Mingly Inc., a San francisco, CA-based creator of a web service that brings email and social networks together, has closed a $500k in seed funding.
The round was led by Pasadena-based Idealab, with participation from angel investors Allen Morgan, Alex Karelin and others.
The company has also launched its service in public beta. Founded in 2010 by CEO Tyler Koblasa, Mingly is dedicated to solving the growing problem of social-network information overload by allowing users to get organized with a social address book that merges Gmail and social-network contacts, see a brief snapshot of the people they’re emailing that shows recent updates, conversations, bio, interests, etc., save time by sending Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn messages right from Gmail, stay in touch by getting alerted to key news like birthdays and job changes, build relationships by setting follow-up reminders for new contacts.
The service is currently available for Gmail, in Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. A web-based and mobile version with support for non-Gmail users is also in development.
The company also added Internet-veterans David Waxman, Julie Hanna, Bill Gross, Joshua MacAdam, and William Barnes as advisors.