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“Founded in 2007, Ecobee is the second largest seller of Internet-connected thermostats in the US, with 24% share of the market, according to research firm NPD Group – second only behind Alphabet’s Nest. In 2014, the $250 Ecobee3 came out with strong reviews that compared it favorably to Nest’s thermostat.”

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Kira Talent, provider video-based talent assessment platform for university and college admissions, has announced a $5 million Series A. The company’s total funding to date is $8 million, including a $1.8 million round in 2013 and a $1.2 million round in 2014. The company will use the funding to develop technology focused on the entire student journey, from admissions to job placement.

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“Saskatoon-based 7shifts, which provides employee scheduling software for restaurants, announced $1.2 million in seed funding.

7shifts will use the funding to expand their sales teams and add new features to their platform. The company’s funding round was led by Relay Ventures, with participation from Globalive Capital, Boost VC, and Tim Draper.”

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Amp Me, the Canadian app development company responsible for a syncing technology that links mobile devices into a networked speaker system, has raised $8 million in a new round of financing and is adding a YouTube integration to its service.

Led by the Toronto and Menlo Park, Calif.-based Relay Ventures, the new financing will kick out the jams on an increased hiring push and enable the company to pursue some new strategic partnerships.”

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