Category: Fundings and Exits

Julie Desk, the email-based virtual assistant that helps you schedule meetings, picks up €600K funding

Julie Desk, the French startup that’s developed a ‘virtual assistant’ to automate the email back-and-forth typically associated with scheduling meetings and appointments, has picked up a further €600,000 in funding. Investment comes from SIDE Capital, the VC firm that counts a number of prominent French entrepreneurs as board members, including Frederic Mazzella (Blablacar), Thierry Petit…

Cisco bringing advanced search to Spark platform with Synata acquisition

Cisco announced it has purchased Synata, a search startup that allows users to search across on-premise or cloud repositories simultaneously. Cisco plans to integrate the Synata technology into its Spark communications platform (which should not to be confused with Apache Spark). While Cisco usually reveals purchase prices, for some reason it chose to keep this one to itself. Cisco’s…

Intel gets unique 3D video tech with Replay Technologies acquisition

Intel announced over night in a company blog post that it has purchased Israeli company Replay Technologies. The company provides an unusual 3D video rendering capability it calls “free dimensional” or freeD™ video, according to Intel. While the technology could potentially have a broader usage than sports broadcasting, it has been used to-date to enable fans to get a 360 degree…

Sky makes $45M strategic investment in Asia-based Netflix rival iFlix

UK broadcaster Sky is putting focus on emerging markets and online streaming after it made a $45 million investment in iFlix, a one-year-old company that rivals Netflix in Southeast Asia. Sky said that the deal is strategic and it will see the two parties “work together to identify areas of future collaboration.” It seems likely, then, that iFlix — which currently…

Zenstores scores £400K to help online sellers ship

Always be shipping: Hot on the heels of Zeeqo acquiring London-based delivery startup ParcelBright, another company helping online sellers ship their wares has picked up funding. Bristol, U.K.-based Zenstores, which offers cloud-based shipping software targeting the ‘long tail’ of e-commerce, is disclosing that it has raised £400,000 in seed funding led by Downing Ventures. The…

500 Startups’ latest move in Asia is a $10M micro-fund in Vietnam

500 Startups is continuing its efforts to tap on Asia’s fast-growing startup scene after the U.S.-headquartered VC firm announced a $10 million fund in Vietnam. The effort is led by Binh Tran and Eddie Thai, two partners 500 Startups hired last year, and it is its first in Vietnam and latest in a series of country-led initiatives. In Asia over the past year,…

Veeqo acquires London-based parcel delivery startup ParcelBright

Veeqo, the Wales-headquartered company that offers e-commerce inventory software, has acquired London-based parcel delivery startup ParcelBright to bolster its shipping features. Terms of the deal remain undisclosed, though I understand the acquisition includes ParcelBright’s tech and customer base. Meanwhile, founders Daniel Lipinski and Carlos Vilhena will stay involved in the form of advisors to Veeqo,…