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Founded Year

2008

Stage

Series C | Dead

Total Raised

$21.5M

Last Raised

$13M

About OpenCandy

The OpenCandy network, developed by Sweet Labs, aims to allow software creators to recommend other software they believe deserves more visibility and/or might be a great fit for their users.SweetLabs aims to empower developers to reach new users and monetize applications. The company's first product was the OpenCandy advertising network, which powers user-friendly software recommendations during the download and installation process. In June 2011, SweetLabs launched Pokki, an application platform that brings the modern app experience to the desktop, enabling developers to create desktop applications using standard web languages like HTML5.

OpenCandy Headquarter Location

656 5th Avenue Suite A

San Diego, California, 92101,

United States

Latest OpenCandy News

San Diego Tech Week Reflects Gains as Tech Startups Amass Downtown

Jul 2, 2013

Reprints As the founding CEO of San Diego’s OpenCandy and its sister startup SweetLabs, Darrius Thompson says he usually keeps his head down and his attention focused on the nuts and bolts of building both companies, and on creating new Web-based software. So it’s understandable that Thompson was unaware of a grassroots effort to help boost San Diego’s fledgling community of Web startups by getting successful tech entrepreneurs to spend some time coaching less-experienced startup founders. “I just didn’t get involved,” Thompson told me in a phone call that was scheduled over a week ago. “I’m running two companies here.” Yet Thompson decided he should start making time. He says he began to realize over the past few weeks that many of San Diego’s young Web CEOs are yearning for help. In an e-mail, he writes: “I talked to a number of startups last week and could see the pain in their faces as they asked me for more of my involvement in the local scene. Most of the conversations revolved around the need for mentors or peers who have current direct experience in building products and organizations.” Darrius Thompson In a phone call yesterday, Thompson adds, “You can just see their frustration. They are really intelligent individuals with really good ideas. Yet a lot of the questions they were asking were pretty straightforward.” So the SweetLabs founder, who was previously a co-founder, product developer, and strategist at San Diego-based DivX, has become the latest volunteer at “20/20 Mentor Mashup,” a program that provides twice monthly mentoring sessions that match 20 experienced Web executives and serial entrepreneurs with 20 startup founders in round-robin sessions of 25 minutes. “That’s exactly what we were hoping would happen,” says Melani Gordon, the co-founder and CEO of the craft brewery app TapHunter , who has helped organize the mentoring sessions—and who sees an emerging renaissance for Web and software startups in San Diego. “Now with the ‘Tech Events’ week, it just says the momentum is really picking up.” In a bid to raise the … Next Page » Bruce V. Bigelow is the editor of Xconomy San Diego. You can e-mail him at bbigelow@xconomy.com or call (619) 669-8788 Follow @bvbigelow

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