YouTube co-founders raise Series A for AVOS

NEA, Google Ventures back Chad Hurley and Steve Chen's latest venture

Financial trends and news by Bambi Francisco Roizen
April 27, 2012
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In the last year, most Silicon Valley denizens have known that Chad Hurley and Steve Chen - co-founders of YouTube fame - have been working on a venture, AVOS System, though the two have been relatively mum on their project.

Now the San Mateo-based start-up has some fresh backing from New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Google Ventures (both of whom led the round), with participation from Madrone Capital and Innovation Works, a China-based incubator. The new financing - the amount of which was not disclosed - was announced at The Next Web Conference in Amsterdam.

There's not much to gleen about AVOS, but the company says it's working on a new version of the social bookmarking site and a Chinese version of the service called In the spring of 2011, Hurley and Chen bought from Yahoo, which owned Delicious for six years after acquiring it in 2005.

AVOS is also working on a magazine discovery and creation platform called Zeen

Alex Kinnier, partner at NEA, and Gideon Yu, former YouTube and Facebook CFO and current president of the San Francisco 49ers, will be joining the company’s board along with Hurley and Chen.

Hurley and Chen, who were early employees at PayPal, founded YouTube in 2005 and 18 months later sold it to Google for $1.6 billion  in 2006. 

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