Victoria-based 2011 competitor Chatterblock has been getting plenty of press lately.

In addition to be selected for Round 2.5 of this year’s BCIC/New Ventures competition, ChatterBlock has piqued the interest of some of the biggest players in the social media world. Andrew Duffy of the Victoria Times Colonist recently covered Chatterblock success and sat down with co-founder and CEO James DeGreef.

Chatterblock, a social media website for families, can already check high-level meetings with Facebook executives and Silicon Valley venture capitalists off its bucket list having swept through northern California last week.

“It was a big week of networking with people we would never be able to connect with normally,” said co-founder and CEO James DeGreef.

Chatterblock was one of 20 Canadian high-tech start-ups to be invited to the annual 48 Hours in the Valley event held by C100, a group of Silicon Valley-based Canadians — high-tech CEOs, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists representing about $8 billion in capital — that support and mentor Canadian technology entrepreneurs.

While in Silicon Valley, Chatterblock also had the opportunity to pitch as part of the Plug and Play Expo in Sunnyvale. Video of that presentation is below.

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Chatterblock recently closed out a round of angel investment raising more than $500K from local Victoria investors.

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