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Chris DeWolfe goes from MySpace to the mobile space with 'Fluff Friends Rescue'

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Chris DeWolfe first entered the popular consciousness as the co-founder and CEO of pioneering social network MySpace. After relinquishing the MySpace reins in 2009, DeWolfe resurfaced the following year when he teamed with Austin Ventures to acquire social gaming firm MindJolt--the following year, MindJolt expanded into mobile with the purchase...
Chris DeWolfe goes from MySpace to the mobile space with 'Fluff Friends Rescue'
Solar Power Technologies and Draker complete merger deal, close $8M round

MapMyFitness reels in $9m in Series B funding led by Austin Ventures and Milestone

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MapMyFitness today announced a $9m Series B funding round led by Austin Ventures and Milestone Venture Partners. MapMyFitness is the Texas-based health and fitness tech firm powering the likes of MapMyRun.com, MapMyRide.com and MapMyWalk.com, and back in April we reported that on the company’s efforts to map the fittest states...
MapMyFitness reels in $9m in Series B funding led by Austin Ventures and Milestone

Chris DeWolfe Makes His Move – Raises Big Round, Acquires Gaming Platform MindJolt

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Last year we reported that MySpace founder and former CEO Chris DeWolfe was raising a big round of capital to start acquiring companies. He’s now closed on that round of capital and has made his first acquisition. He’s also “got the band back together” by bringing on a slew of...
Chris DeWolfe Makes His Move – Raises Big Round, Acquires Gaming Platform MindJolt
Social marketing startup Dachis Group closes $7.5M funding round

Spredfast raises $18M, Sprinklr secures $15M for social marketing software

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Two social marketing platform companies announced new funding today. Spredfast has raised $18 million in a venture capital round led by OpenView Venture Partners, and Sprinklr has raised $15 million in series B funding from Intel Capital and Battery Ventures. Spredfast offers social media management software for the enterprise, including tools for publishing, monitoring, engagement...
Spredfast raises $18M, Sprinklr secures $15M for social marketing software
Calxeda Raises $55 Million For ARM-Based, Low Powered Server Chips

Going to SXSW? Or not? Either way, VB has your back

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It’s that time of year again for the big SXSW tech and entertainment event in Austin, Texas – and VentureBeat has planned ahead to cover it all. SXSW is a monster. Some 20,000 attendees run around downtown, creating a bunch of noise. But amid the cacophony, there’s some really cool stuff, and...
Going to SXSW? Or not? Either way, VB has your back

Next stop for TechStars: Austin, Texas, with applications opening today

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Austin is among the top 10 thriving startup cities in the US today (though your mileage may vary), and accelerator TechStars is acknowledging this today by setting up shop in the state of Texas’s capital. The startup accelerator will run its first program starting this August, and applications are open...
Next stop for TechStars: Austin, Texas, with applications opening today

Suffering SXSW fatigue before it even starts? Calm down, get feedback from Austin Ventures and VentureBeat

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Too much noise? Are you an entrepreneur, seeking to push your big product idea to the next step? Consider shutting out the noise of SXSW for a few minutes (there are tens of thousands of companies vying for attention here), and sitting down with myself and some partners from Austin...
Suffering SXSW fatigue before it even starts? Calm down, get feedback from Austin Ventures and VentureBeat
Social Syndication Startup Mass Relevance Raises $3.3M

Ixia acquires cybersecurity firm BreakingPoint for $160m in cash

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NASDAQ-listed Ixia, which offers IP and wireless network testing and visibility solutions, has agreed to acquire security testing company BreakingPoint Systems for roughly $160 million in cash. BreakingPoint had raised at least $28 million in funding from firms like Austin Ventures and Genesis Inventions. In May 2012, Ixia picked up...
Ixia acquires cybersecurity firm BreakingPoint for $160m in cash

Silvercar Launches Its Simplified Vehicle Rental Service At Dallas/Fort Worth

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Silvercar has announced that its airport-based car rental service will debut on January 14 for travelers visiting Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, with advance reservations for daily and weekly rentals now available. Some of the Austin-based company’s signature silver 2013 Audis A4s will be available in soft-launch mode over the next...
Silvercar Launches Its Simplified Vehicle Rental Service At Dallas/Fort Worth

Silvercar snags $11.5M to disrupt airport car rentals

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Okay, they got me. Silvercar is not a luxury car rental service, as I wrote when I discovered the stealthy startup in March. To my credit, my guess was based on a job description Silvercar had written to trick nosy people like me. Fortunately for everyone, what they’re building is...
Silvercar snags $11.5M to disrupt airport car rentals

Social Media Management Startup Spredfast Raises $1.6 Million

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Spredfast, recently a finalist in the Microsoft BizSpark Accelerator at SXSW, has raised $1.6 million in funding from Austin Ventures. This marks the first financing secured by the startup, which markets a social media management platform for businesses. Spredfast enables companies to manage social media campaigns and customer acquisition initiatives...
Social Media Management Startup Spredfast Raises $1.6 Million

Big data goes to college: ed tech startup Civitas Learning scores $8.75M

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Colleges and universities are sitting on mounds of data that could lead to all kinds of valuable insights – like which students are most at risk for failing or what course loads tend to lead to attrition. But, until recently, schools haven’t had the tools to aggregate and analyze those...
Big data goes to college: ed tech startup Civitas Learning scores $8.75M

WhaleShark Media Hires CFO With Public Company Experience

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WhaleShark Media, the profitable coupon company that generated more than $140 million in revenue last year, has hired Douglas Jeffries as its new chief financial officer. The Austin, Texas-based company said Jeffries will manage the WhaleShark’s global finance, legal, facilities and human resource teams — and at this rate, he’s presumably being...
WhaleShark Media Hires CFO With Public Company Experience

Donuts Raises $100M-Plus To Deliver ‘Dot-Anything-You-Want’ Domain Names

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Donuts has raised more than $100 million in a mammoth Series A round, not to make crispy, dunk-able diet killers, but to become a registry for generic top-level domains or “gTLDs,” a new type of unique, online identifier, VentureWire has learned. The round was led by Austin Ventures and joined...
Donuts Raises $100M-Plus To Deliver ‘Dot-Anything-You-Want’ Domain Names

Game-like restaurant app MOGL raises $10M for a mixed bag of loyalty & charity

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MOGL, a customer loyalty platform that’s all about psychology and game mechanics, has raised its second institutional round of funding. The $10 million round brings the startup’s total amount of venture capital raised to $12.4 million. The new funding round was led by Sigma Partners, with participation from Austin Ventures...
Game-like restaurant app MOGL raises $10M for a mixed bag of loyalty & charity
Tweet broadcaster Mass Relevance gets set to open London office on back of rapid growth

TechStars Arrives In Austin, Will Launch First Program In August

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TechStars, the popular startup accelerator with locations in Boston, Boulder, New York, Seattle, London, and more, has today announced an expansion to Austin, Texas – a city TechStars founder and CEO David Cohen refers to as the “natural next stop for us” in this morning’s announcement about the new location....
TechStars Arrives In Austin, Will Launch First Program In August
Bloomfire gets $8M, says Yammer collaboration is 'information overload'
Nitero gets $3.1M in funds for gigabit Wi-Fi chips

Umbel Gets Strategic Investment From Knight Foundation To Change The Way Online Audiences Are Measured

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Reporting and analytics firm Umbel wants to provide new metrics for measuring content online, to help publishers better monetize their content. And it’s getting some validation from the Knight Foundation, which was just announced as a strategic investor in the startup. Umbel uses big data analysis of publisher data to...
Umbel Gets Strategic Investment From Knight Foundation To Change The Way Online Audiences Are Measured

Marketing analytics firm Adometry nails down $8m to accelerate product development, recruit and expand

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Texas-based marketing analytics firm Adometry has secured an $8 million round of financing to fund recruitment and expansion into new territories. The round was led by Shasta Ventures with participation from Austin Ventures and Sierra Ventures. In addition to the funds, Jason Pressman of Shasta Ventures will join the company’s...
Marketing analytics firm Adometry nails down $8m to accelerate product development, recruit and expand
Venture capital more than doubles in Washington state

Austin-based Calxeda pulls in $55M to 'slash data center power'

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Calxeda, the Austin, Tx-based company with the first ever chip capable of running an entire server at a mere 5 watts, just announced a $55 million fundraise. “Businesses require a more efficient solution for the Web, Cloud, and Big Data,” Barry Evans, the company’s CEO explained in a statement....
Austin-based Calxeda pulls in $55M to 'slash data center power'

Restaurant App Mogl Raises $10M, Led by Sigma Partners

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Mogl, a San Diego-based customer loyalty platform company, has raised $10 million, led by Sigma Partners, with participation from Austin Ventures and Avalon Ventures. The company has raised $12.4 million altogether, and launched in April of last year. PRESS RELEASE: SAN DIEGO, Jan 31, 2012 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) — MOGL (...
Restaurant App Mogl Raises $10M, Led by Sigma Partners

Gannett Buys Mobile Consumer Rewards And Loyalty Platform, Key Ring

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Gannett is on a shopping spree. After the media company snapped up advertising company BLiNQ for $92 million a few weeks ago, Gannett is announcing the acquisition of Mobestream Media, maker of the Key Ring consumer rewards mobile platform, Key Ring. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Key Ring...
Gannett Buys Mobile Consumer Rewards And Loyalty Platform, Key Ring
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