IDG Capital backs Landscape Mobile

San Francisco and Beijing-based mobile tools developer Landscape Mobile said Friday that it has secured $1.85 million in seed funding. The investor was IDG Capital.

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SAN FRANCISCO, Jul 11, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Sight , a revolutionary, image centered productivity app for iOS, is now available in the App Store. Developed by startup, Landscape Mobile, the company has also just closed a seed funding round of $1.85 million from IDG Capital.

Sight simplifies the reading and mobile productivity process using images as the input to unlock related content across the mobile web. The app allows users to more efficiently manage, organize and discover information.

“In Sight, we put images front and center as the new user-friendly URL for mobile – images can now be used smartly to discover related info,” said Yue Zhuge, CEO of Landscape Mobile. “Smart technologies such as ours separate the important DNA within images from the clutter, unlocking the power of the mobile web.”

Mobile users can now clip, save and retrieve reading materials in one step eliminating the clumsy, multi-step cut and paste process. The app also innately discovers specific, related data based on user provided image content and features cross app functionality.

Sight’s core technology is centered on image understanding, searching and readability. The company plans to further apply its smart image technology through extremely powerful mobile applications that extend beyond articles into additional areas.

Landscape recently closed a round of seed funding totaling $1.85 million from IDG Capital as well as a number of small angel investments. The company plans to invest the funding in research and development and growing its business within the US market.

“We are delighted to be the lead investor behind the talented team at Landscape Mobile and the launch of Sight,” said Feng Li, Partner at IDG Capital. “Sight’s unique technology significantly improves users’ productivity and reading experience and the potential for the team’s deep imaging expertise is enormous in terms of how it can radically improve the mobile experience.”

About Landscape Mobile
Landscape Mobile is a developer of mobile tools that harness the intuitive power of images and improve mobile productivity. CEO, Yue Zhuge was previously head of product for Yahoo Beijing’s global R&D center and data architect at Yahoo US as well as principal group program manager at Microsoft. An expert in big data and data mining, she earned a MS and PhD from the computer science dept at Stanford. Landscape Mobile launched Ivy Gallery in November 2013, an app that aggregates online cloud photographs for Android and iOS. Co-founder, Tian Bai was founder and CEO of photo editing platform, FHCY and is a former program manager at Microsoft experienced in machine learning and large-scale web services. The company is based in San Francisco and Beijing.

 

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