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Cameo Pulls In $100M Series C Financing

– Cameo has raised $100m in a Series C financing that values the company at over $1b.
– The financing was led by e.ventures, with participation from Origin Ventures, Softbank, Google Ventures, UTA Ventures, Amazon’s Alexa Fund, other institutional investors, and several celebrities, athletes, and entertainers including legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk.
– Previous investors Lightspeed Venture Partners, Kleiner Perkins, Spark Capital, and The Chernin Group also participated.

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Linktree Raises $45M to Connect People Directly With the Creators and Brands They Love

– Linktree raised $45M in Series B funding co-led by Index Ventures, an investor in Patreon and Discord, and Coatue, an investor in TikTok, with participation from returning investors AirTree Ventures and Insight Partners.
– The funding follows a $10.7M Series A round announced in October 2018.
– Linktree is the rapidly growing social identity layer with more than 12 million users globally, 4 million of whom signed up in the last three months.
– The platform enables brands, artists, publishers, agencies, creators and small businesses to curate an online ecosystem, instantly guiding their audience to the destinations that they care about, without using a search engine or websites as a starting point.

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Fishbrain Raises $31M in Funding

– Fishbrain is a Stockholm, Sweden-based sport fishing app, social network, and digital marketplace.
– The company raised $31m in funding.
– Backers included Consensus Småbolagsfond and Adrigo Asset Management, as well as all main existing shareholders, including B Capital Group and SoftBank Ventures Asia.
– The company will use the funding to continue to scale its user base, solidify its position in Sweden and Norway, strengthen its engineering, product, marketing, and sales teams at its HQ and product hub in Stockholm, as well as through hiring in the US and throughout Europe.

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Capsule gets $1.5M to build ‘super simple’ decentralized social media

– Capsule, a decentralized social media platform, raised $1.5m in seed funding.
– The round was led by Beacon Fund, a dedicated crypto fund by Polychain Capital — which is itself focused on startups building on Dfinity’s decentralized network for next-gen ‘open’ apps (aka, the Internet Computer).
– Mobile apps are also on the cards and the funding will be used to build out Capsule’s team as well (currently it’s around four people).
– Capsule founder Nadim Kobeissi, a cryptography researcher who previously authored the open-source E2E-encrypted desktop chat app Cryptocat, says they’re on track to put out an MVP this month — once they’ve made a few tweaks to the infrastructure.

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Mentorcam Secures $1.4 Million in Pre-Seed Round Funding to Expand Operations

– Mentorcam, the leading video messaging platform, announced today it has raised $1.4 Million in pre-seed funding.
– The round was led by General Catalyst.
– Additional investors include Studio VC, Kosinski Ventures, Realize Tech Fund and angel investors.
– The pre-seed round of funding will be used to expand the Mentorcam team with business development and growth hires as well as to support product and engineering.
– Mentorcam is a video messaging platform designed to help consumers get advice from notable experts.
– The platform connects people who are looking for personal advice with subject matter experts who are otherwise difficult to access.
– Users can ask questions privately in text message format or through a selfie video recording and receive personalized video responses from world-class experts.

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Esports firm NODWIN Gaming raises 164 Cr of equity investment from South Korean Gaming firm KRAFTON

– Esports firm NODWIN Gaming raises 164 Cr of equity investment from South Korean Gaming firm KRAFTON.
– Built on the world’s largest youth demographic and fuelled by affordable smartphone and data prices, esports has seen a surging demand which has led to NODWIN Gaming receiving a minority investment from South Korean Gaming firm KRAFTON.
– NODWIN Gaming intends to channelize these funds to accelerate the development of esports in South Asia, Middle East and Africa, support talent, provide better gaming infrastructure and technology and conceptualise, organize and execute a multitude of tournament IPs at the national and international level.
KRAFTON is one of the top gaming companies in South Korea and is the creators of intellectual properties and games such as PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS(PUBG)s, TERA, Golf King, Castle Burn among others.

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Artie Raises $10M in Seed Funding

– Artie is a Los Angeles, CA-based platform for next-gen instant mobile games.
– The company raised $10M in seed funding.
– Backers included Zynga founder Mark Pincus, Kevin Durant and Rich Kleiman’s Thirty Five Ventures, music mogul Scooter Braun’s Raised In Space, Shutterstock founder Jon Oringer, Tyler & Cameron Winklevoss, Susquehanna International Group; Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment + The Sixers Lab, and Manuel Bronstein, VP of Product at Google, and YouTube founder, Chad Hurley.
– The company plans to use the funds to continue advancing its technology platform and launch an initial slate of games in 2021.

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Zencastr raises $4.6M as its beta video offering goes live for all

– Zencastr, a podcasting startup, raised $4.6m in funding.
– The round was led by Upfront Ventures and joined by Greycroft, Lerer Hippeau, and others.
– The company plans to use the funding to expand its team and develop new features.

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