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Betaout raises US$1.5M pre-Series A to expand to Indonesia, Malaysia

The startup allows e-commerce firms to build user intelligence databases and provides tools to engage with users through email, on-site engagement, mobile push, live-chat, SMS etc. 

Video analytics firm Vidooly acquires social TV startup iCouchApp

iCouchApp allows consumers to discover new videos, interact with TV shows and keep track of their favourite shows 

Unicorn India Ventures launches US$15M fund to back up to 12 startups a year

The early-stage VC firm looks to make seed investments in the areas of social media, mobile, analytics, cloud tech and IoT 

Ronnie Screwvala's Arre acquires video streaming firm Apalya

Apalya is backed by IDG Ventures, Kalaari Capital, Cisco and Mumbai Angels 

India’s Exotel acquires customer feedback platform Voyce

The acquisition is a move to strengthen the VC-funded cloud telephony startup’s customer service offerings 

Call centres have moved beyond the four walls of offices: Exotel CEO

Shivakumar Ganesan, CEO, Exotel, says Indian SMBs have started realising the importance of cloud telephony and its relative merits 

AppsDaily nabs US$16M Series C led by Zodius

Indian mobile app development and distribution company AppsDaily gets US$16 million Series C from Zodius, ru-Net, Kalaari and Qualcomm 

India’s cloud-based CSR management startup NextGen gets angel funding

Bangalore-based NextGen is a cloud-based corporate social responsibility and sustainability management startup 

NowFloats grabs Series A funding led by Omidyar Network

Existing investors including Blume Ventures, Mumbai Angels and Hyderabad Angels participated in this round 

Retail tech startup Primaseller raises funding from Mumbai Angels

The funds will be used to increase the number of online channels offered and to build a stronger customer base 

With NowFloats you can create a website using your Facebook page

This is part of a host of new features that the India-based startup has added to its app NowFloats Boost 

"Cloud allows budget hotels to compete with the 5-stars"

What can give small and medium hotels that business-edge? Hotelogix's Aditya Sanghi talks about challenges faced by such properties, and what they need for seamless ops and scaling 

WeAreHolidays secures funding from Matrix Partners and others

Existing investors Blume Ventures and GSF Superangel Investors have co-invested in this round of funding for the online travel package marketplace 

Biggest challenge in India is to get early-stage funding: Rajat Tandon

Rajat Tandon, Senior Director, NASSCOM 10,000 Startups discusses the challenges faced by startups in India and the steps taken to abate them 

'Gloria Jeans for seed, Starbucks for Series A and Aromas for B'

Angel Investor Ajeet Khurana, in his own quirky way, lists six ways startups often turn off investors. No 3 is our favourite 

NowFloats builds a business website via SMS; Company expanding to SEA

Using NowFloats, local retailers can build websites through SMS in 13 minutes. The company wants to replicate the model in Southeast Asia now 

[UPDATED] Indian radio cab service Bookmycab scouts for fresh round of funding

Bookmycab is in touch with a number of VC firms to raise an equity-linked fund of about US$6.5M by April 2014, say industry reports