Punchbowl.com is a free web-based party planning service based in Framingham, Massachusetts. The company was founded in 2006, received venture funding from a variety of sources, and the website was then launched in 2007. The service allows users to plan and organize parties and events, with features such as customizable online invitations and local vendor search. The site has received media attention from multiple outlets including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and TechCrunch. In 2007 it was listed on PC World’s "25 Web Sites to Watch", and in 2008, it received the Massachusetts Innovation & Technology Exchange (MITX) Award for Usability, and was an Honoree for a 2008 Webby Award. In 2010, Entrepreneur Magazine listed it as one of the "100 Most Brilliant Companies", and the site was also lauded in The Oprah Magazine and Women's Health.
Punchbowl was founded by software and user interface experts Matt Douglas and Sean Conta, who previously worked together at Bose Corporation. Incorporated on April 11, 2006, the company officially launched on January 15, 2007 under the name MyPunchbowl.com as a free site for party planning.
The company was funded by Contour Venture Partners, Intel Capital, and eCoast Angels, receiving its seed round of funding on October 2, 2007 from lead investor Intel Capital. On September 16, 2008, Punchbowl announced its Series A round of funding in the amount of $2.1M led by Contour Venture Partners.
Punchbowl has acquired two companies. "I’m In!" on November 17, 2009, and Socializr on November 12, 2010, a Silicon Valley event management platform created by Friendster founder Jonathan Abrams.
In September 2010, the company announced that it had surpassed one million registered users and had acquired the Punchbowl.com domain.
The company licenses its technology to leading retail and media sites, including Oriental Trading Company, 1-800-FLOWERS, Lifetime, and Cozi. Punchbowl also has partnerships with consumer Internet sites such as Kayak.com.
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