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After leaving their jobs at Hewlett-Packard in 2007, Eric Vishria and Tim Howes began looking for their next big venture. They knew they wanted to tap into the power of social media, and subsequently realized that their answer was in the web browser.

“Ninety percent of what we do online is through a browser. Yet we’re stuck with browsers that were designed before social media existed,” says Vishria. Thus, he and Howes founded RockMelt in 2009.

According to the company, RockMelt isn’t just a browser, it’s a “wowser”. Completely customizable, RockMelt has a vertical toolbar on the left-hand side that can hold any social media or news app. On the right is another toolbar that lets users chat with their Facebook friends. Other features include Facebook notifications and a one-click sharing button. Additionally, RockMelt is cloud-based, making it accessible via any computer or device.

Headquartered in Mountain View, California, RockMelt has raised $40 million in funding from investors such as Andreessen Horowitz, First Round Capital, and Ron Conway.

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