It’s LinkedIn with a dose of Klout, and it’s actually pretty useful. Check out this new email harvesting tool.
The startup Cloze has launched a utility that scores every relationship you have with your email contacts, based on when and how you communicate with people. The scores look like Klout numbers, but they’re personal to you. Cloze uses those scores to rank your people, flagging the top-scorers for followup when you don’t respond to their messages. Creepy? Maybe. But fairly handy.
I’ve been playing with the beta product for Cloze, one of our new investments. I know I’m biased, but this really changes how I use email and manage my contacts. Very slick product. Wow. I”ve been interacting with it most of the morning.
Founders Dan Foody and Alex Coté are onto something.
Not all social network connections are created equal. My networks on Facebook and LinkedIn certainly include plenty of real friends and colleagues, but they’re mixed in with people I met once at a conference, random folks who sent me a nice note about my writing, and so on. All of that (I hope) is pretty normal, but if I need to find the meaningful messages and connections, well, it can be a headache.
That’s the problem being tackled by a new startup called Cloze. Co-founders Dan Foody (CEO) and Alex Coté (CMO) say they’ve both faced this issue in previous jobs.
Cloze, a cloud-based contact management tool, launched its public beta last night and announced $1.2 million in funding.
Cloze helps users manage their professional contacts by collecting information spread across various email accounts, social networks, and corporate tools into one, cohesive location. The product is targeted towards people whose careers are based on the strength of their connections, like those in sales, business development, marketing and PR.
Forget networking events; I’ve met some of my most valuable professional contacts over Twitter. Digital networking is an art, though it can sometimes seem rather unorganized. Sure, you can connect on LinkedIn, but beyond that – for me, at least – how I cultivate contacts online remains pretty unstructured.
For most people, that’s fine. But for those in sales, marketing or biz dev, there’s more strategy involved and therefore a need for more structure. Enter Cloze, a startup out of Dogpatch Labs that just emerged from stealth today.
Today Cloze has started to talk more publicly about their funding and also is starting to open their product more broadly. The company has been in stealth mode for the last couple months but I wanted to take this opportunity to talk about NextView’s investment in the company and our enthusiasm to be working with co-founders Dan Foody and Alex Cote.
Backed with $1.2 million in seed funding, Cloze Inc. on Monday will open its relationship management service to the public.
Services and software like LinkedIn.com and email can collect names and contact information, but Cloze aims to take information from those types of services and enable people to know the context and history of how they’ve communicated with their connections.
Kepha Partners led the equity financing, with participation from Greylock Partners and NextView Ventures. The company declined to disclose the valuation on the round, which closed in early April.
Cambridge’s Cloze said Monday it’s launched the public beta of its new web tool, which brings together a user’s contacts and conversations that are scattered across different accounts and services.
The Dogpatch Labs startup in April raised $1.2 million from Greylock Partners, Kepha Partners and NextView Ventures, following the founding of the company early this year by Dan Foody and Alex Cote.
Cote said the company’s product captures and organizes email, social networks and address books and archives it to “give you a single view of those relationships over time.” Cloze’s tagline: “The ‘who, what, when & where’ for every connection that matters.”
We are excited to announce that Cloze has been selected as one of three companies presenting in the Main Dish at the Web Innovators Group 34 (WebInno34).
If you are in the Greater Boston area here the details to attend:
Web Innovators Group 34 (WebInno34)
Monday, June 25, 2012 at 6:30 PM (ET)
Royal Sonesta Cambridge
40 Edwin H Land Blvd
Cambridge, MA 02142