Silicon Valley’s LifeSite Snaps Up Personal-Data App Mustbin

A new acquisition in the Boston tech scene today: Mustbin, a mobile app for organizing and securing personal data such as photos and documents, is getting bought by LifeSite, a “digital vault” startup based in Mountain View, CA. Terms of the deal aren’t being disclosed.

The deal is an “asset-only” acquisition, according to a spokeswoman, and no Mustbin employees are joining LifeSite. LifeSite says it will transition Mustbin users to its LifeSite Vault service and will retire the Mustbin app.

Boston-based Mustbin has been led by CEO and serial entrepreneur Saty Mahajan. “The Mustbin app was created as a digital safe haven for everything important in your life,” Mahajan said in a prepared statement. “We are pleased to pass the torch to LifeSite to provide an advanced solution and secure new home for your information.”

Mustbin was founded in 2012 by Brian Shin, the founder and former CEO of Visible Measures (which was recently acquired by AcuityAds). The company raised a $4.5 million venture round in 2013, led by DAG Ventures; other investors include General Catalyst, Mohr Davidow Ventures, Northgate Capital, Dharmesh Shah, and Jonathan Kraft. By my count, Mustbin raised a total of $6 million in equity funding.

LifeSite is actually a younger company than Mustbin. It was founded in 2015 and has raised at least $5 million in venture investment. The Silicon Valley startup is led by CEO and co-founder Chris Wong.

Gregory T. Huang is Xconomy's Deputy Editor, National IT Editor, and Editor of Xconomy Boston. E-mail him at gthuang [at] xconomy.com. Follow @gthuang

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