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By Robert Scoble | News about and for startups and their founders kept by Robert Scoble, futurist at Rackspace, Mike McCue, Flipboard's cofounder, and Hillel Fuld, journalist in Israel's tech scene. Updated in 2015.

PayPal Agrees to Buy Xoom for $890 Million

Xoom, a San Francisco-based online money transfer technology and services company that went public in 2013, is being acquired by PayPal for $25 per share in cash or $890 million.

The price represents a 32 percent premium over Xoom’s three-month volume-weighted average price.

As stated in a …

Xoom

PubNub Gets Another $20M To Scale Up Its Low-Latency Messaging Network

PubNub, a startup out of San Francisco that has built a data network focused on messaging for apps, IoT hardware and other low-latency services, has raised another $20 million in a Series C round of funding. It seems that 20 million is the magic number for PubNub at the moment: the company — which …

Internet of Things

Minute Is a Video Watching App For The ADD Generation

Viral video has become a big business. Companies like Vodio and 5by have come in to serve this space, ‘viralising’ short form video, especially for mobile. Now Minute, a new startup, has developed a new Android and web application that draws on big data and crowd data to determine the most viral …

Big Data

Splacer, With $1.4M In New Funding, Is Airbnb For Event Spaces

Splacer, the Tel Aviv-based marketplace for listing and renting out creative event space, today announced that it has raised $1.4 million in seed funding led by Carmel Ventures. A number of angel investors, including Shlomo Kramer, Sam Ben Avraham, and Eyal Shaked, also participated in the …

Airbnb

Klear, Formerly Called Twtrland, Gets $1.5M To Grow Its Social Media Analytics Platform

Twtrland, which wants to make comprehensive social media analytics easy to understand, has raised $1.5 million in new funding from Altair, GIG, and TMT. It is also rebranding as Klear, since the platform now looks at data from Facebook and Instagram in addition to Twitter, and plans to integrate …

Social Media

SmartUp App Virtually Mentors New Entrepreneurs And Could Lead To Funding

Everyone knows there are entrepreneurs all over the world now, not just in developed countries. Why? Because the internet and technology has empowered so many. Indeed, a 2013 survey put out by Babson and the LSE found that the size of the global market for learning about entrepreneurship and …

Entrepreneurship

Playbasis Lands $1.8M To Fuel Its Gamification For Enterprise Push

Playbasis, a company that offers gamification solutions for business and enterprises, has closed a $1.85 million Series A round as it bids to broaden its services and develop new technology such as virtual reality for companies.

The Bangkok-based startup previously raised $770,000 in February 2014, …

Startups

Meerkat Outs An Embeddable Player, Hooks Discovery Channel’s Shark Week

Livestreaming app Meerkat has launched an embeddable player so that content being broadcast to the app can be embedded into and viewed on other digital services. The first implementation of the player is with the Discovery Channel, for its annual Shark Week multi-platform event — which begins July 5.

Sharks

PayRange, A Startup That Enables Vending Machines To Take Credit Cards For Payment, Raises $12M

PayRange, which makes a small device that plugs into vending machines that enables customers to pay with credit cards, said that it has raised $12 million in venture financing.

The company produces a device that plugs into vending machines that interacts with an app. It uses Bluetooth to connect to …

Startups

Inspirock Gets $3M Seed Funding To Make Vacation Itinerary Planning Easier

Inspirock wants to take the hassle out of travel planning with a site that automatically creates customized itineraries. The startup announced today that it has raised $3 million in seed funding from returning investor MakeMyTrip, one of India’s largest travel booking sites, angel investors, and …

Europe Travel

Yeplive Brings Landscape Video And Web Comments To The Live Streaming Fight

The live streaming app battle may not have much room for many offerings besides early mover Meerkat and Twitter-owned Periscope, but that doesn’t mean people aren’t going to try. There’s still some hype left in the bottom of that particular barrel, and Yeplive is hoping to scoop it up by offering …

Meerkat

Meet Sandwich Fund, The New Venture Arm of Silicon Valley's Favorite Video Maker

Adam Lisagor had no idea how lucky he was.

It was 2009, and Lisagor, a Los Angeles-based video producer, had just finished shooting his second app demo clip when he was approached by a guy named Jack Dorsey. Dorsey had a brand-new startup, Square, and a problem. No one could explain how to use …

Silicon Valley

As Slack Hits 1M Daily Users And 900K Integration Installs, It Hires April Underwood As Head Of Platform

Workplace collaboration platform Slack has been a runaway success since opening for business just over a year ago: the company co-founded and led by Flickr founder Stewart Butterfield now has 1.1 million daily active users, with 300,000 of them paying for premium tiers of the service bringing in …

Slack

Security startup Barkly secures $12.5M from NEA

New Enterprise Associates led a $12.5 million round for endpoint security company Barkly. The startup announced the raise today, bringing its total funds to $17 million since it was founded in 2013. In a canned statement, Barkly revealed that it will use the funds to recruit new talent and drive …

Security

VenueNext Raises $9M To Create Apps For Stadiums

Have you ever been hungry at a sporting event but didn’t want to deal with the lines? Well VenueNext has raised $9 million to roll out an app for your lazy ass. From mobile ordering to in-stadium directions, VenueNext is a technology platform that is working to change the way fans experience live …

Software

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New Company Helps SaaS Applications Work Behind Firewall

Replicated, a company that wants to help SaaS vendors ship an on-premises version of their applications more easily, made a series of announcements today including a $1.5M seed round and several Beta customers.

The company is taking advantage of Docker containerization technology to build a solution …

Firewalls

A startup that sells $1 razors is now worth $615 million thanks to campaigns like, 'Our blades are f---ing great!'

Dollar Shave Club, with its slogan "Our Blades Are F---ing Great," just got valued at $615 million.

The Los Angeles-based startup launched three years ago with an idea to steal market share from razor powerhouse, Gillette. CEO Michael Dubin promised a better price point: for $1 a month, Dollar Shave …

Startups

API-Based Money Mover Currency Cloud Taps Sapphire Ventures And Rakuten For $18M

Startups that help people send money to each other or pay for goods and services online have been growing like weeds, fuelled by consumer demand, increasingly ubiquitous connected devices to make and receive the funds, and VCs eager to profit from their growth. Now a startup that has built …

Money

Why Ford is partnering with a hot 3D printing startup

Ford has teamed with fast-rising 3D-printing startup Carbon3D, whose technology can build 3D-printed objects.

The next time you take your car out for a spin, imagine how much more comfortable it would be if your steering wheel perfectly conformed to the shape of your hand.

Ford Motor Company …

Driving

These 25 Successful Startups Were Built With Outsourced Development

Starting a venture and developing your product or service requires working quickly and efficiently. You need to ensure your startup offers value in terms of innovation, quality and convenience, even though you have limited resources and may be racing against the competition to be first to …

Startups

After raising $1 million, the super-thin CST-01 watch won't make it to Kickstarter backers

Nearly two years after "the world's thinnest watch" was supposed to arrive to Kickstarter backers, the project has announced that it's pretty much done for. It's a disappointing update in the long saga of the $1 million campaign for CST-01, what was once supposed to be a stylish, 0.80mm-thick E Ink …

Kickstarter

Straw update lets you create polls and broadcast them to the world from your phone

Straw, the polling app that makes it easy to quickly create polls from your phone, is getting a big update today that adds the ability to broadcast your polls to the world.

The new feature, dubbed StrawCast, will send your newly created poll to everyone who has the app installed, as well as publicly …

Polling

Envoy Lands $15M From Andreessen Horowitz To Digitize The Office

There are companies that raise $15 million, and then there are companies that raise $15 million.

Envoy, the startup behind an iPad app designed “to kill the lobby sign-in book” — as we reported last year when it landed $1.5 million — is perhaps not one that you’d associate with such fundraising. But …

Ben Horowitz

EduKart Lands $1M To Increase Access To Education And Learning In India

EduKart, a New Delhi-based company that connects students with educational institutions, has landed $1 million to increase access to learning in India.

The startup was established in 2011 to help make education more accessible in India. Rather than bring learning online, such as MOOCs like Coursera, …

Education

Jelli Raises $21M From Intel, iHeartMedia, UMG And More For Its “AdWords For Audio” Platform

Jelli, makers of an ad platform for radio broadcasters to digitise how they fill space on their airwaves — think “AdWords for audio” — has raised a $21 million round of funding to grow its business as it prepares to expand to other kinds of audio services — specifically streamed music. The Series B …

Google AdWords

Startup Studio eFounders Grabs $6 Million To Build 6 New SaaS Startups

French startup studio eFounders just raised $6 million from Fotolia co-founder Oleg Tscheltzoff to build its next batch of software-as-a-service startups. So far, eFounders is behind five startups that are now independent — Mailjet, Textmaster, Mention, Front and Aircall. Pressking has been sold, …

Startups

Ily Is A Modern Family Phone To Stay Connected With Your Family

Meet Ily, a brand new take on personal communication between family members. Ily is a new connected device for your home as well as a smartphone app. Developed by New York-based startup Insensi, Ily doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel. This all-in-one communication box does a few things really well, …

Modern Family

Yotpo Raises An Additional $15M, Adds Former GoDaddy CEO To Board

Yotpo, a platform that helps businesses with original content marketing, just announced the closing of a $15 million funding round. This brings total funding so far by the company to $30 million.

Founded in Tel Aviv, Yotpo now helps more than 100,000 business with marketing, of which 65 percent are …

GoDaddy