OpenX Closes $10 Million Round
It didn’t really need the money, but OpenX today announced a $10 million third round of funding. DAG Ventures led the round, and existing investors Mangrove Capital, Accel Partners, Index Ventures, First Round Capital and former AOL CEO Jon Miller, the company’s chairman, all chipped in a second time.
To date, the company–which makes the leading open-source ad serving software, catering to about 30,000 Web publishers on 100,000 Web sites–has raised $30.8 million. “We raised $15.5 million at the end of 2007 and still had a chunk of that left, so we didn’t have to raise money,” OpenX CEO (and former Yahoo Senior VP) Tim Cadogan told The Deal. “But if it’s generally true that it makes sense to raise money when you don’t need it, in this environment, it is triply true.”
Quadruply true when you’re competing with the likes of Google’s (GOOG) Double Click and Yahoo’s (YHOO) Right Media, which dominate the Internet advertising market in which OpenX plays.