Anoma.ly, a startup that is working on optimizing the personalization of realtime information streams, is announcing its first funding round today with 500K in seed money from rockstar investors like Yelp’s Russel Simmons, PayPal’s Max Levchin, YouTube’s Steve Chen, LinkedIn’s Reid Hoffman, Klout’s Thomas McInerney, James Hong, ex-Googler Harry Cheung and Microsoft Kinnect creative director Steph Tryphonas.
i/o Ventures partner Jim Young called it “The most stacked angel round he’s seen.”
The startup will be using the funding to launch a major update to its Cadmus firehose product, rebranding it as Dapt. In the same vien as My6Sense and Storify, Dapt will be focused on aggregating conversations on Twitter and from other places around the web.
Says founder Jay Velayudhan, “It’s hard to highlight the top conversations especially globally. What we’re trying to do is monitor who is it that you like to talk to. Who are the influencers in the field? We want to make Twitter less of a popularity contest and more about what you find interesting.”
Velayudhan also tells me that they will be using the funding for new hires and recently added another engineer to the team, former TellMe engineer and University of Waterloo classmate Tim Kuo. The company is currently in stealth as it’s focused on building its product, but plans to be opening up publicly in the coming months, “We really want to nail that model of back and forth conversations which is kind of broken right now.”