Listener-powered radio startup Jelli announced it has closed a $7 million first round of funding led by Battery Ventures. Satya Patel, Battery Ventures partner and former Google executive, will take a seat on the board. First Round Capital also participated in the round.

The California-based company had raised $2 million in January. It launched in January 2009. Early funders included Alfred Lin, COO and CFO of Zappos, Peter Sperling, a director at Apollo Group, and TriplePoint Capital.

Jelli's technology allows participants to use a Web interface to help program a terrestrial radio station's play list. Users vote for songs they want to hear, rate songs and chat with other listeners about songs. San Francisco's Live 105 was an early adopter of Jelli. In March 2010, the company partnered with Triton Media to launch the service in markets such as Boston and Philadelphia.

Battery Ventures' current portfolio includes Groupon and the Tennis Channel. It was an investor in Akamai and Infoseek, both of which had IPOs in the late '90s. First Round Capital was an early investor in StumbleUpon, which was acquired by eBay in 2007, and Mint.com, which was acquired by Intuit in 2009.

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