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I am not known for being a football fan. To put it mildly. Chances are I will be watching the Puppy Bowl instead of the Superbowl and when a big data company sent VentureBeat a football in the mail today, I tried to hide it under the table. That said, I love San Francisco and want to show city love. So goooo Niners! I may have no interest in watching you play, but I am supporting you in spirit.
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Truphone gets $118M to bring low-cost phone calls to the whole world
UK-based mobile network Truphone has raised $118 million in a massive funding round led by Russian business tycoon Roman Abramovich. Via its service, Truphone allows customers to make calls at standard local rates wherever Truphone has deals with local operators.The service essentially makes every phone call a local one. This funding will expand its business to Hong Kong, Poland, Germany, Spain, and the Netherlands. Read more on VentureBeat.
“Leader in gamfying personalization” gets financial leg-up
nFluence takes the ‘i’ out of influence and $1.6 million into marketing technology. Consumers create an “interest graph” by sorting brands and nFluence’s software creates an “Advertar” that brands can use to assess potential consumers and provide more targeted advertising. Current investors Alliance of Angels and Voyager Capital added this follow-on funding to nFluence’s existing pool of $3 million. nFluence has offices in Seattle and London.
Rivet & Sway unveils new funding and Valentine’s Day eyewear
The cool kids always have people follow their example. So I hear. I wasn’t one of them. At any rate, Rivet & Sway has received $2 million to grow its online eyewear boutique that looks a lot like Warby Parker. Rivet & Sway sells women’s prescription glasses for $199 a pair. Shoppers get three free home try-ons and a free personal stylist consultation. Mousese Partners led the investment, with participation from Baseline Ventures and Harrison Metal. This Seattle, Wash.-based startup has raised $3.3 million to date.