FTJ was there to capture scenes from the event. We also caught up with Liam Hisop, chair of Full Sail's Game Projects Department to get insight and reaction.
ORLANDO - Phoenix-based Aspect Software has wrapped up its $150 million purchase of Voxeo, a Orlando-based provider of hosted and on-premise interactive voice response solutions. Aspect says the acquisition adds $50 million in revenue per year to its bottom line.
Voxeo's platform and infrastructure will serve as the nucleus for Aspect's expanding cloud, hybrid and premise-based solution portfolio, the company said.
MIAMI - LiveNinja rocked the pitch and took home the honors at Startup World held at Venture Hive last night. LiveNinja will be competing against 20 other cities in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa later this year in a global Startup World competition for the title and a host of prizes.
LiveNinja, which targets its solution to the massive problem of the unemployed and under employed, created a platform to help people create jobs instantly for themselves -- fitness instructors, developers, guitar teachers, yoga instructors, fashion experts, etc. "It's a real time video chat monetization platform in the marketplace. We allow you to sell the skills you have ... and we help you get clients from around the world in real time," pitched CEO Will Weinraub.
MIAMI - Online payment solution firm, SafetyPay landed a $7 million investment from IFC, a member of the World Bank Group. The investment will allow the company to continue to enhance and expand its solutions to financial institutions in Latin America.
SafetyPay enables consumers who may not have a credit card to buy online goods and services using their bank account. Merchants who use the system benefit from an expanded customer base and SafetyPay’s low transaction fees. Banks can offer their customers an attractive new service and generate revenues from their online banking facility, without any additional investment.
Starter Studio is a free startup accelerator program that will provide work free space, mentorship, educational curriculum, and networking opportunities to selected tech startups that will move into the 2,000 square foot space for three months located within the Envy Labs new headquarters near downtown Orlando.
ORLANDO - According to the MoneyTree Report from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association, investment in the state totaled $155.8 million, up from just $11.29 million in the first quarter and the highest amount since the third quarter of 2007.
Fourteen Florida companies received venture capital in the second quarter, up from six in the first quarter and the highest number in two years.