Sphere Founder Gets Funding For New Startup


Tony Conrad, who founded and later sold Sphere to AOL (NYSE: AOL), has raised funding for a new startup he is calling PumpkinHead (thus the photo at left). An SEC filing shows that the company has raised $412,500 of an $800,000 round. Michael Arrington at TechCrunchwho first noted the funding — says all $800,000 has been raised from a consortium of investors which includes About.com founder (and Sphere backer) Scott Kurnit, AOL Ventures, True Ventures and Founders Collective.

No word on what the company does or whether it will keep its scary or perhaps innocent name. Sphere, which had raised $4 million in funding, was sold to AOL for a reported $25 million in April 2008. Conrad, who is also a venture partner at True Ventures, left his job at Sphere in November, saying in a blog post that he had a “burning need to start another company.” He’s still linked to AOL, though, as a special advisor to AOL Ventures.


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