Angel Investment Network’s Weekly Twitter Roundup

Angel Investment News:  

  • The New Celebrity Perk: Investing In and Launching Startup Companies: http://ow.ly/b2C34
  • Social media startup Pinterest has raised $100 million valuing the company at about $1.5 billion: http://ow.ly/b2EPw
  • Facebook IPO Spawns New Wave of Social Media Angel Investors: http://ow.ly/b3EBN
  • Angel Investing – 11 Interesting Facts and Figures: http://ow.ly/b3EP5
  • Felicis, the super angel investment firm founded by former Googler Aydin Senkut, has raised $52 million for a new fund: http://ow.ly/b49Mi
  • Infographic: The Winners of Facebook’s IPO: http://ow.ly/b55Vq

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Fund Raising:

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Angel Investment Network’s Weekly Funding Roundup

Here’s a roundup of some of the recent seed-stage and angel deals from around the world:  

  • Enval, a UK-based provider of recycling and environmental technology solutions, has raised funding a syndicate of business angels
  • Online reputation & financial services startup Lenddo has raised $8 million Series A funding from institutional investors & angel investors
  • Mass Relevance, which specializes in social curation and integration technology, closes $3.3 million Series A funding led by Austin Ventures
  • Mocavo has raised $4 million in its first round of funding in a bid to help people find their ancestors through its search engine
  • Evoqu, which makes a cloud-based deferred purchasing platform for websites and applications, has received $1.45 million funding
  • JamHub, which makes studio products that allow musicians to jam so that only they can hear, has landed $1.1 million Series A angel financing
  • Quipper, a technology venture providing quiz-based e-learning apps for iPhone and Android platforms, has raised £2.3m Series A funding
  • Bangalore-based Serendipity Infolabs Pvt. Ltd., which runs the online taxi booking site TaxiForSure, has raised venture capital funding
  • Style Passport, a website providing clothing and accessories for holidays, has received a £500,000 investment from the UK Co-Investment Fund
  • Tiger Pis­tol, which helps busi­nesses beef up their Face­book pages with apps and tab pages, has raised $1.15 million angel funding
  • DAIO, which serves as an app for software designers to develop prototype mock-ups on their iPads has raised $400,000 in funding
  • Polish search engine ranking dashboard startup Positionly raises seed funding from Berlin-based led by seed VC Point Nine Capital and angels
  • Enflick, developer of mobile app Touch, which makes staying connected with friends and family an amazing experience, has raised seed funding
  • Hippocampus Learning Centers, a Karnataka-based education company has received Rs 7 crore from Acumen Fund and Lok Capital
  • Smithfield Case, a London-based fashion e-commerce startup aiming to revolutionize the way men shop for clothes, lands £650,000 seed funding
  • Autowale.in, a dial-in auto rickshaw service run by Pune-based Ubida Solutions Pvt Ltd, has raised angel funding of around Rs 2 crore
  • Mumbai‐based JustRechargeit, which specialises in mobile, data card and DTH recharges, wins an undisclosed amount of funding led by Ladderup
  • Likelii, a Cambridge, MA-based supply chain solution for the wine industry, has secured $450k in seed funding from angel investors
  • TurningArt, an e-commerce site that provides customers the ability try artwork in their home before they buy, raises $1.5 million funding
  • Precog, a simple, drop-in app developers can use to collect and analyze vast amounts of data for product features, pulls in $2M funding
  • SnipSnap, an iPhone app which allows you to take a picture of a printed coupon and display it at check-out, raises $555,000 seed funding

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Angel Investment Network’s Weekly Twitter Roundup

Angel Investment News:  

  • Video – Angel Investing Trends with Brian Cohen, NY Angels and Stephanie Newby, Golden Seeds: http://ow.ly/aTp11
  • What’s the Next Facebook? Just Ask Facebook Angel Investor Ron Conway: http://ow.ly/aVGbv
  • Sean Parker is launching a new startup soon. Details about the site are pretty scarce. Until now, that is: http://ow.ly/aVD6C
  • The New Celebrity Perk: Investing In and Launching Startup Companies: http://ow.ly/b2C34

Business Plans & Pitching:

  • 6 Steps To Raising Venture Capital — Hint: Preparation Matters More Than Your Pitch: http://ow.ly/aVB2F
  • The Best Investor Pitch: Tips for Getting a Meeting: http://ow.ly/aTs10

Fund Raising:

Marketing & Social Media:

  • 5 Ways Social Media Can Increase Your Revenue From Existing Customers: http://ow.ly/aTvEK

Start-Up & Entrepreneurship:

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Angel Investment Network’s Weekly Funding Roundup

Here’s a roundup of some of the recent seed-stage and angel deals from around the world:  

  • VIRURL, a viral advertising platform that incentivizes web users to share links with their friends, closes $1.2 million seed funding
  • EveryMove, an innovator in health rewards-based marketing and incentives, has secured $2.6 million in Series A Financing
  • Earlystage Cambridge based polymer coatings specialist CamStent has closed over £500,000 angel funding
  • Farmeron, the world’s first online farm management and production analytics tool, raises $1.4 Million in Seed Funding
  • Platform Black, a Winchester, UK-based invoice trading company, has raised an undisclosed amount of angel funding
  • Callision, a NYC-based start up that offers click to call widgets for business websites, has raised a $100,000 round of angel funding
  • Frenzoo, the pioneers of a new class of 3D lifestyle and fashion iOS and Android games for girls and women, lands $1 million seed funding
  • batterii, a Cincinnati, OH-based open-collaboration innovation software company, has raised $800,000 in seed-stage funding
  • Stipple, the advertising startup that helps Web publishers monetize their images, has raised $5 million in a Series A round of funding
  • BetterCloud, the industry leader in third-party products for Google Apps, lands $2 million in seed funding from angel investors
  • OrthoCor Medical, maker of a knee brace that provides relief from arthritis and joint pains, has secured $2.4 million in angel investment
  • Equals6, an online career development community that connects students with employers, lands $250k venture capital financing from Innovacorp
  • Miami-based streaming music startup Senzari, which aims to take on Pandora, has closed an additional $1 million round of funding
  • Singapore-based Clozette, a fashion-focused social network, has successfully raised SGD 2.4 million series A funding led by Seed Ventures IV
  • Smart Hydro Power has successfully closed their Series A financing round raising €2.7M from the German Cleantech VC eCapital
  • EyeTrackShop, a startup that develops eye-tracking technology for measuring ad effectiveness, has raised $3 million in Series A funding
  • elicit, that has designed technology to help marketers easily improve the on-site search experience, wins $1.5 million Series A Funding
  • Prosodic, a software platform that brings predictability and insight in optimizing owned Facebook content, raises $1.4 million seed funding
  • SoMoLend, an alternative borrowing software-as-a-service lending platform, has closed a $1.17 million seed-stage investment

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Angel Investment Network’s Weekly Twitter Roundup

Angel Investment News:  

  • Investors are pouring funds into big data: http://ow.ly/aIC17. This week’s $26M investment in Birtz is latest of many by venture capital firms
  • More investors bet on Ohio companies: http://ow.ly/aJTSc
  • Nine Indian Americans have made it onto the list of 100 dealmakers with “Midas Touch” compiled by the Forbes Magazine: http://ow.ly/aJbPU
  • Govt May Allow Exemptions On Proposed Tax On Angel Investments In Indian Startups: http://ow.ly/aLu48

Business Plans & Pitching:

Fund Raising:

Marketing & Social Media:

  • Infographic: Twitter Is Just One Piece Of The Online Marketing Puzzle: http://ow.ly/aICQf
  • Ten Things you Need to Know While Branding your Startup: http://ow.ly/aNdGP
  • When asked about brand building strategies, marketers said that search and social media were neck-and-neck: http://ow.ly/aMxrf
  • Infographic: 64 Pinterest Marketing Tips and Tactics: http://ow.ly/aOR4l

Start-Up & Entrepreneurship:

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Small businesses rate Idaho and Texas friendliest states, California and New York among least friendly

Thumbtack.com, in partnership with the Kauffman Foundation, has released new data showing that Idaho, Texas, Oklahoma and Utah all earned A+’s for their friendliness towards small businesses.  In contrast, small business owners gave California, Hawaii, Vermont, and Rhode Island an ‘F’, while New York narrowly avoided this lowest category with a ‘D’ grade.  Top performing cities included Oklahoma City, Dallas-Ft. Worth and San Antonio.

There are a lot of “business climate rankings”, but there aren’t any that draw upon considerable data from small business owners themselves. The Thumbtack.com Small Business Survey is the only survey to draw data from an extensive, nationwide universe of job creators and entrepreneurs themselves in order to investigate the best places in the country to do business.


“6,000 small business owners have told an unusually nuanced story about what they value in their state or city government,” said Sander Daniels, co-founder of Thumbtack.com. “Although Texas and Idaho clearly come out on top as the nation’s friendliest states towards small business, entrepreneurs value a lot more than just low tax rates. Easy-to-understand licensing regulations and well-publicized training programs are often overlooked as critical tools necessary to support small business.”

Some of the survey’s key findings include:

  • Texas had three of the top five cities (Dallas-Fort WorthSan Antonio and Austin), while California was home to the bottom three (Los AngelesSan Diego and Sacramento).
  • Small businesses said licensing requirements were nearly twice as important as tax rates in determining overall business-friendliness.
  • Among small business owners nationally, women were 9% more likely than men to feel supported by their state governments.
  • An important predictor of small business friendliness was whether small business owners are aware of the state or local government offering training programs for small businesses.
  • Nationwide, small businesses owned by politically conservative entrepreneurs were 17% healthier than small businesses owned by politically liberal entrepreneurs.
  • IdahoNevada and Delaware had the most small business-friendly tax codes; California and New Mexico had the least-friendly tax codes.
  • Nebraska small business owners were the most optimistic about their business improving during 2012, while Iowanswere the least optimistic.
  • The South was the most small business-friendly region of the country, while New England was rated the least small business-friendly.

The full results can be seen here and include full sets of rankings, dozens of easily searchable quotes from small businesses nationwide, regional comparisons within states, and Census data comparing states’ and cities’ key demographics against those of other states and cities.

“With comparatively few regulations or government oversight on small businesses, Texas is truly a small-business-friendly state.  For the most part, Texas refrains from imposing ridiculous regulations and requirements that only a large corporation can keep up with or afford, and this makes a big difference.” Roofer – Maud, Texas

Survey methodology

Thumbtack.com surveyed 6,022 small businesses across the United States. The survey asked questions about the friendliness of states towards small business and about small business finances, such as:

  • “In general, how would you rate your state’s support of small business owners?”
  • “Would you discourage or encourage someone from starting a new business in your state?” and
  • “How would you rate your company’s financial situation today?”

Thumbtack.com and Kauffman ranked states and cities against one another along 21 metrics.  The full methodology paper can be found here.

What is Thumbtack.com?

Thumbtack.com is a place where you can hire help locally. Need a DJcarpenterboot camp instructor, or hot dog truck caterer?  Tell us what you need, and we’ll bring you 3-5 bids on that job to your email inbox within 24 hours. More than 275,000 small businesses and freelancers have listed their services on Thumbtack nationwide.

 

Angel Investment Network’s Weekly Funding Roundup

Here’s a roundup of some of the recent seed-stage and angel deals from around the world: 

  • Boomwriter, which uses elements of social media and gaming to encourage creative writing among 8-13 year-olds, secures $240,000 funding
  • AdInsight, the leading provider of call tracking and call analytics solutions, has received £1.6 million in venture capital funding
  • DIY Mobile Website Creator bMobilized raises $1.5m Series A funding from two early stage European VC firms, Alliance Venture and Investinor
  • SpeechTails. a company that offers online speech learning for children, has raised $300,000 funding from angel investors
  • The Language Express, a developer of social learning software for children on the autism spectrum, has received $750,000 in seed funding
  • NetPlenish, the new mobile shopping service that delivers everyday essentials at the best price, has secured $1.9 million seed funding
  • Duetto Research, a startup bringing a “big data” approach to the travel industry, has just raised $2.1 million in seed funding
  • Pair, the hot new social network for couples, has raised $4.2m in seed funding from a long list of VC’s and angel investors
  • Psykosoft, an app that allows users to create original images that mirror paintings based off of photographs, raises $500,000 seed funding
  • Zerply, a professional network built around people who love what they do, has raised €600,000 in seed funding
  • Chennai-headquartered OrangeScape, a cross-Cloud PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service) provider, has raised $1 million from the Indian Angel Network
  • Archify, which archives internet content on news sites or social media platforms for later viewing, wins seed funding from Balderton Capital
  • Scottish online daily photo journal Blipfoto has secured second stage seed funding, bringing its total investment to £300,000
  • TickPick, an online ticket marketplace with a ranking system and bid platform that benefits the consumer and seller, has raised seed funding
  • TidePool, a startup that is trying to determine consumer personality from photos, has closed $1.5 million in seed funding
  • Work for Pie, which helps software developers build portfolios of their work and gives them a score, secures $300,000 seed funding
  • Scalify raises $2 million funding to create networking technology that enables fast and efficient creation of online games & virtual worlds
  • Priceonomics, “the price guide for everything” who is building a smart, curated catalog of all the products ever made, raises £1.5m funding
  • Sweet Tooth Rewards, a provider of eCommerce customer loyalty software, has secured $2.25 million in seed financing
  • Dysonics, a consumer audio startup whose technology creates three-dimensional sound over headphones, has secured $750,000 in seed funding
  • Chennai-based ProKlean Technologies, which develops clean technology products for various industries, has raised Rs 2.5 crore angel funding
  • Albagaia, developer of technology which it says can slash the time taken to detect deadly Legionnaires’ disease, has raised £500,000 funding
  • Viewbix, developer of an interactive video platform based in Israel, has raised $2 million in a series A funding round
  • SportPursuit.co.uk, which offers discounts on branded sports goods, has raised £1.4 million from VC firm DFJ Esprit and angel investors
  • Mobile Backstage, a social music service & mobile app that lets artists and bands “engage” with their fans, has closed $1.3 million funding
  • eelusion, an innovative “geosocial game”, has received $1.7 million just 3 weeks after the start of their seed funding campaign

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Infographic: 64 Pinterest Marketing Tips and Tactics

Pinterest has over the last 6 months, become the social network with buzz, which provides a visual platform that offers the ecosystem to experiment, play and trial images as a means of engagement and even selling. It is even being used to drive people to landing pages to capture information and buy. Here are 64 marketing tips and tactics that you can apply to your Pinterest account to get you started and refine your strategies.