Wiretap roundup: Silicon Valley startups (including Ev Williams’) rake in funding

People in Silicon Valley like to use the word “disruption.” Ev Williams has walked the walk. By founding Blogger.com, and later Twitter, Williams forever changed the way we communicate online. And his latest startup, long-form publishing platform Medium, aspires to do the same.

On Tuesday, Williams announced that Medium had taken its first round of venture capital — a reported $25 million haul. Sure, Williams has more than enough cash to keep funding the startup on his own. But if you could partner with Greylock’s David Sze, why wouldn’t you?

In other Silicon Valley funding news Tuesday:

• CoTap, founded by Yammer’s former chief product officer to make a mobile messaging app for business users, landed a $5.5M Series A from CRV’s George Zachary and Jason Green of Emergence Capital.

• “Human-powered translation” service Transfluent, headquartered in Sunnyvale’s Plug and Play Tech center, raised $2M from a gaggle of international investors.

• Voxeet, which offers high-def audio conferencing for SMB customers, notched $1.5 million in seed funding led by Partech Ventures.

• ToutApp, which makes “sales acceleration” software (think Salesforce), closed a $3.5M round led by Greg Gretsch of Sigma West. The startup’s prior backers include  Founder Collective, 500 Startups, Esther Dyson and Scott Banister

• And crowfunding site Indiegogo, which helps aspiring authors, filmmakers and entrepreneurs raise money, raised some of its own: A $40 million Series B, led by Institutional Venture Partners and Kleiner Perkins. 


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