@ MWC: Ontela Raises Undisclosed Backing From Ericsson’s Venture Arm


Seattle-based Ontela, which makes software that helps people upload their pictures from the phone to the web, said it has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Eastven Venture Partners, the venture arm of Ericsson (NSDQ: ERIC). CEO Dan Shapiro: “They came to us after our series B, and in different economy times, we would have said, ‘no, we have enough money,’ but we took a look, and decided they have a ton of value, and we are excited to have them on board.” Ontela is not saying how much Eastven is contributing, but it’s in addition to the $10.3 million-round the company raised last May.

In addition to the funding, Ontela is announcing at Mobile World Congress that four of the top five handset manufacturers are now shipping Ontela’s software pre-installed on some handsets. The company has been shipping on the Nokia (NYSE: NOK) Supernova to Cincinnati Bell for some time, and now it is also deploying on Samsung

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