Social gaming platform Rec Room scores $20 million Series C

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Social gaming platform Rec Room has scored some new funding as it aims to bring its once VR-centric world to every major gaming platform out there. The platform has been around for years serving as a social hub and gaming platform for virtual reality users.

Goama lets developers integrate a social gaming platform into their apps

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Goama (also known as Go Games) lets developers quickly integrate social games into their apps. Some of Goama’s clients are “super apps,” or apps that offer several services and want to include games, too.

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Roblox raises at $29.5 billion valuation, readies for direct listing

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Roblox is now one of the world’s most valuable private companies in the world after a monster Series H raise brings the social gaming platform a stratospheric $29.5 How Roblox avoided the gaming graveyard and grew into a $2.5B

Extra Crunch roundup: 2 VC surveys, Tesla’s melt up, The Roblox Gambit, more

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Plus, don’t miss our first investor surveys of 2021: one by Lucas Matney on social gaming , and another by Mike Butcher that gathered responses from Portugal-based investors on a wide variety of topics. “A big thanks to the gaming company for running this experiment for us.”

Powder raises $14 million for its social app for game clips

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Meet Powder , a French startup that helps you share video clips of your favorite games, follow people with the same interests and interact with them. Powder wants to build the video infrastructure for social gaming. You can also capture videos of mobile games.

Daily Crunch: Investors back away from Dispo

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Zoom introduces new SDK to help developers tap into video services — The company envisions application developers embedding video in social, gaming or retail applications.

Stream raises $38M as its chat and activity feed APIs power communications for 1B users

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What is a trend worth watching is whether easy-to-integrate services like Stream’s might signal the proliferation of more social apps over time. Apps Developer Europe Funding Recent Funding Social Startups activity stream Aidyn Senkut APIs chat developers Felicis Ventures stream

This Week in VC with Om Malik & Paul Jozefak

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Online social game network; make their own games (FarmVille, Mafia Wars, FrontierVille) in addition to allowing third-party developers to access network. Self-reported 60mm daily unique as of Dec 2009, games played by 250mm people a month (AppData). Reportedly, Softbank and Zynga have discussed jointly distributing games through Softbank’s mobile-phone service in Japan and other countries. Competitors: Playdom , Social Gaming Network.

Consumer investment fatigue

Tomasz Tunguz

Many of the promising marketing and media innovations of the past six years, daily deals, subscription ecommerce, social gaming and social media, have been struggling. Perhaps new mobile ad technology will enable social networks to flourish. Or changes in app distribution will suddenly render social gaming unit economics much more profitable.

Why you have to pay attention to the Indian startup scene

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Well, according to a survey of Gen Z VCs , their top three focuses are the creator economy, edtech and social gaming. This is The TechCrunch Exchange, a newsletter that goes out on Saturdays, based on the column of the same name. You can sign up for the email here.

Discord in talks to sell to Microsoft for over $10B | E1190

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There is a correlation between gaming-focused founders and making great messaging products. Microsoft is paying a premium (likely over 75x price to sales), but Discord fits perfectly into their “Netflix for gaming” ambitions. Top Insights.

Skate Where the Puck is Going

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The most recent example of cringe-worthy buzz words is “game mechanics.&# It seems that you can’t build a business these days without it. I’m not exaggerating when I tell you that at least 50% of all new businesses that I’m seeing are telling me that they’re incorporating some form of game mechanics into their offering. I’m not arguing that game dynamics in your business solution won’t be important or successful.

What We Must Learn from Asia

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In the past 6 months we’ve heard from Dmitry Shapiro on the future of online video, Ian Rogers on the future music model, David Sacks on the future of social networking and Michael Crandell on where Cloud Computing is headed. Larger online game market ($1 billion) than Japan despite 1/3 population and 1/2 GDP per capital (slide 99). Sales of avatars in social games nearly 50% of total revenue eclipsing revenue from affiliate transaction, ads or paid games (slide 97).

What Angel Investing & Florida Condos Have in Common

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One of my favorite quotes I learned in high school was: “Nonconformity is the Highest Form of Social Attainment&#. I have called it a “mug’s game&# and I mostly try to avoid it. Instead investors are looking for the next flash sale, private sale, game dynamic, social games that rely on mobile platforms with geo-fenced, location aware offers. It’s really hard to zig when the whole world seems to be zagging.

This Week in Venture Capital – Episode 2

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I think the best solution for the social networking era is “in-stream&# advertising. I know you could argue that YouTube was much broader but it was really popularized in the social networks. It’s sort of Jack FM meets Total Request Live meets UCG/Social Gaming (at least in the future). Tiny Speck Online gaming start-up. I found this investment strange since normally VC’s hate to bet on gaming companies.

From Agency to Enterprise Software: The Evolution of Buddy Media

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Buddy Media was an amazing exit, but I never really thought of it like “enterprise software” I thought about it more like an agency that had developed off the shelf social tools around its service solutions. When I looked at the site, it had the term “Social Enterprise Software” written all over it. but the evidence would suggest that repositioning the company as social enterprise software was a master stroke. Social Media Software.

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Virtual HQs race to win over a remote-work-fatigued market

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By drawing on multiplayer gaming culture, the startups are using spatial technology, animations and productivity tools to create a metaverse dedicated to work. The potential success could signal how the future of work will blend gaming and socialization for distributed teams.

Equal access to capital and entrepreneurship is the final civil rights movement

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I began to realize that venture capital is a bit of a social game — and I was about to play it for two years. If they invest in someone that has a ton of social credibility in Silicon Valley, then even if they fail, nobody will question them. Joseph Heller. Contributor.

Spolsky on Software on Both Sides of The Table

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Is StackOverflow subject to gaming? When you have a lot of page views, it’s hard to game the system. Social currency. WoW and social gaming addiction. Sometime around 2003/04 my technology team turned me on to “Spolsky on Software&# a periodic newsletter served up blog style from Joel Spolsky of FogCreek Software, a maker of bug-tracking software.

The Big VC Thaw – Why The Market is Moving Again (part 2 of 3)

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While iPhone is really still the only true game in town for mobile applications investors can see in the near future a world in which multiple mobile applications platforms will likely exist – perhaps with Blackberry, Palm Pre and Google’s Android operating system gather more momentum. The growth of Facebook and social gaming led by Zynga – Another obvious trend is Facebook. Notice that I didn’t say “social networking.”

Reflections on YCombinator Demo Day: How the Seed Market Has Changed

Tomasz Tunguz

enterprise), segment (ecommerce, education, social, gaming, delivery) and by revenue model (subscription, ads, transactional). Shifting to consumer, social apps have fallen from 24% of consumer startups to 15% at the most recent demo day. Unlike the 2012 class, there were no gaming companies in 2014. The shifts toward vertical SaaS and away from social and gaming apparent in this class are consistent with the patterns I’m seeing in the fund raising market.

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How to Present at Big Meetings without Going Down a Rat Hole

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I would try a line like, “I know that some of you might be social media experts and others may be less deep on this particular area. If one vocal person blurts out, “just give us the details, we all know social networking&# don’t assume that person speaks for the entire room. I’m writing this post as part of my series with Advice on Raising Venture Capital but will file it under Sales Tips as well since it applies equally to both scenarios. Congratulations.

Are Business Plans Still Necessary?

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Facebook Apps, iPhone Apps, Social Games and now The Real-time Web (finally a new, sexier buzzword to replace Web 2.0. This is part of my ongoing series of posts and I need to file this one under both Raising Venture Capital and Startup Advice. I remember going to an Under the Radar conference in 2006 in the heat of the Web 2.0 craze. There were tons of young entrepreneurs showing their latest Web 2.0 wares. Ajax was the new buzzword and many companies went overboard.