2013 Top 10 competitor Vidigami Media announced last week the closing of more than $1.25 million in seed financing in 2014. The round was led by current investor Andrew Wright, managing director of Wright Ventures LLC, with participation from leading tech veterans and investors.
Vidigami, the leading place for storing and sharing school memories, will use the funds to fuel future growth in the billion-dollar photo industry, investing in sales, marketing and product innovation. Vidigami is the only private, photo-sharing and photo-management system specifically designed to help schools worldwide better capture, organize, store and share their photos with their school community.
“I’ve spent my career building digital imaging and consumer publishing businesses, ” says Andrew Wright, former CEO and founder of Seattle-based Smilebox.com. “Vidigami has identified a valuable segment of the consumer photo market that is under-served. I believe the opportunity is very exciting, and I look forward to continuing to help Vidigami realize its vision.”
Seed round investors also include: Aaron Rallo, Former President of PNI Digital Media, James Fletcher, Director of Vision Critical, Laurie Wallace, Entrepreneur and Director, and Robert Cruickshank, Chair of Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) and Former President of the BC Technology Industry Association and MDSI.
Vidigami was created by serial tech entrepreneur – and mother of two boys – Mandy Chan, who became frustrated with the lack of a central place for parents, faculty and staff to capture and share school memories. Vidigami was commercially launched in 2013, and experienced quick and widespread adoption by top private schools across North America.
Today, many of North America’s leading independent schools use Vidigami to for photo management, including St. George’s School, Crofton School, Southridge School, and Trinity College in Canada, and St. Mary’s School in the United States.
“Thousands of photos are taken throughout the school year by teachers, families and students, but historically, there has not been a shared repository to capture all these precious school memories” says Mandy Chan, founder and CEO of Vidigami. ”Vidigami provides students with a place they can access to reflect on their most memorable school moments. We provide families with a personalized window into their children’s school life. And, we provide schools with an opportunity to engage and share with their community all the great things that happen there, all around the number one reason why we’re all there – our children.”