BOOMING IN BUENOS AIRES: Take A Grand Tour Of $300 Million Social Gaming Startup, Vostu

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Vostu is a social gaming company that’s flooding South America.  It has been played by more than half of the Brazil population and it’s the fourth-largest social games developer in the world. Founded by Thrive Capital’s Josh Kushner, Daniel Kafie and Mario Schlosser, the company now has 580 employees in Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo and New York.

Vostu has raised nearly $46 million in venture capital and the startup is now valued at about $300 million.

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