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Start-up connects world with free mobile data

A start-up is quietly challenging Facebook’s efforts to connect emerging market consumers to the internet, signing up 15 times more telecoms operators than the high-profile effort led by the social network.

mCent, an app owned by Boston-based start-up Jana, has integrated with 311 operators, compared with Facebook-owned Internet.org’s partnerships with 20 operators.

The app boasts 30 million users after its first year, as it makes internet access more widely available and affordable in developing countries.

The app boasts 30 million users after its first year, as it makes internet access more widely available and affordable in developing countries. One in 10 Android phone owners in India uses mCent and Jana is looking to expand in China, Brazil and Indonesia.

Read the whole article here via  afr.com.

​Startup aims to make home devices smart enough to anticipate what you need

SAN FRANCISCO — The team behind an ambitious attempt to rewrite the rules of smartphone software has banded together again at a new startup called Silk Labs that hopes to profit from the spread of computing smarts far beyond today’s mobile devices.

You can find the whole article here via​ CNET.

Blockchain-Powered Internet of Things Startup Filament Raises $5 Million

Filament, a startup looking to bring the blockchain to tomorrow’s Internet of Things (IoT), has raised $5 million.

The round was led by Bullpen Capital, with contributions from Verizon Ventures, Crosslink Capital, Samsung Ventures, Digital Currency Group, Haystack, Working Lab Capital, Techstars, among others.

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You can read the whole article here via Finance Magnates.

Berlin ist die Startup-Hauptstadt

Berlin hat unter den deutschen Städten den mit Abstand besten Ruf unter Gründern. Das liegt an dem funktionierenden Ökosystem und den vergleichsweise niedrigen Lebenshaltungskosten.

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Zum Artikel geht es hier via webmagazin.de.

German Startups Group: Internet-Finanzierer hält an Börsenplänen fest

Insgesamt hält German Startups Group einen Minderheitsanteil an mehr als 40 Unternehmen. Wegen fehlender Nachfrage musste der Wagniskapitalfinanzierer den geplanten Börsengang absagen. Damit ist eine Aktienplatzierung aber nicht vom Tisch.

Im derzeitigen Kapitalmarktumfeld sehe das Management keine Möglichkeit, einen angemessenen Kurs zu erzielen, so das Unternehmen. Quelle: dpa

Zum Artikel geht es hier via handelsblatt.com.

F&B deals startup Twyst raises seed funding

Gurgaon-based Twyst, a startup that assists food & beverage (F&B) outlets to acquire and retain customers through deals, has raised an undisclosed amount in seed funding from Taplow Executive Search’s Rohit Bhatia, serial entrepreneur Sunil Nikhar and other investors.

Better Labs CEO Vaibhav Domkundwar and former Bessemer Ventures director Siddharth Nautiyal also put money in this round, as per a press statement.

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Twyst, which is run by Gurgaon-based Twyst Technologies Pvt Ltd, will use the funds raised to expand operations to other Indian cities and for acquiring more customers.

You can find the whole article here via Techcircle.in .

Tencent Strikes Strategic Partnership With Indoor Mapping Startup Sensewhere

Chinese Internet giant Tencent, the maker of WeChat, has pinned down a strategic investment with indoor mapping startup sensewhere. The total amount of the deal was undisclosed, but the companies said that Tencent now has a license to use sensewhere’s indoor positioning software in Tencent Maps. Sensewhere will also be Tencent’s preferred vendor for location-based advertising services in China.

You can read the whole article here via  TechCrunch.

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