Zemanta – $2 mil for a smart blogging Seedcamp start-up

Zemanta is the blogging-intelligence platform founded in Slovenia and one of the 6 winners of the 2007 Seecamp Week.  Zemanta won the €50,000 ($67,200) prize in 2007 from Seedcamp and then had about 10 weeks to develop the software from the initial Slovenian prototype. In January 2008, The Accelerator Group, Britain’s Eden Ventures and Union Square Ventures invested around £750,000 ($1.1 million) for an undisclosed stake in the startup. That was followed by a further $650,000 investment in September 2008 by Union Square Ventures.

Zemanta – your personal blogging assistant

Zemanta is a tool that helps bloggers write better articles by suggesting related content from the web. It is meant to be some sort of content suggestion engine that helps users blog easier and smarter. In order to use Zemanta one must install a Firefox extension that will automatically show related images, blog posts and articles from Wikipedia, IMDb, Amazon, Crunchbase, Facebook, MySpace, RottenTomatoes, Twitter, etc. next to the post editor. These suggestions are updated as you write more content.

You can also use Zemanta to write e-mails more effectively. You get the same features you get on your blog on Gmail and Yahoo! mail as well.

The co-founders are Andraž Tori and Boštjan Špetič. They have since brought in the team Aleš Špetič as Chairman and Marko Mrdjenovič as VP Engineering.

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