Nobody covers the online media space better than Started by Rafat Ali just three years ago, the scrappy start-up often beats the mainstream media to scoops and insights into emerging trends.

Rafat has created a successful media brand in a super competitive vertical space by hard work and smarts.  Very inspiring.  And it’s wonderful that that his company been funded by veteran VC Alan Patricof’s new firm, GreyCroft Partners. (The Wall Street Journal’s Nick Wingfield reports today that the amount is something south of $1 million.)  This is really bullish news for budding blogger/publishers who can successfully build a media brand in a vertical space.

Here’s a very interesting perspective on the funding by Steve Rubel of Micropersuasion, and here’s the story on the funding from

Stay tuned to Beet.TV for our "exclusive vlog" interview with Rafat, which we plan to  shoot and publish before midday EDT. 

— Andy Plesser

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