Market Analysis & Industry News

Apple captured 57% of tablet market share in Q3; Android won 41% according to Strategy Analytics. link

Product Releases

Isis, the NFC mobile payment consortium, launched in Austin and Salt Lake City. Users pay by entering a pin into a mobile phone and then swiping their phones onto an NFC reader. link

Blue Jeans Network has integrated with LinkedIn into its video conferencing product to add rich data about video conference attendees. link

Mixpanel has launched Engage, a lifecycle email/messaging tool using data gathered from MixPanel’s analytics. link

Apple announced updated versions of its iMac, iPad, and PowerBook 13inch. It also introduced an iPad mini. The company announced a slew of new highlights: 200M iOS devices, 125M iCloud documents stored, 5M iPhones sold during the first weekend, and 100M iPads sold to date. link

Cloudera released Impala which is an integration layer for traditional BI tools. link

Google announced a new AdWords products that tracks iOS apps downloads driven from AdWords ads. The tracking only works from ads served within mobile applications, not websites or search. link

Company Announcements

Apple reported $36B (+2% q/q) in revnue, $8.2B in profit (-7% q/q), 25M iPhones sold (0% q/q) and 14M iPads (-18% q/q) sold. link Apple has sold 5.3M Apple TVs to date. link

Samsung shipped 57M smartphones in Q3. link

Yahoo reported $1.2B in revenue (-1% q/q) and EPS of of $0.35 compared to analysts forecasts of $0.25. Search revenue grew 11% y/y. link

Facebook announced $1.1B in Q3 revenue (+36% y/y). link Facebook generated 14% of its revenue from mobile ads. link Facebook’s payments revenue fell by 9% q/q. link

Zynga reported $317M in revenue (+11% y/y) and $0.00 EPS.link Zynga announced an exclusive partnership with bwin.party, the Gibraltar-based online gambling company, to offer real money online poker and casino games in the UK.link Zynga fired 5% of its workforce and shuttered its Boston and Austin offices. 13 games have been discontinued as the company tries to turn the business around. link

Square has launched in Canada. link

StumbleUpon founder Garrett Camp has launched a new private jet sharing service called BlackJet. link

MoPub is offering mobile ad mediation for free as it builds liquidity in its exchange. link

Amazon reported sales of $13.8B (+27 y/y) and a net loss of $274M. link Amazon wrote off 90% its LivingSocial investment. link


Neil Young is stepping down as CEO of ngMoco link

Citigroup fired star analyst Mark Mahaney over leaking confidential Facebook IPO research to TechCrunch and private YouTube forecasts to a French financial magazine, Capital. link


Ancestry.com will be taken private by Pemira for $1.6B. link

Yelp has acquired European competitor Qype for $50M. link

Stamped has been acquired by Yahoo. link

TokBox has been acquired by Telefonica. link


Company Description Investment Investors
Veduca Serviços em Tecnologia da Educação LTDA Veduca Serviços em Tecnologia da Educação LTDA owns an online video platform which imparts education through video lectures from different universities. 0.74 500 Startups; Mountain do Brasil SCA
Tradesy Tradesy operates an online consignment store. 1.5 Rincon Venture Partners; 500 Startups; Double M Capital Group Inc.; Bee Partners; Launchpad LA, Inc.; Daher Capital
Tictail AB Tictail AB operates a DIY ecommerce platform that allows retailers and small businesses to set up online stores in the Nordics, Germany, and the United Kingdom. 1.57 Klaus Hommels Capital Gmbh; Balderton Capital
Instacart Instacart offers home grocery delivery 2.3 Canaan Partners; Khosla Ventures
Bidgely Bidgley offers personalized energy savings recommendations. 3.0 Khosla Ventures
Clever Inc. Clever Inc. provides an online service for the student information system (SIS) integration of educational applications. 3.0 Bessemer Venture Partners; Y Combinator; SV Angel
Prepaid Expense Card Solutions, Inc. Prepaid Expense Card Solutions, Inc., a business prepaid card company, provides commercial card programs to help companies to streamline employee expense management. 3.2 iNovia Capital; Augury Capital Partners; Bluff Point Associates
Datahug Datahug enables enterprises to share contacts within organizations. 3.24 DFJ Esprit LLP
Romotive Inc. Romotive Inc. produces robotic platforms for smart phones. Its product includes Romo, an animated application for iOS or Android device. 5.0 Sequoia Capital; SV Angel; CrunchFund
Gigwalk, Inc. Gigwalk, Inc. provides an on-demand mobile workforce solution that connects individuals looking for flexible work with businesses who need access to a skilled mobile workforce in the United States. 6.0 August Capital; Greylock Partners; SoftTech VC; Harrison Metal Capital; Founder Collective
Rewarder Rewarder operates a market place for tasks offered with bounties. 7.0 Granite Ventures, LLC; Radar Partners
Aquto Aquto reduces the cost of cell phone bills 8.0 Matrix Partners; North Bridge Venture Partners
Beyond the Rack Inc. Beyond the Rack Inc. operates an online shopping club for women and men. It offers designer apparel, beauty and home decor products, and accessories. 10.0 Wellington Financial LP
Scale Computing, Inc. Scale Computing, Inc. develops and manufactures storage systems for virtualization and disaster recovery applications in small and medium-sized enterprises. 12.0 Reservoir Venture Partners; Benchmark Capital; CID Capital Inc.; Scale Venture Partners; Spring Mill Venture Partners; Northgate Capital Group, L.L.C.; Heron Capital Venture Capital; Allos Ventures LLC
Crowdsource.com Crowdsource.com provides managed crowdsourcing solutions to enterprise clients worldwide. It offers copywriting services, such as product descriptions, buying guides, meta descriptions, frequently asked questions, community content, blog posts, how-to articles, and resource articles; product matching services, including product reconciliation, product comparison, de-duplication, and catalog cleansing; and search relevance services, which include product and image search result pages, video search result pages, and content aggregation. 12.5 Bessemer Venture Partners; Highland Capital Partners; Google Ventures; SV Angel
Udacity, Inc. Udacity, Inc. offers online courses focusing on artificial intelligence and robotics. The company is based in Palo Alto, California. 15.0 Charles River Ventures; Andreessen Horowitz
OneTwoTrip OneTwoTrip operates an Internet travel service website that offers online air travel booking services. The company was founded in 2011 and is based in Moscow, Russian Federation. 16.0 Atomico Investment Holdings Limited
InfoArmy, Inc. InfoArmy, Inc. provides competitive intelligence reports about companies which are viewable on the iPad. 17.3 Norwest Venture Partners; Trinity Ventures
BlackJet BlackJet operates a time-shared private plane service. First Round Capital; Overbrook Entertainment Inc.; SV Angel; ROC Nation LLC
Zazma Inc. Zazma Inc. offers receivables financing for small businesses. Sequoia Capital