If you think about what's happened the last 4-5 years in smartphones, it's truly remarkable. Apple has created an entirely new, multibillion-dollar franchise. Nokia and RIM's dominance have been severly damaged. And entirely new app and OS systems have been developed.

What's it all mean? As we surmised back in January, it probably means more pain for the legacy market leaders -- people such as Nokia, Ericsson, and RIM. Clearly their market-share is eroding, but more importantly they are losing their grips on OS and apps markets. Apps willd drive this market forward, and Apple and Google's Android are leading here.

With that, on to the news, which in the tech world today is dominated by smartphones:

 

 

This entry was posted on Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at 11:21 am and is filed under Mobile, Technology.
Keywords: Smartphones, Apple, RIM, Verizon, Markets, Spies

Autopilot Lands $7,000,000 New Funding
  • Company: Autopilot
  • Description: Autopilot is the new standard in multi-channel marketing automation. Built as a platform for teams, hundreds of companies choose Autopilot to create, launch, iterate and track all of their marketing campaigns to drive top-line revenue. Autopilot is smarter, faster and removes the bottlenecks seen in traditional marketing automation solutions.
  • Website: www.autopilothq.com
  • Type: Venture Equity
  • Amount: $7,000,000
  • Round: Undisclosed
  • Purpose: Autopilot aims to fill the void between basic email software and complex marketing software designed for the tech elite, and will use the new financing to transform every business with powerful customer journeys.
  • Investors:

Fuisz Media Secures $10,000,000 Series A Round
  • Company: Fuisz Media
  • Description: Fuisz Media makes video interactive anywhere at scale. With Fuisz, you can engage directly with the products, people, and scenes in a video to discover, share, or purchase.
  • Website: www.fuiszmedia.com
  • Type: Venture Equity
  • Amount: $10,000,000
  • Round: Series A
  • Purpose: The company will use the funding to expand the capabilities of its platform and expand partnerships with social networks, with plans to hire staff on both product and sales teams.
  • Investors:

Jun Group Receives $28,000,000 New Funding
  • Company: Jun Group
  • Description: Jun Group has been a leader in social video since 2005. We’re privately held, with offices in New York and Los Angeles. Our clients are Fortune 500 brands, major entertainment companies, and media agencies.
  • Website: www.jungroup.com
  • Type: Debt
  • Amount: $28,000,000
  • Round: Undisclosed
  • Purpose: The relationship, which represents Jun Group's first institutional partnership, will allow the company to accelerate a number of growth initiatives.
  • Investors: