Wordnik has raised $8 million in a third round of funding. Google VP of product management Bradley Horowitz has also joined the board of directors at Wordnik.
Wordnik believes that people can understand words the best when they see them in real-world context. Wordnik uses linguistic data from the Internet to provide alternative learning than diction definitions. Wordnik is getting Horowitz’s help to take their product mainstream.
?Bradley is somebody who has been steeped in next generation tech and has access to consumers,? stated Wordnik CEO Joe Hyrkin. ?A lot it is having him dig under the hood of our technology and help us map out how to turn these things mainstream.?
Hyrkin and Horowitz worked together at video publishing company Virage. Horowitz oversaw Virage’s IPO and acquisition by Autonomy in 2003.
Wordnik raised a total of $12.8 million in funding from Lucas Venture Group, Mohr Davidow Ventures, Floodgate, Baseline Ventures, Roger McNamee. Wordnik was founded in 2008 and is based in San Mateo, California.