Funding roundup

Meliza Solan Surdi · September 7, 2008 · Short URL: https://vator.tv/n/3e0

Vibes Media, WildBlue, Raptr are among companies raising funds this week

Here's a roundup of companies in the mobile, video, digital media, social network, and advertising sectors that announced their funding this past week.

Vibes Media secured a $15 million Series A round from Fidelity Ventures, according to PE Hub. Vibes Media, which is based in Chicago, is a technology-enabled mobile marketing company, that has launched 50,000 mobile marketing campaigns since the company launched 10 years ago.

New York-based Stylesight, an online fashion information provider, raised $16 million in Series A funding from Fidelity Ventures, according to a press release.

Accel Partners and Founders Fund invested $12 million in Raptr, a social platform for video game players.  The Mountain View, California- based startup also just launched its public beta of its social network for video game players, according to its blog. Raptr allows people to discover and play games across multiple platforms, such as XBox Live and a Mac, and share with friends on Facebook, Twitter and FriendFeed

Fonality announced its $12 million in funding from the Draper Fisher Jurveston Growth Fund and existing investor Intel Capital. LA-based Fonality provides phone systems and contact center solutions for small and medium-sized businesses, according to a release on PE Hub.

ChannelAdvisor secured $20 million in a funding led by New Enterprise Associates of Baltimore. Prior investors Advanced Technology Ventures of Palo Alto, Calif., Kodiak Venture Partners of Waltham, Mass., eBay Inc. of San Jose, Calif., and Southern Capital Ventures of Raleigh, N.C., also contributed. ChannelAdvisor helps companies and individuals use online marketplaces, according to a release on PE Hub.

Israeli startup ASOCS, a provider of wireless processors for handheld devices, has raised $8 million in a second round of funding, led by  FinTech GIMV Fund (FGF) and included existing investors: Vertex Venture Capital and Harel Hertz, according to a release.

DigiMeld Inc. raised a $2 million round of angel funding for its live internet broadcasting service. The New York-based company is a provider of software solutions for streaming and live internet broadcasting. See release.

 WildBlue Communications raised $50 million. The Denver-based broadband provider of rural satellite services in the United States receiving funding from Liberty Media, Intelsat, the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative and Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield, and Byers, according to a release.

WildBlue estimates that there are more than 11 million households in the US where DSL and cable services are unavailable. Of those households, seven million are still accessing the Web via dial-up connection.

 

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STYLESIGHT

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Stylesight is a team of seasoned and accomplished industry insiders whose extensive careers traverse the fields of fashion design, trend analysis, forecasting, reporting, merchandising and apparel manufacturing. We understand the business of fashion and fashion as a business.


Our mission is to provide clients involved in the creative and product development process with useful tools that make their journeys more efficient, less costly, faster and more accurate. We seek the most effective content for this challenge and combine that content with the latest technology. We never give up in our search for the most innovative content and technology.

We accomplish our mission by offering an unparalleled global reach of time-sensitive, informative and directional content and funneling that content through state of the art technology. Our powerful industry-driven tools make sense of the messages and translate them into actionable information.


Our state of the art technology is easy to use and makes the tedious work of fashion research immediate, painless and enjoyable. Search functionalities trim volumes of inspirational images down to concise, specific and relevant results that are ready for action. Creative professionals can search and organize results into an unlimited number of folders to convey specific seasonal ideas. Our tools allow professionals to download multiple images, zoom every image for detail, print and/or email tear sheets, create slideshows and trend boards to internal colleagues or external suppliers and share comments. All from one website.

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Our content provides everything a merchandiser and designer needs to assess current trends, collaborate and analyze our trend forecasts and reporting for effective results during your design cycle. Once you've achieved your results you're ready to adopt or generate your own inspiring ideas, transforming concepts into visions for product development.

Stylesight's extraordinary image library is a virtual wellspring of idea generation with over two million images of Women's, Men's & Children's fashion as well as Interiors including coverage of all Designer Collections from New York, Paris, London, and Milan as well as Los Angeles, Sao Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro and more. It includes fashion buzz on the streets and retail of key fashion & interior design stores of all of these major cities as well as Tokyo, Hong Kong and the South of France. Vintage, Denim, Color, Trade Shows, Celebrity Fashion, Flats Sketches, original Graphic Design, and Mood Images round out our rich image search engine with new content uploaded daily.

Stylesight's Fashion Office delivers concise forecasting and reporting relevant to industry time lines. Our in-depth universal Megacolors and Megatrends forecast the upcoming seasons color and trend direction. Our trend boards provide thorough and insightful analysis of designer collections for each major season, deciphering the core messages by category, such as color, theme and a spectrum of key items from an ocean of images.

One can't be sure where tomorrow's hottest trends come from so the journey never ends. Our tenacious worldwide correspondents and creative staff cater to the innate curiosity of creative professionals on an everlasting quest for that hidden gem, providing an inside look at organically developing currents and themes emerging around the world. Stylesight: Images That Inspire, Tools to get the job done.

Thank you for taking this time to learn more about Stylesight where we believe frequency of information becomes currency and the fountain of inspiration never runs dry.

Raptr

Startup/Business

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Raptr is a Silicon Valley based startup that has built a revolutionary social games platform to change the way people play and discover games they like and share their gaming experiences with friends. Raptr makes gaming more fun and social by automatically sharing your gaming achievements and stats with friends while putting an end to the frustrating process of finding and downloading game patches and updates.

Acting as a "Windows Update for games," the Raptr client keeps your games up to date seamlessly using background downloads and a lightweight interface. Raptr automatically tracks your gaming stats and achievements and shares them with your friends. With Raptr, you can see what your friends are playing, what they've recently downloaded, and how they're doing in those games. Raptr also enables you to receive recommendations for new games you might like or meet players who share similar gaming tastes. Raptr is the home for your gaming life.

Founded in 2007 by Xfire co-founder and world champion gamer Dennis Fong, Raptr is backed by several million dollars in funding from an all-star group of investors.

ChannelAdvisor

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ChannelAdvisor combines best practices, innovative software and integrated technology to help retailers maximize their profits across multiple e-commerce
channels – including marketplaces like eBay, Amazon.com and Overstock.com; comparison shopping sites like Shopping.com, Shopzilla and Pricegrabber.com; and across all the major search engines. Designed exclusively for online retailers, our solutions enable businesses, both big and small to create, analyze and streamline e-commerce initiatives so they can sell more products, faster and achieve true, measurable ROI without costly IT investments.

WildBlue

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WildBlue offers you high-speed Internet access via satellite to almost every corner of the U.S.! Imagine “always on”, lightning fast connections to the Internet. No more dialing in. No more delays. No more wondering if high-speed Internet will arrive in your town. 

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