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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!

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.

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.

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.

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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