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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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Pass It Down Raises Nearly $2M in Funding

– Pass It Down is a digital storytelling company based in Baton Rouge.
– Company raised nearly $2m in funding.
– The round was led by VentureSouth, with participation from Cultivation Capital, Techstars, Red Stick Angels and Acadian Capital Ventures.
– The new investment will be used to create and launch Iconic Moments, an NFT marketplace exclusively for the world’s museums and cultural institutions, in the fourth quarter of 2021.

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Niio announces $15M Series A following strategic partnership with Samsung Displays

– Niio, a digital art platform, raised $15m in Series A funding.
– The round was co-led by L Catterton, a joint venture between LVMH and Catterton, Entrée Capital and Pico Venture Partners.
– Additional investors also joined, including Saga VC, as well as leading artists, art collectors, museums, gallerists and trustees at institutions such as MOMA and Guggenheim as well as Shalom McKenzie, an online gambling entrepreneur and investor who also invests in NFTs.
– The company will use its capital to grow its artist community and scale its app-enabled subscription and purchase platform, which is blockchain–based and will include a trading-enabled marketplace for NFTs and other digital art assets.

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Clovers Scores $15M Seed Financing Round

– Clovers, a human resources technology firm leveraging conversational intelligence to improve interviewing and hiring practices, today announced it has raised $15m in seed funding.
– The round was led by Greycroft and Alpha Edison with participation from Crosslink Capital, Acadian Ventures, Fika Ventures and Act One Ventures.
– Clovers is the intelligent interview platform that uses human and conversational intelligence to accelerate hiring, uncover bias, and put the right people in the right role every time.

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Facetune maker Lightricks raises $130 million ahead of M&A plans

– Lightricks, an Israeli mobile photo and video editing company, raised $130m funding.
– The round was led by Insight Partners and Hanaco Venture Capital and includes new investors Migdal Insurance, Altshuler Shaham and Shavit Capital.
– Existing investors Goldman Sachs Asset Management, Claltech, Harel Insurance and Finance, and Greycroft also participated.
– The company has raised $335m to date.
– It has been best known for its photo-editing app Facetune.

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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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Meetcaregivers Raises Over $1M in Funding

– Meetcaregivers Inc is a Newton, Mass.-based marketplace for seniors.
– The company raised over $1m in funding.
– Backers included MassMutual through the MM Catalyst Fund, 37Angels, Golden Seeds, TiE-Boston Angels, Kachuwa Impact, along with other angel investors.
– The new investment will be used to improve technology and its care-portal, scale operations in New England, and penetrate new markets.

Media and Entertainment Video Western Europe Raises €10.25M in Additional Funding

– is a Stockholm, Sweden-based platform which allows users to book personalised video messages from sportspeople, celebrities, actors, and musicians.
– The company raised a further €10.25M in funding.
– Backers include Luxor Capital, FJ Labs (marketplace fund founded by Fabrice Grinda), Spencer Rascoff (co-founder of Zillow Group), Maria Raga (CEO of shopping app Depop), Inbal Leshem (former Operations Director at Groupon), Mats Diedrichsen (former CMO at Delivery Hero), Geoff Cook (CEO of The Meet Group), Ted Chervin (Founding Partner and Board Member at talent agency ICM Partners), Mike Caren (CEO of Artist Partner Group and Creative Officer at Warner Music Group), Andrew Singer (President of Broadway Video Film & Television), Packy McCormick (Founder of the Not Boring newsletter and club), and Todd Lieberman (Partner and Co-Owner of Mandeville Films and Television).
– The company, which has now raised over €20M since being founded in 2019, will use the money to further expand internationally, including to Latin America, and develop new product features (including paid for social media interactions from celebrities).

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Playrcart Raises £1M in Funding

– Playrcart, a London UK-based adtech startup, raised £1M in funding.
– The round was led by Dominic Shorthouse and Clive Hollick alongside Playrcart’s leadership team.
– The company intends to use the funds to expand internationally and accelerate technical developments.

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ZeroEyes Raises $20.9M in Series A Funding

– ZeroEyes from Philadelphia PA provides a proprietary weapons detection platform that protects schools, commercial buildings and government sites from active shooters.
– The company raised $20.9m in Series A funding led by Octave Ventures with participation from Legion Capital, Grateful Investments, Alliance Holdings, and Alpha Intelligence Capital.
– The new investment will be used for business expansion, product innovation, recruitment and further growth in North America.

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Rocketium raises $3.2M to help creative teams create massive marketing campaigns

– Rocketium, a visual content platform, raised $3.2m in funding.
– The round was led by Emergent Ventures.
– Rocketium is currently invite-only and it plans to open self-service usage and purchases in 2022.

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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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Citytrow Raises $12M in Series A Funding

– Citytrow from New York offers rowing classes through its combined at-home digital platform and nationwide brick-and-mortar studio network.
– The company raised $12M in Series A funding.
– The round was led by JW Asset Management with participation from Sol Global, K2. JW Asset Management, and Fyllo.
– The new investment will be used to enhance the at-home digital platform, launch live-streaming classes and expand its company-owned and franchise studio model.

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CityRow raises $12M for connected rowing machines and studios

– CityRow, a home fitness company, raised $12m in Series A funding.
– The round was led by JW Asset Management, with help from Sol Global and K2.
– The company plans to use the funding to add livestreaming classes to its current on-demand content selection.
– It also plans to double its headcount in the next year.

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Home365 Raises $16.3M in Funding

– Home365, a PropTech/InsureTech residential Real Estate investment and property management company, raised $16.3m in funding.
– The round was led by Greensoil PropTech Ventures II (GSPV II) with participation from Eyal Ofer, O.G. Tech, Verizon Ventures, Lool Ventures and North First Ventures.
– The company intends to use the funds to accelerate its end-to-end technology platform and its expansion into more of the top 100 markets across the United States.

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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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Punchbowl Secures $5.0MM in New Financing to Fuel Growth Strategy

– Punchbowl, the Company behind the critically acclaimed technology platform for events, holidays, and meaningful life memories, announced $5.0MM in financing from SG Credit Partners, Inc.
– The financing was used to acquire VidHug, a best-in-class group video platform.
– Punchbowl CEO Matt Douglas has been appointed a Board Observer at Qeepsake and a Board Director at pumpspotting.
– Punchbowl also launched Memento—a new platform to record, make, and preserve memories from the most important days in a family’s life.

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Maven Acquires The Spun and Raises $20 Million in Equity

– Maven, a modern media company operating and powering premium publishers, announced that it has acquired The Spun, a fast-growing digital and social sports brand that brings what’s trending in the sports world to avid and loyal consumers.
– The addition of to Maven’s lineup of sports properties, anchored by Sports Illustrated, operated under a license from Authentic Brands Group (ABG), boosts Maven’s Sports vertical readership to more than 50 million per month, according to Google Analytics.
– Concurrent with the acquisition, Maven completed a $20 million equity financing with new and existing institutional investors, including Hunt Technology Ventures and Invenire Capital.

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Comunix Closes $30 Million Series A Funding

– Comunix announced that it has closed $30m in Series A funding led by March Gaming to accelerate its vision of reinventing the social gaming experience and uniting people worldwide.
– New investors, including March Capital, Powerhouse Capital, Woori Investments and Altshuler Shaham, also participated in the funding round.
– Comunix’s existing investors include Mitch Garber, Kaedan Capital, Velo Partners, Shay Ben-Yitzhak, Eitan Reisel and Baladi Ventures.
– Comunix is a social gaming company with a vision for interactive gaming experiences grounded in human connection.

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Zoom fatigue no more: Rewatch raises $20M to index, transcribe and store enterprise video content

– Rewatch, a video archiving startup, raised $20m in Series A funding.
– The round was led by Andreessen Horowitz and joined by Haystack and Upside Partners, as well as a number of individuals.
– It comes on the heels of Rewatch announcing a $2m seed round only in January of this year.

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Loom Raises $130M in Series C Funding; Valued at $1.53 Billion

– Loom is a video messaging platform for work.
– The company raised $130m in Series C funding.
– The round was led by Andreessen Horowitz, with participation from Iconiq Growth, Kleiner Perkins, Sequoia Capital, Coatue Management, and General Catalyst.
– The new funding will be used to drive product innovation and scale operations globally.

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Clinch Raises $10M in Series A Funding

– Clinch, a NYC-based company that provides AI-driven omnichannel personalization and unique consumer intelligence to advertisers, raised $10m in Series A funding.
– The round was led by D Squared Capital.
– The company intends to use the funds for global growth and the upcoming launch of their data-driven personalization-at-scale solutions.
– Led by Oz Etzioni, CEO, Clinch provides brands and agencies with omnichannel creative solutions that leverage data and AI to automate, personalize, and optimize ad experiences at scale.

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Jellysmack Confirms Series C Investment from SoftBank Vision Fund 2 to Drive International Expansion

– Jellysmack has raised a Series C investment round from SoftBank Vision Fund 21.
– The investment was announced today by SoftBank Chairman & CEO Masayoshi Son during their Earnings Results Briefing for FY2020.
– The funding will accelerate Jellysmack’s international expansion and acquisitive growth as well as R&D investment in its core technology.
– In connection with the investment, Yanni Pipilis, Managing Partner for SoftBank Investment Advisers, will join the Jellysmack board of directors.
– Jellysmack combines its AI-powered technology and expertise to identify social video creators and fuel their growth by optimizing video performance, uncovering new audiences, and establishing new revenue streams across multiple platforms like Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Snapchat, and YouTube.

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SightCall Announces $42M Series B Funding

– SightCall, an AR-powered visual assistance platform, announced a closing of $42m in Series B funding.
InfraVia Capital Partners led the funding round with participation by Bpifrance.
– The company is headquartered in San Francisco.

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Iris.TV Raises $18M in Series B Funding

– is a video data platform based in Los Angeles and NYC.
– The company raised $18m in Series B funding.
– The round was led by Intel Capital with participation from WISE Ventures, Quest Venture Partners, Mirae Asset Venture Investment, Mike Baker, founder, CEO of dataxu (acquired by Roku in 2019), Mike Shehan, founder, CEO of video advertising platform SpotX (merging with Magnite in 2021), and Ari Paparo, CEO of ad tech innovator Beeswax (acquired by Comcast in 2020).
– The new investment will be used to accelerate the company’s growth and development of new products.

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Patreon Fuels the Future of the Creator Economy with $155 Million in Additional Funding

– Patreon, a platform for creators and their most passionate fans, today announced it has raised $155 Million in Series F financing led by new investor Tiger Global Management, with participation from Woodline Partners and existing investors Wellington Management, Lone Pine Capital, New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Glade Brook Capital, and DFJ Growth.
– This investment comes as the number of creators continues to increase worldwide along with their desire to create deeper connections with their fans.
– The additional investment increases Patreon’s valuation to $4 billion.
– Patreon plans to use the additional funds to accelerate its progress on the initiatives identified in its Series E announcement, including enhanced creator and fan experiences on both desktop and mobile; International expansion; and new content consumption tools.
– The financing also allows Patreon to explore potential acquisitions to further expand its talent and product capabilities.

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soona Raises $10.2M Series A to Scale its Virtual Content Creation Platform, Transforming How Brands Shoot Photos and Videos for E-Commerce

– Soon(a) announced it has raised $10.2M in Series A funding, led by Union Square Ventures.
– The company will use the funding to expand its proprietary Camera-to-Cloud technology and introduce a subscription product.
– soona solves three main problems associated with brand content by delivering high-quality creative from professional crews, a quick 24-hour turnaround time, and transparent pricing — all within one collaborative and intuitive platform.
– If you’re launching a business, growing rapidly online, or expanding into new channels and markets, soona is the right solution.
– The need for innovation in producing content for the e-commerce stack is evident by soona’s growth, which increased 400 percent in 2020 and is on track to do the same again in 2021.

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Epidemic Sound Raises $450M Funding at $1.4 Billion Valuation

– Epidemic Sound is a Stockholm, Sweden-based platform for restriction-free music.
– The company raised $450m in funding at a $1.4b valuation.
– Backers included funds managed by Blackstone Growth and EQT Growth.
– The new investment will be used to expand the company’s business reach internationally to reach new creators in both existing territories like North America whilst also localizing its digital offering and to invest in the core user experience it offers.

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SUB2r raises $3.5M from Riva Technology and Entertainment

– SUB2r raised $3.5m as part of Series A investment from global investor Riva Technology and Entertainment Limited.
– This investment will allow SUB2r to launch its next generation live streaming video camera based on advanced 48MP native 8K camera chip.
– The Esports fan experience begins with the camera. The visual connection between audience and player is a crucial aspect for both Esports and live content experiences.
– SUB2r delivers that visual connection with the highest broadcast quality possible.
– SUB2r combines the most advanced digital imaging technologies and optics with powerful data streaming engines to deliver an affordable, professional broadcast quality streaming camera with highly customizable proprietary software and on-camera tools normally found in post-production editing.

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MemoryWell Raises $2.5M in Seed Funding

– MemoryWell is a digital data platform that promotes person-centered care through life storytelling.
– The company was founded in 2016 and is based in Washington, DC.
– MemoryWell has raised $2.5m in seed funding.
– The round was led by Argon Ventures with participation from social impact funds, strategic health care investors, and experienced backers focused on the applied use of deep-tech solutions including Bob Davoli from Gutbrain Ventures; PBJ Capital and Andy Palmer from Koa Lab; Inflect Health; Pixel Perfect Ventures; One Planet VC and Innovations for Impact. In conjunction with the funding, Andy Feinberg, Managing Partner of Argon Ventures, will be joining MemoryWell’s Board of Directors.

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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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Celebrity video platform Memmo raises $10M

–, a startup allowing users to pay celebrities for personalized video messages, is announcing that it has raised $10 million in Series A funding.
– The round was led by Left Lane Capital, with the firm’s founder and managing parter Harley Miller joining the Memmo board.
– Delivery Hero co-founder Lukasz Gadowski, FJ Labs, Depop CEO Maria Raga, Zillow co-founder Spencer Rascoff, former Groupon operations director Inbal Leshem, Voi Technology co-founder Fredrik Hjelm, former Udemy CEO Dennis Yang and Wolt co-founder Elias Aalto also participated.

Europe Media and Entertainment Video Raises $10M in Series A Funding

– is a Stockholm, Sweden-based provider of a video greeting platform that connects celebrities one-to-one with fans and businesses.
– The company raised $10M in Series A funding round.

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VidMob Raises $50M in Series C Funding

– VidMob, a NYC-based Intelligent Creative platform provider, raised $50m in Series C funding.
– The round was led by Adobe, Shutterstock, Drive by DraftKings, the Spruce House Partnership, Prefix Capital, BuildGroup, Interlock Partners, Macanta, and key industry and tech leaders like Michael Kassan, Nick Brien, Thomas Tull, Mainardo de Nardis, among others.
– César Melo, former president at Mondelez and PepsiCo, CEO at Foster Grant and VP at Colgate-Palmolive is also investing and joining the board as an advisor.

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Intenseye raises $4M to boost workplace safety through computer vision

– Intenseye, a machine learning platform, raised $4m funding.
– The round was co-led by Point Nine and Air Street Capital, with participation by angel investors from Twitter, Cortex, Fastly and Even Financial.
– The company integrates with existing network-connected cameras within facilities and then uses computer vision to monitor employee health and safety on the job.
– Intenseye can identify 30 different unsafe behaviors which are common within workplaces.
– Managers can further customize these rules using a drag-and-drop interface.
– When a violation occurs and is spotted, employee health and safety professionals receive an alert immediately, by text or email, to resolve the issue.

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