Universe, an Instagram for building mobile websites, nabs funding from YC


As social media sites grow more massive and all-encompassing, one startup is looking to bring back the friendly customization of Myspace to a new generation of users looking to define their online presence in a unique way.

Universe is a mobile-based website builder for the social media era, eschewing complicated templates for easily customizable website “filters” that pin trendy designs to a grid pattern where users can drag and drop photos, videos, icons to build up a mobile-optimized website in minutes on the company’s iOS app.

“People use Universe because they want to build a website on their phone and they want full control over how that site looks,” founder Joseph Cohen told TechCrunch. “In many ways are trying to pick up the baton from Tumblr.”

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