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FeedBlitz™, Internet's Largest RSS to Email Service, Receives Angel Funding

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Entrepreneur, author and technology executive Tom Evslin joins FeedBlitz Board; Funding will expand operations and accelerate service development.

Sudbury, MA - May 30, 2006 – Phil Hollows, founder and CEO of FeedBlitz, LLC, the leader in RSS to email newsletter services, today announced that it has received a significant angel investment from Tom Evslin. Evslin will join FeedBlitz's Board of Directors.

FeedBlitz operates a service which converts blogs and other web 2.0 content into opt-in email. Publishers use this service to reach a huge audience who are familiar with email and want to receive new material automatically, but who may not be familiar with technologies like RSS. FeedBlitz includes powerful tools which publishers use to customize their message, control delivery schedule, and measure reach.

Almost half a million individual subscribers receive the updates they want from their favorite blogs and websites in email they have requested. FeedBlitz FeedAdvisor™ helps them find new sources of relevant content.

"RSS is a powerful technology and very important to the distribution of blogs and other web content," said Evslin, "but readers don't care about the technology and find it difficult to use. FeedBlitz gives both publishers and readers the advantage of RSS-based distribution without technical complexity - everyone understands email. As an early customer, I have been continually impressed with FeedBlitz's execution. Phil rescued me and a number of other bloggers when service from our former provider became unreliable. FeedBlitz has grown rapidly since and earned its leadership position. I am delighted to have an opportunity to contribute to FeedBlitz's future growth and success."

Evslin is well-known to web cognoscenti who enjoy his war stories about the Internet bubble -- and the years before and after -- at http://blog.tomevslin.com/, and who read his novel hackoff.com: an historic murder mystery set in the Internet bubble and rubble. FeedBlitz is used to deliver a free customized serialization of hackoff.com as well as the posts from his blog.

Phil Hollows added: "Tom brings his unique expertise and insight as a successful entrepreneur, CEO and author to FeedBlitz. With his experience and this investment, FeedBlitz will be able to bring dedicated resources and focus to further extending our services, growth and leadership."

About Phil Hollows

Hollows, founder and CEO of FeedBlitz, brings nearly 20 years of IT and software leadership to the company. He was vice president of product marketing at OpenService, Inc, an enterprise security software vendor. Prior to OpenService, Hollows was vice president of product marketing at Response Networks, Inc.; vice president of technology at RadView Software, Ltd.; and Technology Director at Kronos, Inc. He was also a Managing Consultant at the British specialty consultancy, Metapraxis, Ltd. Hollows gained his degree from Britain's Oxford University, and has been a US resident since 1993.

About Tom Evslin

Evslin was cofounder, Chairman and CEO of ITXC Corp. The NASDAQ-listed company grew from startup in 1997 to the world's leading provider of wholesale VoIP and one of largest carriers of international voice minutes of any kind by 2004 when it was acquired. At AT&T Evslin founded and ran WorldNet Service which popularized flat rate, all-you-can-eat Internet pricing. At Microsoft he was responsible for email products including what became Exchange and Outlook.

About FeedBlitz

FeedBlitz, LLC was founded in August, 2005 to provide a service to enable marketers, publishers and bloggers to make more effective use of RSS and other blog-based technologies, helping subscribers get the information they want in the format they want. FeedBlitz converts RSS and blog updates into email newsletters delivered daily to subscribers' inboxes. FeedBlitz manages subscriptions, circulation tracking, real-time analytics, and email autoresponders, and is compatible with all major blogging platforms and services. FeedBlitz also enables email subscription services for individuals, simplifying information overload using the Internet's most pervasive application – email. FeedBlitz's partners include TypePad and FeedBurner.
More information is available at http://www.feedblitz.com.

   

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