Online gift service Flooz.com Inc. said it has received a first
round of venture capital financing valued at $16.5 million.
Jim Manzi, an investor in Internet-related businesses who is the former
chairman and chief executive officer of Lotus Development Corp., has also
invested in the company and has joined the company’s board of directors.
Flooz.com said it will use the funding to expand its marketing activities in
order to reach more consumers and to accelerate the development of its
service, including enhancement of its navigation and search capabilities, and
its personalized tools for buying, sending and receiving electronic gifts of
Flooz.com facilitates gift-giving online by partnering with a variety of
online merchants that have agreed to accept Flooz, an online gift currency,
as payment for goods available on their sites.
Users can e-mail a gift of Flooz in any amount, accompanied by a personalized electronic greeting card.
Recipients can spend the Flooz at partner online retailers.
“Flooz.com has the right answer to gift-giving and shopping on the Web —
fast, frictionless and fun,” said Annie Lamont, a partner of Oak Investment
“The founders have created novel functionality that is ahead of
anything on the Internet, but more importantly, they have created a unique
and compelling experience for both the giver and the receiver.”