Today, as NASA dove deeper into the universe than ever before, I wanted to pay homage to the stars. There are the brights light of the startup universe rising to galactic heights, venture capitalists providing large amounts of financial rocket fuel, and massive companies pulling smaller ones into their orbits. Ah space, someday I hope visit you. If only the whole space tourism thing would hurry up.
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AdMobius is all made of $5M venture capital stars
AdMobius burst out of stealth mode and into the startup galaxy today. The startup’s Audience Management Platform helps mobile advertisers reach relevant audiences by organizing mobile data into actionable information about their target consumers. This first round of investment came from Opus Capital and Storm Ventures. Read the press release.
Wanderful Media turns circles into squares with $22M
Wanderful Media fits “circulars” into the square screens of computers and smart devices. Circulars are flyers, deals, and coupons that print outlets distribute to consumers. Wanderful Media’s first product Find n Save is putting these offers online. The company is powering the shopping sections of newspapers in 250 markets, including the San Francisco Chronicle. Investors include major media moguls like Cox Media Group, The E.W. Scripps Company, Gannett Co, Hearst Corporation, MediaNews Group, The McClatchy Company, and The Washington Post Co. Read the press release.
Thuuz ensures you never miss “The Big Play” (or touchdown or goal or run)
From what athletically minded friends and Hollywood tells me, sporting events are filled with dramatic moments. To ensure that sports fans never miss the final touchdown or game-winning goal, Thuuz is an app that notifies users when something big is happening. Content is sourced across multiple networks and platforms, and people can follow their friends, favorite teams, and even fantasy matches. The company has raised $4.174 million of a $4.5 million Series A led by Liberty Global and Itochu Technology Ventures.
SAManage streamlines IT from the shores of the Mediterranean Sea
Israeli startup SAManage has raised $3 million from Carmel Ventures, an Israeli venture capital firm. SAManage provides enterprise level software-as-a-service that can improves the way businesses manage their IT. Its cloud-based tools make it easier to establish IT governance, deal with compliance issues, risk detection, and maintain customer support. This is the company’s first round of funding and will be used to broaden its reach around the world and add elements to the platform. Read the press release.
Bloodhound fetches funding for event planners on the go
Bloodhound announced that it sniffed out $1 million to feed its mobile events platform. The app helps organizers manage all aspects of their events from their smart phones. They add event details into the system and can manage, tracks, update, and communicate all the necessary information from the dashboard.
The funding contributed to the development of its latest product Retrieve, an app that targets event event exhibitors and attendees that enables them to find networking opportunities. The investment was provided by Jason Portnoy of Subtraction Capital, 500 Startups Dave McClure, and COO of Badoo Benjamin Ling, as well as other angels.
AppDirect gets a $1M let-up
Cloud marketplace platform AppDirect added $1 million to its coffers, according to an SEC filing from today. The startup took $8.5 million in a Series A in July. Read more on VentureBeat.