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With Stewart Butterfield’s new cloud-based messaging and search software Slack, which just raised $42 million, Butterfield and his 23-person staff may well be on their way to making email obsolete and making businesses more productive. Think Convo, but for big enterprise. Linkedin chief Jeff Weiner, Bradley Horowitz of Google, former Groupon operating officer Rob Solomon, and Twitter co-founder Biz Stone pitched in. The Social + Capital Partnership led this recent round, with existing investors Accel Partners and Andreessen Horowitz also in the mix.
Read more on VentureBeat: Flickr cofounder’s new startup is called Slack, and it just raised $42M
Connectivity’s cloud software acts as a smart collector, aggregator, and disseminator that enables companies to amass pertinent data on customers, segments, interests, and opinions. Its marketing-automation software means businesses can use it to amass data on the spending, eating, drinking, trending, and buying habits of people frequenting their establishments. Investors include Greycroft Partners, Rincon Venture Partners, Daher Capital, Double M Partners, TenOneTen Ventures, Eytan Elbaz and SLP Ventures.
Read more on VentureBeat: SaaS database startup Connectivity hauls in $6.3 million
iiWisdom picks up $3.2M of its own
iiWisdom, a company with tools for letting investors give feedback on companies, disclosed $3.2 million in funding in a filing today with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. iiWisdom bills itself as “a survey-based data collection company,” and it aspires to improve companies’ governance.
Read the SEC filing.
SocialFlow raises $2.35M
SocialFlow, a startup that figures out when to send messages and ads on social networks, disclosed $2.35 million in funding in a filing today with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. SocialFlow, based in New York, compares messages a brand wants to shoot out on, say, Twitter, with the sorts of things people actually talk about and provides dashboards to show how well things are working.
Read the SEC filing.
Samsung venture arm throws $2M at Enswers
Samsung Venture Investment Corp. has made a $2 million investment in Enswers, a company with technology for identifying audio, video, and other content with computer vision, clustering, signal processing, and audiovisual fingerprinting. Enswers, based in Seoul, is a subsidiary of KT. The company works with ESPN, Intel, Turner, Yahoo, and, as it turns out, Samsung.
Read more on Broadway TV News.