SmartNews is #12 in Top 14 News Readers
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#12 in Top 14 News Readers
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2021. News aggregator SmartNews raises $230 million
SmartNews, a news aggregation website and app that’s grown in popularity despite hefty competition from built-in aggregators like Apple News, has closed on $230 million in Series F funding. Founded in 2012 in Japan, the company launched to the U.S. in 2014 and expanded its local news footprint early last year. While the app’s content team includes former journalists, machine learning is used to pick which articles are shown to readers to personalize their experience. However, one of the app’s key differentiators is how it works to pop users’ “filter bubbles” through its “News From All Sides” feature, which allows its users to access news from across a range of political perspectives.
2020. News reading app SmartNews raises $92M
SmartNews has closed $92 million round of funding at a valuation of $1.2 billion. News aggregation apps seemed to everywhere a few years ago, and while they haven’t exactly disappeared, they didn’t turn into unicorns, with many of them acquired or shut down. But SmartNews has a few unique advantages. For one thing, it uses machine learning rather than human curation to “thoughtfully generate a news discovery experience” that’s personalized to each user. Secondly, many news aggregators treat the publishers creating the content that they rely on “like a commodity,” whereas SmartNews treats them as “true partners.” For example, it’s working with select publishers like Business Insider, Bloomberg, BuzzFeed and Reuters on a program called SmartView First, where articles are presented in a custom format that gives publishers more revenue opportunities and better analytics.