According to EducationSuperhighway, most schools lack fast enough connections to teach students digital skills, like basic computer programming. So the San Francisco-based nonprofit is working with K-12 school districts to remove any roadblocks to high-speed broadband Internet.
Big data startup DataSift has closed a fresh $42 million round of funding, the company announced today.
While wildly popular with a very specific crowd of people with expendable incomes, anime (Japanese-style animation) isn’t a subject you’d immediately think of as a growing business opportunity in the U.S. — at least until the last few years.
The goal is to put physical shops on a similar playing field as e-commerce stores, which already have a wealth of data about customer buying habits.
Apple just bought social media analytics company Topsy for over $200 million. Sources have confirmed the purchase to VentureBeat and added that the Topsy team officially started work at Apple today.
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The latest startup to capitalize on the “big data” trend is Alpine Data Labs, a San Francisco-based startup that just raised $16 million in venture funding.
Mobile branded content company TextPride has completed a $1 million seed funding round, the company said. TextPride makes stickers and emojis that mobile messaging apps can add as paid upgrades to their services.
The company, which is founded by an Israeli entrepreneur, is working to consolidate specialized hardware from multiple vendors.
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Investors believe that Zulily defied expectations with its initial public offering, which is arguably the most successful exit since Amazon acquired Zappos.
Helsinki-based Scoopshot announced today that it has raised $3.9 million in a Series A round of funding to continue growing its crowdsourced photography business globally.
Intel is making a big step into the education sector with its acquisition of Kno, a well-funded digital textbooks startup.
Ecommerce optimization company Granify has raised $1.5 million in seed funding to reduce shopping cart abandonment on big retailers’ sites.
Chukong will use the influx of cash to expand its mobile-gaming development and publishing businesses.
Twitter has accidentally revealed its IPO date in revisions to its S-1 filing, private company financial data analysts at PrivCo say.
The daily deals site for moms and kids filed a $100 million initial public offering (IPO) today, the first deals site since Groupon to go public.
Aside from MongoDB, quite a number of startups raised money today. It was a surprisingly active Friday for the deals team!
LeadPages, offers a library of mobile responsive HTML 5 landing pages.
Academia.edu today secured $11.1 million in venture funding to grow its website for people to post studies and groundbreaking ideas. Chief executive Richard Price plans to build an algorithm to surface the top-quality research.
Title II of the President Obama’s JOBS Act says that entrepreneurs seeking cash can now notify the world. And that’s exactly what’s starting to happen.
Deem, an ecommerce platform formerly known as Rearden Commerce, is raising a massive $100 million round, according to documents filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Of that amount, $70 million has already been raised.
Cofounders Hamish Brocklebank and Nicolas Philippe started the company two years ago, as they didn’t believe that students should have to pay for academic content.
“You cannot rest on your laurels, you need to continue to innovate,” Ramakrishnan told me in a Blue Jeans videoconference. “We want to build a platform for one billion annual minutes, so we need to scale.”
A startup called Apttus closed its first round of funding today, a massive $37 million.
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“Our first focus is providing more value to our Amazon Web Services customers,” Laczynski told me yesterday. “But we see also opportunities in the hybrid cloud and private cloud spaces.”
Tado uses a GPS-enabled smartphone app to monitor when people are leaving home or coming back – it knows to turn off the heating when the house is empty and increase it when the first person starts heading home.
Zuora provides the tools to help businesses move from selling products to subscription models.
Hearsay Social, the startup that helps sales people avoid those dreaded cold calls, just raised $30 million in its third round of funding.
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Lithium Technologies competes with giants like Salesforce and Jive Software.
As we’re increasingly seeing, the funding for today’s startups came from a variety of sources, including crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter, and a venture buyout firm.
Editor’s Pick Sparql City isn’t a typical startup, as it was developed as a spinout from ParAccel and its acquirer Actian. The round was led by venture buyout firm Garnett & Helfrich Capital.
Today was a big day for outages, with both The New York Times and Microsoft suffering downtime. So today’s Funding Daily is all about staying online and making your service available to all.
Health care transparency startup Change Healthcare raised $15 million to take advantage of the opportunities arising from the Affordable Care Act.
Samsung has agreed to acquire German organic light-emitting diode (OLED) manufacturer Novaled to help it build more smartphone and television displays.
When asked about his goals for the coming year, Arpeggi chief scientist David Mittleman immediately hit back, “Our intention is to offer people the best reconstructive model of their genome.”
High quality photo-sharing service 500px has raised $8.8 million with hopes to make 500px a bigger brand and to expand in the U.S. and internationally.
New York-based startup Maxwell Health just raised $2 million to help employers set up affordable health and wellness plans.