San Francisco, Calif. — June 24, 2009 — Small Batch Inc. announced today that they have secured a round of equity funding from a group of investors led by San Francisco-based True Ventures. Small Batch is developing Typekit, a service enabling designers to build sites with web-native typography.
“This funding is the next step in our plan for bringing real typography to the web,” said Bryan Mason, Small Batch co-founder and President . “We want to build a nimble, safe tool that makes it easier for web designers to do amazing design online, and a lot of people believe in that goal. We’re excited and humbled by the team of investors supporting us.”
Tony Conrad of True Ventures leads a team of high-profile investors that also includes:
- Evan Williams, Twitter CEO and Founder
- Caterina Fake, Flickr and Hunch Founder
- Matt Mullenweg, WordPress/Automattic Founder
- Ron Conway, Angel Investor whose early investments include Google, Ask Jeeves, Paypal and Twitter
- Chris Sacca, Lowercase Capital
- Josh Felser and Dave Samuel, Freestyle Capital
“Typography is the last missing piece of great web design,” said Jeffrey Veen, Small Batch co-founder and CEO. “We’re working closely with type designers to create a new market for their work.”
Typekit will launch a preview of the service in the coming weeks with a library of high quality fonts and design tools.
ABOUT SMALL BATCH Founded in 2008 by Jeffrey Veen, Bryan Mason, Greg Veen, and Ryan Carver, Small Batch Inc. is a San Francisco-based company that has been designing and developing web apps together for years. In 2006, the team built Measure Map, the acclaimed blogging statistics tool that was acquired by Google. While at Google, they led the redesign of Analytics, a powerful website measurement tool used by millions worldwide. Since then, they collaborated with Twitter on user experience and business growth planning, and launched Wikirank — a trend analysis tool for Wikipedia. Additionally, they’ve been involved in W3C working groups and the Web Standards Project as proponents and active designers of the web’s infrastructure platform.