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Investment in Education

The PEs and VCs are wanting to invest in teh education sector but only if it is big. I wonder how the garage cos like Microsoft and Google cd hv become so big without starting with a csle up model?

Pity some of our ideas are suffering for want of finacial back up as we see our ideas are getting translated by others… hmm

It is less abt money and more abt seeing our ideas taking shape

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Seeking Investors for The Next Big Thing in Internet Technologies! Payments, The Future of Innovation!

Training8m Corporate Technologies Pty Ltd, Australia

Seeking Investors for Maiden IPO offer from Training8m Corporate Technologies Pty Ltd, Australia

 

Equity Capital Proposed: Total Deal Size $ 750 M

 

Working Capital: $ 300 M

Minimum Investment: $ 30 M

 

Deal: Immediate with a clear exit strategy

 

Location: Head Quartered in Gold Coast, Australia

 

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Funded III | The Percolate Content Marketing Blog

What a marketer needs now is a system of technology that manages the creation and distribution of all this content with centralized oversight. The marketer moves from someone that once only moved content to audiences, to someone that needs to move content through the whole organization. In this new world the marketer has the ability to touch sales, HR and almost any department that puts social and mobile at the center of their activities. 

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2014 was a pivotal year for Indonesia’s tech scene. Tech in Asia readers were innundated with news about SoftBank and Sequoia Capital’s record-breaking investment in Tokopedia, along with on-going scoops about Jakarta’s hackers protecting the presidential election with the public online vote counter Kawal Pemilu. On the other hand, the government blocked Vimeo, Imgur, and Reddit, while also removing information technology studies from the local academic curriculum (then putting it back). Indonesia’s Bakrie Group invested US$25 million into Silicon Valley-based social network Path, while local media KapanLagi and Fimela merged to form the largest online media network in Indonesia. But what about the bootstrapping startups that have been slogging away day-in and day-out this year? Surely they deserve some credit for not just surviving, but thriving in 2014. So, in no particular order, here are 10 bootstrapping startups in Indonesia that have gained notable traction or just have awesome ideas.
Funding Bubble? Yes.

Months ago I had been using Whatsapp and thought it was good but not great. One key thing missing was knowing whether the person saw your message or not, like it does on BBM. Soon Kik launched and had the promise of blowing Whatsapp out of the water. Shoot, it was founded by key guys from the BBM team, good sign right?

Well, I tried the Kik after it launched with that heavy, and I mean very heavy, press coverage. What happened? Kik didn’t work that great, especially with the initial load on their system, so I decided to go back to Whatsapp. Simply put, it lost the bake off.

Bear with me as this story continues. While Whatsapp was missing the “read” message feature that Kik launched with, I decide to write in Whatsapp and tell them they won the bake off against Kik (congrats!) but was curious when they might update their app with the “read” feature that Kik had. I happened to get a response from Whatsapp hours later.

Their response: “What’s Kik?”. I figured…hmm, can’t be good if you don’t know you have a new competitor with heavy backing and coverage and huge initial growth but okay. Maybe it’s asking too much but I’d at least expect them to know about it but Whatsapp wasn’t funded by anyone and seemed to be just humming along.

Well not anymore. Whatsapp recently raised $8 million in funding from Sequoia among others. 8 million! And they didn’t even know who Kik was! Am I expecting too much from a startup or is it kinda worrisome that their response to my question was so…blank?

  • PlanGrid has raised $18 million led by Sequoia Capital. Sequoia’s Doug Leone will join PlanGrid’s board. Other investors in the financing include investor Ron Conway, and Yammer founder and former PayPal COO David Sachs.
  • With PlanGrid, blueprints can be uploaded to a mobile app, edited, viewed, and marked up for discussion. It is essentially productivity software for the construction industry that made massive files easy to zoom in on and tweak.
  • Users can also access and collaborate on different versions of the same document within the app to see how designs have evolved and changed. It’s basically a Google Docs for blueprints.
  • Plangrid offers four tiers of software that range from free to $100 monthly, based on the number of blueprints customers want to upload. Currently, over 200,000 building projects have been built using PlanGrid, and 19 million blueprints uploaded to the app. High-profile clients include the construction company that builds all U.S. stores for Target and another that works for Nordstrom.

Base Ventures is an investor in PlanGrid

Seeking Investors for The Next Big Thing in Internet Technologies! Payments, The Future of Innovation!

Seeking Investors for The Next Big Thing in Internet Technologies! Payments, The Future of Innovation!

Training8m Corporate Technologies Pty Ltd, Australia

Seeking Investors for Maiden IPO offer from Training8m Corporate Technologies Pty Ltd, Australia

 

Equity Capital Proposed: Total Deal Size $ 750 M

 

Working Capital: $ 300 M

Minimum Investment: $ 30 M

 

Deal: Immediate with a clear exit strategy

 

Location: Head Quartered in Gold Coast, Australia

 

We now open or Investment…

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Cisco acquires Meraki: how 3 guys from MIT transformed the networking industry

Quick: when was the last time you plugged in an Ethernet cable? If you have trouble answering that question, you’re one of the reasons why Cisco has agreed to acquire Meraki.

Six years ago Sanjit, John and Hans saw our Wi-Fi world before many others. Meraki offered smaller wireless ISPs a complete package to roll-out wireless networks without a lot of time, money or expertise. It gave upstart ISPs a way to enter new markets and disrupt existing ones. The benefits were obvious: the ability to scale without wires, low cost of entry, ease of use, and network analysis tools to help operators maximize revenue from their small networks.

I’ll always remember meeting the guys for the first time. We were introduced by Rajeev Motwani, Larry & Sergey’s thesis advisor at Stanford. They were a bunch of MIT PhDs who had built a very proprietary solution as part of their own thesis called RoofNet. They were clearly world-class, super smart and personable. I bought their product to test it out.  It was so easy to use, I set up a wireless network myself in minutes. You just plugged in the box and it worked. That’s all we needed to see. Chris Sacca, who was at Google at the time, was equally enthusiastic. Google bought 1,000 routers and invested as well.

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What's common to video game addicts and gym superstars?



Random bits I found interesting Wednesday through Saturday:

  • Twitter Bootstrap library - http://twitter.github.com/bootstrap/. Awesome CSS and HTML toolkit to create pretty grids, modals, buttons and more. The Twitter style
  • Quora was initially populated by questions from the Quora founders. Then they would spend 2-3 hours researching the topic, distilling different ideas and writing a high-quality answer. Sometimes unscalable things can make things scalable!
  • The part of the screening process at Sequoia Capital is the question: ‘Which of the 7 deadly sins does your startup address?’
  • ‘Interactive Itinerary Planning’ - cool paper from Google Research on the problem we tried to tackle on hackNY, as well as Facebook Hackathon.
  • There is a great deal correlation between the video game addicts and the gym/workout superstars. Both are about the singular focus. The web startup ‘Fitocracy’ is occupying this niche: http://www.fitocracy.com/
Mu Sigma Plans Nasdaq Listing by 2019

Mu Sigma Plans Nasdaq Listing by 2019

On April 21st, Mu Sigma, a data analytics outsourcing firm by Sequoia Capital, announced its plan to achieve a Nasdaq initial public offering within four years as the company seeks to tap into the demand for processing the vast amounts of information companies gather.

The Chicago-based company aims to increase annual sales to $1 billion within five to seven years from about $250 million…

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Creating room in a crowd

Sometimes it’s never too late to join a crowded market. Just ask Paul English and Steve Hafner, who today announced an agreement to sell Kayak to Priceline for about $1.8 billion.

Today, Kayak’s promise of ‘One and Done’ is well known as befits a company that fielded 600 million travel queries in the first half of 2012 and whose mobile app has been downloaded nearly 17 million times.   

However, the world looked different in 2004 when Paul and Steve decided to start a company in an industry teeming with competitors such as Expedia, Orbitz, Hotwire, Priceline, Travelocity, LastMinute.com and plenty of others. These sites, plus thousands of hotel and airline sites, which all furnished their own confusing and biased results, is what fueled the frustration that gave Kayak a chance. It’s hard to remember but before Kayak it could take thirty minutes to book a flight or reserve a room.

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Seeking Investors for The Next Big Thing BPAYNET! Payments, The Future of Innovation!

Seeking Investors for The Next Big Thing BPAYNET! Payments, The Future of Innovation!

Training8m Corporate Technologies Pty Ltd, Australia

Seeking Investors for Maiden IPO offer from Training8m Corporate Technologies Pty Ltd, Australia

 

Equity Capital Proposed: Total Deal Size $ 750 M

 

Working Capital: $ 300 M

Minimum Investment: $ 30 M

 

Deal: Immediate with a clear exit strategy

 

Location: Head Quartered in Gold Coast, Australia

 

We now open or Investment…

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Beijing-based Ninebot Acquires Segway, Raises $80M From Xiaomi And Sequoia

Intriguing news from the personal transportation mobility device sector: Beijing-based company Ninebot has announced that not only will it acquire rival Segway, but it has also scored $80 million in funding from investors including Xiaomi, Sequoia Capital, and Shunwei Foundation. Read More

Beijing-based Ninebot Acquires Segway, Raises $80M From Xiaomi And Sequoia was originally published on Syndicate-atom.com

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