Uber’s drive to get closer to core components of its business continues as the company has secured a partnership with DigitalGlobe, a satellite imaging company that also provides images to Apple, Google and the U.S. government. DigitalGlobe’s high res satellite pics can provide extremely high levels of detail, revealing the changing topography of the modern city…
Foursquare and Uber have today announced a global partnership that would use Foursquare’s location data to let users type in a venue name (instead of address) when setting their destination. Uber currently partners with Google Maps for points of interest, with TomTom Navigation hooked into the driver apps for directions and transit information. With the…
International Farming Corp. and Finistere Ventures have agreed to partner under the moniker Willow Hill Ventures to invest in growth-stage agricultural tech startups. International Farming Corp. owns and manages land that it, essentially, leases out to commercial farmers, helping them maximize the land’s yield and profitability. Finistere Ventures invests in early-stage tech companies… Read More
Rackspace today announced that it is partnering with AppFormix to bring that company’s cloud monitoring and performance optimization tools to its private OpenStack cloud customers. Thanks to this partnership, Rackspace will now license AppFormix’s tools and bring it to all of its private cloud customers who use Rackspace to manage their clouds. This will give…
1776, Washington DC’s leading incubator of technology start-ups, describes itself as “where revolutions begin”. But according to Brandon Pollack, 1776’s Director of Global Affairs, that revolution will only begin in partnership with government. 1776, as Pollock notes, invests in what he calls “entrenched” verticals – regulated areas of the economy… Read More
Zomato, the restaurant search and discovery service backed by Vy Capital, Info Edge, and Sequoia Capital, continues to be on an acquisition spree as a means to accelerate its international expansion.
After recently adding a presence in Central and Eastern Europe by means of two local acquisitions, the New Delhi-headquartered company, which now boasts a presence in 20 countries, has gobbled up Italy’s Cibando.
Terms of the acquisition remain undisclosed, though Zomato says all of Cibando’s team will be joining the company and will now lead its efforts to build out the service in Italy. This will include integrating Cibando into Zomato, thus transitioning its user base and traffic.
It also plans to scale up its teams in Rome and Milan to 30-40 full-time employees over the next three months, up from Cibando’s current headcount of 10.
Even longer term, Zomato says it will invest $6…
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After raising $22 million in May this year social media monitoring startup Brandwatch has clearly been hunting around for arrows to add to its quiver. It’s gaze has now alighted on ‘social influencer mapping’ startup PeerIndex. Terms of the deal were undisclosed but TechCrunch understands the majority of the deal composed of shares in BrandWatch combined with cash. Peer Index had raised a total of £5 million to date.
Peer Index had originally started out looking like a competitor to Klout, but pivoted some time ago into a B2B product aimed at marketers.
Brandwatch said Azhar would now be building a “stealth product” combining the two technologies.
PeerIndex had, in the last month or so, been in the midst of raising money on the Seedrs crowd equity platform, but pulled out of the process when the offer came in from Brandwatch.
Founder Azeem Azhar and his 10-strong team…
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