• To Buy Snapvine for Around $20 Million

    Seattle based, a people search and background information site founded in 1997 by Alex Algard, will announce their pending acquisition of VoIP and widget startup Snapvine later today. The acquisition price is not being disclosed, but is rumored to be around $20 million, all cash. This deal with SnapVine comes after WhitePages walked away from a Jangl acquisition (a competitor… Read More

  • Snapvine Raises $10 Million

    Online voice messaging service Snapvine has raised a $10 million round led by Bridgescale Partners, a new Silicon Valley firm. This is on top of a $2 million round they raised back in last year from Draper Fisher Jurvetson, First Round Capital, and Russell Siegelman. Snapvine makes a widget that lets you leave voice comments for friends and is one of the many competing online voicemail widgets. Read More

  • Gizmoz Launches – Create Your Talking 3D Avatar

    I first wrote about Israeli widget site Gizmoz in December 2006. At the time, the company hadn’t launched its product to create personalized widgets using users’ pictures and voice, but they had a working demo. Today, the product launches for everyone to use. Gizmoz is also announcing a $6.3 million Series A funding round from Benchmark Capital and Columbia Capital and… Read More

  • Chinswing Brings Audio to Discussion Boards

    Melbourne based Chinswing, an audio bulletin board, quietly launched with minimal angel funding a couple of weeks ago. The concept is pretty straight forward. Members kick-start a discussion thread by leaving an audio rant under the appropriate category channel (health, computer, etc.) with a relevant title and tags. The discussion thread is a series of boxes, filled by users recorded comments… Read More