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Massive Health Raises $2.25 Million From Massive List of Investors

Massive Health, the new start-up from former Firefox creative lead Aza Raskin, announced this morning it has raised $2.25 million in seed funding from Mohr Davidow Ventures, Felicis Ventures, Greylock Partners’ Discovery Fund, Andreessen Horowitz, Charles River Ventures and angel investors.

Massive Health has yet to launch; in fact, Raskin (pictured) left Mozilla only at the end of last year. And you have to imagine he’s been pretty busy, considering how long that list of investors is, even without the names of the angels.

Raskin said via email, “We were well over-committed and decided to raise only the amount we felt we needed to build a lasting business in health care.”

Massive Health will create applications to help users with chronic diseases like diabetes get healthy through diet and exercise.

“Crowdsourcing, game mechanics, and social networking are cool, but applying it to help someone get and stay healthy? That’s exciting. That’s powerful,” co-founder and CEO Sutha Kamal wrote today in a blog post about the round (somewhat oddly posted on his and Raskin’s personal blogs–but as we said, they’ve been busy).

“We are talking about tight feedback loops and deep insight into the interface which is your body,” Kamal continued. “There is something magical in the intersection of health, motivation, data analysis, and your social graph. That’s where habits are formed, behaviors are changed, and people get healthy.”

Similar projects we’ve mentioned include RunKeeper and other fitness apps, as well as Jane McGonigal’s new start-up, Social Chocolate, whose first game is to be a wellness motivator called SuperBetter, for users with chronic conditions.

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