Speek, an Ashburn, Virginia-based provider of free and visual web and mobile conference calling solutions, raised $5.1m in Series A funding.
Backers included 500 Startups, actor, director, and producer Edward Norton, Crystal Tech Fund, CNF Investments and Middleland Capital as well as the founders of Blackboard (Michael Chasen), WeddingWire (Timothy Chi, Sonny Ganguly), CrowdRise (Jeffrey Wolfe, Robert Wolfe), Webs (Haroon Mokhtarzada, Zeki Mokhtarzada).
The company intends to use the funds to grow their service into the SMB and enterprise market with the launch of their new Speek for Teams platform.
Founded in 2012 by John Bracken and Danny Boice, Speek offers a free and visual conference calling for the web and mobile (from anywhere – computer, smartphone, tablet, feature phone).
It works by giving users a personal or business link (i.e., speek.com/YourName), instead of a phone number and PIN for conference calls.