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This article was published on January 9, 2013

    Collaborative web app FriendCode raises $150,000 in seed funding from Kima Ventures and others

    Collaborative web app FriendCode raises $150,000 in seed funding from Kima Ventures and others Image by: Kyle McDonald
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    Nick Summers is a technology journalist for The Next Web. He writes on all sorts of topics, although he has a passion for gadgets, apps and Nick Summers is a technology journalist for The Next Web. He writes on all sorts of topics, although he has a passion for gadgets, apps and video games in particular. You can reach him on Twitter, circle him on Google+ and connect with him on LinkedIn.

    FriendCode, a web application designed to help coders collaborate and share their work through the cloud, has closed an initial seed funding round worth $150,000.

    The batch of investment had participation from Kima Ventures, specifically Jeremie Berrebi and Free telecom CEO Xavier Niel, as well as angel investor Javier Gonzalez.

    FriendCode was setup in June 2012 by young entrepreneurs Samy Pesse and Aaron O’Mullan. Since November the whole project has been in private Alpha with more than 2,000 testers. However, starting today, FriendCode is open to the public as a beta version.

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    The web application works on any modern browser, and offers real-time collaborative code editing, as well as seamless inegration with FTP servers and other services such as Dropbox and Github. It also includes an extensible code editor that has been built alongisde an open plugin system and includes a prototyping environment so that the user can trial any app or project that they’re working on.

    Kima Ventures, meanwhile, is a French early-stage investment firm. Berrebi is a former IT journalist, who co-founded the company wih Niel, a seriel entrpreneur and business magnate. Back in August last year, they told our own Robin Wauters that they planned on investing in 100 more startups over the next 12 months. Today’s participation, it seems, is just one part of that long-term strategy.

    FriendCode will join Freshplanet/SongPop, Ifeelgoods, Leetchi, Storific, DaWanda, Cake Health, Roomorama, ZooZ, Adility, Kwaga and others who have also received investment from Kima Ventures.

    Image Credit: Kyle McDonald/Flickr