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24Mar/15Off

Improbable, A Developer Platform For VR, Raises $20M From Andreessen Horowitz

Screenshot 2015-03-24 18.39.10 Improbable, a London-based company that provides the backend plumbing to make large-scale virtual reality possible, has landed a $20 million investment from Andreessen Horowitz. Read More

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24Mar/15Off

Cotopaxi Raises $6.5M To Sell Socially Conscious Outdoor Gear

Cotopaxi Cotopaxi, an e-commerce startup that also emphasizes making the world a better place, has raised $6.5 million in Series A funding. While many startup founders want you to believe that they’re idealists in pursuit of a big mission, co-founder and CEO Davis Smith told me (via email) that Cotopaxi is helping humanitarian causes in concrete ways — not just because the products… Read More

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24Mar/15Off

Keywee Gets $9.1M From Eric Schmidt, NY Times For Its AI Approach To Content Marketing

Screen Shot 2015-03-24 at 10.54.22 While Facebook is reportedly talking to publishers to host their content as a way of boosting the number of people who read it, one more startup is entering the fray to help publishers improve readership and traffic on their own sites, specifically around paid content and content marketing. Keywee — a content marketing startup founded in Israel and operating in NYC that uses… Read More

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24Mar/15Off

Xiaomi’s New Scaled-Down Smart TV Offers A 1080p Experience For $322

163507ey4mfzz4ikffevkh Xiaomi teased its new smart TV earlier this week. Rather than the third-generation product many expected, it today unveiled a smaller and cheaper version of its (already reasonably priced) Mi TV 2. Read More

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24Mar/15Off

Mobile Marketing Startup Localytics Raises $35M More

localytics Localytics, which offers analytics and marketing tools for mobile apps, is announcing that it has raised $35 million in Series D funding. The company started out with a focus on app analytics, but CEO Raj Aggarwal told me via email that customers wanted tools allowing them to act on that information, so it added things like push notifications, in-app messaging, email marketing, and… Read More

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24Mar/15Off

Kabbage’s SMB Loan Platform Moves Into Asia Pacific As A White-Label Service

white cabbage Kabbage has taken root in the U.S. and UK markets as a platform where small businesses can quickly apply for and receive working capital loans — with Kabbage making fast decisions about eligibility through a mix of smart algorithms and online and offline data sources. Now the startup is growing its business on two fronts. It’s kicking off a new white-label offering where… Read More

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24Mar/15Off

ZipMatch Lands $2.5M To Expand Its Property Portal Beyond The Philippines

zipmatch ZipMatch, an online property portal in the Philippines, is the latest startup in Southeast Asia to receive investment from Monk’s Hill Ventures and its $80 million fund. The prominent VC firm led a $2.5 million Series A round, which included participation from existing investor 500 Startups, that will go towards strengthening ZipMatch’s domestic business and expanding in… Read More

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24Mar/15Off

Former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar’s Vessel Launches To The Public

vessel_productshot_wallcombo Vessel, the new online video subscription service built by some of the early team at Hulu, is launching to the public today. The service — which provides early access to videos from YouTube stars through a monthly subscription fee — has been in private beta since the beginning of the year. It is now available to everyone on both the web and iOS. Former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar and… Read More

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23Mar/15Off

India’s Supreme Court Strikes Down Controversial Internet Censorship Law

india flag Today is a good day for freedom of speech in India. The country’s Supreme Court voted against a law that leaves citizens facing jail for content that they post online. Read More

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23Mar/15Off

Alibaba Makes Strategic Investment In Israeli Venture Firm JVP

Alibaba Share 68 Two months after making its first investment in Israel, Alibaba is digging deeper into the country’s startup ecosystem. Venture capital firm JVP (Jerusalem Venture Partners) announced yesterday that it will partner with the e-commerce giant to give financial support to promising startups. The amount of money both companies will invest together was not disclosed. Read More

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