Bday, developer of a Facebook app for gift giving, said it raised $2 million in Series A funding from Tel-Ad Electronics Ltd., a technology company in Israel. The Tel Aviv company said it will use the financing to expand its product portfolio and improve its technology.
Bday Launches Gift Finder on Facebook, Announces $2 Million in Funding
Bday Gift Finder Recommends Physical and Virtual Goods Based on Friends’ Facebook Likes
TEL AVIV, Israel – February 1, 2012 – Bday, the fully integrated Facebook application that provides the answer to all your gift giving needs, today announced the launch of the Bday Gift Finder. Bday’s Gift Finder takes the guess work out of choosing the right gifts for friends and loved ones by recommending gift cards based not only on recipients’ Facebook Likes but also a thorough analysis of the sentiment attached to those Likes. Unlike existing gift giving apps, Bday provides the ability to purchase cards for physical products (clothes and accessories) and virtual goods (online content and social games), offering one of the largest selections of goods available on Facebook today.
Bday also announced $2 million in Series A funding from Tel-Ad Electronics Ltd., a leading technology company in Israel. The financing will be used to further expand Bday’s technology and product portfolio.
“Finding the perfect gift for birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions can be a challenge. Not only does it take a lot of time, oftentimes you’re unsure of whether or not you’re picking the right gift,” said Tomer Irge, chief operating officer at Bday. “Bday puts the fun back into gift giving by allowing friends to easily find the gift that counts – from Abercrombie to Zynga – no matter the occasion. “
The Bday Gift Finder focuses on gift cards rather than specific product recommendations, empowering users to buy gifts that are both personal and flexible. Bday evaluated all fan pages associated with top brands and searches profiles only for Likes with a positive sentiment as determined by an actual person’s discerning eye, not by algorithms, which can be error-prone. How it works:
– Users log on to Facebook, visit the Bday app page and Allow the Bday Gift Finder
– Once authorized, Bday Gift Finder analyzes friends’ Likes and matches them with brands that offer gift cards relevant to their interests
– Users then click on a friend to discover recommended gift cards
– Once a gift is selected, users are directed to the brand’s website, where they can purchase a gift card directly from the merchant, guaranteeing authenticity and security
“Facebook is distinguishing itself as a major platform for business transactions with the increasing popularity and use of Facebook Credits,” said Anat Efron, business development manager, Tel-Ad Electronics. “We’re excited to invest in Bday’s innovative technology, which capitalizes on the growing Facebook ecosystem at just the right time and in a unique way that appeals to users worldwide.”
Founded in 2011 and headquartered in Israel, Bday is a fully integrated Facebook application that provides the answer to all your gift giving needs. Finding the perfect gift for friends and loved ones can be tricky; you don’t always know what they want. Bday does the thinking for you – taking into account the sentiment within friends’ Facebook Likes and interests – so you always give the gift that counts. Users can choose from one of the largest selections of physical and virtual goods available on Facebook, from Abercrombie to Zynga, to find the perfect gift card for every occasion. For more information, visit http://apps.facebook.com/bday-giftfinder/.