Archimedes Labs was the first investor in Dominik Balough and Pavel Serbajlo’s M.dot. We are pleased to see that the founders have been busy on 2 fronts. Firstly their app has been launched in the Apple app store. It has garnered a ton of positive reviews quickly.. A great example is this one:
by Derek Sneed
I’ve only been messing around with it for 10mins, but so far I’m extremely impressed. I’m a web developer, so I was prepared to be jaded. But I found it to be smartly designed…. quite intuitive which surprised me really. The gathering of image or textual content from my existing website is very genius…. Specifically I want to say thank you for allowing us to pick and choose content, rather than just importing all of it. Great job. Look forward to fiddling some more.
Additionally, the team has closed $600k of additional seed financing from Mike Maple’s Floodgate, SV Angel and others.
Congratulations to the team.
Broomstick Productions is Archimedes Labs latest portfolio company to launch into the world. Jan Ziff and Allan Davidson have a very special person in their life – Jan’s Mom. Or, because – like myself – Jan is from Yorkshire in the North of England, I should say Jan’s Mum…..
Jan’s Mum had the very special privilege of telling stories to the children of Prince Charles, either the future King of England or at the very least the father of the future King of England.
During her stint at that very unusual job she developed the character of Heckerty(TM) the Witch and her trusted sidekick, Zanzibar(TM) the cat. These stories have never been published before, and certainly never been animated. As Jan herself says:
When Princess Diana wanted to send her sons, Princes William
, to weekly musical storytelling sessions as part of their education (click the links to see rare photos of the young princes), she chose my mother, Ann Rachlin
.So when my mom asked Allan
whether we were interested in bringing one of her favorite story characters to mobile devices, we jumped at the chance!
Bringing Heckerty’s gentle, zany adventures to life for kids around the world was just too good to pass up! I had grown up with Heckerty’s magic and we both loved my mother’s many CDs and books (iTunes
Today, they are available on the iPad, iPhone and on the Kindle Fire.
Meet Heckerty is the first of many stories to come and we feel sure that, Hollywood will soon be knocking on the door of Broomstick Productions seeking to take these adorable characters and stories to the big screen
I first met Jeanette Cajide early in 2011. She was a founder at Blurtt – a company that was then focused on delivering a web based photo-upload service, permitting users to send printed postcards of said photos to friends via mail.
A few things were quickly obvious.
1. Blurtt is a great name, but not for sending postcards.
2. Mobile is the right place to develop what Blurtt could be.
3. Blurtt should let people Blurtt things out…..
4. Combining images with text produces a very powerful means of communicating emotion-rich messages.
5. Jeanette is a force of nature and simply refuses to fail.
So, Blurtt became archimedes labs second acceleration company, after Tomer Kagan’s Quixey. The 12 months since have been great. Jeanette weathered many storms, and succeeded in building a set of relationships that allowed her to ship her product today, with significantly less than $100,000 spent. You can get it from the app store now.
I couldn’t be more thrilled for Jeanette, Laura, Kuba and the team at Dialexa in Texas…..Congrats
I know that the team is planning lots of new features. Can’t wait to see where this journey takes us.