Pluto Games, a Menlo Park, CA-based provider of mobile entertaining learning tools, has raised $500k in seed funding.
Backers include games incubator YouWeb and angel investors including David Roux, co-founder and Chairman of Silver Lake, Brett Wander, CIO at Charles Schwab, and Praful Shah, former VP Marketing at WebEx.
The company intends to use the capital to launch apps across new categories. Pluto is also unveiling a new version of its iPad app Pluto Learns Piano, which combines scrolling gameplay dynamics with musical notes to help children learn music in a fun way. Firstly launched in May 2011, it has been played over 2 million times.
Founded by Luis Sampedro, the company is currently hiring artists and engineers (http://plutonicgames.com/jobs.html).