VentureBeat Takes $320,000 First Round

venturebeat.jpgVenture focused blog VentureBeat has taken a seed round of $320,000. Investors include Georges Harik and Aydin Senkut (both ex-Google); Mike Brown, Philippe Cases, MHS Capital, Amidzad and White Sand Group among others. VentureBeat joins GigaOm, who’ve raised two rounds, in the “funded blog network” category.

VentureBeat was founded in 2006 by ex-San Jose Mercury News writer Matt Marshall and has as its goal “to provide insider news and data about the entrepreneurial and venture community that is useful to decision makers.”

Marshall said that the money would be used to take the site to the next stage, and will also presumably be used to pay Dean Takahashi’s salary, a new high profile signing for VentureBeat announced last week.