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Virtual-Reality Headset Maker Glyph Grabs $24 Million in Funding

blogs.wsj.com — The maker of Glyph, a media headset that supports 3-D and virtual reality content, has secured $24 million to increase manufacturing and begin shipping the headsets by the end of 2015, Venture Capital Dispatch has learned. Chinese mobile Internet company Hangzhou Liaison Interactive Information Technology Co. Ltd.
Aug 21, 2015

Virtual-Reality Headset Maker Glyph Grabs $24 Million in Funding murph.me/1JvMXjx @wsj

Aug 21, 2015

Virtual-Reality Headset Maker Avegant Grabs $24 Million in Funding on.wsj.com/1HYFvGe via @WSJD

Andy Rubin’s Playground Global Backs Augmented Reality Gaming Co. CastAR

blogs.wsj.com — Augmented reality gaming startup CastAR Inc. has raised $15 million in a round led by Playground Global, the hardware accelerator and fund launched earlier this year by Android co-founder Andy Rubin and backed by FoxConn, Google, Tencent and others.
Aug 19, 2015

Andy Rubin’s Playground Global Backs Augmented Reality Gaming Co. CastAR on.wsj.com/1NsgURb via @WSJ

“Best Fiends” Creator Seriously Scores $18M to Build Mobile Game into Entertainment Brand

blogs.wsj.com — Betting a mutant slug apocalypse will form the basis for the next major entertainment franchise, top global investors are plowing $18 million into Seriously Inc.More than 15 million players downloaded "Best Fiends" since Seriously launched the mobile game last year-a number that wowed new investors who believe Seriously has a fresh model for developing movies, videos and games that is better than what traditional Hollywood can offer.
Aug 04, 2015

Take that Hollywood! “Best Fiends” Creator Seriously Scores $18M to Build Mobile Game into Brand. on.wsj.com/1M1I7ZO via @WSJ

Brazil’s BankFacil Secures $3M, Launches Low-Rate Consumer Loans

blogs.wsj.com — BankFacil aims to make getting a consumer loan in Brazil inexpensive and easy and has raised venture backing to do it.The online lending startup has built an underwriting platform targeting what founder and Chief Executive Sergio Furio believes is a massive and untapped opportunity: extending personal loans to Brazilians who own homes and cars but aren't using them as collatera
Aug 03, 2015

RT @sergiofurio: Brazil’s BankFacil Secures $3M, Launches Low-Rate Consumer Loans on.wsj.com/1IuT4h9 via @WSJ thanks @lizette_chapman

VSCO Acquires Stealth Machine Learning Startup

blogs.wsj.com — Hoping to bring automated machine learning to the fine art of photography curation, digital photo startup VSCO has acquired Moving Sciences LLC., VentureWire has learned.Although the deal was a small one, VSCO founder and Chief Executive Joel Flory declined to share deal terms but said it involved just one employee, the visual computing technology will pay a key part in the evolution of the fast-growing startup.
Aug 03, 2015

VSCO Acquires Stealth Machine Learning Startup on.wsj.com/1IuRb47 via @WSJ

Aug 04, 2015

1-person acqu-hire> VSCO Acquires Stealth Machine Learning Startup on.wsj.com/1IuRb47 via @WSJ

Baidu CEO Robin Li Describes Mistakes and Opportunities

blogs.wsj.com — People make mistakes all the time. Billionaires are no exception. During the DCM Ventures CEO Summit in San Francisco on Friday, Baidu Inc. co-founder and Chief Executive and Robin Li said he made a mistake by not moving the search and e-commerce titan to mobile platforms more quickly.
Jul 27, 2015

Baidu CEO Robin Li Describes Mistakes and Opportunities on.wsj.com/1InBCeq via @WSJ

Jul 27, 2015

Eager to see Baidu's mobile #s during today's call. Baidu CEO Robin Li Describes Mistakes and Opportunities on.wsj.com/1InBCeq via @WSJ

Outpost Scores $6.2 Million From Benchmark for Games to Play and Watch

Jul 23, 2015

Outpost Scores $6.2 Million From Benchmark for Games to Play and Watch murph.me/1gPZvFw @wsj

Vroom Secures $54 Million to Accelerate Online Car Dealership

blogs.wsj.com — Private investors are betting that startups selling cars via smartphones will replace physical car dealerships, with Vroom Inc. becoming the latest such company to secure backing.Catteron, the same investor who bankrolled P.F. Chang's and Restoration Hardware, led a $54 million Series B round in the New York-based startup.
Jul 20, 2015

Vroom Secures $54 Million to Accelerate Online Car Dealership murph.me/1OrOOUT @wsj

Music Video App Flipagram Secures $70 Million to Scale Globally and Court Enterprise

blogs.wsj.com — There are plenty of companies that make mobile music video apps, but a troika of vaunted investors believe Flipagram Inc. is a star. Sequoia Capital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Index Ventures have plowed $70 million into the startup that makes a free app by the same name and allows people to transform mundane pictures into slick photo and video montages set in less than a minute.
Jul 16, 2015

Licensing deals are tough for startups like Flipagram. Some VCs don't touch music for that reason on.wsj.com/1Lmmgw3 @lizette_chapman

Jul 16, 2015

Music Video App Flipagram Secures $70 Million to Scale Globally and Court Enterprise on.wsj.com/1Lmmgw3 via @WSJ

Jul 16, 2015

Music Video App Flipagram Secures $70 Million murph.me/1GoKNtM @wsj

Jul 16, 2015

RT @ychernova: Licensing deals are tough for startups like Flipagram. Some VCs don't touch music for that reason on.wsj.com/1Lmmgw3 @lizette_chapman

Fosun’s Venture Arm Backs On-demand Beauty Co. StyleSeat

blogs.wsj.com — A month after its largest competitor went public, beauty service booking startup StyleSeat Inc. has raised a $25 million growth round led by the new venture arm of Fosun International, China's largest private conglomerate.StyleSeat makes a mobile app for enabling consumers to more easily discover, book and pay for beauty services, much like competitors MyTime Inc., BeautyBooked Inc.
Jul 13, 2015

Fosun’s Venture Arm Backs On-demand Beauty Co. StyleSeat on.wsj.com/1HE4rml via @WSJ

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Aug 26, 2015

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Aug 26, 2015

About time! YouTube Gaming—Google’s Twitch.tv competitor—launches tomorrow arstechnica.com/?p=728215

Aug 21, 2015

Virtual-Reality Headset Maker Avegant Grabs $24 Million in Funding on.wsj.com/1HYFvGe via @WSJD

Aug 19, 2015

RT @WSJD: Siri is finally on the right road: @JoannaStern reviews Apple's CarPlay (in a new Corvette). on.wsj.com/1TRNJ9R pic.twitter.com/qM6TeVJGWM

Aug 19, 2015

Andy Rubin’s Playground Global Backs Augmented Reality Gaming Co. CastAR on.wsj.com/1NsgURb via @WSJ

Aug 18, 2015

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