O’Melveny Represents Refresh in Equity FinancingNovember 13, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
O’Melveny & Myers LLP
SILICON VALLEY ─ November 13, 2013 ─ O’Melveny & Myers LLP represented Refresh, the dynamic technology company behind the first mobile application to deliver an instant dossier about people you meet, in a US$10 million equity financing.
The O’Melveny team was led by partner Paul Sieben and associate Timothy Hagen.
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The following press release was issued by Refresh App:
For Immediate Release
REFRESH RECEIVES $10M SERIES A FUNDING TO PUT AN END TO
SMALL TALK WITH REAL TIME DOSSIERS
Redpoint Ventures, Charles River Ventures and Foundation Capital Fund
Invest in Refresh
PALO ALTO, CALIF. – October 08, 2013 – Refresh, the first mobile application to deliver
an instant dossier about people you meet, announces today that the company has raised
$10M in financing from Redpoint Ventures, Charles River Ventures and Foundation Capital.
Refresh is currently in beta and available for download in the US at the Apple App Store.
Founded in 2011, Refresh set out to use the world’s information to bring people closer
together. The company’s smart service helps mobile professionals put an end to mundane
small talk. Refresh achieves this by connecting the dots between profiles, photos, statuses
and events across social networks and different time periods to deliver an instant dossier
just before each meeting. Whether it is a tidbit of their lives – passions, achievements, jobs,
trips taken, close friends, interests – the Refresh dossier delivers just-in-time insights to
help spark meaningful and mutually interesting conversation.
The team behind Refresh came together from Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft and Stanford,
after the company’s CEO, Bhavin Shah, witnessed firsthand the power insights could have
on relationship building and productivity during a trip to Afghanistan with world leaders.
Refresh’s veteran engineering team, led by CTO & Co-founder Paul Tyma, has created an
advanced real-time insight engine to pull information across hundreds of sources, while
maintaining privacy controls, in order to deliver the most customized information possible.
Every dossier is personalized depending on who’s using the app and what the online
relationship is between them and the person they are viewing in the app.
“It’s common now for each of us to have 10+ years of posts, tweets, job history, Q&A,
check-ins, etc. Now is the right time to start leveraging that fragmented information to
make us more thoughtful and intelligent about our friends, colleagues, and everyone we
“Over the past 18 months, Refresh has solved many difficult data aggregation, identity
disambiguation, natural language processing and machine learning problems. This allows us
to anticipate who you’re going to meet today and consolidate interesting information about
them into a just-in-time dossiers delivered to your smart phone,” said Bhavin Shah, CEO of
“Refresh complements the use of social networks by reengaging and highlighting posts that
matter. Visiting multiple sites or apps just to get reacquainted with someone takes more
time than most mobile professionals have before each meeting,” said Chris Moore, Partner
with Redpoint Ventures.
“Refresh is great example of how technology can inform and improve our business
relationships by making each interaction more personal and relevant,” said Charles Moldow,
general partner at Foundation Capital. “Bhavin and Paul have assembled a top-notch team
at Refresh and it’s exciting to watch them create a new category of intelligent applications
that leverage disparate data to create an entirely new business in the process.”
“Refresh is the most advanced mobile service that we’ve seen come out this year. Refresh
has found a way to smartly interrupt its users with pertinent online information that
changes how people engage with one another in the physical world. You can see it in their
engagement and retention numbers,” explained Saar Gur from Charles River Ventures, who
also invested in Mailbox, a smart app for email that was sold to Dropbox.
About Redpoint Ventures
Since 1999, the Redpoint team has been partnering with visionary founders who create new
markets or redefine existing ones. From the earliest stages, Redpoint partners have
supported over 375 companies and 120 IPOs & M&As. Industry-defining investments include
HomeAway, Fortinet, Qihoo, Right Media, Heroku, Netflix, Tivo, Juniper, Sonos and Stripe
among many others. Today, Redpoint manages over $3.4 billion across multiple funds and
invests in disruptive founders and companies at the seed, early and growth stages. For
more information on our portfolio and team, visit: www.redpoint.com
About Charles River Ventures
Charles River Ventures is one of the nation’s oldest and most successful early-stage venture
capital firms with approximately $1.4 billion under management. CRV is dedicated to
helping exceptional entrepreneurs turn their ideas into the next category leaders in high
growth technology and media sectors. Since its founding in 1970, CRV funds have been
ranked among the industry’s top performers. CRV has offices in Boston, MA and Menlo Park,
CA. For more information, visit www.crv.com.
About Foundation Capital
At Foundation Capital, we’re dedicated to the proposition that one entrepreneur's idea, with
the right support, can become a business that changes the world. We helped Atheros create
the mobile Internet, EnerNOC invent the energy demand response market, and Netflix
revolutionize media distribution and consumption, among many others. We're currently
invested in more than 80 high-growth ventures in the areas of consumer, information
technology, software, semiconductors, and clean technology including BoardVantage,
Chegg, Coverity, Lending Club, MobileIron, Simply Hired, Sunrun, TubeMogul and Venafi.
Foundation Capital’s nineteen initial public offerings include Control4, Envestnet, Financial
Engines, Netflix, NetZero, Responsys and Silver Spring Networks. For more information,
please visit www.foundationcapital.com.
Founded in 2011, Refresh is the only mobile application to deliver an instant dossier about
the people you know, the people you meet and even chance encounters so you can get the
most out of every conversation. Refresh connects the dots between profiles, photos,
statuses and events across social networks to deliver a complete dossier about the people
you meet with throughout the day. Find out a person's background, their professional
achievements, their passions, their vacations, and their most important relationships at a
glance. Never forget someone's spouse's name again before an important meeting. Impress
someone by showing your knowledge about their recent trip to Peru. Learn about common
interests among your friends and associates so that you can make more relevant
introductions within your social circle. With the Refresh dossier, you have everything you
need to make the most of your relationships, whether it’s someone you’re meeting for the
first time or for the hundredth time. Refresh your relationships at www.refresh.io.
Trier and Company for Refresh