Tapiture Takes $2.25M In Seed Funding

Venice, California-based social sharing site Tapiture said this morning that it has raised $2.25M in a seed funding round, which was led by JUMP Investors, along with angels Barry Sternlicht, Herb Simon, Brad Keywell (Lightbank), Brian Lee, Sam Bakhshandehpour, Dave Leyrer (Boulevard Capital), Happy Walters, Hilary Swank, Dwight Howard, and Amar'e Stoudemire. The company said the new funding includes $1.25M in new capital, plus a $1M convertible note from last year. Tapiture said the new funds will go towards growth, towards international expansion, and to help build merchant partnerships. Tapiture said that Randall Kaplan, co-founder of Akamai, will join its board of directors as part of the funding.