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Citizen Media Firm Enthusiast Group Gets Funding; Launches First Site

Correction: One of the founder is Derek Scruggs, not Derek Slater….my apologies on the mistake. I had a brainfreeze moment there.
Enthusiast Group
, a citizen/community media venture founded by Steve Outing and Derek Slater Scruggs (Disclaimer: Derek was our developer in our recent move from Movable Type to WordPress), has received seed funding from a syndicate of eleven investors, and has also launched its first site.
The funding was led by Omidyar Network (Pierre Omidyar’s vehicle), DB Medialab (the new-media arm of Norwegian national newspaper Dagbladet), and Brad Feld, among others…the amount was not disclosed.
Also, the company has launched its first site: YourMTB.com, a mountain bikers-news and community website. The site has element of professionally produced content and then enthusiast bikers contributing to the site with pictures, stories etc.
The company intends to create a network of citizen-media-based websites in adventure and participant sports category. Climbing and running sites are coming this summer.
Related: Industry Moves: Steve Outing Leaves Poynter To Launch User-Driven Enthusiast Network