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Dec 2011

PC Magazine Reviews CX’s Cloud-Based Syncing and Storage Back-Up Solution

CX (free to $19.99 per month) is a cloud-based syncing and storage back-up solution, similar to the well-known Dropbox, that gives you access to your files from virtually any Internet-connected device. CX offers free downloadable software that works seamlessly on …

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Dec 2011

Richard Braddock, Former President of CITICORP, Joins Mozido as Chairman of the Board

DALLAS — Mozido, (www.mozido.com), the global cloud payment network that provides access for every mobile phone to the financial ecosystem, today announced that Richard (Rick) Braddock has joined the Company as Chairman of the Board.   "We are thrilled to …

14

Dec 2011

LA-Based Startup Accelerator Amplify Launches $4.5M Fund With Backing From Mark Burnett, Brian Grazer, Eric Schmidt

Another startup accelerator is debuting in LA today—Amplify. With the backing of some well-known Hollywood and Silicon Valley names, the Venice Beach-based incubator is launching a $4.5 million incubator and fund. Investors include Mark Burnett (Apprentice, Survivor), Brian Grazer, Jarl …

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Nov 2011

Mike Jones Launches Technology Studio, Science, In LA With $10M From Eric Schmidt And Others

Serial entrepreneur Mike Jones has led and help found a number of companies. As CEO of Userplane, AOL acquired the company in 2006. After leaving AOL, Jones started Tsavo Media, which was acquired by Cyberplex for $75 million. And in …

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Nov 2011

Forbes Travel Guide Debuts Startle, An Online Planning Site For Luxury Travel

Forbes Travel Guide is debuting Startle.com, a new online travel planning site for luxury travel. Launching in 72 U.S. markets and 5 international markets (Hong Kong, Macau, Beijing, Singapore, and the Dominican Republic), Startle uniquely combines content from Forbes Travel …

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Nov 2011

Cloud Storage Startup CX Hires Former RIM CMO; Rolls Out Collaboration Suite, Free Storage

Back in July, a new cloud computing and productivity platform called CX.com raised $5 million from Eric Schmidt’s Tomorrow Ventures and Hanna Capital, bringing the startup’s total funding to $10 million. This is pretty impressive considering the company largely has …

8

Nov 2011

EverFi Certifies Over Four Million Students

WASHINGTON — EverFi, the leading education technology company, has certified over four million students across its technology learning platforms.   "EverFi set out to build a game-changing education network built on data and next-generation content," said EverFi Chief Executive Officer …

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Nov 2011

Organization: Citizen Effect. Bright Idea: Donations with Destinations.

Dan Morrison understands the power of face time. While traveling through India in 2006, he met a woman who said her earthquake-ravaged community needed a well but didn’t have the $5,000 required to build it. Back home in Washington, D.C., …

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Oct 2011

Vodafone Launches Appia-Powered Mobile App Store In India

Appia, a startup that powers a white-label content and commerce platform for everyone and anyone who needs a mobile app store, has partnered with Vodafone India to launch a new mobile app store for the carrier’s 145 million subscribers in …

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Oct 2011

Xfire To Fly Solo Again, Raises $4 Million From Intel Capital

Xfire, which operates a social service used by 19 million gamers, has raised $4 million in fresh funding from Intel Capital and unnamed angel investors.   As a result of the capital injection, Xfire is severing the ties with Titan …

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Sep 2011

Social Q&A Site Sharecare And Healthline Announce Partnership On Health Search Services

Social Q&A site Sharecare.com, created by WebMD founder Jeff Arnold and TV’s Dr. Mehmet Oz, is partnering with Healthline Networks, a provider of intelligent health information services. Healthline currently powers the health platforms at Yahoo Health, AARP, Aetna, United Health …

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Sep 2011

Sharecare Powers “The Dr. Oz Show’s” Season Long Contest “Dr. Oz’s Transformation Nation: Million Dollar You” to Help Get America Healthy

ATLANTA, GA — Sharecare announced today that it has partnered with the Emmy award-winning, nationally syndicated "The Dr. Oz Show" and Weight Watchers to power Dr. Oz's Transformation Nation: Million Dollar You, an unprecedented online health challenge. Launched today on …

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Sep 2011

BrightTag Recognized for Innovation, Named a FASTech50 Company

Unveiling VentureWire’s FASTech 50: Most Innovative Start-Ups   The search for the most innovative venture-backed technology start-ups is over!   Over the past few months, the VentureWire editorial team analyzed hundreds of start-ups in the Dow Jones VentureSource database, and …

25

Aug 2011

Ness Brings Personalized Touch To Mobile Search

A new search start-up, Ness, is aiming to provide much more personalized search results than what exists on sites from Google to Yelp.   The mobile app, launching Thursday, recommends restaurants based on the interests of people with similar tastes. …

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Aug 2011

Appia-Powered App Stores Now Seeing 1 Million Downloads Per Day

Appia, a startup that powers a white-label content and commerce platform for everyone and anyone who needs a mobile app store, has passed an important milestone—the company is now seeing 1 million downloads per day (that’s up from 500,000 a …

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Jul 2011

Social Gaming Startup Diversion Raises Funding From Eric Schmidt, Michael Eisner, Others

Diversion, a Los Angeles-based social gaming studio backed by Shawn Fanning and Michael Eisner – who are billed as ‘founding advisors’ – has raised an undisclosed amount of seed funding from Google chairman Eric Schmidt’s TomorrowVentures, Hearst Corporation and Eisner’s …

21

Jul 2011

Cloud Storage Company CX Raises $5M From Eric Schmidt And Others, Acquires FileDen

CX, a cloud storage and SaaS data file management system, has raised $5 million in new funding from Eric Schmidt’s Tomorrow Ventures and Hanna Capital. This brings the company’s total funding to $10 million. CX, which has flown under the …

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Jul 2011

PixelFish Raises $4 Million To Help Small Businesses Tap Into Web Video

PixelFish, the online video advertising solution for small businesses, announced today that it has closed a $4 million series B round of funding. The round was led by early-stage venture firm Bullpen Capital, with contributions from returning investors FLOODGATE and …

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Jun 2011

How Amanda Steinberg Turned Her Idea for DailyWorth Into a Successful Business

David Ronick started coaching Amanda Steinberg three years ago. Earlier this year she raised $850,000 from a group including Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt's TomorrowVentures.   When I met Amanda Steinberg through a mutual friend in July of 2008, DailyWorth …

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Jun 2011

MindJolt’s SGN Studio Launches Social iOS Game Mini Café

Only two months after buying Social Gaming Network (SGN), MindJolt, the game distribution company led by MySpace founder and former CEO Chris DeWolfe, is churning out its first mobile social game today with the launch of SGN’s Mini Café. As …

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Jun 2011

Prosper.com Closes $17.2 Million Funding Round

SAN FRANCISCO, CA– Prosper.com, a social lending marketplace that brings together creditworthy borrowers with individual and institutional investors, today announced that it has raised over $17 million in funding from new investors Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Crosslink Capital. Existing investors …

6

Jun 2011

A Force Behind Lady Gaga Inc.

Soon after Apple started its music-centric social network Ping last year, Steven P. Jobs reached out to Lady Gaga and her business manager, Troy Carter, for feedback.   At the company’s headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., Lady Gaga peppered Mr. Jobs, …

5

Jun 2011

Data Grows, and So Do Storage Sites

SAN FRANCISCO — When people had only one or two computers, file sharing wasn’t a big worry.   Now, gaining access to personal files is a chore for people who own an arsenal of computers, smartphones and tablets.   The …

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May 2011

Adrian Fenty Joins D.C.-based EverFi

Former D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty has joined D.C.-based EverFi Inc. as a member of its advisory board and will lead the company’s national cities education campaign.   EverFi runs online, interactive courses and certifies students in a number of life …

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Apr 2011

White Label App Platform Appia Launches Pay-Per-Download Service for Developers

With Apple clamping down on incentivized downloads, white-label mobile app platform Appia (formerly PocketGear) has launched a new performance based advertising network for app developers to increase app downloads and only pay for results.   In case you aren’t familiar, …

26

Apr 2011

PixelFish Finds a Local Deal in Backyard

It was only this past December that local business guide Backyard launched, backed by a few big-name early-stage investors. Now, less than five months later, they’re exiting and providing a nice, quick return for those investors.   PixelFish, a creator …

26

Apr 2011

Google Chairman Takes an Interest in Backing Russian Startups

TomorrowVentures, the investment firm founded by Google chairman and former CEO Eric Schmidt has partnered with Digital October, a Moscow, Russia-based tech startup incubator.   According to local reports (via Quintura blog), Schmidt’s investment vehicle will team up with Digital …

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Apr 2011

Venture Capitalists, It’s Time to Invest in Women

NEW YORK — It was a scene straight out of the 1990s: A web start-up, flush with nearly $1 million in new investor cash, threw a party at a downtown bar to toast that success. But here’s the 2011 twist …

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Apr 2011

Chris DeWolfe’s MindJolt Expands Gaming Empire; Buys SGN and Hallpass Media

MindJolt, the game distribution company that was acquired by MySpace founder and former CEO Chris DeWolfe last year, has made two significant acquisitions in the gaming space today— game developer Social Gaming Network (SGN) and game network Hallpass Media. The …

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Mar 2011

EverFi Acquires Online Course For Substance Abuse Prevention Outside The Classroom

Washington D.C.-based startup EverFi has acquired Outside The Classroom, the provider of the largest online alcohol prevention course AlcoholEdu. Founded in 2000, Outside The Classroom’s online curriculum focuses on alcohol prevention in America’s youth. Its online products, AlcoholEdu for College and AlcoholEdu for …

30

Mar 2011

Appia Secures $10 Million Investment from Venrock

Durham, NC – Appia, the world’s largest open app marketplace, today announces that it has secured a $10 million investment from Venrock. Appia will use the new capital to accelerate product development of its open app marketplace and launch app …

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Mar 2011

Wall Street Journal Announces 2nd Annual Top 50 Venture-Backed Companies

Two of TomorrowVentures' portfolio companies were included in the The Wall Street Journal's second annual ranking of the top 50 venture-capital-backed companies.   Durham-based Appia, the world's largest open app marketplace and white label storefront platform, was ranked #15.    San Francisco-based …

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Mar 2011

Opera Launches Appia-Powered Mobile App Store to Public

  Opera is launching a designated, web-based mobile app store today, called the Opera Mobile Store. The store will be a featured Speed Dial link in the Opera Mini and Opera Mobile browsers.   The Opera Mobile Store is actually …

2

Mar 2011

DailyWorth Raises $850K To Become The DailyCandy For Personal Finance

  DailyWorth, the personal finance daily email and community for women, has raised $850,000 in funding led by Robin Hood Ventures with TomorrowVentures, Howard Lindzon’s Social Leverage, 500 Startups, Venture51, Investors’ Circle, Joanne Wilson, David Cohen, Scott Becker, and Carol …

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Feb 2011

Intern Inc. Launches Ultimate Internship Opportunity with Google CEO, Eric Schmidt

CENTENNIAL, Colo.–Intern Inc., a career-driven social networking community that connects, enhances, and empowers today’s students to become tomorrow’s leaders, today launched the Ultimate Internship featuring an extraordinary opportunity to become an intern to chairman and CEO of Google, Eric Schmidt.   Starting …

8

Feb 2011

CIQUAL, an international mobile broadband customer service solution closes significant round of funding

CIQUAL, an Edinburgh, Scotland based leader in mobile broadband customer service solutions has closed its latest investment round with significant funding from multiple parties across the globe. Investors including Tomorrow Ventures, a Palo Alto-based fund, and One97 Communications Limited, a …

5

Feb 2011

TomorrowVentures & CompuCredit Holdings Corporation Invest in Social Payments Leader TwitPay

Atlanta-based Twitpay, the leading provider of social media payment technology, has secured growth funding from TomorrowVentures and CompuCredit Holdings Corporation. Twitpay was founded in 2008 and offers a platform-as-a-service into three core markets: nonprofit organizations looking to raise funds directly …

2

Feb 2011

EVERFI LAUNCHES IGNITION, NEW DIGITAL LITERACY PLATFORM FOR SCHOOL

  Washington, D.C. – February 2, 2011 – EverFi Inc., a provider of the leading education technology platform, today announced its expansion as a broader education company by unveiling that it will move into critical new curriculum areas beginning with …