AHALife acquires Bezar; Cisco to acquire Jasper Technologies for $1.4 billion; OutSystems raises $55 million

- February 5, 2016 4 MIN READ

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.


Sony acquires Altair Semiconductor for $212 million; Pindrop Security raises $75 million Series C; ParkWhiz raises $24 million

- January 29, 2016 4 MIN READ

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.

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Digital Guardian raises $66 million; Housejoy raises $23 million Series B round; ERM Power acquires Greensense

- December 18, 2015 4 MIN READ

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.

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IBM acquires Clearleap; Airbnb confirms $1.5 billion raise; Booodl raises $2.85 million

- December 11, 2015 5 MIN READ

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.

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Perion acquires Undertone for $180 million; AppDynamics raises $158 million; Tyro Payments raises $100 million

- December 4, 2015 3 MIN READ

One of the biggest stories in a busy week across the startup space came from Australia, with fintech startup Tyro Payments announcing that it had raised $100 million in funding from Tiger Global, TDM Asset Management, and Mike Cannon-Brookes. In other news, Israeli marketing company Perion acquired New York-based digital ad startup Undertone for $180 million, AppDynamics raised $158 million, and healthcare CRM platform Evariant raised $42.3 million.

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Pandora to acquire Rdio for $75 million; Ola raises $500 million; ShopandBox raises $1 million seed round

- November 20, 2015 4 MIN READ

It has been another busy week across the global startup space, with Pandora announcing that it is to acquire Rdio for $75 million, India’s Uber rival Ola raising $500 million, and US fintech startup Earnest raising $275 million in debt and equity financing. Closer to home, online lender zipMoney secured a $100 million debt facility and $1 million in funding, while ShopandBox raised a $1 million seed round.

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Bluethumb raises $500,000; Udacity raises $105 million Series D round; ClassPass raises $30 million

- November 13, 2015 4 MIN READ

It has been another busy week around the global startup space. In Europe, Rocket Internet’s home interiors marketplace Home24 has acquired German competitor Fashion For Home, while Udacity has raised $105 million in a Series D round at a valuation of $1 billion and ClassPass has raised $30 million. Closer to home, Australian visual arts marketplace Bluethumb has raised $500,000 from the founders of AussieCommerce.

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Activision Blizzard to acquire King Digital Entertainment for $5.9 billion; Handy raises $50 million; Shoeboxed Australia raises $775,000 angel round

- November 6, 2015 6 MIN READ

Another busy week across the global startup world has seen gaming giant Activision Blizzard announce that it is set to acquire King Digital Entertainment, the makers of Candy Crush, for $5.9 billion, while Expedia is to acquire Airbnb competitor HomeAway for $3.9 billion. Closer to home, Shoeboxed Australia has raised $775,000 in angel funding, while invoice2go raised a $15 million Series C round.

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LawPath raises $1.3 million; Cisco to acquire Lancope for $452.5 million; Alteryx raises $85 million

- October 30, 2015 4 MIN READ

Another big week has seen Cisco announce its intents to acquire Lancope for $452.5 million, and IBM announce that it will be acquiring The Weather Company’s tech and product business. Advanced analytics startup Alteryx has raised $85 million, while payment services startup Marqeta has raised $25 million in a Series C round. Closer to home, LawPath raised $1.3 million, while Australian-founded startup Apptuto raised $500,000 in angel funding.

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Western Digital to acquire SanDisk for $19 billion; Collective Health raises $81 million Series C round; Illusive Networks raises $22 million

- October 23, 2015 4 MIN READ

Another busy week has seen Western Digital make moves to acquire SanDisk for $19 billion, while Trend Micro is set to acquire HP Tipping Point. In funding news, Indian startup Collective Health has raised an $81 million Series C round, while Illusive Networks has raised $22 million, and Chinese Uber rival Yidao Yongche has announced that it is to raise $700 million.

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Dell to acquire EMC for $67 billion; 8i raises $13.5 million Series A; Kabbage raises $135 million

- October 16, 2015 7 MIN READ

It has been another busy week for the startup space. Dell made the headlines when it announced its intention to acquire EMC for $67 billion, the biggest deal in tech history, while Condé Nast acquired Pitchfork Media and online credit startup Kabbage raised $135 million and tripled its credit line to $900 million. Closer to home, Wellington-founded virtual reality startup 8i raised a $13.5 million (NZ$20 million) Series A round, and daily fantasy sports platform Moneyball raised $1.8 million.

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Pandora acquires TicketFly for $450 million; Canva raises $15 million Series A round; Impossible Foods raises $108 million

- October 9, 2015 4 MIN READ

Another busy week in the startup space has seen music discovery service Pandora acquire TicketFly, Apple acquire artificial intelligence startup Perceptio, and Impossible Foods raise $108 million to create plant-based foods like burgers that still taste like meat. Closer to home, Canva raised a US$15 million Series A and Mad Paws raised AU$1.1 million.

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Axel Springer acquires Business Insider for $343 million; Kreditech raises $92 million; Social Finance raises $1 billion Series E round

- October 2, 2015 6 MIN READ

It has been another busy week, with German media giant Axel Springer acquiring an 88 percent stake in Business Insider for $343 million and Google acquiring Jibe Mobile. A number of FinTech startups raised funds this week, including German company Kreditech, and online lender Social Finance, which raised $1 billion. Closer to home, Melbourne FinTech startup Clover raised over $1 million.