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DataFox Digest - Friday, December 4, 2015

Insights from the experts

Anthony Bourke, CEO and founder of Mach 2 Consultants, applies the skills he gained during fighter pilot training to the workplace Developing Leadership Qualities in Junior Employees.

Rand Fishkin, co-founder of Moz, explores the pros and cons of different marketing platforms in Mobile Web vs Mobile Apps: Where Should You Invest Your Marketing? - Whiteboard Friday.

Brooke Martin of ToutApp explains how taking an extra two minutes to evaluate prospects will lead to better employee selection in The No BS Guide to Recruiting Salespeople.

Emma Snider of HubSpot shares words to use during a sale to guarantee success in The Ultimate List of Words That Sell.

Lolly Spindler of Xoombi shows how posting regularly and at the right time can help your Twitter numbers in How to Get More Twitter Engagement.

Recent company milestones

Major hires and promotions

C2 Education (Bala Cynwyd, PA), hired Martin Moore as CFO (source).

Tidal (Oslo, Norway), announced that Jeff Toig has been hired as CEO (source).

Celanese Corporation (Dallas, TX), announced that William M. Brown has been elected to its board of directors (source).

Aspen Insurance Holdings (Hamiltion, Bermuda), appointed Karl Mayer to its board of directors as a class III director (source).

Lindblad Expeditions (New York NY), hired Tyler Skarda as SVP of marine operations (source).

Expansions and relocations

Mozido (Plano, TX), a provider of mobile wallets for payment and commerce solutions, has expanded its services to Indonesia (source).

Shiftgig (Chicago, IL), a digital temp agency, now has an office in Tempe, AZ (source).

HealthSouth (Birmingham, AL), a provider of post-acute health services, is relocating its headquarters to Liberty Park in Birmingham, AL (source).

Acquisitions and partnerships

PropertyGuru (Singapore), an online property portal group, has acquired RumahDijual (Indonesia), a property website, and now holds 43% combined engagement market share (source).

Cytos Biotechnology (Zurich, Switzerland), a biopharmaceutical company, and Kuros Biosurgery (Zurich, Switzerland), a technology developer for tissue repair and regeneration, have combined to create Kuro Biosciences (source).

Pure Minutes (New York, NY), a provider of prepaid mobile calling services, has acquired UVA Mobile (San Diego, CA), another prepaid calling provider (source).

Mobile rideshare companies, Lyft (San Francisco, CA), Didi Kuaidi (China), GrabTaxi (Midview City, Singapore), and Ola (Kolkata, West Bengal), announced a partnership to provide rideshare services globally (source).

Genstar Capital (San Francisco, CA), a middle-market private equity firm, and Aquiline Capital Partners (New York, NY), a private equity firm, announced the acquisition of Ascensus (Dresher, PA), the nation's largest independent service provider of retirement and college savings plans (source).

Funding

Uber (San Francisco), a mobile rideshare provider, raised $2.1 billion in a Series G round that included Tiger Global and T. Rowe (source).

Vanitee (Singapore), a marketplace that provides beauty practitioners with customers, raised $3.5 million in its latest round of funding led by Ivan Lee and Luxasia (source).

iPinYou (China), a programmatic buying DSP, raised $78 million in its latest round of funding led by China Mobile Innovation Industry Fund (source).

Reverb (Chicago, IL), a marketplace for musicians, raised $25 million in a Series B round led by Summit Partners (source).

OpsClarity (Sunnyvale, CA), an operations analytics and monitoring company, raised $11 million in a Series A round led by New Enterprise Associates (source).

Weekend Reads

It is easy to get attached to your web browser. The convenience, familiarity, and ease of use make it hard to part with. Check out Jared Newman of Fast Company's pitch for a new web browser, Vivaldi. He previews the advantages of using Vivaldi, and recounts the difficulties of letting go in This New Web Browser Made Me Give Up Google Chrome.

Being a great boss is not easy to do. Kim Scott, the acclaimed career coach, has some tips to be the best boss you can be. She explains why guidance is the most important quality a manager can have. Guaranteeing you get the correct kind of guidance through "radical candor" can lead to success. Take some time this weekend to read her tactics in The Surprising Secret To Being A Good Boss.

A startup necessarily relies on the support of investors to reach its full potential. Brenden Mulligan explains why startups need to be sending monthly updates to investors. He provides some great tips to make your updates time efficient, effective, and consistent. Check out his tips and use them to keep your extended team working collaboratively on the same page in Every Seed Stage Founder Should Send Monthly Investor Updates.