Nom, a San Francisco and Palo Alto-based live interactive video platform that allows people to direct, produce and host their own food show, raised $4.7M in Series A funding.
Backers included Blue Run Ventures, WI Harper Group, Khosla Ventures, SV Angel, and personal investments from YouTube star PSY, Jared Leto, chef Corey Lee, and American restaurateur Ming Tsai.
Led by CTO Steve Chen, Co-Founder of YouTube, and CEO Vijay Karunamurthy, former engineering lead for YouTube, Nom is a new, live, interactive video platform that allows viewers to learn from their favorite chefs, brewmasters, grillmasters, baristas or bloggers, and interact directly with them as they stream live. Through Nom channels, viewers can ask questions, explore answers, and discover together.
Chefs and personalities launching channels on Nom include: 3-star Michelin chef Corey Lee and Master Sommelier Yoon Ha of Benu in San Francisco, Pastry Chef Joanne Chang, Tim Hollingsworth of Otium in downtown Los Angeles, Hubert Keller in Las Vegas, and Michael Tusk of Quince in San Francisco.
Nom allows anyone to direct, produce, and host their own food show, with a toolset, including:
– A media tray that allows recorded video, photos or GIFs to be shared in a live broadcast.
– The ability to interact and collaborate directly with an audience through a no-delay 2-way chat, including photos and video questions.
– A tool to use multiple cameras during a broadcast.
The company currently has a team of under a dozen people.