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Funding daily: ‘Big data’ and babies

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A handful of startups closed funding rounds today; all focused on consumers, rather than businesses, for a change.

One startup, in particular, caught our attention. Who would have guessed that former PayPal CTO Max Levchin would embark on a mission to help women get pregnant? Levchin believes when couples have trouble conceiving, it can often be an “information problem.” “Big data” may be the solution, apparently. More on that here.

If you’re not still wrapping your head around this idea, here’s a full list of the companies that received funding today:

Hotel Urbano raises $20M to ride Brazil’s big online travel wave

It’s a great time to be a Brazilian travel startup. The technology and tourism industries in Brazil are erupting at the same time, and Hotel Urbano is at the epicenter of all the action. The online travel agency announced that it has raised $20 million in its third round of financing from Insight Venture Partners. Read the full story on VentureBeat.

GetTaxi gets funding: $12M & an NYC launch

The startup has raised its third institutional round in the amount of $12 million, bringing total funding to date to $42 million. Today’s funding was led by European VC firm Kreos Capital with participation from existing investors. The company also launched its app in taxi mecca of the world, New York City. Read the full story on VentureBeat.

Glow’s $6M pregnancy app hits the app store to let you ‘conceive with confidence’

Glow — the super-hyped get-pregnant-now app — announced a $6 million funding round today, the same day it hit the app store. The app comes from PayPal cofounder Max Levchin’s company Upward Labs. Read the full story on VentureBeat.

Nestivity wants to create communities on Twitter (exclusive), raises $1M

Nestivity is a company that helps brands engage more effectively with their followers on Twitter. It recently released a new TweetCast tool and announced raising $1 million in seed financing. Read the full story on VentureBeat.

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