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Kami Announces Investment Round to Fuel Growth

PLEASE NOTE: as of August 2015, Notable PDF is now called Kami. More about our rebrand here.

“We are still in the early days of online collaboration. Notable PDF is one of the most exciting leaps forward I’ve seen.”  – Sam Altman, President Y Combinator


The year 2014 has been one of tremendous growth for us at Notable PDF. It was almost a year ago when we had twenty-one early adopters patiently using our alpha version—today, we are about to reach a million Google Apps active installs. With this, we thank all of our users, especially those who have worked with us in developing our product. Notable PDF is now the leading PDF viewer app on the Google Web Store, thanks to all of you.


Our days have been spent mostly on having conversations with our users. We learn and exchange ideas with students, teachers, realtors, doctors, lawyers, and other professionals. With your feedback and suggestions, we continue to build Notable PDF into more than just a PDF viewer—a tool that will help you save time, collaborate, and work smarter. This year, our goal is to build Notable PDF into a powerful productivity tool for schools and professionals.


This kind of continued growth and development requires an investment. To that end, we are grateful to announce that we have successfully closed our latest investment round with our New Zealand and US investors. This financing will allow Notable PDF to fund substantial business partnerships and product development, particularly in the North American region.

Investment Round

New Zealand has been great to a tech startup like us. We have had continued support and advice from some of the country’s most experienced and driven investors. We would like to thank Flying Kiwi Angels for leading this round. In addition, New Zealand Venture Investment Fund (NZVIF), Sparkbox Venture Group, EFU Investments Limited, and individual angel investors have also joined the round.


Notable PDF also gained its first US-based investors: Scott Nolan, a partner at Founders Fund and Sam Altman, the president of Silicon Valley startup accelerator Y Combinator . Scott and Sam join the team as investors and advisors.


“Notable PDF has solved one of the cloud’s most stubborn pain points: collaboration through PDFs.  Their team has an ambitious vision for online productivity and I’m excited for what’s ahead.” – Scott Nolan, Partner at Founders Fund

Our 2015 Vision

With the new funding round, we plan to accelerate our growth by becoming the market leading PDF solution for the cloud. We are hiring more engineers and improving our support system. Our relationship with our users has been and will always be our number one priority.


“With the latest round, we’ll have the resources to build the best PDF tool for the cloud.As businesses and educators move to the cloud, they struggle with the lack of professional-grade PDF tools. There is a huge opportunity for us to take over the market from PDF incumbent like Adobe.”  – Hengjie Wang, CEO Notable PDF


We have also attracted clients for both education and professional sectors, which include Fortune 500 company Eaton Corporation and hundreds of K–12 schools in the United States. Notable PDF has become the number one choice for businesses working in the cloud and schools moving to a BYOD and a Chromebooks 1:1 classroom setup.


About Notable PDF

Notable PDF has built a cloud-based PDF viewer with tools that will help users annotate and collaborate on files. The innovative platform works on all browsers and also integrates with Google Drive. Notable PDF is the leading PDF viewer and annotation tool for Google and Chromebook users. Learn more about our story

“Raising this capital represents another key milestone in the accelerating growth path of a tech startup founded by three of the most talented and driven young people I’ve worked with. They have built what is already the leading online PDF reviewing and collaboration tool.” – Bob Drummond, Chairman Notable PDF



Image by our Development Team
Image by our Development Team

 Quick Facts and Stats (since March 2014):

– 970K installs across Google Apps platforms

– over 3 million documents loaded

– over five million annotations saved

– rated 4 out of five stars on Chrome Web Store

– Notable PDF works on all browsers

– How to download Notable PDF Google apps:

1. Google for Work via Admin Control Panel
2. Google Chrome Web Store

a. Apps (http://goo.gl/8dSggV)

b. Extension (http://goo.gl/zD5veH)

3. Web App for all browsers (https://web.notablepdf.com/web/)

– 80% users are from North America

– Google Apps Technology Partner (learn more)

For more information, contact Alliv Samson at pr@notablepdf.com

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Alliv Samson is Kami Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer. Follow Alliv at @allivsamson