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

ReadyPulse Lands $5,000,000 Series A Financing Round
  • Company: ReadyPulse
  • Description: ReadyPulse is the leader in testimonial marketing, and is bringing the power of sponsored stories to e-commerce and social/display ads. ReadyPulse grows, curates, and showcases a brand's most effective testimonials across channels; social, mobile, email, and web.
  • Website: www.readypulse.com
  • Type: Venture Equity
  • Amount: $5,000,000
  • Round: Series A
  • Purpose: The funding, which follows earlier seed financings totaling $2 million from various early-stage investors, including Divergent Ventures, will be used for expansion into additional verticals and geographies. The goals for the funding include an increase in awareness for inspirational marketing among brand marketers, as well as focusing on mobile applications.
  • Investors:

FLYR Obtains $4,842,686 New Financing
  • Company: FLYR
  • Description: Today's airfares, tomorrow's bargain. Guaranteed for 7 days. No commitment.
  • Website: www.getflyr.com
  • Type: Venture Equity
  • Amount: $4,842,686
  • Round: Undisclosed
  • Purpose: Proceeds purposes were not disclosed. SEC regulatory filing. Contact technology company for investment details, if applicable. Not an offer or solicitation for sale of securities.
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Raptr Secures $14,000,000 New Financing
  • Company: Raptr
  • Description: Raptr is building a new way for people to play and discover games. Our goal is to make playing games more fun and social.
  • Website: www.raptr.com
  • Type: Venture Equity
  • Amount: $14,000,000
  • Round: Undisclosed
  • Purpose: The company officially launched Plays.tv on Tuesday and announced the fresh funding to support its expansion.
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