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Ello Raises $5.5 Million for Social Network, Promises No Ads or Selling User Data — Ello Pbc., an ad-free social network that pledged to never sell user data, has made its philosophy binding and secured funding from investors who agree with its approach to make money other ways. Ello filed to be a public benefit corporation, a designation that bakes specific operating principles and guidelines into the company's legal charter.

Technisys Raises $13 Million From Intel and Others for Latin American Banking — A startup that powers Latin American banks delivering services to people via mobile, ATMs, online and other means has secured $13 million in Series B funding from investors including Intel Capital, Venture Capital Dispatch has learned. Miami-based Technisys SA, founded in 1996, employs 300.

Alibaba Partners With Quixey, Aims for “Deep Mobile Search” in China — Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. is intensifying its mobile push with new technology to make apps-and the information buried in them-as easy to search as websites. The move increases competition with Google Inc. and others in the market for "deep mobile search," in which China is a key battleground.

Kids Games Device Osmo Secures $12M, Hits Apple Retail Stores — Pramod Sharma wanted his 5-year-old to look up from playing games on the iPad. So, last year the former Google Inc. engineer teamed up with fellow Googler and gaming veteran Jerome Scholler to form Tangible Play Inc. and build a system that goes beyond the screen.

Checkr Raises $9 Million Led by Accel for New-Hire Background Checks — Checkr Inc., a startup that expedites background checks on new hires and delivers them in bulk to businesses, has secured $9 million to expand. The company wants to overhaul what has been a time-consuming process by delivering reports as an API, or application programming interface, which automatically runs checks and connects to companies' hiring systems. Checkr competes against the likes of Sterling Infosystems Inc.

VerbalizeIt Raises Seed Round for Translation Services for Businesses — Ryan Frankel co-founded language translation startup VerbalizeIt Inc. after he got food poisoning during a visit to China and felt helpless when he was unable to get medical help. "I couldn't tell them what I needed.

Jibe Raises $20M Led by SAP at $100M Valuation — SAP Ventures has led a $20 million Series C investment in recruiting and hiring software startup Jibe Inc.The infusion, which represents the latest in a string of deals in the human capital sector, boosts funding for the New York-based startup to $37 million and will bankroll its continued expansion from 80 to 120 or so employees....

Alibaba Invests $50M in Peel to Take Smartphone Remote App Beyond TV — Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. is putting some of its new IPO money to work, plowing $50 million into a startup that turns smartphones and tablets into remote controls with an app. Based in Mountain View, Calif., Peel Technologies Inc.

Cybersecurity Startup Zenedge Emerges From Stealth With Funding — After building cybersecurity startup Zenedge LLC for two years, the serial entrepreneurs behind it are emerging from stealth with funding and expansion plans, Venture Capital Dispatch has learned. Like Akamai's Prolexic, Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.

Beepi Raises $60 Million to Sell Used Cars to Smartphone Generation — Investors are bankrolling used-car marketplace Beepi Inc. in a bet people will purchase used cars with a few taps from their smartphones without ever taking a test drive. The Los Altos, Calif., company has raised $60 million in funding from venture-capital firms that also invested in car-hailing startup Uber Technologies Inc., which is...
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Oct 24, 2014

RT @ychernova: VCs knocked, but Ello's CEO reached out to friends & fellow bicycling enthusiasts at Foundry for $5M.…

Oct 23, 2014

Ello Raises $5.5 M for Social Network, Promises No Ads or Selling User Data via @WSJ

Oct 22, 2014

RT @Techmeme: Twitter's new SDK Fabric represents an audacious plan to live inside every app (@mat / Wired)……

Oct 21, 2014

RT @lizzadwoskin: Brooklyn is full of secret noise detection sensors that can tell the diff between a dog barking and a loud party.

Oct 21, 2014

Get coding! Bowery Secures $1.5 Million for Developer Environments on Demand via @WSJ

Oct 18, 2014

RT @HuffingtonPost: The only time of day kids think parents will put down their cell phones

Oct 17, 2014

Montana, Alaska -- Where are you? Interactive Map: Where The Venture Capital Dollars Are Going via @WSJ @mikebillings

Oct 17, 2014

Executive Change Is Latest Hint of Chrome-Android Marriage via @WSJD

Oct 17, 2014

Bubble? VCs put $37B+ to work in Q3, Strongest since Q3 of 2000. via @WSJ

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