Portfolio News: Celly raises $1.4 million and announces new iOS app


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Facebook and Twitter are perfect for sharing personal vacation photos. Yammer is a great platform for sharing project plans at work. And text messaging is a handy tool for communication with groups of 10 or less. But the world is made up of more complex sharing. Organizations like neighborhood watch groups, schools districts, city departments and hospitals need something different.

We told you about Celly last year when we were hired by founders Russell Okamoto and Greg Passmore to help with marketing and product development. Russell and Greg recognized the limitations of existing social networks and have designed a truly compelling product that meets the needs of groups. Celly resonates with group communication needs by enabling groups to create networks that mirror real-life communication. Unlike other existing social networks, Celly allows for instant, flexible, and scalable communication between people and groups.

Last week, Celly announced that it has raised $1.4 million in funding led by Oregon Angel Fund (OAF) with participation from Upstart Labs and individual investors. Celly also announced the availability of their new (free!!) iPhone app. The app brings a rich experience to iPhone users, while retaining all the flexibility and control of Celly’s platform. Read more about this exciting news in TechCrunch, The Next Web, BetaKit and The Portland Business Journal.

Since launching last fall, more than 200,000 students, educators, coworkers, local governments, communities, teams and national Occupy Movements have embraced Celly. Schools use the service for teacher-student and parent-teacher communications. The City of Portland leverages Celly to keep citizens informed of important activities related to gang activity and neighborhood safety. Hospitals use Celly to communicate two-way messages and emergency alerts. The service also brings together aid workers and community members as part of the Hurricane Sandy Relief effort, making it easier to know where supplies and volunteers are needed.

Congrats to Russell and Greg on this month's announcement. We’re honored to be part of your ongoing momentum.

Interested in learning more? Get started with Celly at cel.ly.


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