Archify brings on Balderton, tells us why they’re moving to Berlin2012-05-04 6
Up-and-coming Vienna startup Archify just secured seed funding from Balderton Capital and will be relocating to Berlin to spend it.
Ever find yourself searching for that great thing you saw online but didn’t think to bookmark? Archify, a browser plugin currently in invite-only beta, saves everything you’ve browsed online and comes complete with a screenshot of the pages you visit. If you want, Archify can include your social stream (Facebook, Twitter etc). You can search using Archify as you would on Google.
The founding team isn’t confirming how much they secured from London-based Balderton, also an investor in Berlin game company Wooga, but rumour puts the sum at least in the high six-figures. The plugin is currently in private beta and the founding team – Gerald Bäck, Max Kossatz and Walter Palmetshofer - hope to take it public by the end of September.
“Nowadays, so much of the information we read is siloed within Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest – where you can only search the last few days of history, and you have to search separately in each one. We think there’s huge demand for a service that remembers everything we view online,” co-founder Gerald Bäck said in a statement today.
The team will use the new funding to finish their web product and develop a mobile version. Balderton partner Mark Evans and principal Rob Moffat will join the founding team on the company’s board.
Why Berlin – and where?
“Tech hub of Europe” Berlin became an obvious choice once Archify’s founders decided to leave Vienna. “We basically had a choice between Berlin and London,” Palmetshofer told VentureVillage in between talks at Re:Publica (note: the whole team is in town until Sunday). “From the money side, it was a pretty easy decision – just for office space and life quality.”
Archify is currently looking for a shared office space with other startups in Berlin, and wants to be here by July at the latest. The exact venue is still to be decided but the options on the table include a spot close to Betahaus.
Archify, founded in Vienna in 2010, was a finalist at Startupbootcamp Copenhagen 2011.
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Featured image: Archify founders Max Kossatz, Gerald Bäck and Walter Palmetshofer (L-R). Image credit: Futurezone