JUNO Secures $10 Million in Funding to Further Its Mission to Serve Networked Communities
Leading digital engagement platform JUNO has secured $10 million in Series A funding, led by global software investor Insight Partners, that is aimed at advancing the company’s mission to serve networked communities, ultimately allowing users to engage in integrated physical and digital worlds.
Human connection is critical to building communities around events, whether virtually or in-person, according to Josh Hotsenpiller, founder and CEO of JUNO, adding that JUNO is one platform for all digital engagement—networking, community, events and learning.
“Digital is what’s next for communities,” Hotsenpiller said. “The world is well beyond physical limitations in connection and education. Real growth in loyalty and revenues is coming from digital engagement activities, and the funding from Insight Partners will allow us to take JUNO to the next level.”
JUNO's software is designed to help event professionals create transformational experiences and drive results with gamification, human interest modeling, AI, monetization, matchmaking, video streaming and analytics tools.
The platform enables users to save time and money on software, have all their data in one place, break down geographical boundaries, easily stream content and promote stronger human connections.
“JUNO makes it easy for community members to engage in live, virtual or hybrid gatherings,” said Jon Rosenbaum, managing director of Insight Partners. “We look forward to partnering with the JUNO team as they continue to grow and scale up.”
Digital community organizers and their users are reaping rewards beyond essential human connection, according to Hotsenpiller, who pointed to a recent JUNO white paper discussing how more than 88% of surveyed professionals believe an online community is critical to a brand’s mission.
JUNO’s partnership with the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and its 8,000 event professionals is just one example.
“I'm very excited that PCMA selected JUNO as the digital community engagement platform for our chapters,” said Daniel Stones, who leads the Rocky Mountain PCMA Chapter. “It flips the old strategies on their head and takes us in an entirely new direction for community interaction that was never possible before.”
Photo: Josh Hotsenpiller, founder and CEO of JUNO. Credit: Lori Tenny.