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Today’s funding announcements include free services for asking questions, talking to friends and meeting new people:
ChaCha raises $3M for quick online answers: The question-and-answer service has raised funding from Qualcomm Ventures, extending the $20M sixth round of funding the company raised in October. Based in Indianapolis, the free service pays its responders, called Guides, between 3 and 20 cents per answer and generates revenue through advertising. Self-described as a “smart friend,” the company says it has 32M unique monthly users and has raised $75M in funding to date.
CloudTalk brings in $5M to bring your voice online: The San Francisco-based startup has raised $3.8M in equity and $1.2M in debt, options, warrants or other securities for its free voice message and text service, according to filings with the SEC. Founded in 2009, the company enables “visually threaded” conversations on the web, iPhone and Android. The personal service, which allows for private and public conversations, is available today; services for web sites and businesses are in the works.
vChatter raises $350K for family friendly video chatting: The Menlo Park, Calif.-based startup has raised seed funding for its video chat service that lets users both talk with friends and meet new people, the company announced today. Founded in May 2010, the service began as a Facebook app but expanded to a standalone site in September, and the company boasts 4M registered users today.
Adteractive grabs $5.1M for lead generation: The company has raised equity and warrants in its first round of funding for a performance based marketing service, according to a filing with the SEC. Based in San Francisco and founded in 2000, Adteractive says it delivers more than 1.5M customers and leads each month to clients like Netflix, Time Inc. and Prudential.
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