Meez, a 3D avatar community site / virtual world, has announced its merger with Pulse Entertainment, a provider of user-generated mobile multimedia messaging and entertainment services, and has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from LA-based VC firm Anthem Venture Partners to help with the transition.
Details are scarce for the time being, but Meez plans to integrate Pulse’s messaging services into its portal to offer its 8 million registered users web and mobile messaging capabilities. Meez says it will continue to support the customers of Pulse’s existing avatar messaging services, Veepers, and offer expanded new products based on its own social entertainment community platform.
Both companies are based in San Francisco, but Pulse Entertainment has been around for much longer, having been established in 1994, while Meez was launched about 3 years ago. Pulse Entertainment has raised a total of over $60 million in venture capital funding since its existence, while Meez took $5.4 million in a third round funding from Battery Ventures and Transcosmos in 2007, after raising a second round of $4 million in 2006 (we’re still digging for the total amount of financing that Meez raised).
We’ll update this post with more information as soon as it comes in.