Photo printing service Fracture has raised $660,000 in seed financing from investors including the Florida Opportunities Fund. Like other photo companies, Gainesville, Fla.-based Fracture lets users upload their photographs and choose various sizes and framing options. What’s different about Fracture is that it prints photos exclusively on glass. The end result is a one-piece picture and frame ready to mount on your wall.
Since launching the service in late 2009, Fracture has seen about 11,000 orders, most of them coming in the past year, says President Abhimanyu Lokesh. The company recently sealed a deal with Norwegian Cruise Line to provide their printing service to vacationers. Lokesh says the company also aims to attract niche demographics like serious photographers and graphic artists. “With investment in new machinery, we hope we will be on par with the traditional fine art prints out there,” he says. So far, Fracture has 13 staffers, including those in its Florida printing facilities. As a result of the round, Jennifer Dunham joined the company’s board representing the Florida Opportunities Fund.
Seva Search Inc., has raised $1.3 million for its Seva Call service, which according to the company will operate “like a free personal concierge service,” helping consumers connect to local businesses. Seva is based in Potomac, Maryland, and backed by Washington D.C.-based Fortify Ventures, according to a recent regulatory filing. Jonathan Perrelli of Fortify Ventures sits on the Seva board.
Boston-based Snapette has sealed $1.1 million in debt financing, according to a regulatory filing. The social shopping company, a graduate of Dave McClure’s 500 Startups accelerator, allows users to browse and share photos of products like shoes, bags and accessories. The app launched this summer in Apple’s app store, and is available on the iPhone and iPod touch. The news was reported earlier by MassHighTech. UPDATE: Snapette announced Wednesday that it has, in fact, raised a total of $1.3 million in seed financing from investors including Brian Lee, the founder and chief executive of Shoedazzle. This brings Snapette’s total financing to $1.5 million. Snapette says it plans to release its app across multiple platforms including the Android and Windows Phone. Snapette says it will also expand functions available over its website and over social networks.