relaborateRelaborate has raised more than $500,000 in a first round of funding, money that the Seattle startup will use to continue to developing what it dubs a “smart content marketing engine” for companies.

As part of the round, some of the company’s initial users have become angel investors.

relab1“We help solve problems businesses face by providing an end-to-end hub for managing content production and publishing, and by collecting ideas and expertise across businesses in a non-intrusive manner,” explains CEO Colin Lamont, a former marketing executive at RealNetworks, GotVoice and X10.

Lamont says that Relaborate uses the journalistic Q&A process “to unlock knowledge and insights of coworkers.” It also uses semantic search to help identify trending topics and reference material, as employees look for topics to write about. That includes the ability to peruse an image gallery that authors can use to accentuate their articles.

The product is currently being used by agencies like Edelman; large software companies like Box; real estate firms like Pillar Properties; and assisted living facilities like Merrill Gardens.

“Almost all companies have a need to create and manage quality content online … helping to drive traffic and leads,” says Lamont.

He adds:

“Social media channels are great for connecting to audiences, but are much more effective at driving traffic, leads, and revenue when used in concert with long-form anchor content that resides on your website.”

The company, which was founded last year, has six employees from companies such as RealNetworks, Microsoft and The Seattle Times.

More on the company here.

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  • curiousoffice

    Congrats you guys! Well deserved!

  • Ethan Anderson

    Congrats to Colin and the rest of the team!

  • Lovelletters

    Congrats to Colin, Andy, Michael and team! And a big thanks to Relaborate from those of us who find a blank sheet of paper intimidating but now have meaningful, directed ways to engage.

  • Arianna O’Dell

    Nice! Congrats!

  • Karim Meghji

    Congrats guys!

  • Paul_Owen

    I’m happy to see Colin and Andy get funded. Also happy to see all the well-wishers on this board. You guys are popular.

  • Matt Hulett

    Congrats Andy and Colin!

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