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Xiaomi Corp. Vice President Of Global Operations Hugo Barra Launches The Mi 5 Smartphone In India

Xiaomi Partners with India's Hungama, Invests $25 Million

Xiaomi’s partnership with India’s Hungama will make it easier, more accessible and more affordable for locals to access the company’s service that will soon be integrated together with themes and ringtones.

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Venture Capital Funding for Fintech Startup Reached $13.8 Billion in 2015

Global venture capital funding for financial technology companies hit $13.8 billion last year. The number is a double from previous year, indicating a serious impact of fintech to the financial services.

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Optimizely Inc. CEO Dan Siroker Interview

Cloud-based startup Optimizely to lay off 10% staff

Optimizely, a San Francisco-based cloud-based startup, is slashing its workforce by 10 percent across all the departments. Based on recent round of finance, Otpimizely was valued at $585 million. Since its inception in 2009, Optimizely has raised over $146 million investments including $58 million round in 2015.

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Depriving Banks & Insurances, VC Backed Fintech Startups $13.8 Billion Funding In 2015

Venture capitalization has appeared as an investment industry rival for banks and insurances. The new trend of raising capital has become much more popular for fintech startups during 2015 while raising $13.8 billion in funding. The raised fund appears just double compared to that in previous year and expected to grow significantly also in 2016.

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Citigroup Inc. Bank Branches Ahead Of Earnings Figures

Citigroup sets up new group for rich investors

Citigroup has established a new asset management group to offer varied solutions and services to richest investors across the world. The new global asset management group will function within investment banking business and it'll bring several segments together.

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Philadelphia catching up in venture capital

The volume of Philadelphia's venture capital (VC) investments is showing a mixed pattern. Though VC investment grew in 2015 when compared with investments in 2014, the fifth largest city in the US has attracted venture capital investment less than its due share of total funding.

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INDIA-ECONOMY-TECHNOLOGY-BUSINESS-INVESTMENT

Silicon Valley on India: Striking The Iron While It's Hot

There is a saying "Strike while the iron is hot". That is what Silicon Valley is doing - investing big in India where the economy grows faster.

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Vancouver Hosts Gay Pride Parade

BC Clean-tech alliance seeks $500-mln fund from Trudeau

B.C. clean-tech companies have requested Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to allocate a $500 million venture capital (VC) fund. An alliance comprising 51 clean-tech and investment firms from B.C. province has written a letter to the Prime Minister Trudeau to extend support to clean-tech industry.

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Startup Entrepreneurs At Jerusalem Venture Partners Tech Hub

Israeli investment firms get $665 million in 2016

Israel is witnessing an increasing number of new venture capital (VC) firms coming up. The country registered an inflow of $665 million VC funding during the first two months of the year. Unfazed with the recent market crash, the funds inflows continue for Israel startups.

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CHINA-ECONOMY-TRANSPORT-TAXI-DIDI KUAIDI

Alibaba, Tencent Holdings to Fund Didi Kuaidi $1 Billion

Did Kuaidi, the largest ride-hailing service in China is about to raise $1 billion the same amount that Uber spent last year for its expansion. It is going to be a tough competition for both companies since they are being backed up by other large companies such as Alibaba and Tencent Holdings Inc.

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Key Speakers At The Bloomberg Canada Economic Summit

Canadian venture capital at 10-year high

Led by technology sector, venture capital (VC) investments in Canada reached 10 year high in 2015. Canadian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (CVCA) said 536 deals in funding for entrepreneurs raised $2.25 billion in 2015.

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Oracle Reports Quarterly Earnings

Oracle Acquires Ravello Systems for $500 million

It was confirmed on Monday that Israeli company Ravello was acquired by Oracle for $500 million. Ravello joins Oracle's cloud business with high hopes to take on giant tech companies like IBM, Google, Microsoft, and Amazon.

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Official Figures Indicate Britain Is Heading Into Recession

Ecosystem Investment Partners Closes Fund III Above $200 Million Target

Baltimore private equity firm Ecosystem Investment Partners (EIP) announced on Tuesday that they closed its third fund at $303 million, overriding its target of $200 million. With such amount of equity capital commitments, Monument Group Inc. is to serve again as exclusive placement agent.

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US-IT-SECTOR-TREND-STARTUPS

Silicon Valley's F50 rolls out syndication platform

Silicon Valley-based private co-investment platform F50 has the launched beta version of co-investment Syndication Platform. F50 facilitates both the online and offline transactions for investors and startups. It doesn't charge a transaction fee to founders.

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Currency

BDC Capital rolls out C$150-mln IT Venture Fund II

BDC Capital, a subsidiary of Business Development Bank of Canada, has launched IT Venture Fund II with corpus of C$150 million. With an objective of bridging gap in the mid-stage funding, the new fund will support new generation of IT entrepreneurs in Canada.

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