If you have been using the internet for a fairly long time, you would probably know about 9GAG. (If you don’t, congrats! You haven’t been wasting much time and are actually getting some work done. Unlike me.)
9GAG is one of the most popular community websites for memes, comics, videos and all kind of internet humor. It is almost like a curated form of Reddit and 4chan, featuring the best internet humor content voted on by its massive user base. It’s also a complete time sink, and the reason why most of my days are unproductive and I’m dangerously close to getting kicked out of my 12th job. (Yeah, screw you, 9GAG.)
Anyway, 9GAG has just announced that it has raised $2.8 million in seed funding from a host of Silicon Valley VCs and angels including Freestyle Capital, True Ventures, First Round Capital; Greycroft Partners, and 500 Startups as well as individual investors Scott Banister, Chris Sacca, and David Tisch among others.
According to the official press release,
“The investment will be used to increase staffing, expand internationally and deliver continued platform enhancements in order to meet the explosive growth of the 9GAG community, which is taking online comedy to a new level. Since launching in 2008, 9GAG has grown to more than 70 million unique visitors and more than a billion page views per month, representing the highest global traffic of any humor website. In addition, 9GAG’s ability to allow users to easily post and spread entertainment content on Facebook and Twitter has further catapulted the reach of its content, with over five million monthly Facebook ‘shares’ and nearly one million Twitter followers.”
9GAG also launched a mobile version of their website, and an iPhone app. It’s currently working on an Android app too, which be released in the coming months.