Fundings & Exits

Talixo, Yet Another European Taxi App Startup, Gets Backed

Talixo Now that TechCrunch has launched galleries I’m thinking of lining one up to illustrate the proliferation of on-demand car services/taxi apps in Europe. Earlier today there was Estonia’s Taxify. And here’s another one pulling in new funding: Talixo hails from Germany but has ambitions to expand beyond its home market down the road. Read More

Facebook Receives U.S. Antitrust Approval For Oculus Deal

oculus-facebook The U.S. government has approved Facebook’s $2 billion acquisition of Oculus VR, following the Federal Trade Commission’s examination of the deal. The FTC has determined — not all that surprisingly — that the deal would not violate U.S. antitrust laws. This will allow the two companies to move forward in combining forces, though Facebook previously promised that Oculus would “continue to operate… Read More

Quibb, The News Reader For Professionals, Taps Alphaworks To Close A $750k Seed Round

Quibb, a service that helps industry professional share and discuss relevant news items, is looking to finish up its seed round on Alphaworks, the crowdsourced equity exchange platform recently unveiled by betaworks. Quibb represents one of the first companies to use the platform. The company has secured $650k from investors and is looking to close on another $100k through Alphaworks. Quibb is a… Read More

European Tech Blog Tech.eu Raises €150K, Backers Include Dave McClure’s 500 Startups And Adeo Ressi

IMG_20140423_143403 Last November, Robin Wauters, ex-TechCrunch writer and former European editor for The Next Web, launched new tech blog, Tech.eu, with a stated mission to fill the “gap” left for in-depth coverage of Europe’s technology industry (thanks for that, Robin!). But, as anyone in online media knows, content isn’t cheap and for that mission to be little more than hyperbole the new European tech blog on… Read More

Another Taxi Company App, Estonia’s Taxify, Takes In $100K To Grow In Eastern Europe

Taxify Another funding round for another taxi app company — albeit this one, Estonian startup Taxify, is focusing on helping existing taxi companies fight the encroaching threat on their business from independent drivers making like cabbies with help of apps like Uber and Cabify. Taxify has closed a $100,000 seed round, with investment coming from multiple angel investors from the U.S., Asia… Read More

Marketing Suite For Visual Web Piqora Raises $7.7 Million Series A

pinterest-ipad-blur Piqora, a marketing platform and analytics provider for “visual” social networks like Instagram, Pinterest and Tumblr, has raised $7.7 million in Series A funding, the company is announcing today. The round was led by DFJ, and saw participation from Freestyle Capital, Baseline Ventures, Lazerow Ventures, Firebolt Ventures and Altos Ventures. Founded in 2012, and originally called… Read More

LoyaltyLion Raises $370K Led By EC1 Capital To Let Smaller E-Commerce Sites Run Loyalty Programs

LoyaltyLion LoyaltyLion, a graduate of accelerator Startupbootcamp, is another startup attempting to level the playing field for smaller e-retailers. Read More

Real Estate Marketing Platform Placester Scores $5.5M Series A, Plus A Deal With Hearst

Placester4 Real estate marketing platform and Techstars Boston grad Placester has raised $5.5 million in Series A funding, the company is announcing today, after having grown its business to power over 70,000 real estate professionals’ websites, and reach a larger community of over 100,000. The company will be using the additional capital to grow its new platform for publishers, including Hearst,… Read More

After Cyberbullying Scandal, Anonymous Social App Yik Yak Raises $1.5 Million

Yik-Yak-app Anonymous social networking apps are having a moment. Following the notable funding rounds for apps like Secret ($8.6 million) and Whisper ($21 million!), newcomer Yik Yak is today announcing a small amount of outside investment, too. In its case, the company has raised $1.5 million in seed funding for its “hyper-local” chatting app, which controversially grew popular with school… Read More

Electric Cloud Closes $12M Series E Round For Its Continuous Delivery Service

Electric Cloud, a company that offers continuous delivery products, services and support to businesses that want to adapt this software design practice, today announced that it has closed a $12 million Series E round with participation from Siemens’ Venture Capital, US Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund, RRE Ventures and Rembrandt Venture Partners. The company previously disclosed this as an $8… Read More