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A small Turkish startup called lunar technologies has raised $1 million for one of its ventures, Trend.ly, managing director Ercan Yaris tells me. The money comes from undisclosed angel investors, two of them partners in one of the biggest telecom companies in Turkey.

Trend.ly is a very basic site any way you look at it. Visitors can go to the site to enter any two-element poll (live examples: love vs. sex and Jessica Biel vs. Scarlett Johansson) and have the community vote on them by ‘liking’ one of the other.

Then again, the site has been live for less than 2 months now. Yes, that’s two months.

(I hope for their sake the Libyans have no objections to some of the polls on there).

Yaris tells me the freshly raised capital will be used to recruit more people to staff its brand new office, to expand the product with new features and to develop applications and tools for iOS, Facebook and WordPress.

Lunar hopes to eventually gather enough data via Trend.ly to sell as research findings to marketers in big companies such as Mercedes and Coca-Cola, Yaris adds.

Finally, Yaris tells me he expects to raise another $3 million for Trend.ly next year.

(On a sidenote, lunar technologies is also behind music search engine Fizy, which Yaris says currently boasts some 600,000 visitors on a daily basis).

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  • http://theapptimes.com Eddie Gear

    This tool is neat. I think I can get some pretty good comparision. It shows some information, however.. if you look closely, its not what you are looking for. Or atleast it does not say.

  • http://www.seyficembaskin.com Seyfi Cem Baskın

    Interesting. I know this site before two months but I had no idea that it is a Turkish site. Moreover, no one in my department at work knows either.
    Loved its minimalist and fizy.com-like interface. It lacks pretty much content, though.

  • http://www.DrewryNewsNetwork.com DrewryNewsNetwork

    just checked it out. looks promising

  • Alex Muppet

    It looks too good to be true. According to Alexa and Google Adplanner this site doesn’t even 600,000 visitors daily or even monthly! Please verify before posting such fradulent articles.

    • oker

      read carefully : ”lunar technologies is also behind music search engine Fizy, which Yaris says currently boasts some 600,000 visitors on a daily basis”

  • Ali Faruk Uzun

    Same person who claims to selling fizy to google
    in the first place. http://www.gurbetport.com/teknoloji/internet/1677-google-turkiye-cikisli-fizyorg-sitesini-satin-almak-istiyor.html

    We are not buying it this time.

  • Drew

    Fizy kinda lookz cool,like it

  • http://thisorthat.com Jon

    Cool to see the idea taking off (and getting funding) globally. We run a fun comparison site in the U.S. that is somewhat similar. We also just launched a few months ago, but already have over 125K uniques. Check us out at thisorthat.com

  • Matt

    @Jon Definitely not as good as This or That

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    jacob vs edward
    0% jacob 100% edward.
    Its finally decided.

  • Sandy Watson

    I think Robin Wauters mistakenly post this article to TechCrunch instead of The Onion News Network.

    Nobody could give that much money to a cheap hot or not clone ranking 2613 in TR. http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/trend.ly

    Please confirm before posting such crap.

    • grygera liyan

      i think you should read right before you post crap. it’s funding. which means money injection to a company for make it much powerful.

  • joseph vandaley

    for immediate release: the investors are vandeley industries

  • Calvin

    not as good as http://www.dipoll.com

    • Karan

      Man, I love dipoll.com. Can’t believe trend.ly blatently ripped them off…

  • Anonymous Tippr

    Robin –

    FYI, it’s very likely this is bogus news. The very same entrepreneur also did the same with Turkish press in the past and gained early traction for his previous venture – by saying “Google is about to buy fizy” and that was a one big fat lie – as you may guess too.

    If you don’t have the proof of his investment (US records) you can ask him for the link of their company formation documents; because in Turkey, you need state your capital raising in those documents, and they are accessible online.

    • J. Lilian Myers

      Yes, they have the proof.

      In the meantime, if you tell something in TC, do not do it as “Anonymous”. You look enemy of that project(s).

      • Jakob Andersen

        You need to mature as a writer and provide better references than just saying “they have the proof”.

        We have proof all over the internet that they lied -several times- before.

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