Amino, a TechStars-incubated startup that’s building mobile communities around topics like anime and Doctor Who, is announcing that it has raised $1.65 million in seed funding led by Union Square Ventures.
Co-founder and CEO Ben Anderson told me that his engagement with “passionate niche interests” goes back to when he was a teenager and excited about robots, but not sure how to find others who were similarly excited. Certainly, there are plenty of online communities and forums, but Anderson said they remain “a little bit old fashioned” and not particularly well-suited for smartphones.
In fact, when Amino is ready to launch a new community, not only does it ask existing users for input, Anderson said it also looks for areas where there’s already “an active forum ripe for disruption.”
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Originally appeared on TechCrunch on July 8, 2014