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Urban Compass raises $40m – Investment Round Up

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Series A The news that Yo has raised a Series A will do nothing to calm those fearing a tech bubble. The messaging app’s sole function is to send “Yo” back and forth between its users, but has secured $1.25 million in venture funding from Betaworks and Pete Cashmore (founder of Mashable). The financing values the company between $5 and $10 … [Read more...]

Google reports 22% revenue increase as Arora bids farewell

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Google, Inc has reported modestly rising quarterly earnings for the second quarter of 2014. The tech giant earned $3.4 billion, or $4.99 per share, in the April-to-June period. The figures represent a slight increase on the $3.2 billion, or $4.77 per share, reported in the second quarter of last year. “We are moving forward with great product … [Read more...]

Microsoft to lay off 18,000 in biggest jobs cut

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U.S. tech giant Microsoft is set to lay off 18,000 employees, according to an internal memo from its new CEO. Satya Nadella, who took over the reigns from longterm chief Steve Ballmer in February, admitted that Microsoft needs to be “leaner” alongside more streamlined rivals such as Apple and Google, Inc. Nadella added that the biggest hit would … [Read more...]

Sensoria raises $5m Series A – Investment Round Up

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Seed Open-source machine learning startup PredictionIO has raised $2.5 million in seed funding in a round led by Quest Venture Partners. Azure Capital Partners, CrunchFund, the StartX Fund and Kima Ventures all participated in the round. Prediction IO was founded last year and has created an open-source program which allows developers to add … [Read more...]

Plastiq, the Buy-Side Square, Raises $10m – Investment Round Up

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Series A The Palo Alto, Calif.-based Internet Exchange solutions providerIIX, Inc. has secured $10.4 million in Series A funding from New Enterprise Associates, bringing total funding to over $15 million. IIX provides a platform that allows customers to connect to leading Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) through a single connection from anywhere … [Read more...]

Southeast Asia set for e-commerce boom

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Southeast Asia is the next big market for online shopping according to a recent study by UBS, which warns of the threat to established retailers posed by e-commerce firms. Physical barriers such as poor transport logistics infrastructure still hinder virtual shopping in the ASEAN group of countries, but as online retailers like China's Alibaba … [Read more...]

Rap Genius raises $40m, changes name to Genius – Investment Round Up

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Series A Rocketrip, a travel management company, has raised $3 million in a Series A round led by Canaan Partners and Genacast Ventures. CrunchFund and Paul Bucheit also participated. Rocketrip was founded last year and has raised $6.2 million to date. The company’s search and booking platform targets enterprise users. Series B Rap Genius … [Read more...]

IPO Watch: Box, TubeMogul, Yodlee

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Keep an Eye On Anticipation for the Box IPO will continue to mount, after it was announced this week that the company has instead raised $150 million from private investors TPG and Coatue Management. The latest round of funding values the company at around $2.4 billion, up from the $2 billion valuation it received when it closed its Series F in … [Read more...]

Video conferencing platform Vidyo raises $20m – Investment Round Up

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Seed Button, a New York-based customer acquisition and engagement startup, has raised a $2.25 million seed round led by Atlas Ventures. DCM, Greycroft Partners, MESA+ and VaynerRSE all participated, as did a number of angel investors. The company’s platform is currently in private beta and will use the funds to hire new staff and continue … [Read more...]

Online residential real estate company Opendoor raises $10 Million – Investment Round-Up

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Series A Eric Wu, the ex-head of Geoat Trulia, and Keith Rabois, a member of the “PayPal Mafia,” announced that their new company, Opendoor, has raised nearly $10 million in Series A funding. Joining Khosla Ventures and SV Angel in the round are a host of noteworthy angel investors, including Max Levchin (PayPal co-founder), Sam Altman (Y … [Read more...]