Seattle angel bankrolls digital bible

John Cunningham is one of the most accomplished angel investors in the Seattle area, backing companies such as Insitu, Cheezburger and BuddyTV. Now, the general partner at Clear Fir Partners is putting his angel wings to work in an entirely new way, bankrolling a Seattle area startup that’s attempting to transform the way people read the bible.

The company, ooBible, just received an additional $100,000 in financing with Cunningham serving as one of the investors, GeekWire has learned. That follows a $500,000 round that the company reeled in earlier this year from prominent angels such as BuddyTV CEO Andy Liu, CEO Edward Yim and Avidian Technologies CEO James Wong.

ooBible is led by Colin Wong, a former Google engineer who came up with the idea after discovering that many electronic versions of the bible were built with 1990s design and didn’t quite serve the Facebook and Kindle generations of readers.

ooBible is still in private beta, with about 1,000 users testing an e-version that allows readers to highlight, annotate and share specific passages.

Wong tells GeekWire that the business is doing extremely well, with plans to finish an iPhone or iPad app for a full launch in the coming weeks. The company also recently added Alex Sum as vice president of new business development who is handling partnerships with churches, ministries and publishers.

ooBible’s biggest competitor is BibleGateway, which was started in 1993 by a student at Calvin College in Michigan and is largely supported by advertising.

Here’s a look at ooBible from the company’s promotional video.

ooBible Teaser HD from ooBible on Vimeo.


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