Recommendation App Qloo Raises $1.6 Mil

Startup Qloo, whose app provides personalized recommendations for TV, film and other categories, has raised $1.6 million in funding from angel investors including Tommy Thompson, founding partner of Cross Creek Pictures, the producer of “Black Swan” and “Rush.”

The funding completes Qloo’s seed round of $3 million. Other investors include Samih Toukan and Hussam Khoury, founders of Arabic email service Maktoob (acquired by Yahoo in 2009) along with VC firm Kindler Capital and celebrity investors Danny Masterson and Cedric the Entertainer.

Qloo also Thursday launched its first iOS application, available free to download from Apple’s iTunes Store. The app analyzes a user’s interests to suggest new things across eight categories: music, film, TV, dining, nightlife, fashion, books and travel. The startup positions the service as a more holistic approach to content and commerce recommendations, in contrast with domain-specific services like Pandora for music and Yelp for restaurants and other local businesses.

“It’s with great pleasure that we announce the close of our seed funding with highly strategic investors from the tech and entertainment industries,” Alex Elias, CEO and co-founder of Qloo, said in a statement.

New York-based Qloo (pronounced “clue”) was founded in 2012 by Elias and Jay Alger. Startup plans to release an Android version of its app by the end of the year, followed by a tablet version.

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