RockMelt Takes Home $30 Million


ADOTAS – Social browser RockMelt, which allows users to access Facebook and Twitter features through the browser (I’m not just a reporter, I’m a user too), just scored $30 million from existing investors Andreessen Horowitz, First Round Capital’s Josh Kopelman, Intuit Chairman Bill Campbell and angel investor Ron Conway, as well as new kids Accel Partners and Khosla Ventures. Jim Breyer from Accel and Vinod Khosla from Khosla have been given observer seats on RockMelt’s board.

Rockmelt recently introduced an update with a major redesign that included messaging and friend management integrated into the browser, features made possible by a partnership with Facebook. TechCrunch’s MC Siegler speculates the co-operation was the catalyst for the new round of funding and that the social network may acquire the RockMelt.

That would be appropriate as I noted last week that Facebook’s Project Spartan — a social-infused mobile browser to circumvent Apple’s walled garden — sounds a bit like what RockMelt currently does online. Apparently Mark Zuckerberg loves using it.

RockMelt’s browser has been downloaded more than a million times, company claims to have several hundred thousand active users. The funding will go toward hiring more staff and developing new products. I hope some cash goes to improving the mobile app, which I haven’t been as ecstatic about.

However, RockMelt also alluded that it was looking into partnership and marketing opportunities. Curious, curious…


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