Bluepulse Gets $6 Million First Round Funding, Moves To Silicon Valley

Australian mobile social networking company Bluepulse has announced it has raised $6 million from VantagePoint Venture Partners in its first round of funding. It’s also making a leap across the Pacific, moving from its Sydney, Australia office to the ex-YouTube offices in Silicon Valley — while this could be good from a business angle I’m not sure it counts as “market expansion” (as it is described in the release) because the Bluepulse service is available on the mobile web… to anyone with a data plan, basically. The service appears to be doing well: Bluepulse claims that since launching in beta last December it has been downloaded more than two million times across more than 150 countries, and is approaching 100 million page views per month. The application allows people to communicate and meet new people through one-to-one and broadcast messaging, profiles, picture and video sharing, chat and a wide range of mobile widgets.