955 Dreams, a mobile publishing startup, has sealed a sweet deal: $3.25 million from some of Silicon Valley’s buzziest angel investors and venture capitalists.
The funding comes from Dave McClure’s 500 Startups and former TechCrunch editor Mike Arrington’s CrunchFund.
Also participating were UK mobile funding firm m8 Capital, Kapor Capital, and Felicis Ventures.
The iOS shop has been focusing their energies on two of the more fun and exciting disciplines available in the world as we know it: music and design. Evidently, that focus has paid off enough to attract the substantial attention of early-stage investors, too.
955 Dreams’ portfolio includes apps like the iPad interactive timelines The History of Jazz ($9.99) and On the Way to Woodstock ($4.99). Both feature scores of hours of narrative and video content.
The startup also publishes Band of the Day (pictured), a daily mobile magazine full of photos and music for iPhones. Starting today, BOTD will also be available on the iPad. Both versions are free.
“Our publishing platform has consistently produced high quality products that resonate with users all over the world, allowing us to achieve four App of the Weeks in one year,” said founder and CEO Kiran Bellubbi in a release.
“There is an absolute and unrelenting focus on maintaining a high level of quality throughout the product and ensuring that the experience for the user is not compromised in any way.”
Continuing the emphasis on design and user interface and experience, co-founder and CDO (we’re guessing that stands for “chief design officer,” although more juvenile guesses have been posited in the VentureBeat writers’ lounge) T.J. Zark said, “We were relentless in our design iterations for this publishing platform. We refined every speck of the experience, the UI, the backend, and the overall look of this product… This is the result of a thousand tiny iterative decisions.”