Wayin, Social Network Start Up Secures $14M in Business Funding


Wayin, the social networking startup launched by Sun Microsystems co-founder Scott McNealy, just closed $14 million in Series B financing, bringing its total backing to $20 million. The network, which as a forum for users who want to discuss and vote on — well, just about anything — launched on Twitter last June.

U.S. Venture Partners led the round, and USVP partner Rick Lewis is joining the board of Denver-based Wayin. USVP joins an interesting roster of investors, including enterprise software company TIBCO; Silicon Valley law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati; former head of Microsoft Business Solutions and McNealy classmate Doug Burgum; Hollywood producer Burt Sugarman; and sportscaster Jim Gray.

As McNealy told GigaOMlate last year, it’s easier to raise money if you have a good rolodex. Starting Wayin “was actually a little easier probably than it should have been,” he said. Early on, the startup was…

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