Bloglovin'

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Bloglovin
Bloglovin' logo.png
Developer(s) Bloglovin
Initial release November 2007 (November 2007)
Stable release 18.0 / February 24, 2014; 9 months ago (February 24, 2014)
Platform Web browsers, iOS, Android
Type News aggregator / Social Media
Website bloglovin.com

Bloglovin is a platform that allows users to read, organize, and discover their favorite blogs on mobile and desktop. It is a design-focused platform that aggregates feeds from sources with RSS feeds, allowing users to discover and organize content.[1] As of April 2014, Bloglovin’ reaches over 16 million global users monthly.[2] Bloglovin caters primarily to the “lifestyle” crowd.[3] 90% of Bloglovin’s users are female.[4]

History[edit]

Founding and Early Years[edit]

Bloglovin was founded in a garage in Taby, Sweden in 2007 by Dan Carlberg, Daniel Swenson, Patrik Ring, Mattias Swenson and Daniel Gren.[5] Launched as “Blogkoll” (Swedish for “to keep track of blogs”), the initial goal of Bloglovin’ was to help fashion followers keep track of blogs without having to open up multiple tabs on their browsers.[6] Bloglovin’ eventually developed into a platform that allows users to consume, organize, and discover the internet’s disaggregated content.

In October 2011, Bloglovin registered its 1 millionth user.[7]

Funding and Growth[edit]

2012[edit]

In 2012, Bloglovin raised $1 million in Series A funding from investors including Betaworks, Lerer Ventures, RRE Ventures, Hank P. Vigil & Fritz Lanman, Eric Martineau-Fortin, Rob Wiesenthal, Jill Greenthal, and Investment AB Kinnevik.[8]

2013[edit]

In January 2013, Bloglovin moved their headquarters to New York. The company continues to have offices in Stockholm and Malmo, SE. Bloglovin experienced a significant growth in signups following the demise of Google Reader.[9] In May 2013, the site launched a major redesign, which included changes allowing users to curate content.[10] In September 2013, The Next Web included Bloglovin on its list of "50 New York City Startup You Need to Know About."[4]

2014[edit]

In February 2014, Joy Marcus, formerly a Managing Director at Gotham Ventures was appointed chief executive officer of Bloglvoin’.[5] Marcus is an “industry veteran” with “experience in the media and technology industry and a proven track record launching and growing companies.”[11] Prior to joining Gotham Ventures, Marcus held senior executive positions at Time Warner (AOL) and Barnes&Noble.com, and spent the early years of her career launching MTV in several countries, including Russia and South Africa.

In April 2014, Bloglovin raised $7 million in Series A funding. Investor Northzone led the round, and the founders of Babble and SoulCycle invested personally in the site. Additionally, Bloglovin received further investment from previous funders Betaworks, Lerer Ventures, While Star Capital, and Bassett Investment Group.[2] According to CEO Marcus, this investment will primarily be used to “recruit engineering talent.” [8] In June 2014, Lead 411 called Bloglovin one of the “Hottest Companies in New York City.” [12] Christian Hernandez (WhiteStar), Bruce Jaffe (Glam Media), Paul Murphy (Betaworks, Dots), and Pär-Jörgen Pärson (Northzone)sit on the Board of Bloglovin.

Android and iOS Apps[edit]

Bloglovin is also available in apps for both Android and iOS platforms.

Bloglovin Awards[edit]

The Bloglovin Awards are an annual awards night during New York Fashion Week hosted by Bloglovin honoring fashion bloggers in various categories. The awards have been held annually since 2011, and are scheduled for September 7, 2014.

Bloglovin Awards Categories & Nominees 2012[13][edit]

Arizona Newcomer of the Year

  • Olivia Palermo
  • Tuula Vintage
  • Wendy's Lookbook
  • I SPY DIY
  • Honestly WTF

Tibi Inspiration Award

  • The Coveteur
  • Le Fashion
  • The Vogue Weekend
  • Textbook
  • Into the Gloss

Fashion Traffic Blogger Business of the Year

  • Elin Kling - Nowhere
  • Tavi - RookieMag
  • Jennine - Independent Fashion Bloggers
  • Chiara Ferragni, Andy Torres, and Carolina Engman - Werelse
  • Purseblog

Best Personal Style Blog

Best International Blog

  • Garotas Estupidas
  • Ena Matsumoto
  • Kenza Zouiten
  • Momoko Ogihara
  • Lovelypepa

Best Fashion News Blog

Best Street Style Blog

  • Stockholm Street Style
  • Scott Schuman
  • Street Peeper
  • Jak & Jil
  • Streetfsn

Most Original Blog

  • Bryan Boy
  • Susie Bubble
  • Julia Frakes
  • Anna dello Russo
  • From Me to You

Blogger of the Year

  • The Man Repeller

Bloglovin Awards Categories & Nominees 2011[edit]

Newcomer of the Year

Best Personal Style Blog

  • Fashion Toast
  • The Glamourai
  • Sea of Shoes
  • Cupcakes and Cashmere
  • Karla's Closet

Best Fashion News Blog

  • Refinery29
  • theCut
  • Fashionista
  • Who What Wear
  • Fashionologie

Best Street Style Blog

  • Jak & Jill
  • The Sartorialist
  • Garance Dore'
  • Face Hunter
  • Streetpeper

Most Original Blog

  • Bryan Boy
  • Gala Darling
  • Bunny Bisous
  • The Man Repeller
  • Style Bubble

Blogger of the Year

  • Fashion Toast

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gannes, Liz. "Bloglovin Tripled Traffic This Year as Tumblr-Plus-Reddit for Ladies". All Things D. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Gat, Aviva. "Swedish Bloglovin raises $7M in funding to grow its lifestyle blog aggregator". Geek Time. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  3. ^ Seifert, Dan. "Google Reader meets Flipboard: Bloglovin launches Android, iPad apps". The Verge. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Meyers, Courtney Boyd. "50 New York City Startups You Need to Know Abou". The Next Web. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Paintsil, Ashley. "Blog Aggregator Bloglovin Just Raised $7 Million in Series A Funding". Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  6. ^ Heussner, Ki Mae. "Bloglovin, a prettier take on RSS and Tumblr, gets Betaworks investment". Gigaom. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  7. ^ Indvik, Lauren. "Fashion RSS Reader Bloglovin' Signs Up 1 Millionth Member". Yahoo! News. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  8. ^ a b Ha, Anthony. "Fashion-Focused Blog Aggregator Bloglovin Raises $1M From Betaworks And Others". TechCrunch. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  9. ^ McKenzie, Hamish. "Bloglovin passes 2M members and buckles down for life beyond Google Reader". Pando Daily. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  10. ^ Ha, Anthony. "Bloglovin Redesigns Its Fashion-Focused Blog Reader To Highlight Popular Content, Social Features". TechCrunch. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  11. ^ Anderson, Ian. "Bloglovin’ get a new head". Arctic Startup. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  12. ^ "2014 Hottest New York City Companies". Lead411.com. 2014-06-05. Retrieved 2014-07-21. 
  13. ^ Forbes, Jihan. "EXCLUSIVE: HERE ARE THE NOMINEES FOR THIS YEAR'S BLOGLOVIN' AWARDS". Fashionista. Retrieved 30 June 2014.