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Photo Ad Network Pixazza Rounds Up Another $12 Million

Pixazza, a two-year-old start-up that likes to describe itself as “AdSense for photos,” has raised another $12 million in a Series B round led by Shasta Ventures. The previous investors in its $5.75 million A round have also re-upped.

The AdSense comparison is a nice hook for the Mountain View-based company, particularly because Google (GOOG) Ventures is one of its investors. But perhaps a more accurate analogy would be a company like Vibrant, which lets publishers turn text on their pages into clickable ads.

In this case, the images Pixazza works with become hyperlinked to e-commerce opportunities: Want to buy the boots in this photo? Click here. Etc.

In any case, you can read more about Pixazza here. For the record, the company says its publisher network now attracts 25 million unique visitors a month and serves up 8 billion image impressions a year.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik