Kiwi Inc. closes $9 million funding round lead by Sequoia Capital

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Date Type Companies involved Size
July 29th, 2013 investment Kiwi
Sequoia Capital
Kiwi Inc. closes $9 million funding round lead by Sequoia Capital
The Android-focused developer Kiwi Inc. has secured $9 million in a funding round led by Sequoia Capital.

AdMob founder Omar Hamoui, Guitar Hero co-creator Charles Huang, and SV Angels also participated in the funding.

Kiwi's founders, Omar Siddiqui and Shvetank Jain, have proven success at developing games coming from Trippert Labs, Playdom, and Disney.

Of course, the fact that four of Kiwi’s casual titles - such as Shipwrecked: Lost Island - are performing well probably didn't hurt matters either.

To delight and succeed

Speaking on the $9 million funding round, Kiwi's CEO Omar Siddiqui attributed his studio's success to its two-fold approach to game development.

"Over the past two years, we've built great games that surprise and delight our players, and have also built the distribution and analytics tools required for our business success."

Sequoia Partner Alfred Lin said that the Kiwi deal represented an opportunity to work with "a proven and seasoned founding team who are taking a fundamentally different approach to building more than just another mobile gaming company".

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