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South Korean bitcoin exchange platform operator Korbit raises USD 3 million led by SoftBank Ventures Korea and Pantera Capital
26-August-2014 | Online retailing | Investments
South Korea-based bitcoin exchange platform operator Korbit Inc. received USD 3 million in Series A funding led by SoftBank Ventures Korea and Pantera Capital. The current round of funding also included participation from BAM Ventures, Bitcoin Opportunity Corp., Tim Draper, Pietro Dova and Strong Ventures. The company plans to use the proceeds from the current funding round to hire more employees and enhance its platform as well as scale up its business operations. Korbit, founded in 2013 by Tony Lyu (CEO) and Kangmo Kim, operates a bitcoin exchange platform that allows users to buy, sell and transact in bitcoin. Earlier in January 2014, the company received USD 0.40 million in investment from group of investors.
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US-based digital media company Google acquires US-based visual-effects software company Zync
26-August-2014 | Enterprise Software & Services | Investments
US-based digital media company Google Inc. acquired US-based visual-effects software company Zync Inc. for an undisclosed consideration. The deal allows Google to expand its cloud-based offerings, expand its team with visual artists and designers and to extend its reach in new markets. Post-acquisition, Zync`s service will be offered as a part of Google`s Cloud Platform. Founded in 2011, Zync (formerly known as ZERO VFX) is a visual effects cloud-rendering technology company that offers Zync Render technology and allows motion picture studios to create enhanced scenes and graphics for movies. Founded in 1998 by Sergey Brin and Larry Page (CEO), Google provides search, online and mobile advertising as well as a wide range of web-based services to businesses and individuals globally.
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US-based online college advisory platform operator Admitted.ly raises USD 1.2 million investment from a group of investors
26-August-2014 | Consumer Software & Services | Investments
US-based online college advisory platform operator Admitted.ly Inc. raised USD 1.2 million investment from a group of investors. The participants in the current round of investment included Quotidian, RRE, Correlation, Joanne Wilson and Shawn Byers. The company plans to utilize the proceeds from the current round of funding to further develop its platform, grow its team and to expand marketing activities. Founded in 2013 by Jessica Brondo (CEO) and Emily Cole, Admitted.ly operates an online platform that provides students and their parents with comprehensive tools to select and apply to the right college based on their personality, interests and goals.
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US-based mobile social commerce application developer Strut raises USD 1.5 million in seed funding round led by Khosla Ventures
26-August-2014 | Mobile Media & Applications | Investments
US-based mobile social commerce application developer Strut raised USD 1.5 million in seed funding round led by Khosla Ventures. The current round of investment also received funding from Ben Ling, Eniac Ventures, Sherpa Ventures, Slow Ventures, SK Ventures, FG Angels, Base Ventures, Kevin Rose, Rick Marini, Ryan Bloomer, Darius Monsef, Steve Jang, Dan Rose, Daniel Brusilovsky, Elliot Loh, Bo Han and Owen Van Natta. The company plans to use the invested capital to further develop its application, launch its service on iOS platform as well as to enhance marketing activities. Founded in 2013 by Mark Daniel and Nate Chiger, Strut is a mobile social application that allows users to create new outfits, share them with friends, get feedback and message each other around specific products.
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Chinese online and mobile beauty consultation platform operator Meila raises USD 20 million in series B funding led by Morningside Ventures
26-August-2014 | Consumer Software & Services | Investments
China-based online and mobile beauty consultation platform operator Meila raised USD 20 million in series B funding round led by Morningside Ventures. Other participants in the current round of investment included GSR Ventures, IDG and Yunqi Ventures. The company plans to utilize the invested capital to expand its team, expand its services to other verticals as well as to scale up its marketing and branding activities to enhance the adoption of its platform. Meila (formerly known as Meila Makeup) operates online and mobile platforms that offer expert advice and tips on makeup and skincare as well as offers reviews on manicure, hairdressing and clothing matching skills.
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German online travel search platform operator GoEuro raises USD 27 million in series A financing led by New Enterprise Associates
26-August-2014 | Online travel | Investments
Germany-based online travel search platform operator GoEuro Travel GmbH raised USD 27 million investment from New Enterprise Associates led group of investors in series A funding. The current round of funding also included participation from existing investors including Battery Ventures, Hasso Plattner Ventures and Lakestar LP. The company plans to use the proceeds from the current funding round to enhance its online travel search platform, enhance marketing initiatives and to further expand its reach across Europe. GoEuro, founded in 2012 by Naren Shaam (CEO), operates an online travel search platform that allows customers to search and compare pricing of car rental, rail, air and bus to choose their travel option accordingly across the UK, Germany and Spain. Earlier in January 2014, the company raised an undisclosed amount of investment from Lakestar LP led group of investors.
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US-based online baby products retailing platform operator The Honest Co. raises USD 70 million from Wellington Management Co. led investors
26-August-2014 | Online retailing | Investments
US-based online and mobile baby products retailing platform operator The Honest Co. raised USD 70 million in investment from Wellington Management Co. led group of investors. The current round of funding also included participation from existing investors Lightspeed Venture Partners and Iconiq Capital as well as several unnamed public financial companies. The company plans to use the invested capital to expand its reach in the US as well as in international markets and to enhance its distribution capabilities and brand accessibility by adding more retail partners. The transaction valued the company at USD 1 billion. The Honest Co., founded by Jessica Alba, Christopher Gavigan, Brian Lee (CEO) and Sean Kane, operates an online platform, Honest.com and related mobile application through which it provides non-toxic and natural products for babies.
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