Market Analysis & Industry News

The FCC ruled Verizon cannot prevent Android customers from using and downloading tethering applications. link

In the past 24 months 50 million Americans became Android phone users. In the same time frame Apple added 24 million iPhone users.link

Net change in US phone OS in the past 24 months via Asymco

Jelly Bean is running on 0.8% of Android devices, about 3 to 4M in total, driven primarily by Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7 tablets. link

Product Releases

Google has enabled any Visa or Mastercard credit or debit card to be used with Google Wallet. The system had been limited to Citibank cards. link

eBay is offering same day shipping on products from local stores using Milo for $5 in a new initiative called eBay now. link

The I Files is launching the first investigative news channel on YouTube. link

Betaworks released a new version of Digg. link

Company Announcements

In an updated 10Q, Facebook announced 102M users access Facebook exclusively through mobile about 19% of the total user base. The company also generates $1M per day in Sponsored Stories, half from mobile. Mobile sponsored stories see 13x the CTRs of their web counterparts. link

Google+ visitors have grown by 66% over the past 7 months reaching 111M users according to comScore. Google has publicly stated its social network registers 150M MAU. link

Tableau, makers of visual analysis tools, recorded $58M in H1’12 bookings according to the company. link

Craigslist is requiring all posts on its service to be exclusive to the service. link

Spotify announced 15M total users and 4M paying subscribers. link

Nasa awarded SpaceX the $440M contract to replace the Space Shuttle link

The Opera Mini mobile browser has grown its userbase by 47% y/y to reach 200M. link

Ouya, the Kickstarter financed Android gaming console, has raised $5.5M through crowdfunding in just 2 weeks. link

iZettle, a European mobile payments company, must stop accepting Visa in three Nordic countries on instructions from Visa. link


Ross Levinsohn is leaving Yahoo after Marissa Mayer was appointed CEO. link

Justin Osofsky has been promoted to Director of Platform at Facebook as Ethan Beard departs. link

Flipboard CEO Mike McCue is leaving the Twitter board. link


Google has acquired social marketing firm Wildfire for $250M. link

Oracle has acquired networking virtualization provider Xsigo for an undisclosed amount. link


Company Description Investment Investors
Pinfluencer, Inc. Pinfluencer, Inc. develops a Pinterest analytics platform. The platform offers a way for brands and retailers to leverage data generated by pins and re-pins to drive circulation of their content 1.4 Baseline Ventures; Freestyle Capital
Mango Health Inc. Mango Health Inc. develops health-focused mobile applications. The beta application allows users to easily enter their medications and supplements by snapping a picture or by entering text. 1.45 First Round Capital
Instacanvas, Inc. Instacanvas, Inc. operates online platform for buying and selling pictures. The company prints the pictures for customers worldwide 1.7 First Round Capital; The Founders Fund; Bullpen Capital
QuickPay Corp QuickPay Corp. provides a cloud-based mobile parking access and revenue control system that integrates with any legacy parking infrastructure 3.5 Advanced Technology Ventures; Accelerator Ventures; Andreessen Horowitz; Fontinalis Partners, LLC
MindSnacks, Inc. MindSnacks, Inc. develops language learning games for mobile phones. It provides a platform of multiplayer learning games across touch-based devices. 6.5 Sequoia Capital
FiveStars, Inc. FiveStars develops mobile loyalty applications. 13.9 DCM; Lightspeed Venture Partners
Getaround, Inc. Getaround, Inc. provides a peer-to-peer car sharing marketplace that enables car owners to rent their cars. 13.9 Menlo Ventures; Correlation Ventures; Innovation Endeavors; Collaborative Fund; Grade-A Investments
Netpulse, Inc. Netpulse, Inc. provides an interactive media platform for fitness centers and active lifestyle consumers. Its platform offers HDTV, on-demand video and music, iPod/iPhone connectivity, personalized workout data, and connection to social media. 15.6 August Capital; DFJ Frontier; Parkview Technology Merchant Banking; Javelin Venture Partners
Avalanche Technology, Inc. Avalanche Technology, Inc. develops non-volatile magnetic memory technology for the memory industry. 30.0 Bessemer Venture Partners; Sequoia Capital; Vulcan Capital; QUALCOMM Ventures; Thomvest Ventures, Inc.