Angel round worth $500,000 for location tool what3words

A business which has developed a way for people to turn locations into text strings has netted $500,000 of seed capital.

London-based what3words has followed up on its July launch by closing its first round of angel investment.

The business provides a service which divides the world into 3m x 3m grid squares and then assigns each a unique address using three words from the dictionary.

Having been set up by Chris Sheldrick, Jack Waley-Cohen Michael Dent, the start-up sees opportunities in the e-commerce market for its product.

Amongst the angels contributing to the $500,000 (£311,000) seed funding round is Guy Westlake, head of marketing and early investor at Shutl – a business which recently agreed to be acquired by eBay.

Westlake says, ‘what3words shares much in common with Shutl, not least the fact that they both straddle B2B and B2C markets.

‘I believe it’s a very exciting space to be in, and am delighted to put my experience to use and help the team navigate the challenges ahead.’

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The funding what3words has secured will be put towards developing opportunities in e-commerce channels and further building its API to allow developers to build products.

Sheldrick, founder and CEO of what3words, comments, ‘From the outset we’ve been focused on bringing onboard the right investors – people who can offer significantly more than just deep pockets.

‘Guy Westlake is a great example of this – his experience and expertise will no doubt prove extremely valuable in the coming months and years.’

Hunter Ruthven

Hunter Ruthven

Hunter was the Editor for from 2012 to 2014, before moving on to Caspian Media Ltd to be Editor of Real Business.

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