Investment will bring groundbreaking technology and product to market
Amsterdam, The Netherlands – May 18, 2011 – Silk, the Amsterdam-based web startup, today announced that it has completed a €320,000 ($475,000) funding round led by Atomico, the venture capital firm led by Niklas Zennström, who also co-founded Skype.
Other investors participating in the round are Floris Rost van Tonningen, co-founder of Hyves, the largest social network in the Netherlands, Han de Groot, founder of MetrixLab, Hans-Poul Veldhuyzen van Zanten and Mark de Lange, who is Founding Partner of Global Grid Capital.
Silk is a web-based tool that allows content creators to provide their content in a more structured manner on the web. The tool enables users to choose the data they want from the mass of information available and to view and arrange it in ways that make sense to them.
It is at the forefront of the “Web 3.0″ trend that helps users interact with the huge and growing volume of information online. A video explanation of the product is available at http://www.silkapp.com/.
Silk last month won the “Best overall startup” award at The Next Web Conference, a leading European technology conference, in Amsterdam. It is in private beta at the moment, but people can request invites to get early access to the product at the company’s website.
The new funds will be used to bring the product and technology to market and scale up development efforts.
Salar al Khafaji, CEO and co-founder of Silk, said: “Silk allows content creators to present information to audiences in a more engaging way, and allows users to sort through information and visualize results in compelling ways.”
“For example, publishers can use it to enhance the value of their content, and the service they offer to audiences, and we are already working with several publishers to create Silk powered web sites. We also have plans for other uses of the product.”
Geoffrey Prentice, Partner at Atomico, said: “We are delighted to have led this investment round. It highlights the huge potential that Silk has, and our enthusiasm for working with talented co-investors. The caliber of people participating in this deal reflects the company’s outstanding products and management team.”
Floris Rost van Tonningen, co-founder of Hyves, the largest social network in the Netherlands, said: “I’m very impressed with the vision of the Silk team who have developed a powerful technology that is bound to revolutionize the space of content creation and search.”
Mark de Lange, an investor who is Founding Partner at Global Grid Capital, said: “As the amount of online content and data grows exponentially, and will continue to do so, publishers and consumers alike will need tools that enable them to derive real value from the available data. I believe Silk is uniquely positioned to be one of these tools.”
Silk’s technology has been in development since 2009 and the company started rolling out its beta platform this year in co-operation with The Next Web, one of the largest tech blogs in the world, and NRC, a leading Dutch newspaper, who were early users.