Over the past week, here’s a sampling of news highlights of members of the BizSpark One program, identifying a small number of the best companies in BizSpark, which is now comprised of over 40,000 startups.
Week of September 18-24, 2011
- § Acumatica, a provider of ERP software, announced that it has closed a round of investment led by Nordic-based technology company, Visma. The investment will be used to further expand Acumatica’s sales and marketing efforts and development of its technology platform.
- § Flite, a leader in cloud-based advertising, was featured in Inc’s ’10 Cool New Tech Ideas to Help You Market Your Business’.
- § Glympse, a mobile service that enables simple and safe location sharing, was highlighted in Ad Age’s 10 Startups to Watch. Glympse allows users to share their location dynamically and set their location visibility to expire after a certain time limit, which offers a great way to facilitate location interaction between brands and consumers in a real-time manner.
- § Graphic.ly, a digital comic book platform, launched a new application for Facebook that enables new and casual fans to access a wide selection of comic books. Graphic.ly’s application is currently the only digital comic book platform that gives publishers a way to put their content on Facebook.
- § Kobo, a global leader in eReading with over 4.9 million users worldwide, announced new social eReading features, providing users the ability to engage in conversations with each other while reading, as well as Facebook integration that helps people to share their eReading activity with their friends.
- § Mintigo, delivering marketing intelligence with rich customer profiling, raised $9M in Series B financing led by Sequoia Capital, Giza Venture Capital and private investors. The investment will be used to further the company’s expansion in the US market.
- § News360, a next-generation news personalization and aggregation service, was featured in Mashable, highlighting the company’s multi-platform service that delivers individualized content through semantic analysis of a user’s behavior and interest from Twitter, Facebook and other profiles that the user connects with News360.
- § ParcelGenie, an instant gift messaging service, was named the runner-up of the Vodafone Mobile Clicks Contest, recognizing innovative startups in mobile internet services. ParcelGenie, based in the UK won a €50,000 cash prize.
- § Xtranormal, bringing movie-making magic to the masses, announced that the New York Times will be bringing its line of satirical comics to life via the Xtranormal movie making platform. The New York Times plans to release one new Xtranormally produced satirical short per week, the first one illustrates a conversation between Warren Buffett and Mark Zuckerberg on Groupon’s IPO buzz.