Nucleus – the home intercom system

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Nucleus - the home intercom system Nucleus, the home intercom system which started shipping in August, has closed $5.6M in Series A Funding. The round was led by Amazon’s Alexa fund, which invests in promising startups that incorporate Alexa’s technology into their product (Nucleus recently added support for Alexa voice functionality). BoxGroup, Greylock Partners, FF Angel, Foxconn, and SV Angel also participated,… Read More

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Progressly – Business process platform

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Progressly - Business process platform Progressly, a new platform for supporting growth within large enterprises, just got a big boost in both money and staffing. Ruslan Belkin, a former top exec from Twitter and Linkedin will be joining the roughly two year old company. With the spotlight drawn, Progressly is taking the opportunity to formally announce a $6 million Series A, led by 8VC, as part of its official coming out… Read More

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Vroom – make buying a used car as easy as shoe shopping online

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Vroom  Gunning to become the top seller of used cars online, Vroom Inc. has raised $50 million in a Series E round of equity funding, bringing its total capital raised to $218 million to-date.
The market for used cars in the U.S. alone surpasses $400 billion annually. According to the Edmunds.com Used Vehicle Market Report retailers sold 38.3 million used cars in 2015 at an average price of… Read More

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StarOfService – service marketplace

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StarOfService French startup StarOfService just raised another $10 million for its European Thumbtack alternative. Andrea Piccioni and Silvio Pagliani, ENERN Investments and Point Nine Capital participated in today’s round, as well as various business angels. When I first covered StarOfService, the company didn’t even try to hide from me that it was a Thumbtack copycat. The main difference is… Read More

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AdStage – cross-channel ads

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AdStage - cross-channel ads  AdStage announced today that it has raised an additional $2 million from Verizon Ventures. The company offers tools for businesses to manage their ad campaigns across Facebook, Google, Bing and elsewhere, and it says it’s currently managing $100 million in quarterly ad spend. CEO Sahil Jain recently told me that his goal is to create a broader marketing platform including content… Read More

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Aircall – cloud phone system for teams

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Aircall - cloud phone system for teams In case you missed it, Aircall announced last week that it had raised another $8 million dollars in funding for its call center software-as-a-service. New York-based VC firm FJLabs as well as existing investors put money into this Series A round. I’m a bit late to the news because last week was TechCrunch Disrupt SF. It’s worth mentioning that because Aircall also participated in… Read More

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Marfeel – revolutionizes the way publishers create, optimize and monetize mobile websites

Marfeel Takes Advantage of the New Protocol HTTP/2 Available on
Amazon CloudFront

Marfeel is pleased to announce the use of Amazon Web Services (AWS) to maximize
publishers’ mobile experience. Marfeel notably uses Amazon CloudFront, a
Content Delivery Network service, to improve the performance,
reliability, and global reach of its services. With the recent launch of
HTTP/2 on AWS, Marfeel significantly improved its end user experience.
Using the protocol HTTP/2 on Amazon CloudFront has offered them the
possibility to support multiplexing rather than multiple streams to
improve page load times and header compression to enable faster
information exchange.

Marfeel has been serving its customer’s content via HTTP/2 to more than
one billion visits across the globe, resulting in increased optimization
and better page rendering times for customers. Adopting Amazon
CloudFront and its new HTTP/2 feature has allowed Marfeel to improve the
first render time by 17 percent. Marfeel publisher sites now load
consistently at under 0.8 seconds which is a massive step forward for
mobile web speed and more importantly for mobile readers.

“This is where mobile is going,” Marfeel co-founder and CEO Xavi Beumala
explains. “We believe that faster Internet service is the key to an
engaging experience for mobile users, and it’s vital for us to enhance
our own groundbreaking mobile technology with support for innovative
service like Amazon CloudFront. Using Amazon Web Services is part of our
overall business strategy.”

Amazon Web Services CloudFront HTTP/2 support has helped Marfeel
simplify publisher application developments and delivery strategies by
eliminating application logic that is now managed at the network level.
Domain sharing, resource inlining and resource bundling have been
greatly simplified and allowed Marfeel to be more agile while serving
content much faster.

Introducing this Internet milestone highlights Marfeel’s continuing
leadership in the quest to bring faster Internet service to mobile
users. The company was the first to announce a unique mobile solution
compatible with Google AMP earlier this year, followed by immediate
support for Facebook Instant Articles. Marfeel has since been named a
Google Certified Publishing Partner. Working with them as well as with
Amazon Web Services is the demonstration of this startup commitment to its
customers. Indeed, Marfeel is constantly working to improve the page
loads for its customers, providing publishers with significantly faster
page loads, improved mobile performance, and record-breaking
monetization results.

About this startup :

Marfeel is an ad tech platform that revolutionizes the way publishers
create, optimize and monetize mobile websites. Marfeel’s proprietary
technology analyzes publishers’ unique audience—user habits, behavior
and usage patterns—and dynamically adjusts the mobile site layout to
maximize readership, engagement, page views, loading time, and
ultimately ad revenue. this startup’s exclusive partnerships with over 20,000
global ad networks and exchanges ensures top-paying ads from premium
advertisers. Marfeel’s mobile website conversion and monetization
solution has been recognized by Google, forming a strategic partnership
with the search engine. Selected customers include: MensHealth
(FR), National Geographic (FR), Dennis Publishing (US/UK), Elle (MX),
ABC (US) and PopSugar (US). This startup is backed by strategic investors
Nauta Capital, BDMI and Elaia Partners.

To learn more about this startup, please visit website.
Contacts :
Propel Strategic Communications
DeeDee
Rudenstein, 267-521-9654
drudenstein@propelsc.com

Marfeel

Texbond – producer of specialty polypropylene nonwovens

H.I.G. Europe (“H.I.G.”), the European arm of global private equity firm
H.I.G. Capital, announced today that it has acquired a controlling
interest in Texbond, a producer of specialty polypropylene nonwovens.
Founded in Rovereto (in the Trentino region of northern Italy) in 1988,
Texbond specialises in nonwovens for specialty applications in the
hygienic, medical, construction, automotive, household and agricultural
industries. Terms were not disclosed.
Texbond - producer of specialty polypropylene nonwovens

With its continuous investment in R&D and a constant focus on process
efficiency and innovation, Texbond is currently one of the leading
European producers of artificial fibres with a leading position in the
development and manufacture of specialty products.

The founder and Chairman, Giuseppe Gaspari, and the CEO, Cristina
Parisi, have invested in the transaction alongside H.I.G., providing
management continuity as well as technical and strategic expertise to
support the growth plans.

Raffaele Legnani, Managing Director and head of H.I.G. in Italy,
commented: “We believe that Texbond is a unique player in the
industry which can serve as a platform for a buy and build strategy at a
global level, capitalizing on H.I.G.’s international network and
financial resources to support the development plan. Jonathan Bourget,
senior advisor to H.I.G., with extensive experience in the industry, has
also invested in the transaction and will assist us in scouting and
analysing acquisition opportunities.”

Giuseppe Gaspari, Chairman of Texbond, added: “The partnership
with H.I.G. represents an important milestone for the growth of Texbond
that will allow us to expand our presence in Europe, which is a very
fragmented market, and in the US. We believe that Texbond’s technical
expertise and its highly effective management team, led by the CEO
Cristina Parisi, are an important competitive advantage.”

About Texbond

Founded in Rovereto (in the Trentino region, northern Italy) in 1988 by
Giuseppe Gaspari, Texbond is a leading European producer of specialty
polypropylene nonwovens. Texbond’s products are designed and developed
to meet specific technical client needs and are manufactured with highly
sophisticated lines for specific “niche” applications in a number of
industries, such as hygienic, medical, construction, automotive,
household and agriculture.

About H.I.G. Capital

H.I.G. is a leading global private equity and alternative assets
investment firm with over €18 billion of equity capital under
management.* Based in Miami, and with offices in New York, Boston,
Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Atlanta in the U.S., as
well as international affiliate offices in London, Hamburg, Madrid,
Milan, Paris and Rio de Janeiro, H.I.G. specializes in providing both
debt and equity capital to small and mid-sized companies, utilizing a
flexible and operationally focused/value-added approach:

1. H.I.G.’s equity funds invest in management buyouts, recapitalisations
and corporate carve-outs of both profitable as well as underperforming
manufacturing and service businesses.

2. H.I.G.’s debt funds invest in senior, unitranche and junior debt
financing to companies across the size spectrum, both on a primary
(direct origination) basis, as well as in the secondary markets. H.I.G.
is also a leading CLO manager, through its WhiteHorse family of
vehicles, and manages a publicly traded BDC, WhiteHorse Finance.

3. H.I.G.’s real estate funds invest in value-added properties, which
can benefit from improved asset management practices.

Since its founding in 1993, H.I.G. has invested in and managed more than
200 companies worldwide. The firm’s current portfolio includes more than
100 companies with combined sales in excess of €22 billion. For more
information, please refer to the H.I.G. website at www.higcapital.com.

* Based on total capital commitments managed by H.I.G. Capital and
affiliates.

Texbond – producer of specialty polypropylene nonwovens
Contacts

H.I.G. Europe
Raffaele Legnani, P +39 02 45 37 5200
Managing
Director
rlegnani@higcapital.com
F
+39 02 45 37 5250
www.higeurope.com

Texbond – producer of specialty polypropylene nonwovens

Transferwise – one of the biggest online services in the world for money transfers

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Transferwise, one of the biggest online services in the world for money transfers, is launching in Japan today, said CEO Taavet Hinrikus speaking at Tech in Asia Tokyo 2016. The service’s users, made up of businesses and individuals, transfer US$1 billion in cash each month. With better rates and lower fees than the banks and […]

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