization startup AppStack has just closed a $1.5 million seed round from Google Ventures, Eric Schmidt’s Tomorrow Ventures, 500 Startups, Gary Vaynerchuk, Don Dodge, and Punchbowl founder Matt Douglas.   It’s not a huge surprise that …

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Mar 2012

Sharecare Announces the Acquisition of RealAge

ATLANTA, GA – Sharecare®, the interactive health and wellness social platform co-founded by Jeff Arnold and two-time Emmy® Award-winning television host, Dr. Mehmet Oz, today announced its acquisition of RealAge®, the leading consumer health assessment website centered on the groundbreaking …

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Mar 2012

Tomorrow Ventures-Backed Video Surveillance Startup Prism Skylabs Adds Integrations With Google+, YouTube And Picasa

Prism SkyLabs, a cloud-based service that allows business owners to bring video feeds online, capture images from these feeds and share this data with consumers and the public, is announcing integration with Google+, YouTube and Picasa today.   Here’s how …

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Mar 2012

MySpace Co-Founder Chris DeWolfe Explains SGN’s New Name, Multi-Platform Plans

MindJolt, the gaming company led by MySpace co-founder Chris DeWolfe, recently announced that it’s changing its name to the Social Gaming Network. DeWolfe spoke to me earlier this week about the name change, and about his plans for the coming …

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Feb 2012

Lady Gaga-Backed Backplane Raises Over $4M From Sequoia & More; Acquires Sharing Platform Cortex

You may have heard the buzz by now about a young startup that’s being fueled by some pretty impressive star power, including the likes of the one and only Lady Gaga. The project, called Backplane, was co-founded by Lady Gaga’s …

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Feb 2012

DailyWorth Teams Up With Mint.com To Help Women Turn Financial Advice Into Action

In March of last year, DailyWorth, the personal finance community for women, raised $850K from Robin Hood Ventures, Eric Schmidt’s TomorrowVentures, Howard Lindzon’s Social Leverage, 500 Startups, and more. And, in January, the startup added $2 million more.   Not …

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Feb 2012

More than 100 institutions adopt Canvas. Instructure grows to include K-12 market.

SALT LAKE CITY — Instructure™ (www.instructure.com) announced Canvas K-12™, a new learning management platform that co-enrolls parents with their students in schools, makes state standards tracking painless and provides actionable analytics to teachers and administrators. More than a dozen K-12 …

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Jan 2012

Surveillance Video Becomes a Tool for Studying Customer Behavior

The huge success of online shopping and advertising—led by giants like Amazon and Google—is in no small part thanks to software that logs when you visit Web pages and what you click on. Startup Prism Skylabs offers brick-and-mortar businesses the …

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Jan 2012

The Big Ambitions of Mike Jones and Peter Pham

Both Mike Jones and Peter Pham have had their entrepreneurial ups and downs.   Evidently, the downs haven’t dampened their ambition. Just two months after officially launching Science, an L.A.-based “technology studio” founded by Jones, Pham, and three of their …

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Jan 2012

First Look: Backplane, The Lady Gaga-Backed Community Platform With All-Star Investors (Invites)

Early last summer we wrote about Backplane, a mysterious startup with impressive backers and some major star power behind it: one of its cofounders, Troy Carter, is Lady Gaga’s manager. And Lady Gaga herself has a significant stake in the …

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Jan 2012

Ness, The Restaurant Discovery App, Adds Crucial Mapping Feature

Review by Eric Eldon of TechCrunch   I made heavy use of Ness‘s restaurant-finding iOS app during a recent trip through the East Coast, because lots of places are still sadly short on Yelp reviews, and I wanted a quick …

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Jan 2012

Sharecare Inks $14M, Buys Little Blue Book

Sharecare, an interactive health and wellness social platform providing people with access to expert-developed answers, information and programs to live their healthiest life, today announced that it has secured $14 million growth equity financing led by Galen Partners along with …

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Jan 2012

LA-Based Incubator Amplify Debuts Five New Startups

Amplify, a recently launched LA-based startup accelerator is announcing its first set of startups today. As we reported in December, the accelerator, which is being managed by Paul Bricault and Richard Wolpert, will be incubating and investing in companies at …

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Jan 2012

Interview with Michelle Crames, SkuLoop

What do you do when a new industry, which serves the same customers as you do, suddenly appears and starts to grow astronomically? In the case of Los Angeles-based SkuLoop (www.skuloop.com), what you do is you shift your focus to …

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Jan 2012

DailyWorth Grabs $2 Million To Bring Quality Financial Advice To Women — Via The Inbox

In March of last year, DailyWorth, the personal finance daily email and community for women, raised an $850K seed round led by Robin Hood Ventures, with investors like Eric Schmidt’s TomorrowVentures, Social Leverage, 500 Startups, Venture51, Investors’ Circle, Joanne Wilson, …