The week in tech startups, December 23, 2011: A big chunk of change for gaming startup Razer; a number of acquisitions to close out the year; and one of the best new company names ever

By Editor December 23, 2011

By Brian Kovalesky, StartUp Beat Editor,

This week included some notable acquisitions and at least one giant funding round. Gaming hardware and accessories startup Razer raked in a whopping $50 million for the new year. Other notable funding announcements included Appconomy’s $10 million Series A, and Eventasaurus’s Angel round—notable because the company has perhaps the best name of any new startup this year.

Acquisitions this week included some big names, including Vistaprint’s purchase of Webs, Inc., Nuance’s acquisition of Vlingo, Ebay’s BillSAFE buy and Akamai’s acquisition of Contendo.

StartUp Beat featured Q&As with Own Point of Sale—which recently raised a $1.2 million Seed round—and coupon and deals aggregator CouponCabin; and Featured Startup Pitches from social platform for beta testing BetaBeat and foodservice social media loyalty platform ServisTree.

Seed and Series A funding this week:

BestVendor – $3 million

Eventasaurus – Undisclosed

Appconomy – $10 million

Razer – $50 million – €350K

SurDoc – $4 million

SpreeCast – $4 million

Cloudability – $1.1 million

Rock City Apps – Undisclosed

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