A little over a year after coming up with the idea for a web-based service for backing up onlinesuch as Flickr albums or Twitter tweets, Charlie O’Donnell of First Round Capital announced Tuesdayon his blogandon Twitter that his venture firm and several others — including venture investors Betaworks and General Catalyst, and angel investors Chris Sacca and Jason Calacanis — have invested $900,000 in a second financing round for startup Backupify. But will users be comfortable backing all their data up with a cloud-storage startup that they’ve never heard of? Backupify will need to clear that hurdle and many others in order to achieve success.
The idea behind the company, O’Donnell says, was to provide a single place where users of various web services such as Twitter and Flickr could back up their data. Although there are a number of cloud-based solutions for backing up documents and information from a desktop (including services such as Mozy, Carbonite and Symantec),he writes that he couldn’t find any “cloud to cloud” solutions that were designed to back up data from web-based services. So he asked a friend, Rob May — founder of BusinessPundit.com — to build something, and Backupify was born.