If you've got a question, a startup called Opinionaided says it can get you an answer fast—dozens of them, in fact. And the mobile question-and-answer service just announced that it has raised $4.3 million in its first institutional round of funding.
Q&A seems to be attracting plenty of attention from investors and entrepreneurs right now. That's probably due in part to Quora, the company co-founded by former Facebook chief technology officer Adam D'Angelo. But these startups are also part of a growing trend in social networking—services that help you interact with strangers, rather than the people you already know.
Opinionaided CEO Dan Kurani has argued that the Q&A market is splintering into fact-based versus opinion-based services—and with Opinionaided's name, you can probably guess which camp it falls into. Users of the mobile app can post any question they want, along with a related image. Then other users can respond with comments, or just by voting yes or no. Users also get recognition for offering answers that other users find help.
Opinionaided says its users have provided 125 million answers since it launched last year. The questions ran the gamut, including very specific advice or more general opinions. For example, earlier this morning front-page questions covered topics like Krispy Kreme donuts, haircuts, and politics.
The funding was led by led by SoftBank Capital and BlueRun Ventures. Other investors include General Catalyst, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, DreamIt Ventures’ Mark Wachen, Jonah Goodhart of Point Ventures Group, Path investor Karl Jacob, Eniac Ventures, and Vince Monical, former head of emerging platforms at Google.