Industry Archives: Internet

Local Online Directories Group

The local directories group is a series of domains comprised of:
These websites are all newly assembled URLs designed with the intention to showcase local area businesses online. We provide a webpage, (micro-site) which hosts a short business video, click to call features and social media links in addition to a link back to their website if they have one. This enables consumers to watch then call with an embedded click to call or schedule feature.
Our directories are designed to provide consumers an engaging way to pick and choose offers from local area businesses through our micro-sites, website and upcoming app. All businesses who enroll are provided at least a free business listing. A video is provided with an upgraded package also providing a click to call/scheduling button and other features.
Many local brick and mortar businesses are scrambling to be found online nowadays amidst the increasing internet competition.
With our dedicated online directory URLs we have higher search rankings than any individual businesses website. This always allows us to appear before many standard business websites. We additionally will be providing shopping incentives, coupons, rewards, relevant local information, events and sales information throughout our app, directory platforms and linked shopping domains.
Consumers will now have the ability to pick and choose from businesses after watching a short business video, reading a business’s reviews or simply calling the business using our integrated click to call features. Our unique micro-site page feature a map providing directions to the locations, pictures, social media buttons, coupons and links back to the business website.
Our click to call feature for businesses allows the micro-site page to function as not only the ad but a conduit to call the business through the calling feature. It is estimated 71% of consumers follow through calling a business with click to call feature when presented with the opportunity. We also offer the ability for the business to collect payments, schedule & confirm appointments and receive documents through our integrated click to call features.

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Peer-to-peer platform for real estate in the UK

Investment Summary
P2P platform for real estate. Established world class team. Scaleability and rich functionality. Established and extensive real estate contact database. Huge market opportunity. Strategic Investor required. c.$300k, Angel/VC/PE. Full Investor deck available on request [email protected]

Legal Form

Company was registered 11/14 and is a UK registered Limited Company.
Creative USP’s
• Social networking functionality
• Trading platform
• Scaleable multi-user interface
• FCA compliant processes
• Multi-risk portfolio
• Asset Securitisation
• Self-funding reserve for social housing development
• Global team
• Embedded research

Market Dynamics

• Massfinancial/Nesta forecast CAGR 160+% through 2020
• Central Government support for Altfin
• Platform globalisation
• 10bpt shift from traditional real estate development channels to P2P portals increases total available market by 40%
Target Groups
• High net worth (HNW)
• Institutional Capital
• Real Estate Development Corporations

Summary Financials
FY1 Rev 123k, EBITDA -92K
FY2 Rev 605k, EBITDA 175K
FY3 Rev 1240k, EBITDA 609K
FY4 Rev 1835k, EBITDA 1068K
FY5 Rev 2350k, EBITDA 1497K

• c.$300k through Angel/VC/PE/Strategic Industry Investor
• Negotiable equity stake
• Funding for full platform development and rollout in 4Q15


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Automattic Acquires BruteProtect To Help Keep WordPress Users Safe

WordPress now powers so many websites, it’s no surprise that it’s a favorite target for hackers. To keep its users safe, Automattic – the company behind both and the open-source WordPress project — today announced that it has acquired BruteProtect, a security and management tool for WordPress.

The BruteProtect plug-in is currently used on about 110,000 sites, but with this acquisition, WordPress will not only make BruteProtect’s premium service available for free, it will also include it in its Jetpack service. Jetpack allows WordPress users with self-hosted sites to get access to many of the cloud-hosted services that offers its users.

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Russia’s Quadro Capital Partners and Forex Club to invest $200 million in international online trading

East-West Digital News
Last week Russian venture fund Quadro Capital Partners (FXC-QCP VC) and online trading service provider Forex Club announced investment plans in the field of Internet trading on the international stock market.
The total volume of investments could reach up to $200 million, as reported by Russian news agency Interfax. Both acquisitions with further integration into Forex Club and capital injections in independent companies are under consideration.
Launched in December 2013 by the former top managers of Troika Capital Partners, Quadro Capital Partners focuses on payment systems, asset management, banking, financial and business services, business simulations and games, and education in business. The fund is a Retail Brands Collection (formerly known as Sun Investment Partners) co-investment company with exclusive co-investment rights of up to 50% alongside Retail Brands Collection.
Retail Brands Collection claims to be the biggest privately held non-food retail holding in the former Soviet Union investing into value consumer segments in the CIS, CEE and EU.
Forex Club was founded in 1997, providing services in the field of Internet trading across a wide range of financial instruments, including currencies, equities, metals, oil and gas stocks.
Source: Interfax
This story first appeared in East-West Digital News, a leading online resource on Russian digital industries.

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DST launches 4th international tech fund

East-West Digital News July, 1, 2014
DST Global, which is controlled by Russian billionaire Yuri Milner, has launched its fourth investment fund — DST Global IV. The news was reported last week by Russian business daily Vedomosti based on documents posted on the website of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund was registered in the Cayman Islands. Its volume has not been disclosed.
Since the launch of its first fund in 2005, DST has been the largest Internet-oriented investment fund with Russian backers. In September 2010, DST rebranded itself, giving its operational wing the name Group and calling its investment fund DST Global. Group, which included a host of Russian-language sites as well as a fraction of DST’s stakes in international sites, began trading on the London Stock Exchange in late 2010.
Meanwhile, DST Global I acquired stakes in a number of leading international Internet companies, from Facebook, to Zynga, to Groupon, to ICQ.
A new fund, DST Global II, was launched in 2011, having raised about $1 billion, followed by DST Global III in 2012.
The DST Global funds continued investing in leading international Internet companies, including Airbnb, SpotifyTwitter, Zalando as well as in German incubator Rocket Internet and Chinese e-commerce giants Alibaba and Recently, the fund led a $210 million funding deal with Indian e-commerce leader Flipkart.
Russian oligarch Alisher Usmanov was the largest shareholder in the first of its funds. Forbes estimates that about 75% of its funds come from him, and Russian investors hold about 80% of it altogether. The share of Russian investors (Usmanov, Milner and their partners) in DST Global II is markedly smaller, totaling about 20%, Vedomosti noted. The remainder belongs to Western and Asian investment companies. There is only one Russian investor – Milner – in DST Global III. The shareholders in DST Global IV have not been disclosed.
This story first appeared in East-West Digital News, a leading online resource on Russian digital industries.

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New venture fund 101 Startup invests in news aggregator and entertainment portal

East-West Digital News
101StartUp, a Russian Internet fund launched recently, has invested $1.2 million in, a user-generated comedic content website, in exchange for a 25% stake. Continue Reading →

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Online shopping recommendation startup Retail Rocket secures $450,000 from ImpulseVC

East-West Digital News
ImpulseVC, web and media venture fund and incubation structure launched last week in Moscow, has injected $450,000 into Retail Rocket. Continue Reading →

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Nextdoor raises $60M to curb the crumbling of America’s neighborhoods

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 29 (Reuters) – Apparently it requires over $100 million to get people to engage with their neighbors. That’s how much funding Nextdoor, a private social network for neighborhoods, has pulled in over the last 18 months after just closing a fresh $60 million round. Continue Reading →

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Russian-American web server publisher Nginx raises $10 million from US fund NEA

East-West Digital News
Nginx, an open source web server publisher (pronounced “engine-x”), secured $10 million in a Series B Round of financing from New Enterprise Associates (NEA). The round also included full participation of existing Series A investors, Moscow-based early stage venture fund Runa Capital, US fund MDS Capital and US-German fund, as well as participation from Aaron Levie, CEO and founder of Box.

The funds raised will be used to “increase development efforts for both the community and commercial version of NGINX and also further build out their global sales, services and support organization to handle the increasing customer demand.”

Ngnix expects to recruit 35 new employees, especially in the areas of sales and support, to reach a total team size of 50 in 2014.

Nginx claims it has established its technology as the default content delivery and acceleration tool for “over 120 million sites around the world,” making it “the most popular web server for the top one thousand busiest websites. Continue Reading →

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Ozon seeks to raise $100 million

East-West Digital News
Leading Russian online retailer Ozon is preparing for a new $100 million round of investment. Morgan Stanley has been mandated to conduct this next round of financing, as announced yesterday by Russian business daily Kommersant. Continue Reading →

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