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Articles tagged with: startup

Security Firm CloudFlare Raises $20 Million In Funding

A web security startup, dubbed CloudFlare has just raised $20 million in series B funding led by New Enterprise Associates. The San Francisco startup plans on using the money to hire more manpower and fuel its infrastructure.

If you’ve never heard of CloudFlare before, it’s basically a cloud-based software program that helps protect websites from vicious attacks such as DoS (Denial of Service) and other types of cyber attacks.

Meet Swoop The Owl, Your iPhone’s Protector

If you sleep with your iPhone, or iPod Touch, you’re not alone, but what can you do to protect your phone from falling off the bed while you doze off? Jim McGraw wanted to find the solution to that very problem and invented a plush owl called Swoop the Owl.

The idea is very simple, just plop your iPhone into the Owl’s pouch and begin using. The kickstarter project currently has less than two weeks remaining and is nearly 25% funded.

3 Students Drop Out To Create Academic Software

TechCrunch reports that three students from the University of Pennsylvania have recently quit school to pursue their own startup. The product? CourseKit, an online platform that will allow professors to better manage their classes, and it works similar to the current course management software, Blackboard.

Having graduated University within the past year, I have used Blackboard and while slightly disorganized, I’ve found it to be ‘useful’ enough to grab documents, download my syllabi, and get the homework readings. I mean, who needs anything more? Just get the assignments, page readings, and begin to hit the books, right?

Silicon Valley Startup, Pinger Launches Textfree Web

A Silicon Valley startup, dubbed Pinger, has just launched a free service for sending out text messages over a web browser. The feature is called Textfree Web and will be a great way to cut back on your text messaging for all you heavy texters out there!

With Pinger’s Textfree Web, users can select a local U.S. number and use it to send and receive texts to other mobile numbers online. You can even send texts through the platform to as many as 18 different countries for free, and the service applies to photo messages too!

SF Startup Copious Is A Social Marketplace

A San Francisco startup called Copious has built an online marketplace that allows all buyers and sellers to link their Facebook identities. The idea is to make the online marketplace feel safer and allowing buyers and sellers to see how many degrees of separation the other party is in their network.

The user will also be able to see if anyone in their networks has purchased, shared, or commented on an item from the seller. Not only can Facebook identities be linked, but also Twitter accounts and blogs too, giving you a fairly well drawn picture that you aren’t dealing with a Nigerian scammer.

Advertising Startup, TellApart, Raises $13M Funding

An advertising startup that uses a pay-for-performance model, called TellApart, announced today that is has successfully raised $13 million in Series B funding led by Bain Capital, which brought the total amount raised to nearly $18 million.

The company was founded by two former Google product engineers, Josh McFarland and Mark Ayzenshtat. TellApart assigns a Customer Quality Score to each individual customer, based on the customer’s onsite behavior patterns (products viewed, items purchased, etc.). The data is then compiled into a CQScore that distinguishes high value customers from ordinary customers, hence the name, TellApart.

Pandora Raises Share Price By $3 In IPO

It looks like Pandora has changed its mind on its shares of stock since it’s original IPO (initial public offering). The company has just issued an amendment raising the share price from $10-$12. This is a $3 per share raise from its original average, and brings the company’s valuation from $1 billion to nearly $2 billion.

Since there are nearly 15 million shares up for the taking, Pandora expects to raise about $203 million from the initiative, or $60 million more than it’s original offering. Pandora currently rocks a user-base of 94 million, compared to 53 million the previous year. Likewise, users spend two times more time on the site than they had the previous year (rising from 0.7 billion hours to 1.6 billion hours).

Indian-based Search Engine Raises $10 Million

An Indian-based search engine called Just Dial has just raised $10 million in funding from SAP Ventures and Sequoia Capital. The company was started in 1996 in Mumbai and allows consumers to search for local business through the Internet, phone, WAP, and through text messages.

Using the service, consumers are able to discover new restaurants, retail outlets, or search for plumbers or exterminators. It’s basically an easier-to-use form of the YellowPages in the United States. The service is now used by 57 million unique users spread over 250 Indian towns and cities.

Google Acquires RSS Startup, PostRank

Google acquired PostRank yesterday. Postrank is an RSS startup, and the move proves to be a continuation of Google’s strategy to go social. PostRank basically lets users plug into any RSS feed for analysis. The system ranks feeds by the number of comments, inbound links, Twitter shares, Facebook shares, and other social cues.

Analysts are guessing that the PostRank technology will be implemented into Google Analytics, but it is unsure what exactly Google plans to do with the recent buy.

360 Degree Video For iPhone 4

A company called Kogeto has been working on a Kickstarter project and has created a Dot camera attachment for the iPhone 4. The camera attachment allows users to shoot 360 degree panoramic video of an environment in real-time, rather than taking multiple shots and later splicing them together.

The dot camera uses the same technology that Kogeto created to keep track of all activity in a room. The gadget hooks up to the back of your iPhone 4 and places the 360 degree camera of the original iPhone 4 camera.