Cellfish, ExtendMedia, Proximetry, and YouMail are this week's VC lovers

Dan Jones, Mobile Editor

April 6, 2007

2 Min Read
Friday Funding Roundup

Mobile entertainment and media is where the money is in this week's VC funding round up.

Cellfish Media LLC: The New York City-based producer of ringtones and other mobile content has added $10 million to its first round of funding, bring its total haul to $60 million. The company claims it's the largest funding round to date for "any mobile entertainment firm in North America."

The $10 million bump came from Solidarity Fund QFL. Other investors include the Telecom Media Fund and Trio Capital.The size of the round is not such a surprise when you look at the background of the company. Cellfish is already well established as a content provider in Europe and the U.S., earning $115 million in revenues in 2005. The company is part-owned by media moguls Lagardere SCA.

ExtendMedia: This Boston-based startup has just announced a $12 series B round, bringing its total cash pile to $23 million.

ExtendMedia Inc. has developed a content delivery system that allows media firms, network operators, and retailers to push information securely over both wired and wireless networks -- and charge for it, of course. Customers include Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC), HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ), and Showtime.

The lead investor in its latest round is TVM Capital . The extra cash will be pumped into sales, marketing, and product development efforts.

Proximetry: Munich Venture Partners and Rembrandt Venture Partners have stumped up $5 million for Proximetry Inc., a San Diego firm providing real-time management and provisioning systems for wireless networks.

Proximetry says its AirSync software helps refine voice and other services across WiMax, WiFi, and other radio networks. The system enables dynamic bandwidth allocation and real-time provisioning of network resources to mobile users.

Proximetry will use the VC money for further development on the AirSync software and to expand its sales and marketing efforts.

YouMail Inc: The Irving, Calif.-based cellphone voicemail firm has received $1.87 million in first-round funding from the Tech Coast Angels (TCA) and "other private investors." The company is hoping to replace "static and boring" carrier voicemail inboxes with its own system. The YouMail software includes features such as personalized greetings for each incoming caller, online voice mail access, and the ability to save and share voice mails as audio files.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

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Dan Jones

Mobile Editor

Dan is to hats what Will.I.Am is to ridiculous eyewear. Fedora, trilby, tam-o-shanter -- all have graced the Jones pate during his career as the go-to purveyor of mobile essentials.

But hey, Dan is so much more than 4G maps and state-of-the-art headgear. Before joining the Light Reading team in 2002 he was an award-winning cult hit on Broadway (with four 'Toni' awards, two 'Emma' gongs and a 'Brian' to his name) with his one-man show, "Dan Sings the Show Tunes."

His perfectly crafted blogs, falling under the "Jonestown" banner, have been compared to the works of Chekhov. But only by Dan.

He lives in Brooklyn with cats.

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