Tesla, the pioneering producer of chic electric cars, announces ambition plans for European market, with 30 additional service and supercharger stations scheduled to open this year. The company says their high expectations will prove true as their potential customer base in the old continent is steadily growing. It expects combined sales in Europe and Asia will be twice higher than the sales in North America.
The company who has already 14 stations in northern Europe said that it targets Europe as a priority market, and is determined to expand supercharger network to let people drive longer distances across the continent, according to the press release.Read More
Socialbakers, a globally well-known social media analytics and optimization company, has closed a $26 million Series C financing round led by Index Ventures. Existing investor Earlybird also participated in the round. This is one of the largest funding rounds for a social analytics company outside North America.
Third round came after a very successful year for Socialbakers, when the company added at least 1000 new corporate clients including Samsung, Disney, Universal and Discovery, and increased its revenues three-fold, according to the company announcement.Read More
Redwood,CA-based programmatic advertising platform PubMatic announced that it has received $13 million investment led by Nokia Growth Partners. Current investors August Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Helion Ventures and Nexus have also participated in the funding. With the investment, John Gardner of NGP joins PubMatic’s executive board as an observer. The amount of shares that changed hands with the investment has not been disclosed.
PubMatic focuses mostly on providing combined multi-screen advertising solutions through cross-platform softwares that optimize the selling and buying processes of ads. New investment will support company’s geographic market expansion as well as mobile ad innovations, official press release said. This is NGP’s ninth investment in ad tech and data.Read More
Daily Secret, a daily e-mail newsletter business that offers city tips for young and relatively wealthy professionals, has announced that it has secured a series B funding to be mainly used for African expansion. Terms of the deal are not given on the press release, but TechCrunch found out that the figure is around $1.25 million. New round of capital is led by PanAfrican Investment Co. Existing investors Greycroft Partners and eVentures also participate in the round.
Daily Secret serves over 1.8 million subscribed members with a free daily email newsletter distributed across 20 countries including developed and emerging economies like India, China, Canada, UK etc.. It now plans to add over 15 new destinations this year, including some of Africa’s fastest growing markets.Read More
Yotpo, a social reviews solution for e-commerce websites, has raised 10.7 million USD in round A funding led by Blumberg Capital. Prior investors who participated in this round as well include Rhodium, Gandyr Group, Oliver Jung and 2B Angels.
The Tel Aviv-based startup which launched in March 2011 offers a tool that produces verified reviews for online retailers, with the option of sharing them on social networks.Read More
There has been a lot of talking about the growth of Turkish internet industry at DLD 12 and we heard from many major players of the sector that the market will get more investment, but we did think we would receive news this fast. Majority stake of 41? 29!, digital media agency which attended in Digital Bosphorus session, were acquired by WPP.
WPP stepped into marketing in 1986 and it is one of the leading marketing communications companies today. WPP has offices in 9 countries including China and India, and with this recent development, it now has an Office in Istanbul
41? 29! was founded by Alemşah Öztürk, Bora Akman and Ömer Ersoy, and the agency caught attention with particularly digital media campaigns. Arda Kutsal got the news confirmed by Alemşah Öztürk at DLD, and soon it was announced on WPP’s website.Read More
There are some important developments going on recently in sevenload, which is known as a video service in Turkey, though it considers itself a social network. Sevenload has shown a rapid growth in particularly Turkish market, and is improving itself by not only original content, but also video advertising with the contracts it has signed.
The company has lost its father when the founder Ibrahim Evsan left the board of members and focused on a new online gaming project. We have learned that sevenload lays importance to Turkish market after Germany. Not being sure how certain they are, Alexa data say that sevenload ranking for Turkey is above German ranking and is going up constantly.Read More
UzmanTV has implemented important changes in its strategy besides the re-launch it performed in October. With its developments, it will not be right to consider it a mere web initiative, or rather a “video website”. UzmanTV sees itself an Internet television and develops its studies not only on the Internet, but also in mobile and television.
The fact that the website no longer publishes banner ads can be considered the most important indicator of this change. If you visit UzmanTV, you will notice that all of the banner ad areas are removed, because UzmanTV get this operation running by taking ads only before videos.
This method provides information o how many individual visitors has watched the ads, percentage of the viewers and percentage of the ads, or how many people has watched all of the ads, thereby providing user tracking. It caught the attention of agencies and brands and UzmanTV increased its advertising revenues, being a “television” rather than a “website.”Read More