What you need to know - 05/16/11

Watch the latest interviews and Vator Box; new funding for mobile payments and gaming startups

Technology trends and news by Ronny Kerr
May 16, 2011
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Mobile payments startup Billing Revolution raised $6.6 million in Series B funding led by DCM and SK Telecom Ventures.

Boticca, a platform that connects customers with top independent designers, closed a $2.5 million funding round led by ISAI.

Vator's Bambi Francisco sits down with Michael Lazerow, CEO and Founder of Buddy Media, to talk about the company's growth and social media marketing.

 First To File, an IP document management company, closed a $2 million Series B venture capital financing led by existing investor Foundation Capital.

In this week's episode of Vator Box, AngelList co-founder Naval Ravikant joins Ezra Roizen and Bambi Francisco to take a look at GAIN Fitness, which personalizes training programs for individuals.

European social games publisher Pretty Simple raised €2.5 million from Idinvest Partners (formerly AGF Private Equity).




Primedia, publisher of Apartment Guide and more, agreed to be acquired by affiliates of private investment firm TPG Capital for approximately $525 million.

StackMob, a platform for developing, deploying and managing mobile applications in the cloud, closed a $7.5 million round of funding led by Trinity Ventures.

Trisse beta launched to offer deals of 25 to 75 percent off of artisan foods like handmade pastries and chocolate. To celebrate the launch, the first ten Vator readers who sign up at this link will get guaranteed beta access.


Today's featured entrepreneur is John Ramey, founder and CEO of isocket, and self-described "disruptor" who likes to "throw stones at thrones."

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