BizSpark One Week in Review – Dec 3

Over the past few weeks, 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 45,000 startups.

Week of November 13-26 and November 27-December 3

  • § ClickDimensions, providing an email marketing and marketing automation solution for Microsoft Dynamics CRM, announced that it raised Series A funding from Canal Partners to further the company’s global expansion.
  • § Club Cooee, a BizSpark One alum, announced a partnership with Grooveshark to bring music into a new social 3D experience with its application. Users can be their own DJ, interact and discuss new music in a 3D chat environment or listen to music selected by others in virtual 3D listening rooms.
  • § InishTech, providing a unique cloud-based software licensing platform, announced that Glorsoft, a leading provider of telephony development tools for the .NET community, selected the InishTech cloud licensing service to protect, manage and control the distribution and licensing of its Velocity™ developer toolkit.
  • § Kobojo, one of the European leaders in the social gaming universe, continues to expand, opening an office in Berlin, following the successful opening of a new office in Madrid. Kobojo continues to grow and implement its hyperlocalization strategy.
  • § LiquidSpace, the mobile application that helps anyone find a great space to work in real-time, is celebrating the exciting trend of mobile working by presenting the first-ever Mobile Work Week. The Week will feature many events, including discussions focused on the consumerization of real estate, developing and designing for the mobile worker and more.
  • § Soundtracker, geosocial internet radio, has teamed up with broadband network provider LightSquared, to enable Soundtracker customers to access 11 million songs in the cloud. LightSquared’s network will allow Soundtracker to offer its customers a product that bundles music with connectivity for users to alleviate racking up huge monthly wireless fees while listening to their favorite music.
  • § StorSimple, a leading provider of enterprise cloud storage was named a Bronze medal winner of the ‘2011 Editors’ Best Awards’ for Best Storage Hardware Product by SQL Server Magazine. The 2011 Editors’ Best Awards are based on a product’s strategic importance to the market, its competitive advantages, and its value to customers.
  • § TalentSoft, provider of a SaaS solution for integrated talent management, announced a merger with RFlex, a leader in e-HR solutions. The new organization will retain the TalentSoft name, and the alliance will support the company’s rapid growth in France and internationally.
  • § Vizua, providing a cloud-based 3D scan visualization and collaboration platform, was selected as the winner of the Best Investment Opportunity at the ZINO Marketplace Investment Forum. Vizua was also highlighted in GeekWire’s Startup Spotlight Series, featuring an interview with Vizua CEO Dean Lester.
  • § Xtranormal, bringing movie-making magic to the masses, was featured in the BizSpark Spotlight Series on Microsoft News Center. The company also announced its brand-new Xtranormal for Business platform. Ad agencies to neighborhood shops can leverage Xtranormal’s video creation and distribution tools for a wide range of marketing and communication initiatives, including product launches, social media campaigns, and private-label marketing.
  • § Zuora, a BizSpark One alum that provides a leading subscription and commerce billing platform, announced that it has raised $36M in a Series D round of funding. The round was led by Index Ventures with participation from Greylock Partners and the CEO of Workday. Zuora’s existing investors, including Benchmark Capital, Redpoint Ventures, Shasta Ventures, Tenaya Capital and Marc Benioff also participated in the round. To date, Zuora has raised $82.5M in funding.
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