Market Analysis & Industry News

Mopub released data indicating Android eCPMs have grown by 26% in the past quarter from $0.34 to $0.43. These rates are still about half of iOS at $0.72. link

Product Releases

Facebook Gifts has been deployed to tens of millions of users with 100 partners including Starbucks, 1800Flowers, HappySocks and others. link

2U fka 2Tor launched Semester Online, online courses for college credit. link

Bank of America is launching its own Square competitor called Mobile Pay on Demand, which comes with a payment dongle and offers 2.7 percent transaction fees. link

Google now allowing Google+ users to install Android apps directly from the stream link

Hulu has launched a video gaming hub as a home for game trailers, reviews and other related information in a bid to compete for video gaming ad dollars. link

Company Announcements

Two of the biggest video games were released last week. Halo 4 sold $220M in its first 24 hours. link Call of Duty: Black Ops II sold more than $500M of copies during the first day of sales. link

Dropbox passes 100M users. 4% of these users convert to paid generating between $400M to $500M in annual run rate.  link Dropbox has launched a file chooser, a widget for use in selecting files when using Dropbox’s file storage API. link

Smartphones Account for One in Five Hotel Bookings on Orbitz link

Major League Gaming grows its online viewership by 334% to 11.7 million in 2012 link

Glassdoor announced 14M registered users. link

UberConference announced support for WebRTC, Google’s VOIP protocol that is native to the Chrome browser, enabling users to make calls from their computers. link

Lytro has released software that enables 3D photography. link

Flipboard has integrated with iBooks showing summaries of the 1.5M books in the store and providing affiliate links. link

Square is processing $10B in TPV up from $8B two months ago. link

20M Members Strong, Etsy Passes $700M Mark For 2012 Sales; Nearly 100M Items Sold Overall link

Banjo, the LBS for discovering people around you, announced 3M users. link

Supercell, the mobile gaming company, is reported to be generating about $250M in annual revenue (run-rate). link


Peter Chernin has joined the Twitter board. link


Cisco has acquired Cloupia, maker of data center automation tools. link


Company Description Investment Investors
OutboundEngine 1.6 Austin Ventures; Silverton Partners; FLOODGATE; Capital Factory
Corona Labs Inc. Corona Labs Inc., a mobile software company, develops a platform for developers to develop cross platform mobile applications worldwide. 2.0 Western Technology Investment; Merus Capital
SocialWire, Inc. SocialWire, Inc. provides SocialWire Connect, which shares user activities, including favorites, reviews, and purchases on Facebook Timeline; and SocialWire Amp, which boosts word-of-mouth about products with Facebook ads. The company is based in San Francisco, California. 2.5 First Round Capital; 500 Startups
Playnery Inc. 3.7 QUALCOMM Ventures; SOFTBANK Ventures Korea Inc.; Stonebridge Capital Inc.
DoubleDutch, Inc. DoubleDutch, Inc. provides mobile, cloud-based, and geosocial applications for events, sales teams, and other enterprise workgroups. 4.0 FLOODGATE; Lightbank LLC; Bullpen Capital
HoneyApps Inc. HoneyApps Inc. provides Software-as-a Service (SaaS) based vulnerability management platform that aggregates data from various vulnerability assessment tools to provide a centralized view on users’ security posture. 5.25 U.S. Venture Partners; Tugboat Ventures; Hyde Park Angels; Costanoa Venture Capital
Dog Vacay, Inc. Dog Vacay, Inc. offers an online marketplace that connects dog owners in need of pet-care services with qualified pet caregivers. It allows pet owners to find a home to board their dog. 6.0 Benchmark Capital
Playhaven PlayHaven is a real-time mobile game marketing platform that helps to take control of the business of games. 8.0 e.ventures; GGV Capital; Tandem Entrepreneurs Management Services, LLC.
Percolate Industries, Inc. Percolate Industries, Inc., a technology company, builds tools that help brands to create content at social scale. Its solutions enable to find interesting content from around the Web and present it back to a brand editor to add a comment and publish back out to social channels and Websites. 9.0 GGV Capital; First Round Capital; Lerer Ventures
Continuuity, Inc. Continuuity, Inc. designs and develops software solutions that help developers to build applications with Hadoop. 10.0 Battery Ventures; Ignition Partners; Andreessen Horowitz; Data Collective; Amplify Capital Partners, Inc
VuClip XinLab, Inc., doing business as VuClip, provides mobile video services that work on video-enabled mobile phones with an Internet access. It indexes various videos from the Web. 13.0 New Enterprise Associates; SingTel Ventures (Pte) Ltd.; JAFCO Ventures
Platfora, Inc. Platfora, Inc. develops data management software provider based on Hadoop. Platfora, Inc. was founded in 2011 and is based in Palo Alto, California. 20.0 Battery Ventures; Sutter Hill Ventures; Andreessen Horowitz
Xtime, Inc. Xtime, Inc. provides hosted Web scheduling and customer relationship management solutions for automotive service departments in North America 23.0 Bessemer Venture Partners; Draper Fisher Jurvetson; Saints Capital; RPM Ventures; Lumia Capital
LiveU Ltd. LiveU Ltd. provides portable video-over-cellular solutions. 27.0 Canaan Partners; Pitango Venture Capital; Carmel Ventures; Lightspeed Venture Partners
Navent The company was founded in 2010 and is based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 30.0 Tiger Global Management LLC; Riverwood Capital
Affirmed Networks, Inc. Affirmed Networks, Inc. operates as a stealthy telecom startup. 52.0 Charles River Ventures; Matrix Partners; T-Venture Holding GmbH; Lightspeed Venture Partners; Vodafone Ventures
zulily, Inc. zulily, Inc. offers apparel, gear, and other goodies for moms, babies, and kids online. 85.0 Maveron LLC; MeriTech Capital Partners; Andreessen Horowitz