Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Scott McNealy's Social Engagement Service, Wayin Raises $14 Million

Wayin (pun: "weigh-in"), a social engagement service, today announced it has closed its Series B funding round with $14 million raised. Founded in November 2010 by Sun Microsystems founder Scott McNealy and Scott Johnston, the company has raised $20 million. U.S. Venture Partners led the Series B round with Rick Lewis, partner at USVP, joining the Wayin board of directors.
"Wayin enables a one-to-many conversation among people, companies and states," said McNealy. "We bring brand engagement to a whole new level which is why we were able to attract such an all-star group of investors."

Wayin is a new mobile engagement service developed by Scott McNealy, founder of Sun Microsystems. Utilizing the free Wayin app on their mobile devices, users post images and questions that will spark humorous, passionate and lively debate among the global Wayin community. As soon as a Wayin user posts content, he or she will receive an instant pulse of other people's sentiment about an entertaining topic. Wayin allows users around the world to connect with each other in real-time, giving them a gaming platform to share instant feedback on items that are most important to them and their friends. More importantly, all Wayin users know their voice will be heard - and their "vote" will be counted - anytime, anywhere.

Scott McNealy - Chairman

Scott McNealy co-founded Sun Microsystems, Inc. in 1982, serving as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Sun's Board of Directors for 22 years. During his tenure at Sun McNealy drove the company's innovation in open, network computing, and he helped transform Sun from a Silicon Valley start-up to a leading provider of network computing infrastructure with more than 30,000 employees worldwide. 

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