Benchmark Leads Investment in Online Stationery Site Minted

Online stationery store Minted has secured $5.5 million in a second round of venture funding today. The round was led by Peter Fenton of Benchmark Capital, with IDG Ventures and Menlo Ventures, Marissa Mayer of Google and Jeremy Stoppelman of Yelp also participating. The capital will be used for recruiting and for new product lines. Minted is focused on printing custom greeting cards, wedding cards and other paper products, sourced from a community of independent graphic designers.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work