Inform Technologies Receives $15 Million Investment from Spark Capital: Inform, New Technology Solution for Established Media Brands, Will Use Funds to Accelerate Growth Nearly 100 Media Brands Use Inform's Journalistic Technology to Enhance Their Sites

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Inform Technologies, a technology solution for established media brands, has received a $15 million investment from Spark Capital, a Boston-based venture fund focused on the intersection of the media, entertainment and technology industries. Inform will use the funds to help implement its strategy for accelerated growth.

Media companies face significant challenges online. They need to attract new unique visitors, create an experience that compels those readers to spend more time consuming more pages, and then turn those page views and time on site into revenue. We believe that the Inform solution enables them to do exactly that.

    Founded in 2004, Inform currently works with nearly 100 major media brands to help them ensure that their sites are content destinations and offers editorial-quality features that keep readers engaged on their sites longer - and that increase page views and revenue potential.

Inform's key offering is a technology solution that acts as an extra editor. It starts with a page of text, and then, with editorial precision, it automatically creates and organizes links to relevant content from the media property's site, its archives, from affiliate sites and/or anywhere else on the Web. As a result, each page on a site becomes a richer multimedia experience.

Said James Satloff, CEO of Inform, "Media companies face significant challenges online. They need to attract new unique visitors, create an experience that compels those readers to spend more time consuming more pages, and then turn those page views and time on site into revenue. We believe that the Inform solution enables them to do exactly that."

Longstanding Inform clients include Conde Nast, Crain Communications, IDG, The New York Sun and Washington.Post.Newsweek Interactive. In recent months, 30 additional media properties have engaged Inform - many already running Inform's technology on their sites.

Inform uses artificial intelligence and proprietary rules and algorithms to scan millions of pages of text and read the way a journalist does - identifying key "entities," such as people, places, companies and products, and recognizing how they connect, even in subtle and context-specific ways. The software continually teaches itself - in real time - how information is related and automatically updates links and topics as the context changes.

Said Santo Politi, Founder and Partner at Spark Capital, "Established media brands need cost-effective ways to compete with each other and, importantly, with other online presences, such as search. They need depth and richness in their content so they're true destinations and so readers spend more time on the sites and click through more pages. Inform provides a truly elegant - and so far very successful - solution for that. While allowing the publication to remain in full control of its content and editorial integrity, Inform automatically enriches a site by enabling it to leverage its own content, its archives, archives of affiliates and the web overall. In effect, it enables a publication to expand its editorial capabilities without expanding its staff. We believe the potential for Inform's growth is substantial."

Said Joseph Einhorn, Co-Founder and CTO of Inform, "We're delighted that our new investor understands how effectively we partner with media companies and how our technology serves their business and editorial objectives. We will use the capital to expand our operations and implement our approach to accelerating our growth."

About Inform Technologies

Inform Technologies is a new technology solution for established media brands that automatically searches, organizes and links content to provide a rich, compelling experience that attracts and retains readers. The technology relies upon artificial intelligence tools, natural language processing, identification of topics, and the continual scanning and processing of content as it is published anywhere on the Internet.

Inform's Connected Content Solution(TM) and Essential Technology Platform(TM) are used by close to 100 major media brands including Conde Nast, Crain's, IDG, The New York Sun, and WashingtonPost.Newsweek Interactive. Inform was founded in 2004.

About Spark Capital

Spark Capital is a venture capital fund focused on building businesses that transform the distribution, management and monetization of media and content, with experience in identifying and actively building market-leading companies in sectors including infrastructure (Qtera, RiverDelta, Aether Systems, Broadbus and BigBand), networks (College Sports Television, TVONE and XCOM) and services (Akamai and the Platform). Spark Capital has over $600 million under management, and is based in Boston, Massachusetts. Spark has committed to investing $20 million in CNET equity.

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