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NTWRK Secures $50M
NTWRK Secures $50M

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NTWRK Secures $50M

– Ntwrk, a livestream shopping platform that broadcasts 24/7 from a New York City storefront, has raised $50m.
– The round was led by the Goldman Sachs Growth Equity business within Goldman Sachs Asset Management (Goldman Sachs), and global luxury group Kering.
LionTree Partners and Tenere Capital also participated.

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StreamElements nabs $100M as it passes 1.1M creators using its platform to build and monetize video content

– Video is at the heart of how people use the internet today, and creators are at the heart of what is being made and watched on video.
– Today, a startup that has built a platform that helps them produce and monetize their work is announcing a big round of funding that underscores just how lucrative and big the creator economy has become.
– StreamElements, which provides production and analytics tools to people who livestream and make video-on-demand for platforms like Amazon’s Twitch, YouTube and Facebook, has raised $100m in funding — money that it will be using to continue building out the tools on its platform, to do more in on-demand alongside a big business in livestreaming and for marketing, specifically to bring more creators to its platform, which is already being used by 1.1m people.

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Swirl Raises $250K in Pre Seed Funding

– Swirl is a Vadodara, India-based Live Commerce SaaS platform.
– The company raised USD250k in pre-seed funding.
– Investors included Asheesh Khaneja – Ex WW Executive IBM, Siddarth Razdan – Founder Indianivesh FirstBridge Fund, Vineet Sharma – VP Brandscope (Dentsu), Nirmal Shah – Prism Advisory, Gaurav Agarwal – Freedom Financial Network, and others.
– The company intends to use the funds to grow in India, and optimize its platform.

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Unleash live Raises $8M in Series A to Scale A.I. Apps for Enterprise Analytics

– Unleash live, one of the world’s leading A.I. video analytics platforms, announces an $8m Series A funding round led by SafetyCulture.
– Launched in 2016 by co-founders Hanno Blankenstein and Jason Grier, Unleash live’s A.I. powered real time analytics platform, ‘Intelligent Remote Vision’, generates immediate insights that enable enterprises to materially drive down costs, raise productivity, increase accuracy, and improve safety.
– The company has seen over 500% growth since March 2020.

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Bright raises $15M for its live video platform that lets you learn from top creators

– Bright, a live video platform that lets fans engage in live conversations with their favorite creators and celebs, has raised $15m in new funding.
– The round was co-led by co-founder and talent manager Guy Oseary’s Sound Ventures, the fund he founded with Ashton Kutcher.
RIT Capital and Regah Ventures also co-led.
– Other investors in the new round include Marc Benioff’s TIME Ventures, Globo Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, Shawn Mendes & Manager Andrew Gertler’s AG Ventures, as well as Jeff Lawson, CEO and co-founder of Twilio.

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LitPic Raises $1.5M in Venture Capital

– LitPic is a social network for creator monetization through subscription, ‘Lits’ gifting and tipping and brand sponsorships.
– Сompany has raised $1.5M in venture capital from a prolific group of investors.
– Backers included Fritz Lanman (CEO of ClassPass), Kal Vepuri (Brainchild), Adrian Aoun (founder of Forward), Michael Arrington via Arrington Capital (Founder of TechCrunch), Tod Sacerdoti, Andreas Penna, and Tribe Capital.

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ForeVR Games Raises $7M in Additional Seed Financing

– ForeVR Games is a VR gaming company based in Los Angeles.
– The company raised $7M in additional seed financing.
– The round was led by Bessemer Venture Partners, with participation from Galaxy Interactive, All Star Capital, Mark Pincus and Emmett Shear.
– The new funding will be used to build out the team, develop new games, expand to additional platforms and continue to upgrade the recently-released ForeVR Bowl.

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Trading.TV Launches Out of Stealth with $6.1 Million in Seed Funding to Support Financial Creators

– Trading.TV, the world’s first social livestream and immersive chat platform for traders and financial content creators, announced the launch of its platform, closed beta and a $6.1M seed funding round led by L Catterton Growth, Activant, Navy Capital and Tribe Capital.
– Trading.TV also announced a $1M Creator Fund to support the first group of creators joining the platform.
– Trading.TV is the only dedicated platform for creators to develop and share financial content on everything from stocks to crypto to NFTs and rare sneakers. Eventually, Trading.TV will also serve as a commission-free trading platform where community members can turn information into action.
– There has never been such a large influx of new asset classes and new traders to the markets – and with that comes a massive need for both entertaining and educational financial content. Trading.

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V-Nova Receives Investment from Neva First

– V-Nova, a London, UK based high-growth company leader in the compression of video and image data, received an investment from Neva First, the alternative investment fund managed by Neva SGR.
– The company closed a €33m Series C funding round.
– The company intends to use the funds to bolster the commercial roll-out of its video compression software.

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Popshop Live Announces Series A from Benchmark to Accelerate Livestream Commerce

– Popshop Live announced it raised a Series A funding led by Benchmark and valued at $100m.
– The company also announced the appointment of two tech industry veterans.
– The funding, along with Kaba and Droeges’ expertise, will accelerate Popshop Live’s product and regional expansion efforts as the company continues to grow its livestreaming shopping experience, bringing authentic connection and community back to e-commerce.
Benchmark’s Matt Cohler will also join the board.
– The platform is growing exponentially and has increased sellers by more than 500% over the last three months as it expands to new verticals including vintage fashion, furniture, collectibles and food products from sellers including 3D Retro, JapanLA, Earthing.VIP, Kettle & Fire and Mall of America.

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Live video shopping startup Talkshoplive brings in another $6M

– Talkshoplive, a live video host, raised $6m in Series A funding.
– The round was led by Raine Ventures and joined by Spero Ventures.
– The company plans to scale its product management and technical teams.
– It also plans to double-down on category verticals.

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OpenExchange Raises $23M in Series D Funding

– OpenExchange, a Boston, MA-based provider of video and virtual event solutions for financial communications, completed an initial closing of nearly $23m in Series D funding.
– The round was led by Kingfisher Investment Advisors and Stonebridge Ventures.
– The company intends to use the funds for further development of its recently-announced OE VIZION, a next-generation platform for virtual and hybrid events, as well as complementary acquisitions in content development, meeting logistics, media streaming, and data analytics.

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JW Player Raises $100M in Series E Funding

– JW Player is a video software and data insights platform provider for digital video.
– The company raised $100M in Series E funding led by LLR Partners.
– The new investment will be used to accelerate product innovation, expand its global go-to-market presence across sales, marketing and channel partnerships and continue to grow and invest in building the team.

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Apple Watch accessory maker Wristcam raises $25M

– Wristcam, a wearable camera maker, raised $25m in funding.
– The round was led by Marker LLC and joined by other investors.
– The company plans to use the funding to scale its team, Wristcam production, go to market, and R&D of its computer vision engine for wearables.

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Atmosphere Raises $25M in Series B Funding

– Atmosphere is a streaming TV provider based in Austin, Texas.
– Company raised $25m in Series B funding.
– The round was led by Valor Equity Partners.
– The new investment will be used to expand Atmosphere’s business reach.

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Shop LIT Live Announces $6M in Seed Funding

– Shop LIT Live, a social media-powered shopping app and web platform, has closed a $6m seed round of funding.
CRCM Ventures led the investment round with participation by Marubeni Ventures, Colopl, Inventures, and other investors.

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Maestro Secures $15 Million Series B to Accelerate the Growth of the Creator Economy

– Maestro announced a $15m Series B funding round.
– New investors include NetEase, Sony Music Entertainment, and Acronym Venture Capital, alongside a host of industry titans including Twitch co-founder Kevin Lin and Moonwell Capital, founded by former Activision Blizzard executives Michael and Amy Morhaime.
– Several existing investors also contributed to the round including SeventySix Capital, The Strand Partners, Stadia Ventures, Hersh Interactive Group, and Transcend Fund, as well as early Zoom employees Richard Gatchalian and Aaron Lewis.
– Maestro more than tripled revenue in 2020, grew its team fivefold in the last six months, and paid out millions of dollars to creators since the launch of its monetization tools in May.
– The Series B capital will fuel value chain expansion of its products and continued diversification of its customer base.

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talkshoplive® Raises a $3 Million Seed Round from Spero Ventures to Scale the TSL Livestream “Shopatainment” Network

– Talkshoplive® announced that it has closed a $3m round of financing led by Spero Ventures LLC.
– The financing will accelerate the expansion of talkshoplive product management and technical teams, meet increased demand from sellers and customers, and scale the network worldwide.
– talkshoplive is a livestream commerce network and app with patent pending technology that allows transactions to be processed within an embeddable video player anywhere it exists.
– talkshoplive is home to more than 3,000 small businesses that are actively using the talkshoplive network to connect with and sell to customers.
– With talkshoplive, buying and selling has never been more interactive or entertaining.
– Talkshoplive entertainment and publishing partners include ReaderLink, Harper Collins, Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, Universal Music Group and Ingram Entertainment.

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