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MagicCube’s Sam Shawki Joins YellowPepper as Advisor


Miami-based mobile banking and payment platform YellowPepper announced today that Sam Shawki will join the company’s advisory board. Shawki is the founder and CEO of MagicCube, a device security for e-commerce & mobile commerce.  Prior to founding MagicCube, Shawki was head of Visa’s Global Remote Payments. “In the last two years alone, YellowPepper has experienced… Read more »

Microsoft Buys Minecraft for $2.5 Billion


It’s official: Microsoft has bought Mojang, the parent company behind Minecraft. Minecraft to join Microsoft — Microsoft News (@MSFTnews) September 15, 2014 Mojang, the company behind Minecraft, and its partner games Cobalt and Scrolls, today announced that Microsoft will be taking over control of one of the most popular games of the last… Read more »

Neil Young Wants to Party With PonoMusic Investors


Not too long ago I reported on Crowdfunder’s affiliated efforts with musician Neil Young to launch a crowdfunding for equity campaign aimed at raising a Series A funding round for PonoMusic. To date the campaign has hundreds of backers with $5.45 million in investment commitments; the initial goal was $4 million. Due to overwhelming interest… Read more »

Product Hunt Raises $6M in Series A Funding


Tech rating site, Product Hunt, has raised US $6 million in a new round of funding. This news comes days after the company announced that it raised a seed funding round of $1M and launched an iOS app. According to unnamed sources sited by TechCrunch, the round was led by Andreessen Horowitz and Product Hunt picked… Read more »