|Venture Round, 2012 ||$1.5M|
|Series A, 10/2013 |
Garland Capital Group
Spartz websites make it easy to create and share content so others can learn, laugh, and feel inspired. The Spartz Network, including OMG Facts, GivesMeHope, and MuggleNet, attracts 17 million readers across dozens of websites, mobile sites, and apps.
Founded in 2009 and headquartered in Chicago, the company is one of the fastest-growing digital media publishers. Spartz brands have over 12 million followers on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.
Gives Me Hope is where people share with the world their most hopeful, uplifting moments – one paragraph stories of amazing friends, true love, and random acts of kindness. It’s Chicken Soup for the Soul – the 21st Century, Twitter-style version.
Gives Me Hope was launched in June 2009 in response to the popular site, FMyLife.com (FML). On FML, people share stories explaining how their day was completely ruined. We love FML, but it can sometimes be a downer. And we’re exhausted by the negativity of society and the mainstream media. We’re tired of hearing about what’s wrong in this world. That’s why we created Gives Me Hope.
MuggleNet is a Harry Potter fansite founded by Emerson Spartz. The site is composed of news, editorials and synopses of the Harry Potter books and films, an encyclopedia of the books, an IRC network, in which the fans of Harry Potter can discuss predictions and share thoughts, a discussion forum, and media such as screenshots, theatrical trailers and book covers.
A top entertainment destination, OMG Facts features the most interesting facts on the Internet as voted by its audience. OMG Facts’ online video show has over 450,000 subscribers and receives as many viewers as some cable television programs. The website was launched in February 2010 and is followed by over 2 million people on Twitter and 200,000 on Facebook.