What you need to know - 07/28/11

Ronny Kerr · July 28, 2011 · Short URL: https://vator.tv/n/1d39

Watch an interview with Kosmix creator Venky Harinarayan; Zynga's taking CityVille to China

To make its video streaming selection less sucktastic, Amazon has just sealed a deal with NBCUniversal to bring a bevy of new movies to the Amazon Prime Instant Video arsenal.

Azumio, creator of biofeedback smartphone apps for Android and iOS, raised $2.5 million in Series A funding from Founders Fund, Accel Partners and Felicis Ventures.





Cohuman, creator of a task management and team collaboration system and former Vator Splash finalist, has been acquired. The buyer has not yet been identified and terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed.

Crowdtap, the network for brand influencer communities, secured $7 million in Series A funding led by Foundry Group, with participation from GSA Venture Partners and Mr Youth.

Facebook is “in talks” to let developers sell virtual goods through its platform on mobile devices. Specifically, Facebook aims to give developers this ability via mobile Web browsers, like Safari on the iPhone, not through apps.

Hearsay Corporation, creator of the enterprise social marketing tool Hearsay Social, closed an $18 million Series B round of funding led by NEA, with help from existing investor Sequoia Capital.

Education software company Kno found that a full quarter of college students surveyed said that they would give up sex if it meant never having to carry around another textbook again.




In this interview, Venky Harinarayan talks about Walmart's social strategy through @Walmart Labs, and why Walmart purchased his company Kosmix. In other words, he answers the question: What was the core technology Walmart was after.

Daily deals and online shopping site Snapdeal.com raised $40 million in Series B funding from Bessemer Venture Partners, with participation from existing investors Nexus Venture Partners and IndoUS Venture Partners.

Totango, provider of a real-time customer usage analysis platform for SaaS applications, secured $3.8 million in Series A financing led by Pitango Venture Capital which joined existing investor Gemini.

Military daily deals site TroopSwap.com raised $925K in funding from prominent angel investors.


Visual Revenue, provider of predictive analytics for online media, secured $512K in funding led by Lerer Ventures, SV Angel, Kima Ventures and NYC Seed and joined by 10 individual angel investors.

Zynga is bringing CityVille, the most popular application on Facebook, to China.

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Ronny Kerr

I am a professional writer with a decade of experience in the technology industry. At VatorNews, I cover the zero-waste economy, venture capital, and cannabis. I'm also available for freelance hire.

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The world’s largest brands, including State Farm, Farmers Group, and 24 Hour Fitness, use Hearsay Social’s award-winning technology platform to achieve regulatory compliance, build stronger customer relationships, and bolster their brand across all the major social networks, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+. Hearsay Social has raised $21M from Sequoia Capital, NEA, and top executives from Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google, and YouTube, and is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices in New York and Ohio.




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Cohuman is the simplest most powerful way to keep your team in sync. Easily delegate, prioritize and track tasks with all your teams.

It is an intelligent workspace for coordinating people and managing projects. It promotes transparency and accountability in communications allowing teams to get things done more efficiently.

Cohuman delivers immediate insight into the status of projects, coworkers and the tasks you need to focus on. 
1. We provide unprecedented visibility into a team's collective and individual responsibilities. 
2. Projects and people are presented with lists of tasks that are ranked in order of priority. We utilize metadata to dynamically rank a task's importance relative to the needs of the team.  

- Focus: Tasks are organized so people can focus on doing the most important things first. 
- Transparency: Team members have visibility into the shared actions and needs of the group. 
- Accountability: By compelling individual ownership, we reduce business ambiguity. 
- Accessibility: Files, conversations and deadlines are centralized, secure and always accessible. 
- Email Integration: We work seamlessly with email, so those who don't want to login to Cohuman don't need to.  

- Attach Google Docs to Cohuman tasks, and we'll handle the permissions
- Sync your tasks to your Google Calendar
- Invite your Google Contacts
- Login and Signup with your Google Account
- Find us in the Google Marketplace and Chrome Store 


The long version of our Story:
The challenge we all face in today’s multitasking world is that we are inundated with emails, tweets, social media statuses, collaboration tool notifications, IM’s, buzzes, waves and more. Submerged somewhere in this digital torrent are the tasks we need to act upon as well as the true status of the things we have shared with, or assigned to, others.  

The truth is, we feel productive when we merely click on what’s unread in our inbox (a textbook Pavlovian response). We feel a sense of accomplishment when we stay abreast of the chatter. All the energy and time we invest in doing these things is creating a false sense of “doing” and eating into the time we have to get stuff done. We’re on a diet of electronic junk food. The day goes by and despite having been connected and collaborative, we’ve accomplished less than we thought. What’s worse, we experience that nagging feeling that we’ve forgotten to do something.

Cohuman is an online application that cuts through this digital clutter and gives you the power to make, share and track tasks with anyone. 

We fundamentally believe that the only way to simplify our lives is to know what our priorities are and to be able to focus on what matters. Cohuman is a social network for all your work and personal tasks. When you share tasks with other people, Cohuman is aware of how all your tasks are related. That’s what Cohuman is – a Task Network. In the same way you keep track of your colleagues and friends via Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter, we empower you to get status updates on all the tasks you’re connected to.

Based on an algorithm that takes into account the network value of a task, Cohuman is able to optimize your priorities and those of everyone in your network by assigning each task a score.

Cohuman lets you: 
1. See everything you need to do in one place 
2. Prioritize your day, your week, your life
3. Share tasks with others and follow their status 
4. Trust you are not forgetting to do anything

The market for Cohuman encompasses everyone who is tired of depending on email to coordinate their life or is simply struggling to manage their priorities.




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Zynga is the largest social gaming company with 8.5 million daily users and 45 million monthly users.  Zynga’s games are available on Facebook, MySpace, Bebo, Hi5, Friendster, Yahoo! and the iPhone, and include Texas Hold’Em Poker, Mafia Wars, YoVille, Vampires, Street Racing, Scramble and Word Twist.  The company is funded by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, IVP, Union Square Ventures, Foundry Group, Avalon Ventures, Pilot Group, Reid Hoffman and Peter Thiel.  Zynga is headquartered at the Chip Factory in San Francisco.  For more information, please visit www.zynga.com.