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: 

  • LevelEleven, a Detroit-based company focused on enterprise gamification and CRM technology, has completed its $1.5M seed financing
  • AutoRef.com, a website that’s improving the used car buying process, has raised $850,000 in seed funding
  • Indian online financial services platform Policybazaar.com has secured $5M series B funding led by Inventus Capital Partners
  • PrePlay, whose mobile & tablet games enhance the experience of watching sports, reality, talent & award shows, lands $4.7M Series B funding
  • Mumbai-based Total Dental Care Pvt Ltd, which runs MyDentist brand of dental care chain, has raised Rs 50 crore Series B funding
  • OpenCoin has closed angel funding for the Ripple, a currency and payments system that makes it fast & easy to trade money in any currency
  • Teddle, a UK startup that lets you easily find and book a home cleaner, has closed £255,000 funding from angel investors
  • ZipDial, the company based in India that has turned missed calls into a business, has raised new funds from Jungle Ventures
  • LearnZillion, a platform for students, teachers & parents to access a video library of math & literacy lessons, gets $7M Series A funding
  • BuyReply, a new platform for e-commerce that allows consumers to purchase items from offline medium, has raised $1 million seed funding
  • FlightCar, a peer-to-peer airport car rental startup, has raised $5.5M Series A funding
  • Product review portal Reviews42, run by Delhi-based Solvy Tech Solutions Pvt Ltd, has raised Series A funding
  • Fusebill, a leading provider of automated, flexible and affordable subscription billing & payment solutions, lands a $2M investment
  • Mumbai-based PICKmE eSolutions, which offers a doorstep service to get your gadgets repaired, has secured $500,000 angel funding
  • Bubbles, a web-based email platform that lets users create and send handwritten notes over email, picks up $100,000 angel funding
  • SocialFlow, the leading social media marketing company, has announced a $10 million Series B funding round
  • The RealReal, a leader in luxury online resale, has raised $14 million in Series B funding
  • The Hunt, the first community-driven online shopping experience that makes social media photos shoppable, lands seed financing
  • Idibon has closed $1.4M seed funding from Khosla Ventures to keep building out natural-language-processing software
  • Larky, the world’s largest platform of member benefits, perks and discounts, has raised a seed round of $650,000
  • Nosto, which increases online store revenues by delivering customers a personalized shopping experience, closes $2.8M seed funding
  • Fits.me, which develops virtual fitting room solutions for online clothing retailers, has closed €5.5M Series A funding
  • BodeTree, an online service that helps small business owners better understand their finances, has raised $1.4M seed funding
  • Nitrous.IO, Action.IO’s software development platform and key product, just got $1 million seed funding from a handful of VC firms
  • Walkbase, a next generation analytics and actionable metrics for retail, has received seed funding from two Russian investors
  • EQuala, a social radio app where you can play your friends’ music with the touch of a button, has raised seed funding

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Infographic – Social Media Is Not Only For Marketing Your Business

Today it’s not enough for small businesses to solely use social media for their immediate marketing needs.  They need to sew it through the fabric of their entire business strategies – from customer service to collecting and prioritizing ideas – in order to derive the most value.

This infographic from Get Satisfaction shows how small businesses can go beyond just marketing by using well-set social media channels to respond immediately, 24/7, to customer concerns while projecting a more personal approach to customer service.

Infographic – 26 Ideas For Split Testing Your Search Ads

The right way to test PPC ads it to test.  The folks at Avalaunch Media have created an infographic to get you inspired about mixing and matching your ad elements to concoct the winning formula for your PPC ads.

Angel Investment 2012 Year in Review – The Halo Report

CB Insights just released their year-end 2012 Halo Report in conjunction with Silicon Valley Bank and the Angel Resource Institute.  The full 33-page report recaps the entire year of 2012, including quarterly trends as well as annual comparisons versus years prior.

To download the entire 33 page 2012 year-end Halo Report, login here. The underlying angel investment data is also available and proprietary to CB Insights. (note: report and data are only available to subscribers)

Highlights of the 2012 angel investing report include:

  • Median Deal Size Shrinks in 2012: medial deal size among angel groups and their syndicates falls to $600k in 2012, down from $625k in 2011.  In good news, however, median deal size reaches a five-quarter high in Q4 at $690k.
  • Early Stage Valuations Hold Their Ground: amidst all the recent talk of an early stage bubble, angel investors remain unphased as pre-money valuations hold steady with those of 2011 at $2.5M.
  • California Loses Investment Share in 2012: while California still remains the top destination for angel group investment in 2012, it loses significant share to various regions including New York, New England, the Mid-Atlantic, and the Northwest.
  • Mobile Dials Up, Healthcare Slows Pulse: Mobile more than doubles its share of investment dollars in 2012.  Healthcare loses significant share in terms of deals and dollars slipping to the #2 spot behind Internet as a destination for angel investment.
  • A New Face Atop the Leaderboard: New York Angels skyrocket up the charts to become the most active angel group in 2012.  Tech Coast Angels slips to the two-spot.

Infographic for E-tailers – Tips, Trends, and Reasons E-Commerce is About to Boom

This following infographic takes a look at some of the trends, tips, and tricks that are shaping the new face of e-commerce.

Source: http://www.onlinebusinessdegree.org/2013/04/08/e-tailers/

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:  

  • Showpad, which makes iPad software for sales teams, has raised $2 million Series A funding
  • Playdek, a mobile portal, developer and platform for tabletop gaming, has closes $3.8M Series A funding
  • Deliv, a startup that helps national retail chains provide same-day delivery services through a crowdsourced model, raises $1M seed funding
  • Bespoke Post, a subscription-based e-commerce startup offering a hilariously titled “Box of Awesome”, closes $850K seed funding
  • Cumulogic, a Java Platform-as-a-Service company, has raised an undisclosed amount of seed funding
  • Dashboard.io, a platform for funded startups to connect with and benchmark against their investors’ portfolios, gets $750k seed financing
  • Food52, the crowdsourced cooking website, has raised $2 million in Series A funding led by Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments
  • ZoomCar, a membership-based, self-drive car rental service based in Bangalore, raises $215K in angel funding
  • Chewse, a B2B marketplace for group meals focused on getting offices of workers fed, has raised $1 million in seed funding
  • Cooleaf, a company focused on making living healthy more fun, has closed $375,000 seed funding
  • Grand St., an online marketplace for buying “creative technology” products, has received $1.3M seed funding
  • BusyLife Software, a mobile software company offering business and consumer software products, closes an oversubscribed funding round
  • ElectNext, a startup that helps anyone, anywhere engage on their most important political issues, raises $1.3M seed funding
  • Larky, a startup that helps users take better advantage of discounts and benefits from various organizations, raises $650,000 seed funding
  • Lagoa, an impressive browser-based 3D rendering platform, has raised $1.6M in seed funding
  • NetSocket, a leading provider of network service assurance solutions for unified communications, secures $9.2M Series B funding
  • UrgentRx, developer of fast-acting over-the-counter flavored powder medications, has closed $2.5M Series B funding
  • EAT Club, a Palo Alto-based food delivery service, has raised $5 million Series A funding led by August Capital
  • Haiku Deck, a free presentation app for iPad that makes presentations simple, beautiful, and fun, raises $3M Series A funding
  • MokiMobility, a cloud-base mobile device management (MDM) platform, lands $2 million seed funding
  • Dublin start-up Converser, a CRM and cloud communications platform which can be embedded within mobile apps, closes US$1.2M seed funding
  • IndoorAtlas, a Finland-based indoor location and positioning technology startup, has snagged a seed investment of about $640,000
  • DailyLook, a fashion site that offers one complete look on sale for 36 hours every day, gets $2.5 million seed funding

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Infographic – How Successful Startups First Got Users & Traction

The moment a startup gets traction is the moment everyone starts wanting to know what they are doing. Investors are now interested, tech blogs write articles about them, the valuation goes up, the funding pours in. This infographic digs into the many paths that took successful companies from 1 user to thousands, and later millions.

Angel Investment Network’s Weekly Twitter Roundup

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Anatomy of Seed – An inside look at a $1M seed round