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RTP’s Ryan Allis 6 on PeakScore tech hotshots; Dropbox valued at $5B; Angry Birds

July 13th, 2011

iContactRyan Allis of iContact, the email marketing firm based in the Research Triangle, NC, landed at number 6 on PeekYou’s PeekScore list of under 30 “Internet Hotshots.” Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook tops the list, followed by Pete Cashmore (Mashable founder), Matt Mullenweg (WordPress), Andrew Mason (founder, CEO, Groupon), and David Karp (Tumblr, Senduit), Allis, Gurbaksh Chahal (gWallet.com), Naveen Selvadurai (co-founder, Foursquare), Justin Kan (justin.tv), and Matt Mickiewicz (flippa.com, 99designs.com).

As is obvious, most are founder/CEOs of the most used social networks.

PeekYou also did a list of tech and Internet luminaries 31 and older. Steve Balmer of Microsoft heads that one, followed by Larry Page, Steve Jobs, Evan Williams, Carol Bartz, Larry Ellison, Michael Arrington, Jeff Bezos, Paul Otellini, and John Donahoe.

Dropbox raising $200 to $300 million round at $5B valuation

TechCrunch reports that the cloud storage and sharing service Dropbox is raising a new round of $200 to $300 million in funding valued at $5 billion.

The service, which had a security glitch that exposed user passwords to all and sundry for several hours last month, currently has 25 million registered members (including us). Dropbox lets users place files in the cloud and access them from any device with Dropbox installed. Users can also create password protected shared folders, which make collaboration easy. It’s really handy for making documents available on different computers.

Based in San Francisco, the company was founded in 2007 by Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi. It has raised $7.1 million in venture backing from & Combinator, Accel Partners, Sequoia Capital and others.

Angry Birds ‘always looking foir funding”

Angry BirdsGameBeat reports an exchange with Wibe Wagemans at the GameBeat 2011 conference in San Francisco that suggests that Rovio, maker of the popular Angry Birds game, may be seeking additional funding. Wageman, Rovio’s head of global brand advertising said on stage that the company “was always looking for new funding.”

The company closed a $42 million funding round in March. Based in Finland, the company has expanded rapidly on the success of Angry Birds.

 

Evernote jots down $50M in new funding

Evernote, maker of another program we use daily for note-taking online and in general, has raised $50 million in new venture backing in a round led by Sequoia Capital with Morgenthaler Ventures participating. The valuation, according to TechCrunch, is at least $1 billion. The company previously raised about $40 million from those two investors and DOCOMO Capital and Troika Dialog.

Like Dropbox, Evernote can be installed on multiple digital devices, making your notes available and searchable from wherever you work, if its installed. It is available in both a free and a premium edition with advance features. So far we haven’t needed to upgrade to premium, but we use it so often, we can see a time when we might.

Other fundings:

It looks like a red-letter day for the funding of Internet centric companies. San Francisco-based MoPub, a mobile ad startup, has raised $6.5 million in first round funding from Accel Partners. Badgeville, a Menlo Park, CA-based provider of a social loyalty platform raised $12 million in a B round from Norwest Venture Partners and El Dorado Ventures.

 

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One Response to “RTP’s Ryan Allis 6 on PeakScore tech hotshots; Dropbox valued at $5B; Angry Birds”

  1. Angry Birds says:

    I really don’t think that any new themed versions of Angry Birds are actually costly, or require extra funding, after all, it’s just new graphichs, the game engine is already there. I do believe that this game will end up becoming a classic like pacman if it manages to stay in the spotlight for 1 more year. The new investors round is probably aimed to expand their business to new games, don’t think that any will match angry birds success though.

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