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NatureBox raises $18 million in funding

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NatureBox is a startup that delivers healthy snacks directly to consumers. The company has raised $18 million in funding led by Canaan Partners. General Catalyst and Softbank Capital also participated in this round.

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Sidecar receives $10 million in funding

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Sidecar is a ride-sharing service where drivers will be able to set their prices. Passengers can choose from a list of drivers based on distances, car quality, ratings, and price. Sidecar is available in Chicago and Los Angeles right now.

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Isabel Lerer launches The Dodo with almost $2 million in seed funding

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The Dodo is an animal focused website that has launched this week. The website was co-founded by Isabel Lerer. Isabel’s father Ken is known for being a co-founder of The Huffington Post and works as the chairman of BuzzFeed and Betaworks.
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SoftBank Buys Stake In Brightstar For $1.26 Billion

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SoftBank has announced on Friday that they are investing $1.26 billion in Brightstar, a major wireless distributor.  The investment is part of a plan to centralize purchasing for SoftBank’s wireless units including Sprint.  This deal values Brightstar at $2.2 billion and is expected to close later this year.

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Supercell Raises $1.5 Billion From SoftBank and GungHo

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Supercell is a gaming startup based in Helsinki that has raised $1.5 billion in funding from SoftBank and GungHo in exchange for a 51% stake.  Around six months ago, Supercell raised funding at a valuation of $770 million.  Supercell was hitting around $2.4 million per day back then.  Supercell hit $180 million in the first quarter of this year from only two hit games, Hay Day and Clash of Clans.  Below is a blog post that Supercell founder Ilkka Paananen wrote:
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Swirl Raises $8 Million

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Swirl Networks is a Boston-based technology company that helps retailers customize their mobile applications.  Shoppers can be pinged with marketing messages and discounts while they are inside the stores.  Swirl Networks has raised $8 million in funding led by Hearst Ventures.  This round of funding also includes participation from existing investors like SoftBank Capital and Longworth Venture Partners.
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Fitbit Raises $43 Million From Qualcomm, SAP, SoftBank, True, and Foundry

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Fitbit is a company that has created several digital fitness trackers.  Fitbit has raised $43 million in funding, according to an SEC filing found by TechCrunchQualcomm Ventures, SAP Ventures, Foundry Group, True Ventures, and SoftBank Capital participated in this round.  Fitbit’s most popular devices are the Fitbit One, Fitbit Zip, and Fitbit Flex.
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Social Media Aggregation Service RebelMouse Raises $10.25 Million

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RebelMouse is a startup that lets users combine updates from their social networks.  RebelMouse lets you combine updates from social networks to create a “social front page.”  RebelMouse works with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, and LinkedIn.
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