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Catalog Spree Accelerates With $6.1 Million Round Led By Comcast Ventures.

Company adds executives from Google, Rackspace and retail industry to management team

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Catalog Spree, the highest rated catalog shopping app for the iPad[R], announced today that it has raised $6.1 million in Series A funding, led by Comcast Ventures, with participation from BlackBerry Partners Fund and El Dorado Ventures.

This new round of financing will fuel continued innovations in tablet-based user experiences and provide a new platform for retailers to express their brands directly to consumers. Since its launch in late-April, 2011, Catalog Spree has grown to include more than 100 retail catalogs and is the highest-rated, reviewed and used catalog shopping app in the App Store.

"Catalog Spree is changing the way people engage with retail brands - and the way brands interact with their customers," said Michael Yang, Managing Director at Comcast Ventures. "The company excels at delivering an interactive user experience that defines the future of mobile shopping."

According to an October 2011 survey by the National Retail Federation, seven in 10 tablet owners plan to use their devices to research and shop this holiday season - more than a third will make a purchase using their device. Usage data from Catalog Spree supports these findings, with shoppers now spending more than 30 minutes on the app and viewing more than 100 pages per session.

"Catalog Spree is simply the best retail entertainment and social shopping experience on the iPad," said Joaquin Ruiz, CEO of Catalog Spree. "We're going to continue thrilling our customers, evolving our gorgeous personalized shopping experience, and delighting our retailers with the highest consumer engagement."

Catalog Spree also announced today three powerful additions to the executive team, including Claudia Carpenter as the Vice President of User Experience, Lee Bieber as the Vice President of Engineering and Operations, and Maggie Athoe as the Vice President of U.S. Sales. Carpenter is a veteran software engineer and a founder of Writely, which became Google Docs when it was acquired in 2006. Bieber brings over 20 years of experience in high-tech with industry-leading organizations including Rackspace, Intuit and Sun Microsystems as well as several start-ups. Athoe's unparalleled sales background includes more than 25 years of experience adding significant revenue to Fortune 100 and 500 retailers.


Catalog Spree ( is the ultimate digital catalog shopping experience for the iPad. For consumers, Catalog Spree is pure shopping entertainment that allows users to window shop from anywhere. For retailers, Catalog Spree is the richest customer engagement platform. Padopolis is a privately held company based in Los Altos, California.


Comcast Ventures ( is the venture capital affiliate of Comcast Corporation. It consists of the recently combined Comcast Interactive Capital and NBCUniversal Peacock Equity Fund and has a portfolio valued at approximately $750 million under management. Comcast Ventures invests in innovative businesses that represent the next generation of entertainment, communications and digital technology by partnering with entrepreneurs who have the vision, passion and tenacity to succeed. Its primary goal is to generate superior financial returns through the success of its portfolio companies by applying the unique resources, contacts, experience, and insight of Comcast's family of companies.
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