Stipple, the San Francisco startup that lets people label, share and monetize pictures on the Web, today announced that it has raised a $2 million seed round co-led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Mike Maples’ FLOODGATE, a mere 3 months after launching.
Other contributors to the round include singer/actor Justin Timberlake (yup, that guy who played the role of Sean Parker in The Social Network), Naval Ravikant, Eghosa Omoigui, Global Brain Corporation, Quest Venture Partners, Parkview Ventures, John Ferber and Rick Marini.
Stipple offers free tools to easily label the content of pictures online. Once a photo has been labeled, Stipple connects the label to realtime information, advertising or product offers. The company recently launched a new feature called People Dots (video), enabling users to label people in any photo on the Web, not just those hosted on social networks.
At its launch, Stipple announced partnerships with Six Apart, JIVE Label Group, Atlantic Records and E.W. Scripps Company.
Stipple revolutionizes image monetization & social shopping. More people see your images on the open web than on your site, ads, blog & apps combined. This is true for large and small businesses. Many sites allow tagging, but only Stipple connects tags to all copies of an image, then puts you in control of the content in & data from your images. Only Stipple offers image analytics, advertising & messaging inside images web-wide and without widgets or embed code....