Charles Chocolate : Chocolate 2.0 raises $1.3M from an angel group

Charles Chocolates, or more appropriately called Chocolate 2.0, raised $1.3M from the members of the Keirestu Forum group, one of the largest North American angel network.

Charles chocolates is dedicated to the art of premium chocolates with all natural ingredients and unforgettable taste. Try their wine infused chocolate pieces which are both bold and delicate, the way only a fine chocolate can be.

Charles Chocolates closed on $1.3M in equity funding of its Series A round of $1.5M. The funding will enable Charles Chocolates to scale its manufacturing demand to meet the surging premium chocolate demand.



Spock, the People Search Engine Closes $7 Million in Series A Funding

Spock, a people search engine started out with $1M investment from Clearstone. It offers an ambitious people search engine with 100M entries (compare that to LinkedIn with about 10M and ZoomInfo with about 30M) and a million more being added everyday.

Spck will beam down and create a mindmelt sometime in middle of 2007 and by then it is expected to have “tens of billions of data records”. A powerful and well executed search results will set them apart.

Spock closed $7M series A funding from Clearstone Venture Partners and Opus Capital Ventures. Via Venturebeat



Next New Networks Raises $8 Million in Series A Funding

NextNewNetworks plans to launch micro television networks over the Internet. With the success of video sharing sites like YouTube and Revver, the time for micro TV network has probably arrived.

Next New Networks plans to go a step further by combining the elements of traditional TV with internet functionality of being more interactive, allowing the user to share and contribute. The company expects to launch a couple of new networks within the next two months, offering ad-supported programs that also will be available on video-sharing sites such as YouTube.

The company raised $8M in series A funding from Spark Capital, a fund with investment in several other emerging content creation and distribution technology companies.

One thing that is going for the Next New Network is the experienced team from Viacom/Niclodean/MTV ventures who knows their audience. Emil Rensing blogged about it several months ago and hinted at the collision of cable and internet content distribution issue. Its not there yet, but as the distribution technology gets better, online content will rival the cable offering.


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