Scribd.com, launched in March 2007, is a San Francisco-based online reader of original writings and documents published. It was founded by Trip Adler, Jared Friedman and Tikhon Bernstam.
Scribd reports that the website generates approximately more than 50 million readers monthly, 50,000 uploaded documents every day and more than 5 million iPaper embeds. The website is available on 90 languages for users across the globe.
According to their about us page, the United States of America president elect-Barack obama reads the documents uploaded on Scribd. Other popular individuals and organization that read documents on Scribd are David Hewson and FoxBusiness.com.
The registration on the website is totally free and available for everyone's consumption. Registered users can avail the features on the website including uploading of their original document.
Scribd allows download of files in .pdf, .doc and .txt file format. One of the great feature is the download of files in .mp3 format powered by a text-to-speech package (..British accent) from Nuance.
Scribd was initially powered by Ruby on Rails and considered one of the success Rails powered websites.
In March 2007, scribd received a $300k Angel investment Angel on top of their original Y Combinator nest egg of $12,000 according to Techcrunch.
In July 2008, Lulu.com has teamed up with Scribd to Offer Most Popular Free Content via iPaper according to examiner.
In December 2008, Scribd raised $9 million worth of investment from Charles River Ventures, Redpoint Ventures and Kinsey Hills Group. The company hired George Consagra, the former COO of Bebo, as President and Bill Tai of Charles River Ventures will be part of Scribd board.
Scribd was considered as one of the top social media sites of 2008 by Comscore published by Techcrunch.
For more information, check Scribd FAQ or Crunchbase Company Profile.