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:

  • TodaCell, a Managed Premium High-Conversions Mobile Ad Network, raises $2 million funding from AfterDox and angel investors
  • en-Gauge Inc., which makes devices to remotely monitor safety equipment like fire extinguishers, has received $50,000 in debt funding
  • GymPact, which uses cash incentives to help you commit to exercise and actually do it, has closed an $850,000 seed round led by Resolute.vc
  • AfterShip, a Hong Kong-based package monitoring service that works with online retailers, has raised an undisclosed amount of seed funding
  • TenasiTech, which has developed super-tough strong and stable rubbers using nanotechnology, raises $1.4 million in grants & equity capital
  • Swipp, a new startup wants to challenge the “social media status quo”, lands $3.5 million funding from Groupon Investors
  • Cabulous, a San Fran-based taxi dispatch technology startup, has raised $8 million funding to scale its service to fleets of cabs worldwide
  • Beintoo, which has a loyalty rewards and monetization platform for mobile games, apps, and sites, has secured $5 million in Series A funding
  • VHX, a startup specialized in Web video distribution for independent film makers, raises $1.25 million seed funding led by Lerer Ventures
  • ThisLife, a site that automatically organizes your photos and videos with face recognition and GPS tagging, gets $2.75 million seed funding
  • Kapow Events, the event marketplace where businesses can get access to free planning& exclusive promotions, have raised $700,000 financing
  • LumeJet, a UK-based technology developer with expertise in photonic (light-based) imaging systems, lands £1.87 million angel funding
  • StrikeAd, a startup that helps advertisers and agencies manage their mobile campaigns, has raised another $500,000 in funding
  • PoshVine, an online dining reservation-cum-reviewing portal, has raised a round of seed funding from MyFirstCheque
  • Freshplum, which bills itself as “next-generation business analytics for digital commernce”, announces $1.4 million in seed funding
  • Gradient X, a company offering a Demand Side Platform for mobile advertizing, has secured $3.75 million in seed funding
  • CasaHop, which aims to be the go-to place for home swapping on the web, lands $1.2 million seed funding from an impressive list of investors
  • CloudByte, building next generation storage virtualization products, has raised $2.1 million Series A funding led by Nexus Venture Partners
  • Big Frame, a YouTube management and production company, has secured $3 million in seed funding
  • Psykosoft, a distrubuted startup that has created the web app Psykopaint, has secured $500k in seed funding

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Video – The Role of Angel Investing in South Africa

With the on-going global economic uncertainty, investors are continuously looking for alternative investment options. In South Africa the concept of Angel Investing especially into technology start-ups is gaining traction, attracting even the most seemingly conservative investors. Joining ABN’s Natascha Jacobsz from our bureau in Cape Town to discuss the role of Angel Investing in South Africa is Wesley Lynch, CEO of Realm Digital.

Infographic – How to Build and Keep an Engaged Audience

Every web publisher — and especially content marketer — yearns for an engaged and loyal audience. But with the sheer volume of noise, clutter and — well, content — online it can be hard to figure out how to reach people and keep them coming back for more.

The content marketing agency BlueGlass knows a lot about how to do this well. They’ve run successful campaigns for clients including eBay, Conde Nast and Greatist. Now BlueGlass is ready to share some of its secrets withMashable readers. The company produced this exclusive infographic to run down some of the ways you too can build an engaged audience online.

Here are a few quick tips: Make sure you have a gripping headline, keep your copy to the point, make sure to provide value and promote, promote, promote.

Why are these approaches so important? Far more people will read your headline than your entire post, so drawing people in is crucial. Online audiences tend to skim for important information and lose patience quickly, so bogging your content down with too many words will be counterproductive. Giving readers obvious value with your posts will give incentivize them to return again and again. And smart, persistent promotion — especially via social media — will help cut through all the noise online and make your content sharable and more effective.

Check out the infographic below for the fuller picture. Does this advice ring true to you? What would you add? Let us know in the comments.

Source: http://mashable.com/2012/06/26/how-to-build-an-engaged-audience-infographic/

Angel Investment Network’s Weekly Twitter Roundup

Angel Investment News:  

  • Index Ventures Raises $442 Million in New Fund: http://ow.ly/bDWDD
  • US-based Silicon Valley Bank sets aside €80m for Irish tech start-ups: http://ow.ly/bJ5OE
  • Investor and Pay Pal co-founder Peter Thiel starts Mithril Capital with a $402 million fund: http://ow.ly/bJ5bb
  • Connecticut appears to find itself in an unaccustomed place – too many angel investment dollars seeking too few deals: http://ow.ly/bKIZT
  • Optus and SingTel have launched a seed funding program that will back up to 8 Australian start-ups with $250,000 each: http://ow.ly/bKILH

Business Plans & Pitching:

Fund Raising:

  • Painful truth on why venture capital firms reject startups. A VC tells entrepreneurs exactly why he won’t fund them: http://ow.ly/bDYcG
  • Video – Kevin Rose on his new gig at Google Ventures, what he looks for in a startup founder, and more: http://ow.ly/bDYO4
  • Study highlights entrepreneurs’ funding problems, offers solutions: http://ow.ly/bHvrm
  • Angel Investor Tells Us 4 Questions That Founders Need To Ask Themselves Before Fundraising: http://ow.ly/bJ7LN
  • 10 VCs And Founders Give Their Best Advice For Raising Money: http://ow.ly/bJ7PD

Marketing & Social Media:

Start-Up & Entrepreneurship:

  • Entrepreneurs Need to Brand Themselves First: http://ow.ly/bDWPv
  • Infographic: Startup Genome analyzed 3,200 high-growth technology startups to answer this question: Why do startups fail? http://ow.ly/bOcnM
  • 5 Practices Startups Should Borrow From Big Businesses: http://ow.ly/bDXG3
  • Five Ways To Be A More Efficient Entrepreneur: http://ow.ly/bKIBs
  • Behind The Launch is a 16-episode documentary that takes you behind the curtain of a young and ambitious startup: http://ow.ly/bKJLb

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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:

  • PetHub, a service that helps lost pets find their way home, has closed its seed round of $1.3 million from angel investors
  • Regaalo, a gift-giving website aiming to recreate the experience of parents shopping for their college-age children, gets $125K seed funding
  • Thatgamecompany has raised $5.5 million funding from Benchmark Capital after six years of developing games for Sony’s PlayStation
  • Paloma Mobile, a mobile startup creating cloud-based services for any smartphone, raises $1.5 million Series A funding led by OneVentures
  • Switchcam, which recreates concert experiences by combining professional and fan footage, lands $1.2 million seed funding led by Mark Cuban
  • Iconfinder, an online marketplace for icons to use iOS and Android apps (among other places), has raised $1.5 millionin seed funding
  • Aidin, a startup that helps people find better continuing care after they leave the hospital, has raised $600,000 from General Catalyst
  • Sambaash, a SaaS-based service that builds online communities for businesses & organizations by leveraging social media, lands $2.1M funding
  • Indow Windows, the Northeast Portland producer of thermal window inserts, has completed its $1.3 million Series A investment
  • French membrane proteins specialist Calixar has raised €875,000 in an initial round of fundraising from private investors & business angels
  • FashionSpace, the social publishing platform in the fashion industry, has closed a second round of funding led by Crystal Horse Investments
  • UK-based online money and investment management software maker Nutmeg has landed £3.4 million in funding
  • Snapguide, whose simple UI makes it easy for users to build “How-To” guides via iPhone, raises $5 million Series A funding
  • Setem Technologies, a company developing software that separates voice from ambient noise, lands $1 million from angel investors
  • Sellfy, the one-click e-commerce platform for self-publishers, has scored an angel investment from two Skype alumni
  • Liquid Health Labs, a company that makes a plastic bottle cap which injects a dose of vitamins into water, gets $100K in angel funding
  • Onefinestay, which allows visitors to London to stay in quality homes whilst the owners are away, has raised $12 million Series B funding
  • Mile High Organics, a leading organic online grocer, has closed a seven-figure seed round. Investors included 500 Startups and TA Venture
  • Crushpath, a platform for salespeople to control a deal from lead to close, closes $2 million seed funding led by Charles River Ventures
  • Duolingo, a language translation website, has raised $3.3 million funding from Ashton Kutcher and New York-based Union Square Ventures
  • Bitcasa, a Mountain View, Calif.-based cloud storage company, has raised $7 million in a Series A funding round
  • Yesware, a startup that helps salespeople manage e-mail communications (and soon, phone calls too), gets $4 million in new funding
  • Mycity4Kids, an online guide for parents residing in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore, has raised angel funding from YourNest Angel Fund

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