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EyeEm, the free Berlin-based iOS, Android and Windows Phone photo app that has at times been referred to as the “Instagram of Europe,” is today announcing a new round of funding to help expand why it is in fact quite a lot different from Facebook’s photo app. EyeEm has raised a $6 million Series A round led by Earlybird Venture Capital, with participation from existing investors including Passion Capital and Wellington Partners. And, at a time when startups are increasingly focused on making sure they have business models from the word go, EyeEm is doing the same: Florian Meissner, co-founder and CEO, says the funds will be used to keep building out its business around two services that it set out to create early on: a visual search engine, and the EyeEm Marketplace, a kind of crowdsourced platform for stock photography.

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