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Getable raises $5 million in Series A

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Getable is an app for ordering and tracking construction equipment. Getable has raised $5 million in Series A funding. This round of funding was led by The Social+Capital Partnership. More details below:

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San Francisco, CA ­­ February 25, 2015

Getable, the leading app for ordering and tracking construction equipment, announced today that it has raised five million dollars to expand its services nationwide. The Series A financing was led by The Social+Capital Partnership, a leading Silicon Valley venture capital firm that joined the company’s board of directors. The funding round also welcomed industry participation from individuals at Ghilotti Brothers, Inc., Pacific Structures, Zachary Construction, DPR Construction, and an investment from Darren Bechtel, a member of the Bechtel engineering and construction family and Managing Director of Brick & Mortar Ventures. Getable was honored as the first official investment for Brick & Mortar Ventures, a new fund investing in “technology for the built world” with construction as one of its core areas of focus.

“Mobile technologies are rapidly transforming old guard industries,” explains Darren Bechtel, Founder of Brick & Mortar Ventures. “Yet construction, which employs the single largest mobile workforce, has received relatively little attention and benefit from such technologies.

Getable is leveraging mobile technology to bring efficiency and cost savings to construction teams by designing and delivering a beautifully intuitive software solution to better order, track, and manage heavy equipment ­­ one of the top three costs on a job site. I’m thrilled to be involved as we scale this solution to be a de facto app for job sites globally.”

Along with its new financing, Getable announced that it is rolling out its services nationwide. Now, any contractor in the United States can download Getable’s free application to order, track and manage any piece of equipment from any supplier in the field – regardless of whether the equipment was originally ordered through Getable. This includes tracking company owned fleet which the American Rental Association estimates is approximately 50% of the equipment used on job sites. This update allows contractors to account for all the assets on a project to get a more accurate picture of running cost, equipment status, activity history, and location across job site inventory.

“Getable has become the go­to app for contractors to order equipment rentals, but this represents just a fraction of the total equipment physically on the job site,” shares Tim Hyer, CEO at Getable. “We want to be indispensable when it comes to any type of construction equipment ­­ whether that equipment is sourced by Getable, or not. We’re thrilled to roll outthe ability to log any equipment type, including company owned fleet, to contractors throughout the United States.”

The new version, released today, introduces new features that give contractors greater control over equipment decisions. Contractors can now use Getable to order directly from the suppliers they know and trust, down to the individual sales rep who can setup a user profile in Getable. This allows contractors to take advantage of existing relationships, negotiated pricing, and volume based incentives. In turn, suppliers can more efficiently connect with their existing customers, spending less time on the phone and more time growing their business.

“Relationships matter in construction,” explains Hyer. “Since job sites expect timely equipment deliveries, repairs and pick­ups, contractors depend heavily on the relationships they have with their supply partners. Getable now supports the contractor and supplier connections that exist in the offline world. If a contractor wants to order equipment from his favorite supplier rep, he can now find that rep and track the business he does with that rep, using Getable. If a contractor doesn’t have an existing relationship, or doesn’t have a preference for where a piece of equipment is sourced, he can always leverage Getable’s Supplier Network to place the order. We now support both experiences in one app.”

Today’s product upgrades, combined with the financing, help solidify Getable’s position as the industry ­leading technology solution for construction equipment. The app has been developed with some of the largest national and regional civil, commercial and specialty contractors. Hyer expects strong growth with access to more resources and the guidance of its new board member, Ted Maidenberg, General Partner at The Social+Capital Partnership.

“We get excited when we see best­in­class, consumerized software being built for massive verticals like construction. In our research, general contractors raved about Getable and came to rely on it as their ‘mission control’ dashboard to manage their equipment ­­ from the initial order to asset tracking to billing,” shares Maidenberg. “We are eager to help the team grow contractor mindshare to become the go­to construction equipment management tool.”

About Getable Getable launched in 2010 to connect people with their favorite products on­demand, from trusted rental establishments. Getable serves the $41B construction rental market with mobile tools designed for construction professionals and rental equipment providers. With offices in San Francisco, California, Getable is a private company that is funded by prominent Silicon Valley investors. To learn more about how to use Getable for all of your equipment rental needs, please visit http://www.getable.com

LocoMotive Labs raises $4 million in Series A funding

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LocoMotive Labs is a company that works on assistive and play-based educational apps for kids. The company has raised $4 million in Series A funding co-led by Softbank Ventures Korea and TAL Education Group. Other investors that participated in this round include K9 Ventures, Kapor Capital, NewSchools Venture Fund, Joe Gleberman, D3Jubilee and Jerry Colonna. More details below:

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LocoMotive Labs Closes $4M in Series A Round

Softbank Ventures Korea and TAL Education Group Lead Round to Expand Reach to Consumers and Schools for LocoMotive Labs’ Educational Apps

BERKELEY, CA – February 24, 2015 – LocoMotive Labs, developer of assistive and play-based educational apps for young learners, today announced it has closed a $4M Series A financing round. Softbank Ventures Korea and TAL Education Group led the round, with participation from existing investors K9 Ventures, Kapor Capital, NewSchools Venture Fund, Joe Gleberman, D3Jubilee and Jerry Colonna. The company has raised $5.15M to date.

LocoMotive Labs will use the funding to expand its consumer presence in Asia, tapping into the deep connections of its lead investors. TAL Education Group is the leading K-12 after-school tutoring services provider in China, while Softbank Ventures Korea has built a strong portfolio of companies in the global education space. In addition, LocoMotive Labs will focus on increasing its presence in the US education market. The company’s Todo Math app and teacher dashboard is already being piloted in more than 1,000 elementary classrooms, with 25,000 students in PreK to 2nd grade across the US and around the world.

“Parents and educators in Asia, the US, and around the world are increasingly looking for tools and technologies that can make learning math fun instead of frustrating,” said Jason Wi, Principal at Softbank Ventures Korea. “We believe LocoMotive Labs’ deep understanding in gaming and interface design is second to none and will make an unprecedented impact on how children learn math.”

Addressing the Needs of Students with Mathematics Difficulties in Early Elementary

According to Successful STEM Education, 40 percent of US school children start kindergarten behind grade-level expectations in mathematics. Young students, and especially those who enter public school with little math knowledge need individual attention from teachers. This is often difficult in today’s classrooms of 25 students on average, with a variety of backgrounds and skill levels. LocoMotive Labs’ flagship app, Todo Math, offers a suite of multi-level math games with over 400 stages and 60 carefully crafted Common Core State Standard-aligned missions that help K-2 graders practice math fluency at home and at school. The app utilizes the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework as the theoretical underpinning for the development of the games so that all learners at home and in the classroom can learn and practice foundational math concepts.

“Our mission is to remove the obstacles that frustrate young learners and empower all children to develop the confidence and mathematics skills to be successful both inside and outside the classroom,” said Sooinn Lee, co-founder of LocoMotive Labs. “We’re excited to have the continued opportunity to expand our reach to even more families and educators, both at home and around the world.”

As a former game designer, Sooinn saw a tremendous need to merge learning with play when she came to the US and found a lack of educational apps to accommodate different types of young learners. Todo Math was selected as “Best in Design” at the Launch Education & Kids conference (2013) and reached #1 in the Apple App Store education chart in 20 countries including the US and the UK (2014), With over one million downloads worldwide, Todo Math has been localized in 7 different languages, and featured in Apple retail stores.

“K9 Ventures is honored to continue backing Sooinn Lee at LocoMotive Labs. As a mother and as a founder, Sooinn is on a mission to transform how all children all over the world learn,” said Dr. Manu Kumar, Chief Firestarter at K9 Ventures. “I’m confident that Todo Math is going to become the new standard and a right of passage for every child in their quest for being fluent in and comfortable with mathematical concepts.”

“We’re excited that this investment will be used to add additional features for the school market and expand LocoMotive Labs’ reach to support students at-risk for low mathematics achievement,” said Shauntel Poulson from NewSchools Venture Fund.

About LocoMotive Labs

LocoMotive Labs designs exceptional assistive and play-based learning applications to empower kids with special needs to be independent learners. With Todo Math, LocoMotive Labs offers practice and support in PreK – 2nd grade math skills so that elementary students build a strong foundation for further mathematical learning. The team is comprised of award-winning game designers and developers closely collaborating with parents and educators to elevate digital learning experiences for young children. LocoMotive Labs applications are available in the App Store with over 1 million downloads from parents and teachers around the world. www.LocoMotiveLabs.com or www.todomath.com

Wooplr raises $5 million in funding

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Wooplr is an India-based shopping app that has raised $5 million in Series A funding. Helion Ventures led this round of funding. Rahul Chandra of Helion Ventures will be joining the Wooplr board of directors. More details below:

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Bangalore, February 18 2015: Wooplr, India’s first mobile fashion discovery and shopping platform,today announced their Series A funding round of US$ 5 million led by Helion Ventures.

The Wooplr app helps people decide what to buy and where to shop based on their interests, location and social circle. It gives the user a personalized feed of curated fashion products. Wooplr’s fast growing community of shoppers of which 80% are women, share fashion inspirations and the latest trends on the go.

The company was founded by Arjun Zacharia, Soumen Sarkar, Praveen Rajaretnam and Ankit Sabharwal and is based out of Bangalore.

The funds will primarily be used to hire top talent, expand the team and grow the Wooplr community as a whole. This infusion of funds will see Mr. Rahul Chandra, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Helion Ventures join Wooplr’s Board of Directors. The Series A financing builds on an exceptional year for Wooplr which saw a rapidly growing roster of clients and market momentum in the fast burgeoning area of m-commerce.

“Wooplr’s offering is well-timed with the rapidly increasing demand for solutions in m-commerce that brings together both, online and offline retailers on a common platform,” said Mr. Rahul Chandra, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Helion Ventures. “We believe the market will continue to see a shift towards m-commerce. Wooplr is a powerful solution for the industry and we are excited to collaborate with and support them as they work to build a great company in an exciting category” he added.

Commenting on the funding, Mr. Arjun Zacharia, CEO said, “Wooplr has just scratched the surface of the potential that m-commerce has to offer in India to both consumers and merchants. The financial support and domain expertise of Helion Ventures and our angel investors will help us execute our vision even more rapidly and with focus.”

The company previously raised $225,000 from a group of angel investors including Rahul Khanna, Sunil Kalra, Vivek Pandit and Jaspreet Bindra.

The Wooplr mobile app was released in December, 2013 and is currently available for Android, iOS and the mobile web.

About Helion Ventures

Helion is a multi-stage, technology focused venture fund with over $600 million under management. Helion invests in technology and technology-powered businesses such as eCommerce, online services, mobility, enterprise software and outsourcing. Founded in 2006, Helion has over fifty portfolio companies and has backed companies like MakeMyTrip, RedBus, TaxiForSure, YepMe, Ezetap and others. Helion has its offices in Bangalore, Gurgaon (NCR) and Silicon Valley.

Firefly Games raises $8 million in Series A

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Firefly Games has announced that they have raised $8 million in Series A funding led by Skyocean International Holdings, Ceyuan Ventures and GuangZhou WinHi. Firefly Games is currently building a game called Rising Heroes, which is a tactical strategy game where you raise your heroes and lay siege upon your enemies and other players in real-time. More details below:

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — In a landmark deal, Los Angeles based Firefly Games Inc., founded in January 2015 by Michael Zhang and KJ Lin has raised $8 million in Series A financing round led by Skyocean International Holdings, Ceyuan Ventures and GuangZhou WinHi. The company will release four titles this year and has partnered up with leading mobile game developers to distribute top grossing Asian titles to the Western markets.

Firefly Games will be coupling innovative gameplay design with proven western event systems to create AAA titles for mobile devices. “We plan to bring a revolutionary approach to the way games are released that goes far beyond the standard localization currently seen in the App Stores.” said Michael Zhang, Co-founder and CEO of Firefly Games. “Furthermore, we will also develop a business intelligence vertical within our company to evaluate highly granular data points and continually improve our live operations.”

The company will use the funding to acquire new titles, finance internal game development and make strategic investments worldwide. Johnson Zhen, Chief Investment Officer of Skyocean International Holdings said, “The mobile space is still in its infancy and Firefly Games is working to become one of the leading North American publishing companies for worldwide games.”

Firefly Games plans to move swiftly in the fast growing mobile space. “We expect there will be several billion dollar mobile game publishing companies and Firefly is definitely one with great potential!” said Guojun Chen, Partner of Ceyuan Ventures.

With over 30 employees and a newly opened Shanghai office, Firefly Games is expanding rapidly. The team members come from a history of shaping highly influential mobile, PC, and browser games and communities such as Funzio, GREE, Zynga, Nexon, Riot Games, ZQGame, FunPlus, Gamevil, Ubisoft and more.

About Skyocean International Holdings: Skyocean International Holdings is an investment firm with a $1.7B market cap focused on becoming a leading global entertainment group linking Greater China with the worldwide market. Skyocean International finances city value enhancement and helps drive sustainable and ecological urban development.

About Ceyuan Ventures: Ceyuan is a Beijing-based early stage venture capital firm focused on IT and emerging growth companies. Ceyuan emphasizes backing great teams, technology and business innovation. Their mission is to assist entrepreneurs in building world-class businesses. Ceyuan’s network of relationships and culture gives them the opportunity to discover promising new investment opportunites.

Reserve raises $15 million in Series A funding

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Reserve is a dining app that has raised $15 million in Series A funding. This round of funding was led by Human Ventures Capital. First Round, Lowercase Capital, Advancit Capital, Sherpa Ventures, SV Angel, Venture51, Visionnaire Ventures, Jared Leto, Jon Favreau and Will.i.am also participated in this round.

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

SendGrid launches app for iPhone and iPad

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E-mail delivery platform SendGrid has announced that it has released an app for the iPhone and iPad. The apps enable SendGrid customers to view their metrics while on the go. Customers can access e-mail performance statistics and activity logs. More details below:

SendGrid Releases App for iPhone and iPad

BOULDER, Colo., Feb. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — SendGrid, the leading email delivery platform for email that matters, today announced that it has launched the SendGrid app for iPhone and iPad, offering customers the convenience of added visibility and access to their SendGrid metrics.

The SendGrid app for iPhone and iPad allows SendGrid customers to stay connected to their SendGrid account while on-the-go. With the SendGrid app, customers can interact with the most critical features of their account in real-time. From their mobile device, customers can access email performance statistics, email activity logs, and report information including blocks, SPAM, unsubscribes and bounces. The app also allows SendGrid users to manage suppression lists and navigate to the sub-user level in-app to further troubleshoot across their accounts.

“The opportunity for customer engagement is no longer confined to a specific platform or device, and the launch of our app enables our community to have valuable insight into their customer engagement programs,” said Sameer Dholakia, CEO of SendGrid.  “We’re excited to deliver an app that allows our customers the immediate access to mission-critical account statistics and functionality. The visibility and flexibility provided by the SendGrid app enables businesses to make better business decisions with real-time data and analytics.”

For application developers and marketers concerned about the detailed performance of their email delivery, SendGrid’s mobile app enables users to view and search real-time delivery metrics (clicks, opens, bounces, etc.), manage unsubscribe/suppression lists, search and troubleshoot by email address, drill down to view sub-user accounts, export .csv files, share reports via email and enable multi-user credentials for secure sign-in.

The SendGrid app for iPhone and iPad, is now available in the App Store. A SendGrid account is required. Sign up on the website or by contacting the team at 888-985-7363.

About SendGrid

SendGrid is the leading email delivery platform for email that matters. SendGrid’s proven, cloud-based email platform successfully delivers over 15B customer engagement emails each month for Internet and mobile-based customers like Pinterest, Airbnb, Pandora, Hubspot, Spotify, Uber, Linkedin and FourSquare as well as more traditional enterprises like Walmart, Intuit and Costco.  For more information, visit www.sendgrid.com.

Newshunt raises 250 crore in Series C

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Based in India, Newshunt is a local language mobile app that has raised 250 crore in Series C funding. Falcon Edge Capital led this round of funding with participation from Matrix Partners India, Sequoia Capital India and Omidyar Network. More details below:

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Bangalore, India – February 5, 2014: Newshunt, India’s leading local language mobile app, today announced its Series C funding led by New York-based hedge fund Falcon Edge Capital completing their fund raise process.

Existing investors Matrix Partners India, Sequoia Capital India and Omidyar Network also participated in this round of funding. In September 2014, Newshunt had raised its Series B round of funding led by Sequoia Capital.

Newshunt is the platform of choice for local language mobile Internet users with over 75 million downloads till date. It has the widest collection of regional content in over 12 languages and is the #1 app for local language users in India across app stores. The recent foray into eBooks, providing a world class experience in local languages, has created a vibrant marketplace for publishers with over 10 million local language eBooks downloaded till date by over 2 million users, 40% of which are paid users. Users pay for downloads through Newshunt’s proprietary payment platform iPayy that is now also being used by third party developers for micro-transactions through carrier billing. In the last six months, almost 4 million unique customers have used the iPayy platform for payments.

“The next 500 million mobile Internet users that will emerge in India will largely be local language first – they will create and consume content and services in local languages. Our vision is to be a dominant part of their first Internet experience and serve these users with world-class products starting with Newshunt, eBooks, iPayy and many more to come. As part of this journey, we wish to partner with the entire local language ecosystem and work with passionate and talented entrepreneurs in building the first real, large scale Made in India, Made for India platform. We are excited to welcome Falcon Edge to Newshunt as we continue to further grow our platform.” said Viru Gupta, founder and CEO of Newshunt.

“We’re privileged to be associated with Viru and the team at Newshunt and iPayy. We believe the local language Internet is set for an inflection and Newshunt will be at the center of this ecosystem. We encourage all stakeholders in the ecosystem to partner with Newshunt to create new digital content and services, get them discovered and monetized through this platform. We welcome Falcon Edge to the Newshunt partnership” said Vikram Vaidyanathan, Managing Director, Matrix Partners India.

About Newshunt:

Newshunt is the flagship product of Verse Innovation Pvt. Ltd. Newshunt offers news from over 100 news sources in 12 languages with over 25,000+ articles everyday. iPayy is a unique micro-transaction platform based on carrier billing with access to 700M subscribers across 5 major telcos in India and currently used by 300 digital goods merchants. The company has presence in India, Middle East, and Africa with over 150 employees. Further information is available at www.newshunt.com

About Falcon Edge Capital:

Falcon Edge Capital was founded in 2011 by Rick Gerson and Navroz Udwadia. Falcon Edge Capital utilizes fundamental research and knowledge of local markets and industries to identify asymmetric risk-reward investment opportunities.

About Matrix Partners India:

Matrix Partners India is an investment firm with INR 3,000 crore under management. The firm invests in companies targeting the Indian consumer market at the seed, early and early growth stages. The firm has invested in several market leading mobile Internet companies including Birds Eye Systems (hyperlocal social transport), LimeRoad (social commerce marketplace), Mswipe (mobile POS), Ola (India’s largest cab network), Quikr (online classifieds), Red Monster (mobile social gaming), Stayzilla (stays marketplace), and Woo (social matchmaking) among others. Matrix Partners has a global network of funds investing in the US, China and India with $3 billion under management. Further information is available at www.matrixpartners.in