Monday Sep 15, 2008

Zemanta gets another round of funding, must have been those lovely Startup Essential Servers...:-)

Zemanta is a lovely Startup Essential customer who I met at Seedcamp/Future of Web Apps late last year who I donated some t shirts to, had a few beers with, talked about the world and how to create engaging content, well they have a solution for that and also some beautiful t shirts as well to match my lovely shirts, in fact we are all attending the beautiful shirt convention shortly. :-)

Well what does Zemanta do ? 

Zemanta is a service that's focused on helping the blogger/content creator make the process of creating their content simpler and easier. As you write, Zemanta processes all of your text (like a spell checker in a word processing program does) and suggests things to you. Currently, Zemanta suggests stories/posts/research you might want to read as you compose your post, images you might want to include in the post, words you might want to hyperlink out with, and tags for search engines and other services to use to discover your content.

Simple, but beautiful solution to a problem for people like me, how to create engaging content.

Why the interest today ?

Union Square Ventures (Fred Wilson fame) has invested £650k in Zemanta, and I believe the first ever investment in a Slovenian tech company by a US VC, and the founders of Zementa are leading drivers in the Slovenian tech community, and impressed me last year at Seedcamp with their insight knowledge and professionalism, and its great to see them gaining more investment to help grow and push the product out further. And also they run on some lovely Sun servers as well, so great taste in t shirts and servers.


Monday Apr 21, 2008

SeedFund - Going Live Soon, but what is it ?

SeedFund 


Sun Startup Essentials, who are supporters of SeedFund and are making
the offer to Web Mission 08 companies to have an opportunity to be the first onboard the Seedfund platform, on its launch.

So what is Seedfund ?

 

SeedFund is a platform (launching in mid-May) connecting entrepreneurs, raising between £50k - £1m, with early stage private investors & VCs. Entrepreneurs create a Project profile and have a professionally filmed HD pitch video created and uploaded into their SeedFund Project Account.
Investors create an Investment profile, the service then automatically identifies matching Projects as they are added and notifies them via email. They can then sign into their private Account and review the Project profiles, watch the pitch videos and get in touch directly with the Entrepreneurs directly as appropriate

SeedFund charges both investors and entrepreneurs to use the platform. This ensures a level of quality and commitment and provides a simple but important way to validate the identity of the individuals using the service

So tune in now,  and also be aware, if you are a  Startup Essential  member, you are entitled to a discount, watch out for the email shortly.

 


 



SeedFund - Webmission08

 

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