Smule Raises $38M

What does Smule do?

Smule, develops interactive sonic applications for the iPad, iPhone and the iPod touch. It is the creators of Interactive Sonic Media for mobile platforms. Sonic Lighter, Smule’s first product, is a virtual lighter iPhone app which was launched on September 24th, 2008. This is the 1st app which was built on a new audio programming language called “Chuck”. On November 8th, 2008 it has launched “Ocarina” which has transformed the iPhone into a wind musical instrument and let the player hear others playing the instrument around the globe, and had seen over half a million downloads.

How much Smule was funded?

Smule raised $26M in Venture round on April 23rd, 2015 from Adams Street Partners along with the participation of Shasta Ventures, Bessemer Ventures.

Previous funding

  • $1.6M in Seed round on January 1, 2008 from Bessemer Venture Partners
  • $3.9M in Series A round on February 13, 2009 from FLOODGATE, Granite Ventures and Bessemer Venture Partners
  • $8M in  Series C round onDecember 16, 2009 from 500 Startups, Granite Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners and Shasta Ventures
  • $12M in  Venture round on October 31, 2011 from Bessemer Venture Partners and Granite Ventures
  • $16.6M in Venture round on April 10, 2014 from Bessemer Venture Partners, ROTH Capital Partners and Granite Ventures.

What is next for Smule?

Dave Welsh, Adams Street Partners joined the Smule’s board. His operating experience along with financial support of Adams Street Partners, will guide the growth of Smule and helps the startup achieve its mission of connecting the world via music. Smule’s aim is to use technology to free people to be expressive, creative and connected through music.

More about Smule

Smule was founded in 2008 by Ge Wang and Jeff Smith. It has its headquarters in San Francisco, CA. it has a social network dedicated to musical performance which is powered by award winning mobile apps such as Guitar!, Magic Piano!, Karaoke! And AutoRap.