Mobile printing company Breezy is announcing its first angel round today with a roster of investors that include Accel’s Rich Wong, Felcis Ventures’ Aydin Senkut, Jeff Clavier of SoftTech VC, Eniac Ventures and others. The financing closed at $750K.
Serving the mobile printing niche also occupied by products like AirPrint, Breezy lets users who download its software print or fax a document via mobile from a series of compatible printer options in its network (Printers have to be connected to the the service to be compatible). The app currently works with Blackberry, Android, and Windows Phone 7 and an iPhone app is currently in the pipeline. The app is free to download, but the Breezy premium printing service costs $5 a month or $30 a year if you’d like to print out stuff without the Breezy watermark.
The Oakland, CA-based company was founded by former lawyer Jared Hansen, who got tired of the annoyance of not being able to print work emails from his Blackberry when he got home. “I would get an email on Blackberry with a document I would have to review, and I had to jump through hoops to print it. It would take like 15 minutes. I thought, ‘I have the file on my Blackberry, I have a printer why can’t I make them talk?’.” Hansen bootstrapped the company for a year and a half before receiving this round.
Hansen plans on using the funding to scale up, hiring a couple of people to execute on the company’s ambitious plans. Right now the company has over 20,000 users and Hansen plans on creating an over 5,000 strong network of Breezy printers at hotels, coffee shops and retail print providers like Staples. He also plans on opening up his API so mobile office apps like Documents To Go can take advantage of the Breezy mobile printing network and is already talking to a couple “high profile” app developers.
Says Hansen,“There are lots of situations where you really need a printed page. With the network that we’re creating Everyone is moving towards mobile computing, but paper isn’t going away anytime soon.”