Market Analysis & Industry News

Google streams 84B minutes of video to 157M visitors each month according to comScore. In second place, Facebook streams 3B minutes per month to 53M visitors. link

MoPub released data contrasting iOS and Android mobile ad performance. Android impressions have grown 40% m/m to reach 39% of volumes. However, Android eCPMs $0.43, half of iOS at $0.90. Social networking impressions represent 31% of all inventory. link

Rocket Internet, the Samwer incubator, has shut down its Turkish operations after struggling in the market. link

The Hunger Games is the best selling book series of all time on Amazon, having ousted Harry Potter. link

Product Releases

Oracle continues to limit the usefulness of open source MySQL, eliminating features like testing from the free database distribution. link

Apache is investing in Drill, an open source version of Google’s high speed, high data volume processing tool called Dremel. link

Company Announcements

Twitter announced new developer API terms of service which enforce stricter Tweet display requirements, direct relationship with Twitter for applications with over 100k users, and explicit guidance that developers building Twitter clients of any sort will not be supported. link

YouTube streamed video 231M times during the Olympics, supporting a peak of 500,000 concurrent viewers. link

OnLive, the streaming video game company, has entered bankruptcy (assignment for the benefit of creditors). The company has fired half of its workforce and sold its assets to an unnamed buyer. link

Facebook announces 235M monthly gamers and app center reaches 150M MAU, presenting a clear opportunity for the paid app download product the company released last week. link

Google considers DMCA takedown request volumes as a signal in their search algorithm. link

Oracle continues to limit the usefulness of open source MySQL. link

Nokia has extended their Zynga games distribution agreement to bundle Draw Something and Poker on Nokia feature phones. link

Fab has sued Touch of Modern, a direct competitor for design copyright infringement. link

GetGlue, the TV social network, announced 3M users and released an iPad application. link

After overturning legal challenges in Washington DC, Uber has overturned a ban to operate within Boston. link

Songza, the music streaming company, announced 2M users since June 1st. link


David Tisch is stepping down as managing director of TechStars New York. link


Despite accounting for 20% of all mergers so far this year, overall technology transactions were down 15%, to 55 deals in the three months ended June 30. link

Trulia has filed for a $75M IPO. Trulia counts 22M MAU, of which 0.1% pay a subscription. Trulia generated $29M (+83%) in the past six months. link

Braintree has acquried social mobile payments provider Venmo for $23M. link

Carlyle has acquired Getty Images for $3.3B. link


Company Description Investment Investors
Class Twist, Inc. Class Twist, Inc., doing business as ClassDojo, operates as an on-line classroom management system that allows students to track their behavior in real time. 1.6 General Catalyst Partners; NewSchools Venture Fund, Investment Arm; SV Angel; Learn Capital Venture Partners; Lerer Ventures; Morado Venture Partners
Educreations, Inc. Educreations, Inc. owns and operates http://www.educreations.com, an Internet community that allows users to teach and learn. 2.2 Accel Management Co, Inc.; NewSchools Venture Fund, Investment Arm
Stackdriver Inc. Stackdriver Inc. provides computing software to help companies run and manage their applications on and across public cloud infrastructure. 5.0 Bain Capital Ventures
App Annie Limited App Annie Limited provides an App care Web service for iPhone App developers and App store publishers. 6.0 IDG Capital Partners; e.ventures; Greycroft Partners LLC; Infinity Venture Partners; Kii Corporation, Investment Arm
FunSockets, Inc. FunSockets, Inc., also known as Goko, develops and publishes online games. 8.0 Redpoint Ventures; Alsop Louie Partners
Little Black Bag Inc. Little Black Bag Inc. engages in the online retail of designer handbags, accessories, jewelry, and home and beauty products to customers in the United States 8.0 GRP Partners; DCM
Thrillist.com LLC Thrillist.com LLC provides men’s lifestyle newsletter services 13.1 Oak Investment Partners; Pilot Group, LLC; Lerer Ventures
Visible Measures Corporation Visible Measures Corporation operates as an independent third-party media measurement firm for online video advertisers and publishers. 21.5 Mohr Davidow Ventures; Advance Publications, Inc.; General Catalyst Partners; Northgate Capital Group, L.L.C.; Commonfund Asset Management Company, Inc.; DAG Ventures, LLC
Zalando GmbH Zalando GmbH engages in the online retail of apparel and shoes. The company uses direct sales channel for distribution. The company was founded in 2008 and is based in Berlin, Germany. J.P. Morgan Asset Management, Inc.; Quadrant Capital Advisors, Inc.