Breaking: Clearspring gets another $5.5 million

Widget world keeps booming. This time the big news comes from Clearspring Technologies, the widget syndication and distribution platform. Clearspring has received $5.5-million as part of its Series B round of funding. The round was led by existing investors Phil Bronner of Novak Biddle Venture Partners and Miles Gilburne of ZG Ventures. AOL founders Steve Case, Mark Jung, and Ted Leonsis also participated in the investment round. Jung, who previously served as COO of Fox Interactive, becomes Clearspring’s new chairman of the board. Clearspring has earlier received $2 million in April 2006.

Clearspring is part of my earlier list of 8 startups to watch-out for in 2007. Late last year I had a talk+Demo session with Hooman Radfar, founder of Clearspring. The end-end solution takes widgets from providers like RockYou and delivers them to social networking platforms like MySpace. Clearspring platform also includes range of analytic capabilities to measure the viral impact of widgets, a much need missing metric in the widget foodchain.

 

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4 Responses to “Breaking: Clearspring gets another $5.5 million”

  1. StartupSquad » Blog Archive » Widgetbox’s widgets get smarter Says:

    […] Widgetbox today launched a new release of their platform that among other things makes widget sharing easier. The “Get It Now” button at the bottom of the widget now gets you the embed code almost all the platform right there instead of taking you to the Widgetbox site. This is in tune with what most of the other widget syndication platforms and HomePage Services are providing that includes Yourminis, Clearspring, SpringWidgets, and FeedBurner. […]

  2. StartupSquad » Blog Archive » Yourminis API is live Says:

    […] Yourminis also jumping onto the widget analytics scene by enabling developers to analyze usage. Metrics provided will be similar to what most of us have got used to now – number of impressions/views, comparison of new vs. return viewers, average number of views per viewer, number of views per domain and the number of views per country. Google had added support for widget analytics via Google Analytics sometime back, while widget syndication platforms Clearspring, Musestorm, and Widgetbox also have analytics support. Rest of the homepage services – Netvibes, Pageflakes, Protopage, and Webwag are missing out on the important functionality. […]

  3. StartupSquad » Blog Archive » Breaking: RockYou announces funding; Throws back 150 million number at Slide Says:

    […] Interesting part of the announcement is that RockYou is also claiming that it delivers 150M widget views per day. This number is exactly same was what Slide.com had quotes last week. According to VentureBeat earlier today, RockYou had claimed that “their numbers were stronger than Slide’s”. I guess RockYou team did a quick recount early morning today to discover they were neck-n-neck with Slide, if not ahead. It’s amazing to see how fast the discussion has turned out to be a Slide-RockYou duel, which had initially started off as an ClearSpring-Slide.com’s widget impression count comparison. […]

  4. StartupSquad » Blog Archive » CBS partners with them ALL Says:

    […] CBS wants to take content distribution to a new level. And who can better be suitable in this case than the all of our favorite content distribution enablers that are delivery millions of page views everyday. Namely – Musestorm, Automattic, Clearspring, DAVENetworks, Yourminis, Meevee, Meebo, Ning, RockYou, Slide, VideoEgg, Voxant, and vSocial. Pretty much anyone who is singnificant out there in the market is part of the newly created CBS Audience Network that was annouced last month. […]

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