Spor, a Philadelphia, PA-based developer of a mobile solar solution for charging electronic devices, raised $200k in angel funding. According to reports (read here), angel investor Francis Wisniewski made the investment. The company had raised $112,408 from 1,439 backers via Kickstarter (read here) in June 2014. Led by Jason Browne, Founder and CEO, Spor is […]

According to reports, MusiXmatch, a Bologna, Italy-based mobile song’s lyrics platform, raised $5m in a Series B funding round. According to reports, the round is comprised of a capital increase of ā‚¬3m from new investors and a conversion of a previous note from Micheli AssociatiĀ andĀ Paolo Barberis. New backers include Programma 101 (P101), United Ventures, Paolo […]

FishBrain, a Swedish social network for sport fishing enthusiasts, has closed a $2.4m funding. The round was led by Northzone and Active Venture Partners with participation from GP Bullhound and Edastra Venture Capital, as well as existing investors Mathias Ackermand, Rikard Steiber and ALMI. Earlier investors include Industrifonden, Umando, Henrik Torstensson, CEO of Lifesum, and […]

According to a blog post, Robin, a Boston, MA-based provider of a presence-powered automation and intelligence platform for the workplace, raised $1.4m in seed funding. Backers included Atlas Venture, Deep Fork Capital, Boldstart Ventures, and Space Pirates. The company intends to use the funds to expand adoption among offices and continue product development. Led by […]

ParkTAG, a Berlin, Germany-based provider of an app that finds free parking spaces, received ā‚¬ 500k in seed funding. High-Tech GrĆ¼nderfonds made the investment. The company intends to use the funds to accelerate the development of its Realtime Big Data System required to solve the street parking issue. Founded by Silvan C. Rath, ParkTAG has […]

Reviews42, a New Delhi, India-based product reviews platform, raised $5m in funding. The round was led by Tiger Global Management with participation from Blume Ventures and Nirvana Venture Advisors. The company intends to use the funds to hire new people and expand its presence across India. Founded in 2010, Reviews42 provides comparisons of products and […]

UK-based crowdfunding platform Seedrs has launched “convertibles” as a new type of investment. Otfen used in Silicon Valley and among venture capitalists,Ā convertibles allow startups to raise a smaller funding round in the meantime when there is a perspective larger round. Through a convertible, they offer aĀ discount to investors and defer the timeĀ to put a valuation […]

twago (an acronym for Teamwork Across Global Offices), a Berlin, Germany-based freelance marketplace, received an investment of undisclosed amount. Backers included the Randstad Innovation Fund, the vc arm of global HR service provider Randstad, and existing investor Michael Oschmann, who is with Euro Serve Media GmbH ESM (wholly owned subsidiary of MĆ¼ller Medien). The company […]

Rocket Internet has launched SpaceWays, a new on-demand storage service, in London. For Ā£6 per month, the company provides customers with a large heavy-duty box and a free pick-up service to bring items to a self-storage location. Boxes can be returned for Ā£19 and delivery can be arranged for a convenient time for the customer. […]

Buenos Aires, Argentina-based Wideo has raised $460K from investors including: 500 Startups, NXTPLabs, and South VenturesĀ (read our news here). CEOĀ Agu De Marco joined us and answered our questions about the platform the team and the results of the company. He also says shared interesting things about Buenos Aires as a startup ecosystem. FinSMEs: Hi Agu. […]

Jusp, the chip-and-pin mPOS (Mobile Point-of-Sale) solution for smartphones, tablets and PCs, has announced the availability for sale of its mPOS solution. The Milan-based company recently received the most stringent security level certifications for mobile point of sale devices: EMV level 1 and 2,PCI PTS 3.1 SRED*. Led by Giuseppe Saponaro, COO, andĀ Stefano Calderano, CEO,Ā JUSP […]

Contatta, a Phoenix’s Silicon Desert, Arizona-based provider of a collaborative email platform, completed a $1.5m convertible round. Kickstart Seed Fund II and Grayhawk Capital, as well as all of current board members including Pat Sullivan, and outside investors Desert Angels and ATIF participated in this latest round, which brought total funding to $7.9m. The company […]

Venture capital firm Charles River Ventures has closed its latest fund at $393M. Founded in 1970, Charles River Ventures is an early-stage venture capital fund that takes a value-added, hands-on approach to support its portfolio companies. According to a filing with the S.E.C. (read here), Charles River Partnership XVI, LP, has been supported by 48 […]

TeleSign, a Los Angeles, CA-based provider of mobile phone-based verification tools for online accounts, has received a strategic investment from Australia’s Telstra Ventures. The amount of the transaction was not disclosed. The company will use the proceeds to accelerate growth in the Asia Pacific market. Led by Steve Jillings, CEO, TeleSign provides large companies in […]