In August, Y Combinator grad Kicksend launched in beta to make sending and sharing large files easy as pie, especially for the non-technical crowd. (Read our initial coverage here.) Since then, founders Pradeep Elankumaran and Brendan Lim tell me that they’ve been heads-down fixing, tweaking, and developing some big new features. While those are not yet ready for broadcast, the startup is today announcing that it has raised $1.8 million in seed funding.
The seed round was led by True Ventures, with participation from Digital Garage, SV Angel, Start Fund, and Milo Founder and CEO Jack Abraham. Kicksend will be using its new capital to grow its team and push out several big enhancements to its file sharing service.
Though the founders said that they’ve seen a number of businesses using the site to share and send files, Kicksend remains focused on the consumer, particularly on creating a simple, intuitive user experience that even your grandmother can use. To date, the service is available both on the Web and on the desktop, but mobile apps are on the way.
For those unfamiliar with the service, Kicksend’s value proposition lies both in its simplicity and the fact that its platforms are connected in realtime, enabling users to drag and drop big batches of files from their desktop app and have them delivered instantly to the recipient’s desktop and web apps, their inbox (and soon) their mobile apps.
What’s more, in comparison to other file sharing media, Kicksend has no size limits, is private, and works effortlessly and asynchronously (unlike IM). In contrast with syncing backup solutions, the service removes the need for share folders and permissions.
It’s a nifty tool for those looking to effortlessly send large batches of files and with backing from some notable VCs, there’s surely more interesting stuff to come.