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FTBpro scores $5.8m financing from Battery, Gemini Israel Ventures

7 May 2013

football-shoes_sqBattery Ventures and Gemini Israel Ventures have backed London-based fan-generated football content platform FTBpro through a $5.8m financing round.

The company allows football fans to write, comment and interact online in English, Spanish, German and Italian, and has 20 million page views each month.

Content popularity is determined by the readers, who rank articles, and by FTBpro’s editors. The platform is driven by 1,000 regular contributors generating more than 200 articles every day.

FTBpro said it planned to use the financing to expand into key geographic markets.

Company founder and CEO Asaf Peled said, “Our mission, via the FTBpro platform, is to enable every football fan the ability to express their views and passions in a seamless, widespread and professional manner, using the market’s most advanced content generation tools and distribution.

“The versatile and interactive content adds a cutting edge, rich and complementing dimension to the experience available to football fans.”

Last month it emerged Battery Ventures was putting its faith in the burgeoning tablet computing market after it hired former Facebook mobile platform head of product Charles Jolley as entrepreneur in residence.

The firm said it believed that as business users go tablet-centric, the workflow and business-critical applications must follow suit and are scrambling to catch up.

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