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Miovision raises C$30 million

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Miovision is a Canadian technology company that has developed software that converts video of vehicle traffic into usable data. Miovision recently announced that they have raised C$30 million ($23.83 million) in funding. This round of funding was led by MacKinnon, Bennett & Co. Investeco Capital, Renewal Funds, Plaza Ventures and Comerica also participated in this round.

Moda Operandi raises $60 million in Series E funding

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Moda Operandi is an online luxury retailer that has raised $60 million in Series E funding. This round of funding was led by Fidelity Investments. Other investors that participated in this round include New Enterprise Associates and Advanced Publications, Inc. More details below:

Moda Operandi Secures $60 Million in Series E Financing led by Fidelity… — NEW YORK, Feb. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ –

NEW YORK, Feb. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Moda Operandi, the first online luxury retailer to provide consumers access to the full collections straight from the runway, today announced that it has closed a $60 million Series E financing. Boston-based asset manager Fidelity Investments led the investment round, with participation from existing shareholders including New Enterprise Associates and Advanced Publications, Inc., the parent company of Conde Nast. Other current shareholders include New Atlantic Ventures, LVMH and RRE Ventures.

“The continued success we have experienced demonstrates the strength of international luxury consumers and their demand for the exceptional assortment of product, access to brands, and runway collections that only Moda Operandi can provide,” said Moda Operandi CEO Deborah Nicodemus. “We are thrilled with the support our investors have shown us, and look forward to continuing to transform the online luxury shopping experience for our clients all over the world.”

“Moda Operandi’s disruptive business model and technology platform create a unique value proposition for both consumers as well as designers and brands,” said Tony Florence, General Partner at NEA.  “It’s disrupting a massive global market that’s in the early innings of penetration online.”

“Moda Operandi works within the industry to give consumers unprecedented access to runway fashion and put the focus back on the designer,” said Lauren Santo Domingo, Moda Operandi Co-Founder. “We are changing the way people perceive and interact with the runway.”

Launched in February 2011, Moda Operandi to date has raised over $130 million in funding.  This latest round of financing will be used toward growing the presence of the business in key markets like Europe, Asia and the Middle East, mobile technology, growing the loyalty program, customer acquisition, and developing new brand relationships.

“The Moda team has distinguished itself by laser focus on building and serving its extraordinary client base, empowering the most discerningly fashionable women globally with exclusive access to the top established and emerging designers,” said Andrew Siegel, Executive Vice President of Conde Nast parent Advance Publications, Inc.

About Moda Operandi

Moda Operandi is the only place to preorder looks straight from the unedited runway collections of the world’s top designers—months before they are available anywhere else. But for those who just can’t wait? Moda Operandi Boutique offers an expertly curated selection of in-season items from both established and emerging designers, ready to ship now. In homage to the history of couture, Moda Operandi offers a bespoke shopping experience that includes unprecedented access to your favorite designers and hand-selected recommendations from personal stylists. Moda Operandi has established a retail renaissance where the time-honored institution of luxury meets an innovative point of view on fashion. For more information visit www.modaoperandi.com

ActionSprout raises $1.7 million

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ActionSprout has raised $1.7 million in funding. ActionSprout offers tools for nonprofits that want to use Facebook to reach more people. Oregon Angel Fund led this round of funding with participation from Bellingham Angel Fund and Portland Seed Fund. More details below:

PRESS RELEASE

PORTLAND, OR–(Marketwired – Feb 11, 2015) – ActionSprout, the definitive source of tools and knowledge for nonprofits seeking to use Facebook to reach more people, cultivate relationships with existing supporters, and amplify fundraising efforts, announced it has closed $1.7 million in funding. Led by the Oregon Angel Fund, with participation from the Bellingham Angel Fund, Portland Seed Fund and other west coast investors, the financing will be used to further maximize the power of the ActionSprout application and to spread its use to more nonprofits looking to use social media to further their mission.

In related news, the company also announced that Chris Finley, co-founder and former Vice President, Business Development at SurveyMonkey, has joined the ActionSprout board of directors.

“Some ninety percent of nonprofits use Facebook today with the goal of building support and deepening relationships with donors and volunteers. For the past two years our team has worked to develop tools and techniques to take the mystery out of how to make Facebook work for nonprofits, helping them achieve these very goals,” said ActionSprout CEO, Drew Bernard. “As a result, this funding will be used to get our tools and know-how into the hands of more nonprofits. We are excited about our growing momentum and thrilled to have a group of mission-aligned investors helping us take the product and company to the next level.”

Said Chris Finley, “It’s a true honor to join the ActionSprout board of directors and help nonprofits accomplish their missions by bringing people to action through their social media efforts. As fellow travelers in the drive to further the success of nonprofit organizations, I look forward to working with the ActionSprout team to continue to get their tools into the hands of more organizations and continue to build tools that demystify Facebook for nonprofit social media managers.”

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“Facebook is an ever-changing landscape and as a result, marketing here can be a real challenge for nonprofits,” said Kivi Leroux Miller, president of Nonprofit Marketing Guide. “ActionSprout provides nonprofits the tools and knowledge they need to actively grow their supporter base, and more importantly, to consistently engage their fans in their good work with meaningful social actions. We are excited about the future expansion of the ActionSprout technology and training materials that the investment will bring, because it will help make Facebook an even more powerful tool for nonprofits.”

“Social media campaigns designed to capture participant information drives them off of Facebook and most often end in a virtual dead-end,” said John Haydon, nonprofit social media expert and author of Facebook Marketing For Dummies. “ActionSprout has effectively addressed this issue by providing meaningful actions that keep people within Facebook, and making it very easy to people to invite their friends to participate as well. ActionSprout provides two direct benefits: spreading reach and growing supporter participation.”

About the Oregon Angel Fund (OAF)

In addition to being Oregon’s top performing venture fund for many years running, OAF shares in ActionSprout’s social mission, with investment from the State of Oregon, Meyer Memorial Trust, and Oregon Community Fund. Founded in 2007, OAF is a community supported, professionally managed, investor driven angel fund backed by the leaders of Oregon’s business and technology community such as the Oregon Growth Board. OAF invests $7 million annually in the most promising startups and early-stage growth companies in Oregon and SW Washington. Over 1,400 jobs have been created by the 36 companies in the portfolio. For more information, please visit: www.OregonAngelFund.com

About ActionSprout

ActionSprout is currently used by thousands of nonprofits, both large and small, including Sierra Club, Unicef, and Greepeace. ActionSprout tools helps organizations reach and acquire email addresses from supporters, engage existing supporters beyond Likes, Comments, and Shares, and leverage the social network to amplify their off Facebook activities and fundraising efforts. From petition signing to donating, ActionSprout helps nonprofits grow fundraising efforts by reaching and engaging millions of supporters around mission related actions. ActionSprout can be found at www.actionsprout.com and www.facebook.com/ActionSprout.

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AT&T to start selling BlackBerry Passport and Classic on February 20th

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AT&T has announced that they will start selling the BlackBerry Passport and the BlackBerry Classic through att.com and the AT&T retail stores on February 20th. More details below:

DALLAS, Feb. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — AT&T1 announced that the BlackBerry® Passport and BlackBerry® Classic will be available at att.com and in AT&T retail stores on Feb. 20.

BlackBerry Passport Features

Exclusive to AT&T in the U.S., the BlackBerry Passport is available in a unique design with rounded edges. The BlackBerry Passport has a large 4.5-inch Full HD square touch screen and a touch-enabled QWERTY keyboard, giving you ideal content viewing without compromising portability. Built on BlackBerry’s secure BlackBerry 10 OS 10.3.1 operating system, the BlackBerry Passport runs on AT&T’s network: the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network and the network that has the nation’s strongest LTE signal,2 covering more than 300 million Americans.

BlackBerry Passport Pricing

The BlackBerry Passport will be available starting Feb. 20 for $0 down on an AT&T Next plan at $21.67 per month with AT&T Next 24,3 $27.09 with AT&T Next 183 or $32.50 per month with AT&T Next 12.3 You can also get the smartphone for $199.99 with a two-year agreement4 or at no annual commitment for $649.99.5

BlackBerry Classic Features

Designed for speed and accuracy, the BlackBerry Classic includes BlackBerry’s iconic QWERTY keyboard, trackpad and navigation keys, making it easy to communicate quickly and accurately with one hand. Although familiar in appearance, the BlackBerry Classic upgrades the BlackBerry® Bold 9900 experience with a faster browser, longer battery life and more screen space. It also comes with the secure BlackBerry 10 OS 10.3.1 operating system, offering customers access to commanding features including BlackBerry® Blend and BlackBerry® Assistant.

BlackBerry Classic Pricing

You can purchase the BlackBerry Classic for $0 down on an AT&T Next plan at $14 per month with AT&T Next 24,3 $17.50 per month with Next 183 or $21 per month with AT&T Next 12.3 You can also get the smartphone for $49.99 with a two-year agreement4 or at no annual commitment for $419.99.5

Supporting Quotes

“The BlackBerry Passport is ideal for the mobile professional who wants an innovative wireless device focused on security and productivity. Available first in the U.S. on the AT&T network, customers will benefit from the uniquely designed Passport’s enhanced features, including a wider screen, 32GB of storage, and a 3450 mAh battery.” –Jeff Bradley, SVP, Device Marketing and Developer Services, AT&T

“The BlackBerry Classic is an excellent addition to AT&T’s leading line-up of smartphones. AT&T customers will be thrilled with the Classic. It blends the best of familiar features, such as BlackBerry’s QWERTY keyboard with enhanced capabilities including BlackBerry Blend and Assistant.” –Jeff Bradley, SVP, Device Marketing and Developer Services, AT&T

Sequoia Capital sets up $1.1 billion for funds in India and China

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Sequoia Capital has set up a combined $1.1 billion for funds in India and China, according to SEC filings. Sequoia brought in $625 million from 105 LPs for the Sequoia Capital China Growth Fund III. Sequoia Capital India IV brought in $494.75 million from 83 LPs.

Zillow hits over 1 million real estate professional reviews

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Zillow has announced that its consumer-submitted content has hit over one million published reviews of real estate professionals. Zillow launched the ability to post reviews on agents, mortgage and other real estate professionals in December 2010. More details below:

SEATTLE, Feb. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Zillow, Inc. (NASDAQ: Z), the leading real estate information and home-related marketplace, today announced that consumer-submitted content has reached a new milestone as more than one million reviews of real estate professionals have been published on the site.

The ability to post reviews on agents, mortgage and other real estate professionals on Zillow launched in December 2010, but the content submission rate has significantly accelerated in the past 12 months. The number of reviews has nearly doubled since January 2014 and exceeded one million reviews at the end of January 2015.

“Reviews have become incredibly important to consumers,” said Amy Bohutinsky, Zillow chief marketing officer. “We know home buyers are often starting their home search online – and reviews are playing a crucial part in the selection process as they search for the real estate professionals to help them, whether they are looking for an agent, mortgage expert or other real estate professional. Zillow offers an easy place for consumers to search through a pool of extremely qualified candidates using feedback from other consumers.”

“My reviews on Zillow serve as an interview with prospective clients without being there in person,” said Samer Kuraishi, senior vice president of A-K Real Estate in Washington, D.C. and a Zillow Premier Agent with 360 reviews. “There’s no better testimonial than your peers or customers providing feedback about your service. Reviews also help showcase your personality and strengths and help demonstrate that you want to be part of this meaningful transaction. Reviews have become an important part of our marketing.”

Zillow created a moderation process to ensure the reviews on Zillow are high quality and credible. In order to post a review, every reviewer must have a Zillow account and must specify what service the agent provided. Finally, all reviews are screened through proprietary Zillow fraud filters and read by a dedicated Zillow team.

In December 2014, Zillow made all reviews available to agents, brokers and MLSs to publish on their sites through Zillow Tech Connect: Reviews. Now agents and brokers can showcase the same reviews found on Zillow on their personal websites for free. Companies and brokerages interested in joining Zillow Tech Connect: Reviews can email techpartnerships@zillow.com for more information.

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About Zillow, Inc.

Zillow, Inc. (NASDAQ: Z) operates the leading real estate and home-related information marketplaces on mobile and the Web, with a complementary portfolio of brands and products that help people find vital information about homes, and connect with the best local professionals. Zillow’s brands serve the full lifecycle of owning and living in a home: buying, selling, renting, financing, remodeling and more. In addition, Zillow offers a suite of tools and services to help local real estate, mortgage, rental and home improvement professionals manage and market their businesses. Welcoming more than 73 million unique users in December 2014, the Zillow, Inc. portfolio includes Zillow.com®, Zillow Mobile, Zillow Mortgages, Zillow Rentals, Zillow Digs®, Postlets®, Diverse Solutions®, Mortech®, HotPads®, StreetEasy® and Retsly™. The company is headquartered in Seattle.

Zillow.com, Zillow, Postlets, Mortech, Diverse Solutions, StreetEasy, HotPads, and Digs are registered trademarks of Zillow, Inc. Retsly is a  trademark of Zillow, Inc.

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New Matter raises $6.5 million in Series A

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New Matter is a consumer 3D printing company that has raised $6.5 million in Series A funding. Alsop Louie Partners led this round of funding. Other investors that participated in this round included Arden Road Investments, Biotechonomy, Dolby Family Ventures, First Round Capital, Idealab and frogVentures. More details below:

PRESS RELEASE

PASADENA, Calif. – February 10, 2015 – New Matter (www.newmatter.com), a leader in consumer 3D printing, announced today the close of its Series A Funding round of $6.5M. Alsop Louie Partners led the round, with other notable investors including Arden Road Investments, Biotechonomy, Dolby Family Ventures, First Round Capital, Idealab and frogVentures™, the investment arm of global product strategy and design firm frog.

Founded in 2014, New Matter’s mission is to bring affordable, reliable, and easy to use 3d printing into every home and school. New Matter will use the capital to accelerate product development efforts of the MOD-t and New Matter Store.

“We are very excited to continue our partnership with New Matter through this investment round,” said Gilman Louie, from Alsop Louie Partners. “The MOD-t and the New Matter Store are poised to bridge the gap in consumer 3D printing user experiences and lead the charge into mass adoption of 3D printing in 2015.”

In addition to shipping the MOD-t in Spring 2015, New Matter will be launching the New Matter Store, a 3D design marketplace optimized for and fully integrated with the MOD-t printer, offering hundreds of high-quality, curated designs from today’s most influential 3D design artists.

“After being available in the industrial sector for many years, consumer 3D printing is truly coming to market in 2015,” says Steve Schell, co-founder and CEO of New Matter. “With this funding, we will be able to create the standard for consumer 3D printing. We are excited to build the first truly comprehensive 3D printing ecosystem that will make creating 3D objects as easy as clicking ‘print’.”

The MOD-t was initially funded through the Indiegogo crowdfunding platform, raising more than $680,000 and pre-selling over 2,600 units of one of the most affordable 3D printers currently on the market. New Matter will use this funding round to prepare the MOD-t for commercial availability later in 2015.

For more information about New Matter, please visit the website or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About New Matter

New Matter (www.newmatter.com) was founded in 2014 with a mission to bring 3D printing to every home, school, and office. Led by its flagship products, the MOD-t 3D printer and the New Matter Store, New Matter is poised to revolutionize the consumer 3D printing market by providing the first and only affordable, fully integrated, end-to-end consumer 3D printing experience. The company is backed by leading venture capital firms and is an operating company of Idealab, a creator and operator of technology companies that has started more than 125 companies since 1996, resulting in more than 40 IPOs and acquisitions. Stay connected with New Matter through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

DigiSight Technologies raises $7.8 million

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DigiSight Technologies is a company that integrates data from mobile tests into clinical settings. DigiSight Technologies has raised $7.8 million in Series B funding from new investors Biosys Capital, Waycross Ventures, GE Ventures, and Lagunita LLC. More details below:

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PORTOLA VALLEY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–DigiSight Technologies, Inc. (DigiSight), a software company that integrates data from mobile tests into clinical settings, today announced it raised $7.8 million in a Series B financing. New investors Biosys Capital, Waycross Ventures, GE Ventures, and Lagunita LLC joined existing investors in the financing.

DigiSight’s core technology, called the DigiSight Network™, creates a secure connection for data from mobile devices to move seamlessly into clinical settings. The first specialty in the company’s commercialization strategy is ophthalmology. Patients generate ophthalmic data using mobile devices and share that data with permissioned care providers in real-time. These tests provide physicians insight into patient performance between regular office examinations, unlocking the true potential of remote patient monitoring and data analytics. The company will use the proceeds from the financing to continue developing the DigiSight Network™ and other specialized remote monitoring technologies with an expanded team.

Drs. Mark Blumenkranz and Daniel Palanker of Stanford University founded the company with the belief that mobile technologies can help deliver care more efficiently. Dr. Blumenkranz is the H.J. Smead Professor and Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at Stanford University. He is also a serial entrepreneur and has founded and been a board member of a number of successful companies including Avalanche Biotechnologies (Nasdaq:AAVL), Optimedica Corporation and PEAK Surgical. Dr. Palanker is a Professor of Ophthalmology at the Hansen Experimental Physics Laboratory at Stanford University. He was a co-founder of PEAK Surgical and developed foundational technologies for Optimedica Corporation. He is an expert in light and laser-based systems in ophthalmology.

Boris Nikolic of Biosys Capital stated, “DigiSight is the leading mobile healthcare company in ophthalmology. Its vision to integrate mobile diagnostics into clinical care will be a keystone to streamlining the delivery of care to patients that need it most. As an investor and user of DigiSight’s products, I could not be more excited to participate in this financing that will enable the company to execute its plan, build the team and bring new products to the market.”

DigiSight Technologies CEO, Doug Foster, said, “Ophthalmology is a specialty well-suited to using mobile tests and diagnostics. Blindness is a debilitating condition that is expensive for the healthcare system, and patients with acute conditions are highly motivated to be engaged with their care plans. Generating more patient data can profoundly impact the ability to deliver high quality, cost-efficient care for these patients.

DigiSight is leading the movement to realize this vision for healthcare through mobile technology. This financing enables us to move aggressively on our plan and we are excited to partner with our new investors.”

About DigiSight Technologies, Inc.:

DigiSight Technologies, Inc., is a privately held Silicon Valley software company focused on bridging the gap between healthcare providers and patients with mobile tests. DigiSight links patient and doctor by offering a single, secure portal for providers to access diagnostic data in real time. This portal unites information across various data creation devices into a single database, enabling providers to realize the full potential of remote patient monitoring and data analytics. For more information, please visit www.digisight.net.