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The Best-Funded Mobile Startups of 2013

Dan Jones
8/14/2013
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The best-funded private companies of 2013 so far represent the diverse swatch of industries, applications, and hardware that make up the mobile market today.

Alongside the ever-popular mobile social media startups sit companies that are creating smarter ways to handle wireless data, extend network capacity, and allow cheaper international roaming calls. Smart devices are also well represented with a WiFi thermostat that learns the temperatures its users like and a mobile health sensor the patient can swallow.

The data on this year's funding -- compiled from information provided by Rutberg & Co. -- indicates that 2013 might be one of the biggest yet for mobile venture capital investment. Not just amongst some of the youngest startups but also in very well established mobile companies that are too old to be called startups still but that are able to take advantage of the increased interest in areas like enterprise BYOD and mobile health to grab large investments for rapid expansion.

There are also, as you'll see, several companies bubbling around the $50 million round mark that didn't quite make the cut for the top 10.

Click on the links to see which companies are most flush with new VC cash in 2013:

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

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DanJones
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DanJones,
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10/21/2013 | 12:31:37 PM
Re: Truphone SIM? Anyone tried?
Good info, thanks!
Kruz
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Kruz,
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10/21/2013 | 6:24:19 AM
Re: Truphone SIM? Anyone tried?
Mobile Viber works well for me whenever I am abroad; it's totally convenient and requires no extra effort. Family likes it as well as customers. Only issue is it is banned in some GCC countries.
DanJones
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DanJones,
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10/19/2013 | 5:07:29 PM
Re-Do at the year's end for this report?
I think so:

 

Supercell & Uber have roared up the charts in the second half of the year.
framirez980
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10/16/2013 | 6:05:57 PM
Re: Truphone SIM? Anyone tried?
all depends on your location  and travel - TMO coverage is great where I am - their rates are also some of the best- though prepay is starting to look attractive in light of all the privacy issues
Sarah Thomas
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Sarah Thomas,
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10/16/2013 | 5:52:21 PM
Re: Truphone SIM? Anyone tried?
Nice if you're a T-Mobile subscriber, but not enough to get me to switch to T-Mo...at least not yet. We'll see what other "uncarrier" moves they have up their sleeves.
framirez980
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framirez980,
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10/16/2013 | 5:47:45 PM
Re: Truphone SIM? Anyone tried?
you might want to consider t-mobile's offers - they eliminated most voice and data international roaming fees

 
DanJones
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DanJones,
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8/19/2013 | 2:49:48 PM
Updated with TOA Tech
The July funding brought in a $66M round for TOA Tech and put them in the chart.
Sarah Thomas
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Sarah Thomas,
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8/15/2013 | 11:18:16 AM
Re: Truphone SIM? Anyone tried?
Truphone is a really interesting company attacking the very real problem of sky-high international rates. I have a SIM that I plan to try out next month when I'm gallivanting around Italy.

It's good to see a lot of infrastructure companies on the list, too. Can't forget about them in the face of all these shiny new mobile apps.
DanJones
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DanJones,
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8/15/2013 | 9:47:11 AM
Truphone SIM? Anyone tried?
Seems like I should grab one for my next trip back to the old continent.

 

Dan
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