April 5, 2011
Many entrepreneurs may be under the impression that raising venture capital in this difficult economic background is a rather difficult task. This is not the case as the news from the investment markets continuously let us know that huge investments have recently been made in a great number of companies.
For example, Abiquo, the cloud management software enterprise, has managed to raise $10 million in series B of funding. The companyâ€™s plan is that of using this amount of money in order to improve sales and to develop the marketing department, willing to become the best private cloud computing provider. Abiquo wants to create a system which can allow every member of a team, from individuals to large units of diverse companies, the possibility of accessing the cloud anytime. This funding round has been lead by Balderton Capital, a very well-known European venture capital firm. But the series B funding round has also included the already existing investors, Nauta Capital and Eurecan.
Click here to download your investors database! <==== Another successful example is that of Fitness Keeper, a start-up having the Run Keeper as the parent company, which has managed to raise $1.11 million for its smart phone application. The company intends to use the money in order to build its nine-person operation and become an important part of the very competitive world of mobile fitness applications. The Run Keeper mobile application was designed to show the distance, time, elevation, pace and path on a map when you are running. This was possible through a GPS tracking system. The company has been attentively followed by many venture capitalists since its Run Keeper device was created and, as it managed to show perseverance, by keeping up with the rapidly developing technology devices, it has managed to easily obtain venture capital money for this new business idea. This funding round has been lead by Oâ€™Reilly Alpha Tech ventures and it also included several unnamed angels and its former investors, the venture capital firm Launch Capital and the following angels: Will Herman, founder of Viewlogic, Dave Balter, CEO at BzzAgent, and Don McLagan, CEO at Compete.com. The online games industry has also managed to look appealing to venture capitalists as the Indian company Games2win has managed to raise $6 million in a second round of funding for its casual online games. The company, founded in 2007, has an audience of more than 20 million clients a month. The company intends to use the funds in order to grow its personnel number so as to be able to provide more games and to spread the area of interest towards the games at a global level. The investments have been made by Clearstone Venture Partners and Sillicon Valley Bank. All these companies have managed to raise funds not only because they had great business ideas, but also because they had access to the venture capital, angel investment and equity investment market. They would have probably never managed to do it if they did not have the right contacts. But you are lucky as a data base of investors has been created for you! Click here in order to download the software that provides information about more than 5100 investors worldwide, 2003 of which are interested in the cloud computing, mobile application and online games businesses. This data base also provides the direct contacts of more than 15000 key investors who are waiting to hear your business proposal.
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