Game Show Warriors Combines Manga Comic And Casual Game
Inzen Studio, a small game startup in Singapore has just released an ambitious project called Game Show Warriors. The launch kicks off with the release of an iOS game called Amazing Studly Strikes, but the studio has quietly released the first two episodes of a Web comic, and episode three just dropped to accompany the release of the mobile game. The game app will also include the Web comic, according to Inzen’s co-founder, Gerald Tock. Inzen was started in October last year, and is made of six developers, with the founders and writers in Singapore, and relies on some development work from China. Its Web comic was created by artists in Uruguay. The comic and its first game center on a character they created, G-man Studly. The game appears to be a tapping frenzy, with waves of enemies attacking G-man Studly from different corners of the screen, requiring you to tap on them furiously as your character scales a skyscraper. Tock said the team is hoping to make the rest of its project happen. ...
True Ventures Confirms Investment In Second Life Founder Philip Rosedale's New Startup High Fidelity
Earlier this month, we wrote that High Fidelity, the virtual world startup led by Second Life founder Philip Rosedale, had raised $2.4 million of a $3.4 million round, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. However, we didn't know who had actually made the investment — until today. Tony Conrad of True Ventures just announced that his firm led High Fidelity's Series A, and that Google Ventures and various angel investors also participated. The High Fidelity website now mentions Mitch Kapor and Linden Lab (the company behind Second Life) as investors too.
Somo, Developer Of The Summly iOS App, Secures New Investment From MMC Ventures
Somo, the UK's largest independent mobile marketing agency, has secured a second investment round led by MMC Ventures and participated in by existing investors. While we normally don't bother with investments where terms are undisclosed, it's worth noting that Somo, while it's a large independent mobile agency, is also rapidly developing a reputation as a 'product Lab' than simply pure agency. Somo has developed Apptimiser, a mobile advertising network tracking technology and App Planner, a media planning tool that associates app store ranking with download numbers. Most famously (at least of late) Somo developed the front end iOS interface for Summly, the startup app recently acquired by Yahoo for $30 million.
Handybook Secures $2M From Highland Capital Partners And General Catalyst For Its ‘Uber For The Home’
Handybook spun out of Harvard's Innovation Lab earlier this year and is a platform to allow users to instantly book professional home services, like handymen and cleaners, online. Today it has confirmed over $2 million of investment from VCs including Highland Capital Partners and General Catalyst. "If Taskrabbit is like Lyft or Zimride then we are like Uber." That at least is the pitch of Handybook CEO, Oisin Hanrahan.
London Takes A Bite Out Of The Big Apple — Gets Its Own FinTech Innovation Lab
Modelled after its New York-counterpart, London is to get its own FinTech Innovation Lab. Supported by the mayor of London, the City of London Corporation and the Technology Strategy Board, and backed by Accenture, leading banks and VCs, the new programme is designed to help financial tech startups "test and fine-tune their innovations" under the mentorship of executives from some of the major financial institutions who have a presence here in London, as well as the wider local investment community. Anything that the Big Apple can do, London can do too.