USAA Leads $24 Million Round For Connected Car Platform Automatic

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Automatic, the connected car platform whose sensor and app combination is sometimes referred to as a “Fitbit for your car,” announced this morning $24 million in Series B funding, led by the investment arm at USAA, a top insurance and financial services provider for military families, which today counts 11 million members. Also participating in the round were new investors CDK… Read More

 

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U.K. Push For Better Broadband For Startups

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Image (1) broadbandfccr.jpg for post 346824 U.K. telecoms regulator Ofcom has called for more to be done to improve broadband services for startups and SMEs, publishing a report assessing the problem and setting out an action plan to improve broadband provision for businesses with under 250 employees. Read More

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Lost My Name, The Kids “Full-Stack” Personalised Book Publisher, Raises $9M Led By Google Ventures

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Founders1 Lost My Name, the London-based startup behind the hugely popular “The Little Boy/Girl Who Lost His/Her Name”, a personalised picture book for kids, has picked a $9 million Series A round. Google Ventures led the investment, along with Greycroft, The Chernin Group, Allen & Co, and former SunGard President and CEO Cris Conde. Read More

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UK’s Yieldify Raises $11.5M From SoftBank And Google Ventures To Fix E-Commerce Conversions

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e7vengzfpejsnwipq8pu London has emerged as a major hub for digital advertising and marketing, and today one of its faster growing startups is getting some funding to go to the next level. Yieldify, a marketing tech business that has built software to improve and track on-site and email conversions — that is, for e-commerce businesses to keep people shopping, buying and generally interested instead of… Read More

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Translation And Copywriting Platform TextMaster Scores $5M In New Funding

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TextMaster TextMaster, the Belgium startup that offers a platform for content translation, copywriting and proofreading, has raised a new $5 million round of funding, adding to the approximately $3 million previously raised since being founded in 2011. The lead investor is Serena Capital, along with existing backer Alven Capital. Read More

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

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5976264120_68e6352107_o 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 its founders Anoop Goyal and Prakash Sikchi. Read More

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

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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 some features notably omitted from any of the other current offerings.

Yeplive is a Canadian startup that offers live broadcasts via mobile devices, with apps for iOS and Google Play, with a few differences including location-centric feeds, with maps and pins to show where broadcasts are originating, as well as a full-featured conversation interface available on the web so that anyone can join in the conversation.

Yeplive has GPS verification, meaning you can reliably trust that broadcasts are actually coming from where they claim to be coming from, but that also means it’s an app that’s not designed for users super-focused on geo privacy. The app is leaning on location as one of its differentiating factors, however, so it’s not looking to be everything to everyone.

It also archives content by default, which another one of those features that either aren’t offered by, or are in some ways limited by both of the major competitors in this field. Another big unique feature is landscape filming, which will satisfy video quality fanatics out there who vocally oppose the portrait-only orientation of both Meerkat and Periscope – but this may just be a “get off my lawn” situation, since other platforms popular with the youths like Snapchat also seem to favor the vertical.

The live chat function is perhaps the most interesting so far, since it doesn’t even require that the audience have an app installed, and it means that Yeplive’s can have equal impact across various social platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and Google+ (there’s even Instagram support coming soon, albeit for archived feeds).

After a lot of initial buzz, both Periscope and Meerkat have mostly receded peacefully into the collective social background consciousness, but long-term the market still probably has potential. Is crossing feature requests for competitors off a list enough to build a viable alternative to the current leaders? Not necessarily, but some different thinking in the space can only help it progress overall.

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Spotify Buys Beats’ Analytics Provider Seed Scientific

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Seed Scientific formerly served clients including Audi, Unilever, the United Nations, and importantly, Apple’s Beats Music. But with the… Read More

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Dropbox Now Has More Than 400 Million Registered Users

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dropbox-blueprint Dropbox said today that it now has more than 400 million registered users — a jump from the last public figure about its user base in May last year. Previously, the company had said it had 300 million users. The company declined to say how many of them are monthly active users, but it still shows that Dropbox’s registered user base at the very least continues to grow.… Read More

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Teespring Eliminates 70 Jobs In Providence As Company Restructures

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teespring-pile Teespring, the custom apparel startup backed by Andreessen Horowitz, Khosla Ventures and others, has laid off 70 employees from its Providence, Rhode Island-based location, TechCrunch learned and Teespring confirms. The move, which impacts those in customer service, selling services and select graphic design positions, represents Teespring’s continued withdrawal from the region where… Read More

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