Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg put his money where his mouth has been in terms of support for education, as Panorama Education announced Monday that it raised $4 million in seed funding, co-led by Zuckerberg’s Startup: Education.
Former Facebook Director of Engineering Ari Steinberg, who headed the social network’s Seattle office, left the company last October, saying that he planned to launch a travel startup. That travel startup is Vamo, which raised $1.6 million in capital, according to TechCrunch.
Social commerce technology provider 8thBridge debuted the third version of its 8thBridge Graphite platform Thursday, while social customer-service software provider Conversocial and Preferred Marketing Developer social technology firm Betapond closed funding rounds this week.
The payment platform behind the Facebook Card, plastic gift cards that hold all electronic gift cards users have received through the social network, introduced in January, received a different type of payment, as Marqeta Thursday announced the closing of $14 million in series-B funding.
Although Facebook commerce platform Soldsie works by allowing brands to process purchases within the comments section of the social network, the $1 million in seed funding it announced Wednesday did not come via comments, but from a group of institutional investors.
Mobile payment platform Bango is about to process a £6.5 million ($10.2 million) transaction of its own after announcing the closure of an investment round Friday featuring new and existing investors.
Social marketing software provider Spredfast announced Tuesday that it raised $18 million in venture capital in a round led by OpenView Venture Partners and joined by existing investors Austin Ventures and InterWest Partners.
Facebook advertising and marketing developer Optimal announced the additions of $7 million of funding, as well as an executive to oversee that cash, as former Live Gamer Senior Vice President of Finance and Operations Paul Suh joined the company as chief financial officer.