circleup-logo.jpgCircleUp, a service that lets you send questions by email to groups as large as hundreds or thousands of people, and then collect and organize answers on a single page, has raised $3 million in a first round of financing.

The service is a free, useful work tool that helps you avoid having to manually sort through a blizzard of individual email responses. Companies and individual event organizers may find it boosts productivity. It lets you tailor the sorts of responses you want from people, for example providing a multiple choices of possible answers. It lets you use instant messaging, too. The company’s 3.5 minute demo at the home page is worth a look to grasp its other features.

Today, the Newport Beach, Calif. company launches an embeddable widget for any Web site, letting event organizers work directly from their site. The answers can be shared with others.

The funding was led by Sid R. Bass Associates.

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