Market Analysis & Industry News

Netflix has become the largest cable channel by viewers according to data released by the company. 26M viewers watched an hour each day, totaling 1B hours in June. link

Apple won an injunction to prohibit the sales of Galaxy Nexus phones and Galaxy Tab tablets. Samsung won a temporary stay allowing the devices to be sold while awaiting legal response from Apple. The dispute hinges on the resemblance of Samsung hardware to Apple hardware. link

According to Q2, a British mobile carrier, smart phone users spend twice as much time browsing the web as making calls, 25 minutes vs 12 minutes. 40% of users have also replaced their camera with their phones. link

Digital music sales have risen by 14% y/y totaling 57.2M digital albums, about 1/5 of all album sales, according to NPD. link

Amazon is reportedly building a smart phone. link

Yahoo and Facebook have resolved their patent dispute, agreeing to cross-license patents and have forged an ad sales partnership, likely integrating Facebook deeper into Yahoo. link

Company Announcements

Samsung reported $5.9B in quarterly profit driven by the sales of their Galaxy series phones. Mobile phones represent 70% of Samsung’s revenue, according to Reuters. link

ADStruc, an online market place for out-of-home advertising has 800 clients. link

Waze, the crowdsourced road traffic company, announced 20M users, a doubling in six months. link

MixPanel has released a feature enabling publishers to target users with advertisements based on their web and mobile analytics data. link

PlayPhone, a mobile gaming company with built-in social network has grown from 1M MAU to 4M MAU within the last six months. The company has registered 45M users over the past several years. link


Sony has acquired Gaikai for $380M and subsequently drops support for OnLive within its BluRay products. link

HTC acquired music streaming company MOG for $14M link

Nielsen acquires Vizu to boost online ad measurement powers for an undisclosed price. Vizu preforms display ad effectiveness measurement.link

Dell acquired Quest Software for $2.4B. Quest offers iPipeline, a software for insurance carriers. link


Company Description Investment Investors
ybuy, Inc. ybuy, Inc. is a try-before-you-buy online destination site in the United States. Its service allows people to try products for a month before committing to buying them. ybuy, Inc. was founded in 2011 and is based in Beverly Hills, California. 1.0 TomorrowVentures, LLC
Needle, Inc. Needle, Inc. offers guided shopping platform and social commerce chat service. The company was founded in 2010 and is based in Bluffdale, Utah. 10.5 Rembrandt Venture Partners; Shasta Ventures
Jumptap, Inc. Jumptap, Inc. provides mobile advertising solutions over a network of carriers, mobile devices, iPads, and other tablets. It offers advertising services in the areas of entertainment, finance, news, sports, and social networking. The company serves advertisers, publishers, and developers in the United States and internationally. Jumptap, Inc. was formerly known as SpringRight, Inc. and changed its name to Jumptap, Inc. in November 2005. The company was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 27.5 Summerhill Venture Partners; Redpoint Ventures; Valhalla Partners; General Catalyst Partners; WPP Digital; Keating Capital, Inc. (NasdaqCM:KIPO)
Quarterly, Inc. Quarterly, Inc. provides a quarterly subscription service that enables user to receive physical items in the mail from contributors of their choice. The company was incorporated in 2011 and is based in West Hollywood, California. Y Combinator; SV Angel
#waywire, Inc. “#waywire, Inc. operates as a social media platform artery for news, inspiration and leading voices. The company provides community created video content, allowing today’s digital generation to develop informed opinions on topics and then engage in positive debates and discussions. The company was founded in 2012 and is based in New York, New York. First Round Capital; Innovation Endeavors