Market Analysis & Industry News

Pinterest is now the third most-visited social network, Google+ is No. 4, and Instagram is No. 11, in the markets Experian measures link

Ebook buyers will receive $0.25 to $1.32 per ebook purchased from Apple after 49 states settled with the major publishing houses in the Apple price-fixing suit. link

Mobile app marketing company TradeMob released a study that concluded 40% of mobile ad click are accidental. link

Product Releases

Facebook will be launching new features next week that allow advertisers to target their ads to customers based on contact information that the advertiser has already collected, including email and phone number. link

Google released a BigQuery plugin for Excel which allows Excel users to start and manage large batch analysis operations. link

VeriFone has released Sail, a payment platform for developers, that provides three APIs: merchant account enrolment, mobile payment, data sync. link

Company Announcements

Amazon Publishing, Amazon’s book imprint, has signed a distribution deal with CoreSource that will sell Amazon published eBooks through Apple, Barnes & Noble and Kobo stores. link

Kobo, the eBook maker acquired by Rakuten, is offering US bookstores revenue share on eBooks from reading devices purchased within a store. link

Twice, the online adult consignment store, will generate $1M in sales in 2012 and currently carries about 9,000 items on its site. link

Flipboard announces 20M total users, growing by 2.6M users per month. link

Twitter is no longer displaying the Twitter client names on tweets as it continues to discourage third party twitter clients. link

Redux, the video content discovery platform, has partnered with Samsung, Sony and LG to bundle their application on 40M smart TVs. link

Foxconn reported a $226M loss due to flagging HTC and Nokia mobile handset sales. link

HotelTonight announced 3M downloads. link


Maytal Ginsburg Olsha, former SVP of Regulated Markets of 888, an online gambling firm, has joined Zynga. link


Workday has filed for a $400M IPO on $134M in revenue (+98% y/y) and an $80M loss. link

Rackspace has acquired Mailgun, a provider of developer focused email tools. link


Company Description Investment Investors
Monogram 1.0 500 Startups; Great Oaks Venture Capital LLC; Quest Venture Partners LLC
Wallaby Financial Wallaby Financial provides network-branded payment card that dynamically routes transactions across a consumer’s existing credit cards to maximize rewards, cash back or savings. 1.1 WI Harper Group; SLP Ventures; The Founders Fund; Lion Wells Capital
Shutl Limited Shutl Limited provides courier delivery solutions for retailers. 2.0 UPS Strategic Enterprise Fund; Hummingbird Ventures; GeoPost UK Ltd.
Sauce Labs Inc Sauce Labs Inc. develops selenium-based cross-browser software to simplify the test process for agile development of Web applications 3.0 salesforce.com, inc (NYSE:CRM); Triage Ventures
tenXer, Inc. tenXer, Inc. provides tools and services to understand its users’ performance, progress, and productivity. It collects data from the places where the users work, and the services and tools the users use and presents the data in an engaging and compelling format. 3.0 Khosla Ventures; True Ventures; Radar Partners
HireVue, Inc. HireVue, Inc. provides online video interviewing solution in the United States and internationally. 17.0 Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati; Granite Ventures, LLC; Investor Growth Capital; Rose Park Advisors, LLC; Peterson Ventures, LLC
ClearSlide, Inc. ClearSlide, Inc. provides a cloud-based sales communication platform for enterprise sales professionals. 28.0 Bessemer Venture Partners; Greylock Partners; Felicis Ventures
Zscaler, Inc. Zscaler, Inc., a cloud security company, provides multi-tenant SaaS security services primarily in the United States. 38.0 Lightspeed Venture Partners
Delivery Hero Holding GmbH Delivery Hero Holding GmbH operates a network of online food ordering sites around the world. 50.07 Kreos Capital; Kite Ventures
Aerospike, Inc. Aerospike, Inc. offers a real-time NoSQL database and key-value store for mission-critical Web-scale applications. Draper Fisher Jurvetson; New Enterprise Associates; Alsop Louie Partners