Flipboard, the high-profile and highly designed social media reading app for the Apple iPad, is out raising another round of funding at an eye-popping $200 million valuation, according to numerous sources close to the situation. The Palo Alto, CA, company declined to comment on its new funding efforts, which sources said had recently accelerated. While that valuation might change, several sources considering the investment said it is unlikely to go down in the current frothy financing market in Silicon Valley, especially given Flipboard’s splashy profile and top-drawer pedigree.
Late last month, BoomTown posted about a huge venture funding effort by the high-profile and even more highly designed social media reading app for the Apple iPad, Flipboard. Today, its co-founder and CEO Mike McCue confirmed the $50 million round at an eye-popping $200 million valuation, in a wide-ranging interview at the start-up’s Palo Alto, Calif., HQ. “We’re obviously thrilled, because we think it confirms our focus that people want a beautifully designed way to interact with content and to share it,” he said. “And there is a lot more to come–on a scale of one to 10, we’re just at a two or three.” The bulk of the new second round of funding–Flipboard had previously raised $10.5 million–came from New York-based Insight Venture Partners. Insight’s Jerry Murdock said in an interview that he was excited about the idea of “social endorsement” that Flipboard was pioneering.
Flipboard fans get ready, because Oprah is on her ways to the app's iPad-only digital pages. And Oprah fans, you should get ready too, because you've likely never seen Oprah's content look this good before. Starting today, Flipboard will feature an official Oprah section, which will be automatically included with every new download of the Flipboard iPad app.
Flipboard , which was crowned "iPad app of the year" by Apple, has just added the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition feed to the app. The feed, which is part of the Sports Illustrated Everywhere strategy of extending content to various devices and media platforms, showcases photos of the 2011 issue as it's being made and also offers up photos from the Swimsuit Edition archives. This feed is the latest addition to the Flipboard Pages program that launched last week. Flipboard Pages gives select publishers a way to showcase their articles and pictures using an optimized magazine-esque layout for content. That means that instead of viewing an article as it would appear on the website, you can instead see a layout that is much more akin to what you would see in print or even in a magazine iPad app.
Oprah has come to Flipboard. Starting Thursday, the Oprah Winfrey Network and Oprah.com will claim an official “Oprah” section on Flipboard , the iPad-based magazine app. The Oprah content will be featured prominently on Flipboard's front page, along with the reader’s recommended content from Facebook and Twitter. The Oprah section, which is based on her Twitter feed , will not only draw content from print sources like O, The Oprah Magazine and OWN, but also from her syndicated program, The Oprah Winfrey Show , in the form of videos counting down her farewell during this final season.
Flipboard is a social-network aggregation , magazine-format application software for Android and iOS . It collects the content of social media and other websites and presents it in magazine format and allows users to "flip" through their social-networking feeds and feeds from websites that have partnered with the company. Originally designed specifically for the iPad, in December 2010, the application was updated to add support for the iPhone and iPod Touch.
Flipboard, the social magazine app for the iPad, seems to be having a flipping good run. Last week, the famously design-conscious Apple Inc. named Flipboard its App of the Year. Then Wednesday, Chief Executive Mike McCue joined Twitter's board of directors . On Thursday, Flipboard released its first major update, allowing users to ''magazine-ify" a broader range of online content.
Much virtual ink has been spilt discussing FlipBoard, the social magazine for iPad . This app takes articles shared on social networks and presents them in a magazine-like fashion. Some like the app for its presentation of social media links, some like the way it makes the web feel more like a print publication. Nancy recently mentioned it as one of the 6 best free RSS readers for the iPad.
Updated with additional comments from Flipboard’s Mike McCue. Flipboard is an iPad app that republishes articles your friends link to on Twitter and Facebook in pretty, magazine-like templates. It does this by violating publishers’ copyrights and hoping they’ll forgive it, Flipboard CEO Mike McCue tacitly admitted today. “We want to build a business with publishers, not on the backs of publishers,” McCue said in response to a question I asked about whether Flipboard had the legal right to republish content in its app.
Jaded, bitter old hacks that we are, it's a rare piece of software that causes everyone in CNET UK Towers to go "ooooh" and feel the infantile delight of toying with something that might -- just might -- be really brilliant. We got that feeling with Flipboard , a free app for Apple's iPad that turns your social networks into a virtual magazine. What is it?
Even if you dote on Facebook and Twitter, spending time with them can feel like getting pelted in the face by thousands of undifferentiated updates from your friends — exhilarating, perhaps, but also exhausting. The killer iPad app Flipboard ends the chaos by grabbing updates, photos and links from your friends and other interesting people, then reformatting everything in a wonderfully browsable, magazine-like format. You can also add feeds from your favorite blogs and websites and share items with friends via social media and e-mail. With its oversize images and crisp typography, it's a glossy digital publication that feels as if it's been edited by your pals just for you. Next Looxcie <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
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When Flipboard first arrived on the scene earlier this year to much acclaim from iPad lovers, the app was essentially just a browser for Twitter and Facebook. But now the company has introduced support for Google Reader feeds, Flickr photos and other real-time media streams, as it tries to become a one-stop iPad portal for content. Flipboard — whose CEO, Mike McCue, just joined the Twitter board of directors after the social network’s recent funding round — is also working directly with certain media companies to present their content in a custom Flipboard format on the iPad. I confess that my initial enthusiasm for Flipboard faded somewhat after I used it for a while. Not that it wasn’t an enjoyable way to surf through Twitter and Facebook, because it was — the flip interface makes for a perfect navigation method on the iPad, which is all about touch — but it never seemed important enough to become a crucial part of my day.
A leaked Photoshopped screenshot that was supposedly of a new Flipboard for Mac found its way into many email inboxes yesterday, and now 9 to 5 Mac has confirmation that it is indeed a fake and not from Flipboard Inc. at all. While our own Steven Sande recently wrote about the possibility of Flipboard coming to the Mac soon , in talking to 9 to 5 Mac, the company had this to say: "We definitely believe the desktop is part of our future, but it's still on the whiteboard and not something we are launching soon. The desktop requires a lot of attention to design and UI and we'd like to take the time to get it right." So if you happened to see and believe the "screenshot" of Flipboard for Mac, sorry to burst your bubble.
It’s time for this week’s episode of Fly or Die , the TCTV show where CrunchGear editor John Biggs and I look at three new products and debate their longterm chances of survival. In today’s show, we discuss Windows Phone 7 , the just-announced Casio Tryx digital camera, and the popular Flipboard iPad app. At the end of the show, a special surprise guest appears from one of the companies involved to respond immediately to our criticisms of his product. That’s the best part of the show, so be sure to watch until the end to catch it. Okay, I’ll tell you who is the guest. It is Flipboard co-founder Evan Doll, but John didn’t know who it would be when we were taping this yesterday.