Visual.ly, the startup platform that connects creators of infographic content with audiences and publishers, today announced a $2 million round of seed funding, led by Crosslink Capital, SoftTech, 500 Startups, and angels including Kapor Capital and several others.
The company said it will use the funds to add personnel as the company builds toward launching self-serve data visualization tools, an initiative scheduled for later this year. It currently has a suite of tools and more than 4,000 indexed, searchable data visualizations, making it the largest online resource of its kind.
“Even for a company designed around big data, the numbers we’ve seen since the introduction of our website in July have been astounding. The interest in – and excitement around – what we’ve already achieved is thrilling, and our next phase of acceleration signals big things for data visualization,” said Stew Langille, co-founder and CEO of Visual.ly. “This seed round not only helps us continue to build an A-team, it also brings together some of the best minds in the business.”
Infographics are a useful way to visualize large numbers and related trends. In addition to individual users, Visual.ly has established relationships with the advertising, publishing and data companies, including: AskMen, The Atlantic, BuzzFeed, CNNMoney, The Economist, Good, NASDAQ, National Geographic, Skype, Wall Street Journal and more.