San Francisco-based E-greetings Network said it has raised
$25 million in new venture capital financing, increasing total equity
investment in the company to $35 million.
The lead investor in this round of financing is Weiss, Peck & Greer. Other
new investors include Vulcan Ventures, New Enterprise Associates and
Information Technology Ventures. Existing investors Altos Ventures and Gibson
Greetings also participated.
Stewart Alsop, a general partner of New Enterprise Associates, joins the
company’s board of directors. Also joining the board is Peter Nieh, a partner
at Weiss, Peck & Greer.
“There is tremendous upside potential to E-greetings Network. Enhanced e-mail
is a remarkable new form of social communication that is becoming more
popular every day. The company’s real opportunity now is to establish
long-lasting relationships with customers to build the E-greetings brand,
which we believe has the potential to become one of the top brands on the
Internet,” Alsop said.
“Securing this new $25 million investment provides us with a substantial war
chest and enables us to expand the company even more rapidly,” said
E-greetings Network Chief Executive Officer Gordon Tucker.
In the four months since making E-greetings free of charge to consumers, the
company said it has registered more than 3.5 million customers, who have sent
more than 10 million E-greetings digital postcards and animations.
“Our opportunity now is to leverage this explosive interest to become the
Internet’s premier hub for enhanced e-mail communication and e-commerce
transactions,” said Tucker.