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What you need to know - Friday 1/14/11

Milewise raised $1.5M; ShopSocial $1.2M; Benchmark Capital $425M for seventh VC fund

Technology trends and news by Katie Gatto
January 14, 2011
Short URL: http://vator.tv/n/15f0

Milewise, an invitation-only startup currently in stealth mode, raised $1.5 million in debt funding.

 

RepEquity, a provide of oneline reputation and social media management services, aquired Virilion, another digital agency.

 

Local.com, a search engine centered around finding what is local, has  underwritten a public offering of 4 million shares of its common stock. The price will be $4.25 per share, which is estimated to raise approximately $15.5 million for the company.

Rumors abound that Groupon is going public sometime in the Spring. Reports also place Groupon’s valuation at about $15 billion or more.

ShareSquare, a mobile QR platform, launched in beta with 150,000 of their seed round of funding. Funds were provided by Paige Craig, John Frankel, Jeff Miller and Roy Rodenstein.

ShopSocial, a social shopping site, raised $1.2 million in funding. Details of the round were not announced.

Apple was recently awarded a patent that describes solar-powered charging for multiple devices.

 

Groupon announced that it has saved users over $1 billion with the deals offer on the site.

CityVille surpassed another record when it reached100 million users 43 days after its launch. This is significanly higher than FarmVille's peak of 83.76 million users.

 

AT&T’s churn rate, which represents the number of users who would like to leave the service, has doubled according to research conducted by Changewave. The total number of At&T customers who would like to leave is estimated to be 15%.

Benchmark Capital, a venture capital firm, closed $425 million for its seventh fund.

 

In Today's Entrepreneur, VatorNews profiles Naval Ravikant, the founder of Epinions.com. Naval also founded Vast.com and AngelList.


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