|Venture Round, 1/08 |
Acton Capital Partners
mokono is a next generation media company which centers on providing a furtile environment for content creators such as bloggers to produce content they are passionate about, build audiences and monetize their audience, if they wish to by connecting marketers to their audiences.
mokono draws from the knowledge of hosting some 1M blogs across Europe and has pioneered new ways of using advertising in the blogosphere by using participative ad formats. mokono has started measuring campaign results via the increase in volume of mentions which have proven to significantly increase after a campaign, including clients such as Nokia, T-Home or BMW. This concept of measurement has initiated a discussion among advertising experts beyond Germany. In May 2009, the iab made volume of mentions an integral part of it’s social media definitions.
With up to 14 million unique users a month, mokono provides significant reach for marketers and agencies at scale that wish to address the most influential web crowd in Germany and the rest of Europe. Furthermore, mokono supports agencies and companies in the web 2.0 - environment by actively providing knowledge and expertise. In February 2007, Germany’s media giant Burda acquired a stake in the company.
mokono was founded in 2005 by Florian Wilken and Vasco Sommer-Nunes. The two high school friends form a complementary team, with mokono being their second venture. From 1997 to 2002 they founded and managed an online dating company, which was acquired in 2002, by then the third largest online dating property in Germany.