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Startups and ideas that raised funding in the passing week

technology-worldThis week (3rd Nov. to 9th Nov.) funding revolved mainly around the mobile, video and gaming category. Except Rocket Internet backed Linio and New York based Mobli, raising USD 50 Mn and USD 60 Mn respectively, the majority of the startups were able to attract funding between USD 500, 000 to USD 3 Mn.

Here is a brief overview of all:


It has just closed a USD 7.6 Mn Series A funding round led by Icon Venture Partners, IDG Ventures, Mike Lazerow (founder of Buddy Media), Blumberg Capital, Accelerator Ventures, Bullpen Capital and T5 Capital. Founded in 2011, Appboy is a customer engagement platform for mobile apps that helps companies to understand, segment and message audience. It is based out in the New York City.


Based out in San Francisco, Betable creates platform to convert mobile social casino games into real-money gambling titles. Betable provides the license, support and infrastructure that allow developers to legally integrate real-money gaming into their own mobile and social games. It has raised USD 18.5 Mn Series A round led by Venture51.


Founded in August 2000, deviantART is an online social network for artists and art enthusiasts with over 29 million registered members, attracting 65 million unique visitors per month. It has just raised USD 10 Mn in a new round of funding.

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Silicon Valley based, Espresso Logic is a startup that offers database backend services for mobile and web developers. It has recently raised USD  1.6 Mn in seed funding from Inventus Capital, and few other angel investors including Gokul Rajaram, lead product engineer at Square and one of the creators of Google AdSense. It provides an instant RESTful server for developers to connect web and mobile applications to external databases including MySQL, Oracle Server and Microsoft SQL Server.

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Launched back in 2009, Gain Fitness customize workout plans based on an individual’s body, goals, and lifestyle. Its algorithmic workouts are built from the collective knowledge of certified trainers, fitness experts, and the principles of exercise science. It has just raised USD 2.14 Mn in a new round of funding.


Developed by Mobile Accord, GeoPoll, is a real-time mobile survey platform, enables companies to conduct surveys by SMS, voice messages or on the Web. It has just raised USD 6.6 Mn Series A round.


Latin America based Linio is a Rocket Internet incubated eCommerce startup. It has just raised USD 50 Mn in a new round of funding led by Latin Idea, a Mexico based private-equity fund. Linio is also called as Amazon of Latin America and was founded in December last year.


Listn lets users combine all music libraries, allowing them to explore and listen to their friends’ music, regardless of what music streaming service they are using. It has just raised USD 500,000 in a seed round.


California based and Y Combinator-backed startup Lob was launched earlier this year, to provide solution for developers looking to integrate printing into web/mobile applications. It  also work towards eliminating the complexity and expense of building and maintaining in-house printing solutions. Lob has raised USD 2.4 Mn in seed funding from YC partners and angel investors includinh Kevin Hale, Dalton Caldwell, Sam Altman, Joshua Schachter, Alexis Ohanian, Paul Buchheit, Garry Tan, Polaris Partners, and others.


It has raised USD 5.2 Mn in Series A funding led by CMEA Capital, 500 Startups, Google Ventures, Raptor Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, Inspovation Ventures, and angel investors such as Jonathan Abrams, Othman Laraki, Rick Marini and Naval Ravikant. It was founded in 2011 and provides provides a native monetization platform for applications, with a focus on social and mobile games.


Called as a Instagram rival, Mobli is a mobile picture and video sharing platform. Recently, Carlos Slim has invested USD 60 Mn in it. Mobli was founded in 2010 and is based out in New York.


It’s a news discovery service, after raising USD 1.65 Mn in Series A round of funding in May this year, it has now announced that it has closed USD 1.85 Mn in Series A financing round led by Advance Publications, Maveron, DFJ, Transmedia Capital, Launny Steffens and previous investor Rockwell Schnabel. It’s a Web application that functions like Google Alerts, but specifically for users’ Facebook friends, LinkedIn contacts, and public figures.


It’s an Amsterdam based startup, founded in 2012, which allows people to create any photo book from social media content. It has just raised undisclosed amount in seed funding. The startup has raised USD 500,000 in funding so far.


It protects students on computers throughout the school while giving them safe access to 21st century learning tools like YouTube, Google and Wikipedia. It has raised USD 1 Mn in a recent funding round.


It’s a gaming startup raising USD 2.35 Mn in seed funding from Upfront Ventures and Sunstone Capital. It was founded this year and is based out in Finland.


Sprig has just raised USD 1.2 Mn in seed funding led by Battery Ventures’ Brian O’Malley, Greylock Partners’ Simon Rothman, Andrew McCollum, Larry Braitman, Haroon Mokhtarzada, Darian Shirazi, MHS Capital, Jim Payne, Dan Martell, Andrew Garvin, and Pascal Levy-Garboua. It brings locally-sourced, sustainable, seasonal meals directly to home or office, currently its services are only available in San Francisco and Mission Bay.


US based Wallarm is a web security startup protecting from hackers, Runa capital has recently injected USD 500,000 in it.


New York based Zemanta has raised USD 2 Mn in a new funding round led by Union Square Ventures and Social Starts. It offers content discovery and audience development tools, enabling publishers to reach an engaged community and extend content to new readers. With a suite of products and content discovery networks, Zemanta currently has 600,000 publishers that use its technology.


It’s a marriage registration startup launched a month back. It has raised USD 3.25 Mn in Series A funding led by Thrive Capital. Website can be used by the couples to register for housewares and kitchen appliances, as well as nontraditional items such food, bicycles, “experiences” such as cooking classes, honeymoon funds and even cash.


Launched two years back Zoomingo is a shopping and deal-finding app. It has recently raised USD 1.25 Mn in funding from Benaroya Capital and Naya Ventures, along with other angels, including Rudy Gadre, former General Counsel at Facebook. It is based out in the US.

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