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Podcast network Gimlet Media has raised another $5 million — this time from ad giant WPP

Tack this on to the $15 million it raised last month.

Gimlet Media co-founder Alex Blumberg at a Ford event in San Francisco, August 2017
Gimlet Media co-founder Alex Blumberg
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Peter Kafka covers media and technology, and their intersection, at Vox. Many of his stories can be found in his Kafka on Media newsletter, and he also hosts the Recode Media podcast.

Yet another vote of confidence in podcasting — this time from the people who buy ads for a living: WPP, the biggest ad holding company in the world, has put $5 million in Gimlet Media, the Brooklyn-based podcast startup.

This is an extension of the $15 million round Gimlet raised last month, which valued the company at $55 million pre-money; it brings the company’s total funding to $27 million.

It’s part of a small flurry of podcast investments we’ve seen in the last few weeks.

The deal is as small as it gets for WPP, which generated $19.4 billion in revenue last year.

But getting a nod of affirmation from an ad heavyweight is a big deal for Gimlet; you could also argue that it’s meaningful for the rest of the podcast business, which is still in the process of figuring out how advertising will work for the sort-of new format.

WPP’s press release notes that Gimlet has been able to work with both direct response clients like Blue Apron, which currently dominate podcast advertising, as well as traditional brand advertisers like Ford, Pepsi and Microsoft.

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