Amino, a New York and Shanghai-based platform for interest-based communities, secured $45m in Series C funding.
Backers included Hearst Ventures, Union Square Ventures, Venrock and GV (formerly Google Ventures).
Launched in 2014 by co-founders Ben Anderson and Yin Wang, Amino provides a platform for interest-based communities. Since launching user generated community creation in 2016, users have created more than 2,500,000 communities — 1.5 million of which were created since the beginning of 2018.
These communities cover a full range of interests and identities, with communities focused on sports, music, politics, pop-culture, art, and all forms of entertainment.
Community interactions are especially triggered by recently introduced live features, including voice chat, video chat, avatar chat, and Screening Room, a feature that lets users talk while watching their favorite videos.
Amino, available for iOS and Android, is now live in seven languages, with a global audience joining Amino communities in German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, and Russian.