Humor Website 9GAG this morning announced that it has raised $2.8 million in seed funding from Freestyle Capital, True Ventures, returning investor 500 Startups, First Round Capital, Greycroft Partners and individual angel investors like Scott Banister, Chris Sacca (Lowercase Capital) and David Tisch (TechStars).
The company behind the funny site says the fresh capital will be used to step up staffing, expand internationally and cater to its growing community.
9GAG was started in 2008 and has grown to more than 70 million unique visitors and, stunningly, more than a billion page views per month. A big part of its success is social sharing, with over five million monthly Facebook ‘shares’ and nearly one million Twitter followers, the company says.
Needless to say, the new mobile experience offers much of the same: loads of funny photos and videos that are ridiculously easy to rate and share with others.
The app is available immediately for the iOS platform and will be available for Android ‘later this year’.