JiWire Raises $20 Million For Location-Based Advertising

Gail Chiasson, North American Editor

While we were traveling last week, San Francisco-based JiWire announced it has raised $20 million in Series C funding led by Trident Capital, based in Palo Alto, California.

Existing investors Comcast Interactive Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Norwest Venture Partners and Panorama Capital also participated in the financing. With the current funding, total capital raised to date is $45 million.

As part of its investment, Trident Capital’s John Moragne will join theJiWire board. Moragne, co-founder of Trident Capital, was recently named to Forbes’ Midas list of the 100 most powerful VCs. He brings a wealth of expertise in location and advertising through his involvement in companies such as MapQuest, Homeaway and Turn.

In the past year, JiWire has rapidly expanded its business enabling advertising across both mobile applications and public Wi-Fi, now reaching an audience of more than 40 million users each month.

“We have focused intently on location as an important tool in delivering relevant and targeted media to mobile users,” says Moragne. “We’re convinced JiWire has the technology, ad products, partnerships and momentum to be a critical player in the location advertising space for a long time to come.”

The new capital will be used to aggressively extend JiWire’s leadership position in location-based advertising. The areas of growth include broadening its investment in new ad technology and products, pursuing additional mergers-and-acquisitions opportunities, such as its recent acquisition of NearbyNow, and further expanding internationally. JiWire already entered the U.K. market last year.

“We are in a period of phenomenal growth, leveraging location to transform the advertising market,” says David Courtney, JiWire’s CEO. “We have our sights set on enhancing our proprietary data technology, expanding our unique and extensive distribution network and providing revolutionary ad products for our growing client base of leading advertisers to locationize their brands.”

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