Jeff Vander Clute, entrepreneur, founder of Semesphere Inc., and a consultant to the Information Valet Project, announced the launch of CircLabs Inc. at the “From Gatekeeper to Information Valet” conference on May 27.
Vander Clute is a co-founder of CircLabs along with Bill Densmore, a Reynolds Fellow, Martin Langeveld a veteran newspaper editor, Joe Bergeron a serial entrepreneur.
The Silicon Valley-based start-up will offer a suite of services, the first of which is code-named “Circulate.” The services focus on generating revenue for online news. CircLabs is set to launch in the second half of 2009.
CircLabs was hatched at the University of Missouri’s Reynolds Journalism Institute’s (RJI) fellowship program, and grew out of research led by Bill Densmore a 2008-2009 Reynolds Fellow. RJI is supporting the startup and will be an equity stakeholder.