Confirmed: Canadian VC Firm OMERS Ventures Takes $20M Stake In HootSuite At $200M Valuation

hootsuite logoAllThingsD has reported, and we have confirmed, that OMERS Ventures, a Canada-based VC, has taken a $20-million investment in HootSuite, the social media management platform, with the company now valued at $200 million.

The investment is a secondary one, and will be coming in the form of purchases of equity from HootSuite’s existing shareholders. These include employees as well as existing investors. That list includes Blumberg Capital, Hearst Ventures, Geoff Entress and Millennium Technology Value Partners, who collectively have invested $4.9 million into the company: $3 million in debt and a $1.9 million capital investment.

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Campalyst Raises Seed Round To Measure Social Media ROI

campalyst logoSocial media analytics startup Campalyst is celebrating its first birthday today, and its big present is a new seed round (of undisclosed size) from Amsterdam-based venture capital firm HENQ.

The company was co-founded by former business school classmates Jevgenijs Kazanins and Dalia Lasaite as part of Garage48, a European boot camp where startups are created in the course of a weekend. During last year’s beta testing period, Kazanins says more than 250 marketing agencies and brands signed up to use the product. Campalyst closed the beta period in January and started converting those sign-ups into paying customers.

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Disconnect: Ex-Googlers Raise Funding To Stop Google, Facebook & More From Tracking Your Data

Screen shot 2012-03-22 at 7.11.41 PMIn the age of endless sharing, super cookies, social search results, and that ever-present social graph, it’s comforting to know that there are some who are still prioritizing privacy. (And a few of them are former Googlers no less!) In October 2010, Google engineer Brian Kennish created Facebook Disconnect, a Chrome extension that disables all traffic from third-party sites to Facebook servers but still allows you to access Facebook itself. The extension was an immediate hit, racking up 50K active users in two weeks (it now has 200K+), prompting Kennish to leave his job at Google to focus full-time on helping the average web user take back control of their data.

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Trying To Be Mint.com For Student Loans, Binksty Raises, Redesigns, Hits $10M In Debt-Under-View

Binksty Logo BLast October, we wrote about Binksty, a young startup that aims to give college students saddled with debt a one-stop shop to manage loans, pay off debt, as well as educate them on the best ways to save money. The student loan situation in the U.S. was atrocious then, and it continues to be atrocious now.

A recent report from the New York Times shows that the total balance of student loans is currently $870 billion. Not only that, but 40 percent of people under 30 have outstanding student loans, the average of which is $23,300. If that’s not enough to make you cringe, I don’t know what is.

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Misleading Investors About Private Stock Sales Will Get You In Trouble, Registering With The Feds Won’t

Facebook-Zuckerberg-DollarEmployees of hot web companies like Facebook have been selling shares to private investors for years, and a few firms have jumped in to take advantage of the situation.

So naturally the Securities and Exchange Commission has taken an interest, too. After a lengthy investigation into the budding industry — and ahead of a big Facebook initial public offering — it’s going after two stealthy financial groups as well as popular private market SharesPost.

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Triptrotting Raises $1M To Combat Clueless Tourism

triptrotting logoTriptrotting, a startup that connects travelers with hosts, has raised $1 million in a Series A round of funding.

The company’s website promises that users will be “not just another clueless tourist.” The idea is that when you’re traveling to new places, it’s almost always better if you have a local friend, so Triptrotting tries to connect travelers with locals at their destination.

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Social Marketing Startup BlogFrog Raises $3.2M

blogfrog logoBlogFrog, a self-described “social activation platform,” has raised $1.2 million in a Series A round of funding.

The company was first known as a community for “mommy bloggers”, allowing them to add social features to their sites. In the last year or so, however, BlogFrog has shifted direction, using its technology and audience for a new end — helping marketers reach an influential audience.

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TVGuide.com Acquires Fav.Tv To Expand Mobile App Team

tvguide logoTVGuide.com has acquired social TV startup Fav.Tv in what executive vice president and general manager Christy Tanner says is a straightforward talent acquisition.

Plenty of startups are trying to reinvent the tv guide — including Fav.Tv, which was described, when it launched last fall, as not “your grandmother’s TV Guide.” But TVGuide.com (which operates the TV Guide digital properties while licensing the name to the print magazine publisher) has been trying to evolve too. It unveiled a new feature in August called Watchlist, which incorporates social elements, as well as on-demand/digital listings.

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TVGuide.com Acquires Fav.Tv To Expand Mobile App Team

tvguide logoTVGuide.com has acquired social TV startup Fav.Tv in what executive vice president and general manager Christy Tanner says is a straightforward talent acquisition.

Plenty of startups are trying to reinvent the tv guide — including Fav.Tv, which was described, when it launched last fall, as not “your grandmother’s TV Guide.” But TVGuide.com (which operates the TV Guide digital properties while licensing the name to the print magazine publisher) has been trying to evolve too. It unveiled a new feature in August called Watchlist, which incorporates social elements, as well as on-demand/digital listings.

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