Algolia – Hosted Search API for Apps Raises $18.3M

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An year ago, Zillionize invested in Algolia as a seed round investor and now Algolia has just raised $18.3M Series A round of funding. Good luck Algolia!

Algolia is very easy to implement on your website as the company opted for a SaaS strategy. It means that you can implement the company’s search engine for database objects in just a few lines of code thanks to its hosted API, feed the service with JSON-formatted data, and customize it to your needs. After that, your users can start searching right away. They will interact with Algolia’s servers without ever leaving your site. With 12 different data centers across the world, Algolia tries to make the experience as responsive as possible for its users.

Comparing Algolia with other websites is night and day. With Algolia, you get a dropdown list of results after typing a few keystrokes. You can click on a result in a lot less time than it would take you to use Google. And it’s packed with features as well. Algolia handles popularity, geolocation data, tags, dates and more.

Please read full story at TechCrunch.

Zuora Bought Frontleaf

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In March 2014, Zillionize invested in Frontleaf and now we are glad to announce that Zuora, a subscription billing solutions provider has bought Frontleaf. The deal’s details would still remain undisclosed.

Zuora, a business set up to help other businesses manage their online subscription models, said it plans to fully incorporate Frontleaf’s employees and resources into its own engineering and sales teams.

That includes Frontleaf founder CEO Tom Krackeler, who will join Zuora as its new vice president of subscription user experience.

“Frontleaf’s technology will enable Zuora to provide subscription-based businesses with the comprehensive analytics they need to understand their user base in a far deeper and more meaningful way so they can design truly compelling subscriber experiences,” wrote Krackeler, in prepared remarks.”

You can read full story at ZDNet.

Zillionize Invests In Underground Cellar – Online Wine Marketplace For Buying Premium Wines

Thousands on online selling wines of different tastes and brands but accessing limited edition wines is not very common. Here comes Underground Cellar to fill up this gap.

Underground Cellar – Online Wine Marketplace For Buying Premium Wines
Underground Cellar – Online Wine Marketplace For Buying Premium Wines

Zillionize has invested in Underground Cellar – An online wine marketplace for buying premium wines. Customers can buy a variety of wines in a package deal and given free upgrades to highly priced rare wines for free or rare wine bottles from different wineries. More the purchases, the more upgrades you get. These bottles can instantly be shipped at your location or you can keep them stored within Underground Cellar’s storage for shipping on-demand.

Zillionize Invests In ShipBob – An On-Demand Packing And Shipping Service For Businesses

Not all local or online businesses deal in products that can professionally be packed and delivered to customers’ in-time. Food items, beverages and other care-taking products need extra expertise to handle such products with care. But it is observed that most of the businesses take this important job less seriously. Who can pack the ordered items in a box, takes them to post office, manage receipts and add them to their online delivery system for customer tracking?  Let us introduce ShipBob here to serve this important need of small and localized businesses.

ShipBob – An On-Demand Packing And Shipping Service For Businesses
ShipBob – An On-Demand Packing And Shipping Service For Businesses

Zillionize has invested in ShipBob – A professional packing and shipping service for online stores. You sell items, they pick it up, pack it professionally and deliver it securely at the cheapest possible courier cost. It offers a micro-warehouse option to online stores to maintain a small inventory of running items. When an order comes, they pack and deliver it instantly.

Zillionize Invests In Cheddar Up – Easily Collect Money From Groups By Creating Custom Payment Pages

Despite the advancements in recent digital world where most of the hand-held jobs are now digitally managed, many small organizations are still using classic ways socially when it comes to collect money from groups. Let’s look at Cheddar Up to fix the spot here.

Cheddar Up – Easily Collect Money From Groups By Creating Custom Payment Pages
Cheddar Up – Easily Collect Money From Groups By Creating Custom Payment Pages

Zillionize has invested in Cheddar Up – Collect group payments easier by creating custom payment pages on the fly. Issuing checks or physically reaching to make payments for school fees, fund raisers or renewing monthly subscriptions of sports clubs slows you down and affects your working too. Cheddar Up allows you to create custom payment pages with payment details, purpose and amount to be collected. Easily share this page link with others via social networking websites or embed them on your webpage. You can also send invites to people by adding their email addresses using Chadder Post to make the payment instantly without needing to register any account. Payments can be made via PayPal, cash or even check of they prefer. It’s easier to track the amount received and knowing who has paid the amount. You can export this transactions data to Excel spreadsheet for analysis directly from the tab.

Zillionize Invests In Vango – An iPhone App Enabling To Buy Original Art Pieces from Professional Artists

There are lots of lively posters, artistic prints and other digital contents that can best suit on a wall but these art pieces are mostly not originally drawn by professional artists. Art Galleries and online sites also offer such art work but their prices are unpredictable or very higher to afford. There comes Vango to fill up this gap.

Vango – An iPone App Enabling To Buy Original Art Pieces from Professionals
Vango – An iPone App Enabling To Buy Original Art Pieces from Professionals

Zillionize has invested in Vango – Allowing art loving people to buy original art work from professional artists directly from Vango iPhone App. You can explore art pieces in different categories or select to show art that is trending or newly added. If you choose an art and want to see how it will look like on your wall, then just upload your wall picture or select sample room picture from the manu options. Vango will show this art on the wall for you. Once you have liked an art piece, click on it, follow the purchase options and decorate your home with original artwork.

Zillionize Invests In Craft Coffee – Discover And Buy Yourself A Variety Of Coffee That Exactly Matches With Your Taste

Among so much variety of coffee beans and roasters around you, still getting a coffee cup that matches with your taste is hard to find. Here comes Craft Coffee to serve you the coffee matching exactly to your taste.

Craft Coffee – Discover And Buy Yourself A Variety Of Coffee That Exactly Matches With Your Taste
Craft Coffee – Discover And Buy Yourself A Variety Of Coffee That Exactly Matches With Your Taste

Zillionize has invested in Craft Coffee – An online coffee buying store to choose from thousands of beans and roast level to make a perfect coffee of your choice. The coffee subsection system offers you to discover different blends and roast levels to offer customized favorites from independent coffee roasters. Customers can also choose between ground or whole beans. The order is immediately scheduled to deliver when placed.