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August 13, 2008

Weblogs, Inc. co-founder Brian Alvey’s new startup Crowd Fusion receives Funding

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Brian Alvey, the co-founder of blog network Weblogs, Inc. (along with Jason Calacanis), announced earlier this week that his new startup, CrowdFusion, has received funding from venture capital firm Velocity Interactive Group.

Brian writes:

Here are some more details on the funding:

* Our valuation was “somewhere south of Facebook’s”.
* Because Crowd Fusion didn’t exist when Jon Miller left AOL, Time Warner’s non-compete couldn’t block him from joining our board.

But seriously, there is some confusion as to whether Crowd Fusion is a publishing company or a platform company. I’ll have to do another post to clear that up better, but for now just know that we’re a publishing company with our own platform and both are named Crowd Fusion. Did that help?

Crowd Fusion markets itself currently as a “Web Publishing System built to solve the pain points of publishers at scale”. The startup also includes Judith Meskill, another Weblogs, Inc. veteran, as Chief Operating Officer, along side Brian Alvey as CEO.

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