Messaging app MessageMe has reportedly raised another $10m in funding, adding to the $1.9m it announced in March. News of the new funding comes from a regulatory filing, The Next Web reports, and suggests that company has big ambitions. MessageMe launched its app in early March reaching 1m active users in two weeks, despite considerable competition in the messaging space. MessageMe does at least have a USP, though: it offers integrated, images, videos, music and doodles in messages.Read This Post
US company Dekko has raised $3.2m to help create technology that can be a “visual layer for wearable computing devices”. But that doesn’t mean augmented reality, OK? “We’re really trying to avoid the term ‘augmented reality’,” the company’s chief executive Matt Miesnieks tells The Guardian. “If you’re a pHd in computer science or have worked in the space, you understand it. For 99% of people it’s confusing. If they’ve had any experience with AR, it’s probably been a bad experience.”Read This Post
Android-powered games console Ouya didn’t float venture-capital firms’ boats back in 2012, leading the company to raise money on Kickstarter instead – to the tune of $8.6m.
Now the VCs are getting involved. Ouya announced a new $15m funding round today, led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, with Mayfield Fund, Shasta Ventures and Occam Partners chipping in, as well as technology partner Nvidia.
Kleiner Perkins’ Bing Gordon is joining Ouya’s board as part of the round, having previously worked with companies like ngmoco and Zynga on a similar basis.Read This Post
LA-based startup Chromatik has raised $5.7m of a planned $8.8m Series A funding round, with actor Will Smith among the investors.
PandoDaily reports that the round is being led by Rustic Canyon Partners, with Plus Capital, 500 Startups and Baroda Ventures all chipping in.
Chromatik’s business is based around its iPad and mobile web apps for musicians, providing downloadable sheet music, the ability to make notes, record playing and then share the results with other users.Read This Post
Israeli startup JoyTunes has raised $1.5m of seed funding from Genesis Partners and an array of angel investors (including former Steinway CEO Dana Messina) for its music-education apps business.
The funding comes just after JoyTunes released its latest iPad app, Piano Mania – a game designed to teach pianists how to read sheet music, while playing a real piano or keyboard.Read This Post
Kik, whose Kik Messenger app recently passed 50m users, has raised $19.5m in Series B funding, which it will use to support its growth. The funding was led by Foundation Capital and also included RRE Ventures, Spark Capital and Union Square Ventures. Foundation partner Anamitra Banerji – a former Twitter employee – joins the Kik board as a result.Read This Post
THE Football App (their capitals, not ours) has raised €10m in Series A funding, which it will use to fund international expansion. The app, which is the work of Berlin’s Motain, covers more than 60 international football leagues and competitions, with live text commentaries, breaking news, videos, tables, squad lists etcetera. It claims to be “one of the most downloaded football apps in Europe”, with more than 5m downloads to date and 3.5m monthly active users and it is now setting its sights on global expansion. The funding round was led by Earlybird Venture Capital.Read This Post
There’s no doubt about the main talking point in the apps industry today: new stats on just how much money Finnish developer Supercell is making on the App Store.
In short: a lot. The company made $179m of revenues in the first quarter of this year alone, and is currently generating $2.4m a day according to a profile in Forbes.
The company has 8.5m daily active players of its two iOS games – Clash of Clans and Hay Day – and in February raised $130m of VC funding valuing the company at $770m.
There will inevitably be comparisons with the other leading light of the Finnish (and, indeed, global) mobile games scene: Rovio.
The Angry Birds maker posted revenues of €152.2m ($198.6m) for the whole of 2012 – not much more than Supercell’s takings for Q1 2013 alone.Read This Post
MinoMonsters has raised $2m in funding and signed up with Hollywood agency William Morris to help it move beyond games and into entertainment. TechCrunch reports that the William Morris deal is aimed at getting MinoMonsters into film and TV, with an animated cartoon series coming soon. The company is also targeting licensed merchandise such as books, clothes, toys and trading cards, à la Angry Birds.Read This Post