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Connect Raises $10.3 Million to Build the Ultimate Address Book

Connect wants to be the ultimate social address book.

Connect, a company that allows users to keep all of their contacts from sources like Gmail, Facebook and LinkedIn in one central app, has raised $10.3 million in new venture funding, according to co-founders Ryan Allis and Anima Sarah LaVoy.

The round was led by Fosun Kinzon Capital, and included a $1 million investment from Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff in addition to other investors, said Allis.

Connect has raised $13.1 million since the company launched in 2012 and plans to use the new funding to expand its team and build an Android app for release early next year. (It is currently iOS only.)

Connect launched the app in February and has 750,000 active users, according to the co-founders. Right now, users can pull contacts from seven different sources, including Instagram, Twitter, Foursquare and their iPhone contacts list, and see those contacts on a map when they check in publicly on one of their social networks.

Connect hopes to add contacts from other apps in the future — think WhatsApp, WeChat and Kik — but will make those decisions when they see which regions generate the most traction for the app. Said LaVoy, “We’re thinking about people first, channel second.”

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