Monthly Archives: September 2013

A.M. Best Special Report: Regulation, Interest Rates Boost Capital Needs for Korean Insurers

HONG KONG, September 30, 2013—A tightening regulatory risk-based capital (RBC) regime coupled with the recent rises in interest rates has prompted South Korean insurers, particularly small to midsize companies, to seek enhanced capitalization, according to a new report from A.M. Best Co. read more

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SA Banks are increasingly looking to the affordable housing sector in a bid to reverse skyrocketing mortgage decline rates. Speaking at the latest International Housing Solutions’ Affordable Housing Conference, senior bank representatives said affordability was a major concern in the current market. read more

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Public-private partnerships promise a bright future for the African pharmaceutical industry

The African pharmaceutical sector is expected to grow tremendously in the coming years read more

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Why Investors Should Look into Structured Indian Credit

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Tackk Raises $1.2M For Its Content Creation Tools


Tackk, which offers tools for creating content that combines text, images, audio, and video, is coming out of a beta today and announcing that it has raised $1.2 million in a second round of seed funding. read more

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AngelList Syndicates By The Numbers: 12 Deals, $3.5M Raised, 199 Angels Activated Syndication With $5.6M Committed


This weekend, the Twittersphere and news cycle was dominated with the reactions of a number of VCs and angels to AngelList Syndicates.  According to the data we’ve collected from AngelList, there has been an explosion of activity around Syndicates but early indications are that people could setting the system up for even more to come. read more

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Email Is The Godfather Of Native Ads, So TellApart Makes AdStack Its First Acquisition

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It’s dark days for email marketing. Gmail’s new tabbed filters are hiding messages from brands. Email promotions have to be highly personalized in order for opens to equal clicks and conversions. TellApart wants to sell that personalization, so today the four-year-old, big-data, ad tech player announced its first acquisition: email targeting, A/B testing, and personalization startup AdStack. read more

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DoorDash Raises $2.4M To Improve Food Delivery

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DoorDash has raised a $2.4 million round led by Khosla Ventures’ Keith Rabois and Charles River Ventures’ Saar Gur. SV Angel’s David Lee, YC partner Paul Buchheit, Benchmark co-founder Andy Rachleff, and angel investor Pejman Nozad were also in on the round. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. read more

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If you’ve ever been on the business end of a denial of service attack, you know the sinking feeling you get when your servers fall to the enemy., a new project by cybersecurity expert Barrett Lyon is out to keep that from happening to their clients. Lyon also founded BitGravity and Prolexic and was featured in a book about his attempts to take down a Russian hacking group tied to the mafiya, Fatal System Error by Joseph Menn. So he’s legit. read more

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Extreme Reality, Which Gives Any Webcam Kinect-Like Powers, Opens Its Developer SDK

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Extreme Reality, an Israeli startup backed by SV Angel, has been at work for eight years on building motion capture technology. read more

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Anfacto Lets You Create Single-Purpose Android Devices For The Workplace, Restaurants, Events

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While there are plenty of enterprise mobility and device management companies, they may not go deeply enough in controlling the end-user experience for an employee or a customer. read more

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Sentech unveils free satellite TV

Freevision will remedy the failure Vivid left in its wake, says Sentech CEO Setumo Mohapi.
Sentech officially launched its universal access…

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Google Launches Web Designer, A Visual Tool For Building Interactive HTML5 Sites And Ads


Google today announced the launch of Web Designer, a new tool for building interactive HTML5 sites and ads. The company first hinted at this launch in June, but had been quiet about it ever since. Web Designer, which Google calls a “professional-quality design tool,” is now officially in public beta and available for download for Mac and Windows. read more

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Google's BufferBox Expands Its Shipping Kiosk Service For Parcel Pickups To San Francisco


Last year, Google acquired Waterloo-based startup BufferBox, which provides shipping locker service to make it easy to get things delivered reliably even when you’re not sure where you’ll be when they’re arriving. The startup built its service on the idea that people never want to see another missed delivery door tag ever again, and began rolling out availability in Toronto, a big consumer market near its HQ last year. read more

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