Microblogging startup Tumblr, based out of New York, has raised $5 million more from the same investors who’d already bankrolled the company with a little over $5 million over two previous rounds, namely Union Square Ventures and Spark Capital.
The financing round, Tumblr’s third, was first reported by MediaMemo and comes at a time when the three-year-old startup is starting to push a bunch of buttons to try and generate revenue from the lightweight blog publishing and management service.
Tumblr recently rolled out paid themes, the second premium feature it added in a considerable amount of updates the service has unveiled in the past few weeks. Those include the ability to add static pages to Tumblr blogs, photo replies, video uploads, and even comments (sort of). Karp says there are a “dozen more in the pipeline.”
Tumblr recently surpassed the 4 million registered users milestone, and founder David Karp (23) tells MediaMemo that the service is now generating 1 billion page views a month, up from 2 million Tumblr bloggers and 420 million monthly impressions half a year ago.
The growth in users and usage is clearly there, and the startup is now looking at ways to generate some coin with the service. Whether it will succeed in doing that in a sufficient way to justify the +$10 million in venture capital it has raised to date, remains the question.
Tumblr is a re-envisioning of tumblelogging, a subset of blogging that uses quick, mixed-media posts. The service hopes to do for the tumblelog what services like LiveJournal and Blogger did for the blog. The difference is that its extreme simplicity will make luring users a far easier task than acquiring users for traditional weblogging. Anytime a user sees something interesting online, they can click a quick “Share on Tumblr” bookmarklet that then tumbles the snippet directly. The result is...