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AWS Startup Spotlight: Gilt Groupe, Twilio, Shopa, Airbnb, Grovo

Here is a quick rundown of recent awards, funding rounds, exits, and other newsworthy accolades for AWS-powered startups over the past two weeks:

Gilt Groupe Raises Another $50M

Gilt Groupe Inc., a luxury online discounter based in New York, has raised another $50 million from venture backers in advance of a possible IPO. Nicely done!
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Twilio Acquires Authy, a Two-Factor Authentication Service

Big news from the Twilio team this week: they announced that Authy is joining the Twilio family, accelerating the adoption of authentication and identity for all apps. Congrats to both Twilio and Authy.
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Shopa Secures $11M Series A

Congratulations to the Shopa team for securing a funding round, which will support their aggressive plans to scale their social shopping app internationally. Shopa is based in the UK and US.
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Airbnb Teams With Deutsche Telekom Europe

Exciting news from accommodation rental company Airbnb, who has partnered with Deutsche Telekom to pre-install its accommodation app on Android phones in 13 European markets starting later this year.
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Company Grovo Gets $15M in Series B

Grovo is a digital learning platform that offers short video lessons to help organizations train their teams in Internet tools, digital applications, and other topics. Big news last week with another funding round!
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