EyeEm, a Berlin, Germany-based mobile photography marketplace, raised $18m in a new funding round.
The round was led by Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures, with participation from existing investors Earlybird Ventures, Passion Capital, Wellington Partners, Atlantic Labs and Open Ocean Capital.
The company intends to use the funds to add new features to the iOS & Android apps and expand operations. To this end it is hiring.
Led by CEO Florian Meissner, EyeEm is a premier 13-million strong photography community and platform. Through its free app for iOS, Android and supporting web platform, photographers of all abilities can share, interact, and learn more about taking pictures on any device.
Last month, after a beta testing period, the company launched EyeEm Market, its in-house platform that allows global members to make their photos available for purchase online.