In the same digital asset management space as ResourceSpace and Northplains, Gobbler — sort of like a fancy Dropbox built specifically for backing up, transferring and organizing high bandwidth media files like music, videos and photos (Mike writes a lot about why it’s cool here) — has raised another $1.75 million in financing. Investors include ff Venture Capital, Black Ocean Group, Mindjolt CTO Aber Whitcomb, Facebook VP Dan Rose, Former Googler Jermey Wenokur, Science’s Mike Jones, and LowerMyBills founder Matt Coffin among others. This new money brings the LA-based startup’s total funding to just over $3 million.
In addition to the new cash, ff Venture’s John Frankel will be joining the Gobbler Board of Directors.
When asked what set his company apart from already existing file backup and organization software options, CEO Chris Kantrowitz — who designs sets for large-scale music concerts like Coachella on the side — wrote, “What makes us different is our experience as media creators. This is a product designed by media creators for media creators so as a result we have built a lot of technology into our system others typically don’t do or wouldn’t think about.” Doubt him? Again, read Mike’s post.
“All in all this is a really useful and tidy product that may become indispensable to the 6 million music makers, 12 million pro and prosumer photographers and 3 million videographers out there in the world. We’ll almost certainly be using Gobbler as soon as the video product comes out, and I may use it personally for photo management,” Arrington wrote back in the day.
Kantrowitz says that by focusing on heavy-duty consumers rather than broad enterprise, Gobbler can fine tune its file compression options and reduce upload times and storage costs, “We are focused on a different type of media creator. The person who works from a home environment or mobile environment. We are making tools that can be used in an enterprise environment but our conversations are with the individuals.”
Gobbler is presently free for file sizes under 5GB, with a TBD monthly fee for anything beyond that. Kantrowitz has both a photo and video version of Gobbler in the works.