SambaTech Anuncia Joint Venture com Adstream e promete revolucionar o mercado publicitário da América Latina. Intel invests in two Brazilian fashion e-commerce sites. (VentureBeat) February 17, 2012 – Intel Capital, the investment arm of the world’s biggest chip maker, said today it has invested in two Brazilian fashion e-commerce sites Coquelux and Fashion.me.
The move shows that the investment craze around online shopping has moved to the emerging markets of the world, where big audiences await. Brazil is the third-largest PC market in the world and Intel wants to expand it for its own self-interest. Coquelux is an online shopping club that gives members exclusive access to flash events where they can buy premium and luxury goods at a discount. Rede social esportiva Spleeps: sports, play, people.
Investmania: enxergando possibilidades por meio do relacionamento entre investidores, relatórios e análises. Peixe Urbano compra Zuppa, site de reserva de mesas em restaurantes. Doce Beleza cresce consolida-se no e-commerce de cosméticos. Intel Capital investe na Fashion.me e na Coquelux. GoodRx Grabs $1M+ From SV Angel, Founders Fund & More To Help You Find Cheap Prescription Drugs. Like many other services, goods, and commodities, prescription drug prices can vary widely depending on location and what particular vendor is offering them.
Launching last September at the Health 2.0 Conference in San Francisco was GoodRx, a service that’s aiming to bring some transparency back to prescription drug purchases by bringing some sophisticated price comparison technology to the everyday consumer. GoodRx was co-founded by Scott Marlette and Doug Hirsch, both early employees of Facebook. Hirsch was VP of Product at Facebook back in 2005, and Marlette, one of the company’s first 20 employees, was an engineer who worked on, among other things, Facebook’s photo application.
The culture of transparency, openness, and focus on the big picture, Marlette says, had a lasting influence on him after Facebook, leading he and Hirsch to apply some of that psychology to building a better way to serve consumers with the latest pricing info from the prescription drug market. Real Estate Site VivaReal Raises Cash To Be The Zillow For Brazil. VivaReal.com.br, a real estate marketplace in Brazil, has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from a number of angels and investors, including Greg Waldorf, Simon Baker, Shaun Di Gregorio, Wences Casares, Micky Malka, Ariel Poler, Gordon Rubenstein, 500 Startups, Jeff Fluhr, Errol Damelin, Florian Otto, Monashees Capital and Kaszek Ventures.
As co-founder Brian Requarth tells me in more developed markets like the U.S., property searchers have the option to find almost all the inventory for sale or rent online. In Brazil, a fraction of the listings are available online and it is still a highly fragmented marketplace. Social Media Advertising Startup Compass Labs Raises $6M From NEA And Presidio. BuiltWith Reveals The Tech Used By The 130 Million Web Sites That Matter Most. Search engines like Google scour the web to figure out how to rank content.
Measurement firms like comScore sample users to estimate traffic to web sites. But what if you want to know which of some 2000 technologies a web site is using? And, what if you want to know what the tech trends are across the 130 million largest sites on the web today? You could just dig through the source code for each site you’re interested in to answer these questions piecemeal, or you could repurpose other web site profilers designed for search engine optimization or other jobs.
Or, you could use BuiltWith. Crowd-Sourced Learning Platform Memrise Nabs $1.05M From Matt Mullenweg, Lerer Ventures And More! Memrise, an online community that attempts to teach people languages through crowdsourcing, is announcing its $1.1 million in seed financing today, from Matt Mullenweg’s Audrey Capital, Avalon Ventures, Balderton Capital, Lerer Ventures, Zynga Boston head Nabeel Hyatt, former Facebook data head Jeff Hammerbacher, Bill Warner, Scott Heller, Walt Winshall and Ken Baumann.
Memrise incorporates a unique way of teaching and teaching foreign words; It crowdsources Mems, or Mneumonic devices from its community and then imparts them to users through online lessons involving animated gifs (below). The startup uses a gardening metaphor to represent a student’s journey — each Mem you learn is a plant, your total sum knowledge is a garden, etc. With Clik, Your Smartphone Can Control Screens Everywhere.
You’ve probably heard of Kik Messenger, a phone messaging app with the backing of Union Sqaure Ventures and RRE.
It turns out Kik was just the beginning of the company’s plans — today it’s launching Clik, which is even more impressive. Put simply, Clik can turn your phone into a remote control for any screen with a browser. Lady Gaga-Backed Backplane Raises Over $4M From Sequoia & More; Acquires Sharing Platform Cortex. You may have heard the buzz by now about a young startup that’s being fueled by some pretty impressive star power, including the likes of the one and only Lady Gaga.
The project, called Backplane, was co-founded by Lady Gaga’s manager, Troy Carter, and raised an early (then hush hush) seed round from an impressive set of investors, including Google Ventures, Founders Fund Angel, Menlo Ventures, SV Angel, i/o Ventures, and Tomorrow Ventures. The startup is also being led by a group of former Facebook and Google employees, as well as other tech-heavy companies, including co-founders Joey Primiani, an ex-Googler and creator of Cortex, Alex Moore, former Director of Operations (and the first employee) at Palantir Technologies, along with Panantir cofounder, Joe Lonsdale, who has become the Chairman of Backplane’s Board of Directors. TipList Wants To Replace That Ubiquitous Travel Tips Email. From the one man team that brought you Photopile and Onesheet comes another drop dead simple app, TipList.
Deciding to take a trip around the world with his wife Elle last summer, creator Brenden Mulligan received a deluge of “City Tips” emails, or those emails full of must see sights, places, restaurants, bars that your friends think you’d like and that constantly get recycled when people you know come into town/travel. Mulligan thought that there must be a better, more centralized solution than email, and built TipList — a service that “makes it easy to build a quick list of recommendations about a place you’ve been and loved.” (Sample list here.) To use TipList, connect to the app via Facebook and Twitter and/or import your checkins from Foursquare. Opera Snaps Up Mobile Theory, 4th Screen For $26M In Mobile Ad Push. Mobile browser company Opera today announced that it has acquired the mobile ad networks Mobile Theory and 4th Screen Advertising.
The move is not just another sign of the ongoing consolidation in that space, but also of the need to bulk up to better compete with the likes of Google with more full-service solutions. Opera will be paying $18 million for Mobile Theory and $8 million for 4th Screen, with potential earn-outs bringing in an additional $32 million and $6.5 million respectively in 2013 and 2014 The move comes at the same time that San Mateo/Oslo, Norway-based Opera announced its latest quarterly earnings, in which revenues were up by 31 percent to 253.1 million Norwegian Kronor ($44 million), on the back of strong growth in its desktop browser, consumer/advertising, and OEM divisions — offsetting a small decline in the company’s first-ever customer base, mobile operators.
Frank & Oak Helps Twentysomething Men Dress Themselves. A new site called Frank & Oak wants to take the headache out of clothes shopping for men between 20 and 35.
The site is a new product from men’s clothing company Modasuite (a startup based in Canada and backed by Real Ventures). With Frank & Oak, CEO Ethan Song says the company is aiming at a younger audience (Modasuite’s customer base is more in the 30-45 range), so the clothing is more affordable and the process is simpler. Subscribers just go to the Frank & Oak site and enter their clothing preferences.
Then, once a month you get an email newsletter with a list of items for sale, curated to your interests — Song compares it to a personalized men’s fashion magazine. (At first, I thought a monthly newsletter didn’t seem frequent enough, but Song says men in their 20s and early 30s don’t want to buy clothes more often than that.) Filetrek Raises $10 Million For Cloud-Based File Sharing Platform. FileTrek, a new cloud storage and file-sharing platform launching today, has raised $10 million in Series B funding led by Anthem Venture Partners, Telesystem, and Ontario Emerging Technologies Funds.
Filetrek is designed to allow enterprises to add secure file sharing, project collaboration, and the ability for managers to track content and data across thousands of desktops and mobile devices. Using the application, consumers can share files directly from their desktop and access data anywhere from any device, whether they are online or offline. Filetrek will also tell you the location of a file, who has worked on it, the various changes that have been made to it, and how files are related. All versions of documents and files automatically backup and sync between multiple devices in real-time.
Writing Marketplace Scripted.com Gains An Extra $150K, Two New Advisors. UPS Partners With And Backs Online Merchant Lender Kabbage; Will Provide Data For Underwriting. Kabbage, which provides working capital to online merchants, is announcing a big deal today. The Atlanta-based startup is debuting a partnership with shipping giant UPS where for the first time ever, they will allow and facilitate customers offering their shipping and transportation data to Kabbage for use in the capital underwriting process. Kabbage is essentially a way for online merchants and sellers on marketplaces like eBay, Etsy and Amazon to get capital they otherwise wouldn’t qualify for at a bank. Kabbage uses technology to analyze online merchants’ sales and credit history; customer traffic and reviews; and prices and inventory compared to competitors.
And merchants can proactively add information to their Kabbage account to immediately increase their access to capital. Shoutlet Fires Off New Trigger-Based Social Marketing Platform. Here’s why social media marketing is broken: my company wants to launch a contest on our Facebook app and website and post about to all our fans and followers, post when we hit 1000 entries, and post again when the contest ends after 5000 entries.
Sequencing like this was difficult because marketing team would have to monitor for those milestones to be reached, then manually rotate our apps and publish updates. Social marketing platform Shoutlet today launches a way to turn the cacophony of disparate campaigns into a concerted push. It’s called Social Switchboard, it uses trigger-based campaign publishing, and your marketing department wants it. Social Switchboard lets marketers schedule status updates, tweets, YouTube videos, emails, apps and more to be published when a trigger is hit, such as a Facebook Page reaching a certain Like count or a number of contest entries being submitted.
Jonathan Schwartz Launches CareZone, A Simple Caregiving Site With Big Plans. The problem that former Sun Microsystems chief executive Jonathan Schwartz is trying to fix with his new startup is clear enough. More and more people are having to care for older relatives as the US population ages, and many of these people have kids to take care of, too.
But, the current online methods for sharing sensitive health information aren’t always appropriate. Clear: Why This Simple To Do List App Has Everyone Talking. Clear, the heavily-anticipated touch-based to-do list app, is launching in the iTunes App Store tonight. And by heavily anticipated, I mean this app was getting tech blog coverage based on demos, previews and teaser videos. Why the big draw for what’s typically been a rather ho-hum app category, the lowly to-do list? No Name, No Email, No Problem: nFluence Media Raises $3M For Anonymous Deal-Targeting Tech. Lover.ly Raises $500K To Be An Online, Visual Inspiration Engine For Weddings. 500 Startups Alum LaunchBit Launches Its Email Ad Network. Pearltrees Raises $6.7M, Boasts Of “Collaborative Interest Graph”
Pops Raises $1.5M From Mangrove To Sexify Mobile Notifications. Finam Puts $10M In Mobile Messaging Application IM+ CruiseWise Launches A Dedicated Travel Site For Booking Cruises. Behind New Funding, Matchbook Wants To Turn Bookmarking Into Action With Intent-Based Deals. Marin Software Raises $30M, Aims (Eventually) For IPO. Page 2.