Montreal's microblogging StatusNet raises $875K

Posted by Rob Lewis

TechCrunch reported this morning that Montreal-based StatusNet is closing an $875K seed round today with Montreal Startup, iNovia Capital, and Fotolia co-founder Oleg Tscheltzoff.

StatusNet changed its name a few weeks ago from Control Yourself and is the company behind the open-source microblogging service identi.ca.

StatusNet wants to become the WordPress of microblogging. It created an open-source microblogging software platform which anyone can download and run on their own servers. Now, it is working on a hosted version of Status.net, currently in private beta.

Identi.ca raised a previous seed round of $150K from Montreal Startup in January, 2009.

Company:
iNovia Capital
Website:
http://www.inovia.vc
Location:
Montréal, Québec, Canada

iNovia partners with exceptional entrepreneurs to build successful companies in high-growth sectors. The team is comprised of entrepreneurs and sector experts focused on Mobile, Internet and Digital Media. iNovia has offices in Montreal, New York City and Calgary and invests across North America. iNovia has $275M under management across three seed and early-­stage funds. For more information, visit www.inovia.vc... more

Company:
Montreal Start Up
Website:
http://www.montrealstartup.com
Location:
Montréal, Québec, Canada

We invest in entrepreneurial teams with big visions and global aspirations looking to establish companies in Montreal. We provide seed level financing, as well as strategic and operational input, in order to help them turn their ideas into successful companies. We are looking to invest in software-based businesses in the Internet, wireless and media spaces. Our team has a deep understanding of, and extensive... more

Company:
StatusNet
Website:
http://status.net/
Location:
Montréal, Québec, Canada

StatusNet (formerly Laconica) is a Free and Open Source microblogging platform. It helps people in a community, company or group to exchange short (140 character) messages over the Web. Users can choose which people to "follow" and receive only their friends' or colleagues' status messages. It provides a similar service to sites like Twitter, Jaiku, and Plurk, and runs the site Identi.ca among others. StatusNet,... more


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Rob Lewis

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