Market Analysis & Industry News

Android announced 1.3M device activations per day and 500M devices. Tablets represent 5% of activated devices. link

A federal judge ruled e-book publishers HarperCollins, Hachette, and Simon & Schuster must abandon agency pricing. These publishers may not enter into any pricing agreement with any distribution platform for two years. link

eMarketer released a mobile ad market share survey concluding Google controls 56% of the mobile ad impression market, followed by Pandora, Twitter and Millennial Media. However, Pandora’s market share by revenue is 20.5%, and Google’s is 18.4% marking the difference in monetization of premium and remnant inventory. link

U.S. video game retail sales fell 20 percent in August to $516M. Hardware sales fell 39%. link

Product Releases

Amazon released an updated Kindle with a paper white screen starting at $119 and an updated Kindle Fire with more powerful hardware than its predecessor. The new Kindle Fire 4G offers a $50 per year $250MB per month LTE data plan. The company released several figures on eBook sales, which sell about 2 copies per physical book. The average British Kindle owner purchases 4.6x as many books as a non-Kindle owner. link

Flipboard has partnered with Levi’s to launch their first catalog within Flipboard. link

The WSJ reports Apple is negotiating with music labels to create a Pandora type music service. link

Twitter has launched a reporting tool for its self-service promoted Tweets ad platform. link

Company Announcements

Seven of eleven projects to raise $1M+ on Kickstarter have been video games. link

Samsung announces 20M Galaxy III devices sold in 100 days. link

Flurry announced 100M monthly mobile video ad views at $10 RPM or greater. link

Delta and American Airlines have announced their intent to support Apple’s Passbook mobile wallet system which will contain these airlines’ boarding passes. link

21,000 households have signed up for Google Fiber, about 13% of the population. link

Android malware has grown by 700% in the past year according to research by McAfee. link

Instagram reported 5B photos shared since launch. link

VMWare has joined the OpenStack Foundation. link


eBay has acquired Svpply, a socially curated shopping site for an undisclosed amount. link

HootSuite has acquired Seesmic for an undisclosed amount. link


Company Description Investment Investors
Chalkable Chalkable provides educational application tools for students, teachers, administrator, and parents. The company was founded in 2010 and is based in New York, New York. 1.3 Expansion Capital Partners, LLC; 500 Startups; Great Oaks Venture Capital LLC
Neul Limited Neul Limited develops a wireless network technology for the use of television (TV) white space spectrum. 5.0 DFJ Esprit LLP; Mitsui & Co. Global Investment Ltd.; IQ Capital Partners LLP
Pollen, Inc. Pollen, Inc. offers discounting solutions for pre-payment discounts. The company’s dynamic discount management (DDM) platform, a software-as-a-service solution, enables corporate finance teams with a ‘Discount Discovery’ tool to optimize discount capture for early payment of accounts payable. 9.1 Union Square Ventures
Act-On Software, Inc. Act-On Software, Inc. provides online marketing services. The company offers demand generation, lead nurturing, content syndication, lead qualification and scoring, sales-force and WebEx integration, website monitoring, list management, and e-mail marketing services 16.0 Norwest Venture Partners; Trinity Ventures; U.S. Venture Partners; Voyager Capital
Doximity, Inc. Doximity, Inc., a health technology company, operates a physician network platform that links medical professionals over the mobile and Web. 17.0 InterWest Partners; Morgenthaler; Emergence Capital Partners
Quirky, Inc. Quirky, Inc. operates a Web site that enables users to submit product ideas for feedback from the Quirky community of users. It facilitates and provides general market research data and information to individuals or entities that submit a product idea. 68.0 Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers; Norwest Venture Partners; RRE Ventures LLC; Andreessen Horowitz
LLC KupiShoes LLC KupiShoes operates an online shoe retail portal. The company was founded in 2011 and is based in Moscow, Russian Federation. 80.0 J.P. Morgan Asset Management, Inc.