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Sháá Wasmund and Dan Wagner create Bright Station Ventures, a venture capital fund with $100M to invest in new and innovative Web 2.0 projects
October 30, 2007
LONDON -- Mykindaplace founder, Sháá Wasmund, and fellow internet entrepreneur, Dan Wagner, have joined forces to create Bright Station Ventures – a venture capital fund with 100 million USD to invest in new and innovative web 2.0 projects and technology opportunities.
Bright Station Ventures (BSV) offers a completely fresh approach and plans to create a wave of online propositions capable of becoming international phenomena. Its current offerings include:
OSOYOU is set to become the UK’s hottest web 2.0 shopping and social network, aimed at 20 to 40-year-old women, launching Autumn 2007. A fun, stylish and connected environment, OSOYOU allows users to create their own ‘Drag & Drop High Street’ and compile their own ‘Stylefile’ of favourite items from the across the web, using OSOYOU’s unique shopping bookmark. Run by Dawn Bebe (who launched Grazia in the UK), with-WSGN founder, Mark Worth, on board as Non-Executive Director, OSOYOU is already this year’s most talked about fashion launch and aims to attract over 500,000 visitors per month. www.osoyou.com
Formed in 2004 by three freelance technology journalists, Shiny Media is the UK’s biggest blog publishing company - its forty websites currently attract over 2.8m unique visitors each month. Shiny Media combines traditional editorial values with innovative Web 2.0 technologies such as video and user generated content. Shiny Media’s blogs include Shoewawa, a gossip forum for Shoes that boasts a bigger readership than Elle magazine, Techdigest, a world leading technology blog and Shiny Shiny (gadgets for girls). www.shinymedia.com
Miomi is a ground breaking new project with the bold ambition of creating a giant resource of the world's memories. Miomi is a timeline where real people can “make” history. It gives users the tools to write their (or someone else’s) life story online with photos, videos and blogs. Miomi also licenses historical, encyclopaedic and news content to present a historical context for every moment. According to Microsoft, Miomi has the potential to be Britain’s answer to YouTube - in fact Miomi was named as one of the UK’s top ten Web 2.0 start-ups, months before it has even launched. www.miomi.com
THE BRAINS BEHIND BSV
Recently named one of Britain’s top 35 business women under the age of 35 by Management Today and one of London’s 50 most influential individuals in retail by Evening Standard, Sháá Wasmund could never be accused of resting on her laurels. But with a track record that includes promoting Chris Eubank’s biggest ever fight (his rematch against Nigel Benn) whilst still at university, becoming Britain’s only licensed female boxing manager, turning James Dyson into a household name and launching social networking precursor, Mykindaplace.com, she could perhaps be forgiven for doing so.
Venda founder Dan Wagner has a formidable career history that, like Shaa, began at an early age. Leaving his role as a Junior Account Executive at WCRS to establish PC-based information service M.A.I.D. at just twenty years-old, Dan was the driving force behind its growth and development, including listings on the London Stock Exchange and NASDAQ. He led M.A.I.D.'s move into the Internet technology and e-commerce markets and conceived the technology which is now Venda. He has also won a variety of business awards including The World Economic Forum's Global Leader of Tomorrow and Ernst and Young's Entrepreneur of the Year.
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