Mobile startup Breezy announced today that it has secured $750k in funding from a broad group of experienced mobile seed investors including Jeff Clavier of SoftTech VC, Aydin Senkut of Felicis Ventures, Rich Wong of Accel Partners, and others. The company’s software, which allows users to print or fax any document from any mobile device to any printer or fax machine, is available now for BlackBerry, Android and Windows Phone 7 devices, and an iOS app is in development.
Breezy was founded in 2010 by Jared Hansen, a former corporate lawyer who had been “constantly frustrated” by BlackBerry’s lack of a printing function. The company has already attracted 20,000 users of its mobile print and fax applications, and Hansen believes they’ve barely scratched the surface of the market demand. “As professionals continue to move away from desktop computing and toward mobile devices, there’s a huge gap that’s being created between mobile users’ data and the printed page. We’re here to fill that gap,” he said.
“This is a really interesting opportunity to serve hundreds of millions of business users by offering them ubiquitous printing, faxing and other services”, said Jeff Clavier, Managing Partner at SoftTech VC. “We were impressed by Breezy’s plans and execution to date.” Mr. Clavier has invested in Tapulous, Mob.ly and a number of mobile services startups.
“Breezy is a great bootstrapped company at the intersection of two of our core focus areas, enterprise and mobile”, said Aydin Senkut, Partner at Felicis Ventures, who has invested in mobile startups like Plusmo, Erply and Bump.
Rich Wong, Partner at Accel Partners and an investor in mobile startups such as 3LM, Mopub, Admob and Getjar, among others, was similarly enthusiastic: “We believe we’re seeing a new wave of exciting mobile enterprise and productivity startups”, he said. “While there has been significant VC activity in mobile consumer plays during the past few years, we expect an increasing number of great mobile business services as well.”
Breezy is a 2010 graduate of the Founder Institute, a startup accelerator focused on grooming startup founders into CEOs. Breezy took first place at the fifth Founder Showcase, a quarterly Silicon Valley event in which startups compete before a panel of VC judges and an audience of three hundred investors, journalists and tech CEOs.