Another busy week has seen Facebook acquire Masquerade, the startup behind MSQRD, the app behind the faceswapping tool taking over the internet, while Intel has acquired Replay Technologies to help create a new category for sports entertainment. Meanwhile, WeWork has raised $430 million at a valuation of $16 billion to help launch a push into Asia, and closer to home Melbourne’s Culture Amp raised $10 million while Brisbane’s PlantMiner raised $3.5 million.
Another busy week has seen GoPro acquire video editing startups Stupeflix and Vemory for a combined $105 million, while Cisco has announced its intent to acquire Leaba Semiconductor for $320 million and CliQr for $260 million. Closer to home, Peazie has raised fresh funding, bringing the total raised to date to $2 million, HealthKit raised a $1.6 million Series A, Investec Australia acquired a stake in H2 Ventures, and hipages acquired StartLocal.
Another busy week has seen Microsoft acquire Xamarin, a platform provider for mobile app development, while Indian travel group Ibibo has raised $250 million and Southern Californian gaming technology company Razer has raised a Series C round that has put its valuation at $1.5 billion.
After another busy week across the global startup landscape, IBM has announced that it is set to acquire Truven Health Analytics for $2.6 billion to enhance its IBM Watson Health portfolio, while Amazon has acquired Indian ecommerce platform Embantage to boost its payments platforms in the region. Meanwhile, MindMaze raised $100 million and Giphy has raised $55 million in a Series C round that has valued the startup at $300 million.
A busy week across the global tech space has seen a Chinese consortium may Opera a buyout bid of $1.2 billion, while Fuze, the startup formerly known as ThinkPhones, raised $112 million, and Student.com raised $60 million to expand its platform into new markets. Also this week, Microsoft confirmed its acquisition of music app Groove, Africa Internet Group raised $83 million, and UK money transfer startup WorldRemit raised $45 million.
After another busy week for startups, Australian lifestyle marketplace AHALife has acquired design marketplace Bezar, while Cisco is set to acquire Jasper Technologies for $1.4 billion. Meanwhile, online small business lender Spotcap has raised almost $50 million to grow its operations around the world, including in Australia, and OutSystems raised $55 million.
The last week of January has been a busy one across the global startup landscape, with Sony acquiring Israeli company Altair Semiconductor for $212 million and Apple acquiring edutech startup LearnSprout. Pindrop Security also raised a $75 million Series C round, on-demand parking startup ParkWhiz raised $24 million in a Series C round, and fashion startup Baublebar raised a $20 million Series C round.
It has been another busy week for deals across the global startup landscape. IBM has acquired live streaming platfrom UStream, while the parent company of satirical news site The Onion sold a 40 percent stake to a Spanish broadcaster for $200 million.
It’s been a busy week across the global startup landscape, with a number of companies raising capital. Scottish travel platform SkyScanner has raised $192 million and become one of the latest startups to achieve unicorn status in the process, while Indian car sales platform CarTrade raised $145 million. In acquisitions news, Chinese gaming company Beijing Kunlun Tech acquired a 60 percent stake in Grindr for $93 million. Closer to home, Microsoft acquired tech assets from Brisbane company Event Zero to bolster its Skype for Business offering, while CapitalPitch closed a $600,000 seed round.
The first local funding announcement of the year is here, with Sydney fintech startup CapitalPitch announcing that it has closed a $600,000 seed round led by Aaron Bertinetti and Trevor Folsom, director of Elevation Capital.
Despite it being only the first week of January, it has been a busy week around the startup world. Intel has acquired Ascending Technologies, while Activision Blizzard has acquired Major League Gaming to bolster its live streaming offering. Meanwhile, airport car rental startup Silvercar has raised $28 million in a Series C round led by Audi, and restaurant POS startup Toast has raised $30 million.
In today’s funding and acquisitions round up, the last of 2015, Buffer has acquired Respondly, Yahoo Japan has launched a bid to buy travel website Ikyu for $828 million, Digital Guardian has raised $66 million, and Indian home services startup Housejoy has raised $23 million in a round led by Amazon. Closer to home, VentureCrowd closed a $2 million round, while ERM Power acquired sustainability monitoring software provider Greensense.
Equity crowdfunding platform VentureCrowd has today announced that it has raised $2 million in an oversubscribed funding round, and partnered with Melbourne-based Kentgrove Capital to give Australian investors the opportunity to invest in Israeli startups.
It’s been a very busy week for Australian startups – Shoes of Prey raised a US$15.5 million Series B round, Booodl raised $2.85 million, Sherpa raised $1.2 million, PlanDo raised $916,000, InHouse Group raised $900,000, and Recomazing raised $660,000. Elsewhere, IBM acquired cloud-based video service provider Clearleap, while Airbnb confirmed its $1.5 billion raise.
Shoes of Prey is developing a habit of going into Christmas with a lot of cash in its pockets. Last December the startup announced that it had raised a US$5.5 million Series A to help further its expansion into the US market, and this year it’s almost tripled that, closing a US$15.5 million Series B round led by BlueSky Venture Capital, with Greycroft and US retailer Nordstrom coming on board as equity partners.