The sharing of online content -- photos, videos, articles and music -- has gotten easier with ShareThis, a Cincinnati-based firm. ShareThis has developed a tool that allows those online to share content with the click of a button. The technology allows users to select who they want to share the content with and then send it directly from the page via e-mail, instant messaging, Facebook, or a mobile device. ShareThis also consolidates address books, communities, and friends lists in one place so that so its users can send, post, bookmark, rate, recommend and tag.
ShareThis was founded by Tim Schigel, formerly a director at Blue Chip Venture Company, and David E. Goldberg, engineering professor at University of Illinois and an expert in genetic algorithms and machine learning. ShareThis was launched free to consumers and publishers in November 2007, and raised a $15 million round of venture funding in February 2008, led by Draper, Fisher & Jurvetson, a high-profile Silicon Valley VC firm. Other early investors include Blue Chip, IllinoisVentures, DFJ Mercury, Queen City Angels, RPM Ventures and Reservoir Partners.
The ShareThis management team is comprised of experts in international media, marketing and technology companies, including AOL, Advertising.com, IAC and Nielsen Buzzmetrics.