Widget company Widgetbox announced its Series B round of funding, raising $8 million from investors like Sequoia Capital, Hummer Winblad Partners and investor Michael Dearing. The company also appears to have jettisoned its founding CEO.
Widgetbox is one of several companies competing in the growing “widget” marketplace. The company provides a platform for developers to create widgets – small programs that can be embedded in web pages, MySpace profiles and Facebook pages – and to distribute them throughout the internet, primarily via social networks. According to the press release, Widgetbox currently hosts 26,000 developers and reaches 28 million users every month.
Widgetbox was founded by web entrepreneur Ed Anuff, a serial entrepreneur whom web oldtimers might remember as the founder of Epicentric and a leader in the early days of Wired Digital, where he was a project manager and launched such properties as HotBot. However, Anuff seems to be no longer affiliated with the Widgetbox. The executive bio section of the company’s website lists investor Dearing as “Interim CEO, Independent Board Member” – which would imply that Widgetbox is looking for a permanent CEO – and there’s no sign of Ed Anuff on that page.