Naspers leads USD15m round for VoIP firm

VoIP firm Nimbuzz has won USD15m in its second round of funding led by returning backer South African media conglomerate Naspers.

Existing investor Mangrove Capital Partners also participated in the round. The startup will use the capital to develop its social network VoiP and instant messaging (IM) application, which launched in beta earlier this year.

“We are working on strategic distribution deals with social networks and mobile operators,” says CEO and founder, Evert Jaap Lugt, without disclosing the partners’ names.

Rotterdam-based Nimbuzz develops a PC and mobile app that enables users to send instant messages and make VoIP phone calls from their social network profile. The firm raised USD10m last year, led by Mangrove Capital Partners with investments from Naspers / MIH Group and Holtzbrinck Ventures.

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