Nuzzel Revamps Its Social News App And Raises $1.7M

Social news aggregator Nuzzel is unveiling version 2.0 of its web site and app — a version that CEO Jonathan Abrams described as “Nuzzel for Everybody.”

Nuzzel beforehand labored by making a feed of probably the most-shared tales from the individuals you comply with on Twitter. You’ll be able to nonetheless create that personalised news feed, however the service not requires a Twitter login.

As an alternative, you possibly can go to the Uncover part of the app to browse beneficial feeds, some created by Nuzzel customers, others created by Nuzzel itself. It’s also possible to save your favourite feeds and search via feeds and tales.

Mechanically assembling a newsfeed out of your social networking accounts was the entire level of the app, so this looks like a reasonably large departure. However once more, loyal customers can proceed utilizing Nuzzel the identical means they’ve for the previous yr or so.

And the startup was already shifting on this path with the creation of topical feeds. This makes the app the usable by individuals need to sustain on sure forms of news, no matter who they comply with on Twitter — and by people who aren’t on Twitter in any respect.

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Nuzzel can also be saying that it has raised $ 1.7 million in further funding, from buyers together with Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff and SoftBank Vice President Nikesh Arora. Weirdly, that’s the identical quantity that the corporate has raised twice earlier than, however Abrams (who you might also know because the founding father of Friendster, and who’s pictured on the prime of this submit) stated that’s only a coincidence. He additionally stated the media business buyers introduced again in September have been a part of this spherical, which hadn’t closed on the time.

“The news business guys truly wrote smaller checks in comparison with the Silicon Valley buyers, so didn’t symbolize a lot of the money, however we thought it was very helpful to us to get some buyers with media/news connections and expertise, not simply extra Silicon Valley insiders,” Abrams stated. “Truly, the spherical began out with reinvestment from a few of our present buyers … after which we thought it will be cool to additionally use the chance of the new spherical to get a few of these news/media guys concerned.”

Along with Benioff and Arora, new buyers embrace:

  • Akash Garg, director of engineering at Uber
  • Anil Dharni, former COO of GREE
  • Ben Smith, CEO of Wanderful Media
  • Darren Herman, vice chairman of content material providers at Mozilla
  • Dathan Pattishall, CTO of Photographs
  • Egon Durban, managing companion of Silver Lake
  • Mark Goldstein, founding father of Bass Ass Advisors
  • Matt Cutts, head of webspam group at Google
  • Ram Gudavalli, former CTO of Funzio

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Source : TechCrunch

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