Dunedin's CloudCannon gets $500,000 in funding

Dunedin web software company CloudCannon has attracted $500,000 in funding from big name investors, including Trade Me founder Sam Morgan, and secured a major United States partner.

The start-up made the two announcements at the TechCrunch Disrupt technology conference in London where it is bidding for a place on the world stage in the huge but crowded market for web design software.

Other investors in the company include former Angel Association chairman Phil McCaw, Sir Stephen Tindall and Datacom deputy chairman Simon Holdsworth.

CloudCannon was founded by Otago University computer science graduates Mike Neumegen and George Phillips with the goal of making it easier for web designers to set up flexible websites that their clients could update without having programming skills.

US website registry Rightside will offer the cloud-based software as part of its service to people who register and set up websites in its internet domains, which include ".social", ".reviews" and ".lawyer".

Rightside vice president Dwayne Walker said the partnership would mean designers from around the world would be able to design, build and deploy world-class websites with those addresses, using CloudCannon's product.

Morgan said CloudCannon was "global from day one" and its investors looked forward to supporting the business in its "high growth phase".

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