Posts Tagged ‘startup’

Mobile Republic Raises $6M for News Aggregator

Mobile Republic

Liam Boogar of Rude Baguette reports, “At the Intel Capital Global Summit today in San Diego, California, Bordeaux-based startup Mobiles Republic (which runs News Republic) announced a $6 Million round of funding from Intel Capital, XAnge Private Equity & Creathor Venture, in order to support product development & expansion into the US market. The application relies on a powerful real-time semantic engine which allows them not only to provide ‘context aware advertising’ but also to filter based on personalized preferences.” Read more

CoolaData Raises $7.4M for Analytics Platform


Derrick Harris of GigaOM reports, “CoolaData, a Tel Aviv, Israel-based startup, has raised a $7.4 million series A round for its behavioral analytics service that’s built entirely atop Google’s cloud computing platform. Greylock IL and Carmel Ventures led the round. The company came about a year ago after co-founders Tomer Ben Moshe and Guy Greenberg were running a consulting business and realized a “tremendous hunger for what [they] call unified behavioral analytics,” Ben Moshe said during a recent interview. What that means is companies want to take all the data they’re collecting via web applications, combine it with internal data and then do things like cohort analysis, clustering and other statistical-analysis functions on top of it.” Read more

Bioinformatics Big Data Startup InterpretOmics Raises $1.6M

Anand Rai of Tech Circle reports, “Bangalore-based InterpretOmics India Pvt Ltd, a Big Data startup focused on bioinformatics, has raised Rs 10 crore ($1.6 million) in angel funding from Amarante, a Singapore-based shipping company, and two unnamed Indian investors. The funds will be used for product development, research and marketing. The company was founded in 2009 by Prahalad H. Achutharao (CEO) and Asoke Talukder (chief scientific officer). Achutharao had earlier worked at Infosys, Verari Systems and other companies. He holds an MS degree in Computer Science from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (US) and a BE degree in Electrical Engineering from Karnataka University. Prior to InterpretOmics, Talukder also worked with several companies such as Sobha Renaissance, Tyfone Communications Development India, Cellnext Solutions, Bluestar Infotech and Mindware.” Read more

Riskified Helps Stop E-Commerce Fraud with ‘Semantic Risk Engine’

Carmel Deamicis of Pando Daily reports, “Dr. Eyal Kishon, co-founder of Israeli based venture capital firm Genesis Partners, had a very personal reason for investing in Riskified, a startup that fights fraud for e-commerce sites. He kept getting rejected when he’d try to buy things online. Merchants would occasionally flag him as a “risky” purchase — perhaps because he lived in Israel and American stores can’t fact-check international addresses through the Address Verification System (AVS). Israeli startup Riskified, which recently raised a $1.65 million seed round, thinks its “semantic risk engine” is the answer. The technology builds a story around the shopper that ties together two types of information — the transaction information (where the person’s shipping address and billing address are, what proxy server they’re hiding behind, etc) and publicly available information about the person online. That way, they can more accurately predict which online shoppers are fraudsters and which are legitimate.” Read more

Ranker Raises $2M for Semantic Ranking Platform

Anthony Ha of TechCrunch reports, “Ranker, a startup that asks users to “vote on the best and worst of everything,” is announcing that it has raised $2 million in new funding. If you visit the Ranker site, you’ll basically be overwhelmed with crowdsourced lists, like this list of the funniest movies of all-time (I agree with the top choice, but The Hangover at No. 2??? Madness!) and this one highlighting the best sulfate-free shampoos (I’m not even sure what that means). Users can vote on each item in the list, follow a list, add items, and create lists of their own. Other sites, like the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, can use Ranker’s technology for their own polls.” Read more

Introducing Chatterbox: Social Intelligence Through NLP, Machine Learning

Eileen Brown of ZDnet recently covered Chatterbox, a social intelligence startup that uses natural language processing across eight European languages as well as Mandarin and soon Arabic. She reports, “It searches and crunches through social data to get more business relevance in real time. Chatterbox is an enterprise solution that uses machine learning to provide deep relevant social intelligence to sales, service and marketing teams in large companies. Machine learning and natural language processing is built into the solution. Its sentiment analysis is built to directly target social data sets.” Read more

Sirdata Launches Third Party Data Targeting Tool

According to a new article on, “Paris-based tech firm Sirdata has launched a fully automated third party data collection and profiling platform for use in ad targeting. Founded last year, Sirdata specializes in the collection, targeting and sale of anonymous data – gathered from research, demographic profiling, behavioural studies, and online data on interests and intent to purchase. Currently the firm collects data from nearly four million unique visitors per day, while 20,000 publishers use its tags. The firm uses semantic tools to pinpoint specific audience behavioural profiles and tailor-make segments based on specific client requirements, while its Business Consulting & Data Analytics team helps clients gain insight into the behaviour of customers, identify the best prospects and select media and marketing investments to target the most valuable customers and maximise ROI.” Read more

What Every Semantic Startup Should Know

Earlier this week The Semantic Web Blog gave you an in-depth look at the winner of the Semantic Web Startup Competition at the recent Semantic Technology and Business conference (see story here). Perhaps at next year’s SemTechBiz event, you’d like to be one of the startups in contention for the win – and some money might help you get there.

If so, then it might be helpful to troll through some of the advice that was offered in another session at the conference, which was attended by an audience who self-reported that they either were part of startups and potentially looking for funding, as well as others hoping to start their own venture in a year or so.

Here are some snippets to reflect on:

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Imonomy Raises $400K for Visual Semantic Software

Natasha Lomas of Tech Crunch reports, “Imonomy, an Israeli startup which makes software that analyses webpages and automatically inserts relevant, copyright-free images to accompany the content, has closed a $400,000 seed round from a group of angel investors. Investors include Inon Axel, former CEO of Kasamba (acquired by LivePerson for $40m), Liron Rose, cofounder of AfterDownload (acquired by ironSource for $28m), and Itai Levitan and Tal Shaked, partners at AfterDownload. Imonomy said it will be using the new seed funding for product development and initial marketing and sales activities.” Read more

Wibidata Raises $15M to Help Build Predictive Applications on Hadoop

Derrick Harris of GigaOM reports, “WibiData — the big data startup from Cloudera Co-founder Christophe Bisciglia and Aaron Kimball — doesn’t have overly big plans. It only wants to become one of the first, if not the first, company selling off-the-shelf software that lets other companies build valuable, customer-facing applications on Hadoop. On Thursday, WibiData announced $15 million in Series B funding from Canaan Partners, as well as existing investors NEA and Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, to help make the goal a reality.” Read more