Google's Schmidt, Amazon's Bezos Help Fund Mashape API Marketplace
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Google Chairman Eric Schmidt join an impressive group of investors in Mashape, a startup delivering a marketplace for cloud APIs.Mashape, a San Francisco startup focused on building a marketplace for APIs, has announced $1.5 million in seed funding from an impressive group of investors including Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Google's Eric Schmidt and some of the industry's top venture capital firms. Mashape is a marketplace for cloud APIs. The company, whose tagline is "A place to easily discover, manage and hack badass APIs," says it will use the funding to "aggressively hire creative software designers and accelerate the product development and boost the growth."
In a Sept. 6 blog post penned by the Mashape co-founders-Augusto Marietti, CEO; Marco Palladino, CTO; and Mike Zonca, chief architect-the team could hardly contain their excitement over the funding. The Mashape team said:
"We are thrilled to announce $1.5M in seed funding from a stunning group of investors, both institutional and angels. The round was led by NEA, with a strong participation from Index Ventures (which is on fire nowadays). In addition Charles River Ventures and Ignition Partners have participated in the syndicate as well. The angel side is also impressive for us, with Jeff Bezos and Eric Schmidt's Innovation Endeavors, as well as Erik Rannala (Admob, Heroku, 99design), Russell Siegelman (KPCB and Microsoft) and Rick Webb (TheBarbarianGroup) among many."