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Google reportedly backing a new social games startup

19 year old , known for Facebook’s video-centric social app for teens, Lifestage,  is behind a secret Google social-gaming startup called Arcade, according to a report at Bloomberg. The new company’s first app, say the site’s sources, is set to debut this summer with elements of trivia games at its core. Bloomberg reports that Google… Read More »

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Wedding-Planning Startup Zola Raises $100 Million

Zola Inc. the startup, led by former Gilt Groupe executive Shan-Lyn Ma, said Thursday it raised $100 million from investors including Comcast Corp. and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. The deal values Zola at about $600 million, according to a person familiar with the deal.  Founded in 2013, Zola runs an online wedding registry that lets couples see what guests have bought… Read More »

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Homecare services startup Cera raises $17M in Series A round

On Wednesday, Cera, the London-based homecare startup announced $17 million in Series A funding. Investing in the round is Guinness Asset Management (via its EIS fund), Yabeo (which is also the lead investor in Germany’s biggest care supply company Pflegebox), and Kairos. In addition, a number of Cera’s seed backers have participated. Cera says it… Read More »

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Machine-Based Learning Platform Alice Raises $200,000 from Melinda Gates

A machine-based learning platform called Alice is the first private company to benefit from Melinda Gates’ three-year-old initiative to boost women in tech fields.  Gates plowed $200,000 into the startup in February via her Pivotal Ventures organization. Alice seems a logical choice for Pivotal’s first private-company investment, as it’s run by two prominent female entrepreneurs–Elizabeth Gore… Read More »

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Square acquires website building platform Weebly for $365 Million

Square announced an agreement on Thursday to buy website-building company Weebly for $365 million. The cash-and-stock deal will allow small business customers to use both Weebly and Square to easily build websites and online stores, the companies said. Weebly is a website-building service, similar to Squarespace or WordPress, and was backed by Sequoia, Tencent and… Read More »

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