TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield alumni and former Disrupt winner Layer, a company that is offering developers tools to build their own communications platforms where they control the experience and the data, announced today at TechCrunch Disrupt NY that it’s expanding beyond mobile to now include support for web applications, as well.

In addition, the company announced the launch of a new fund aimed at investing in app businesses, called The Layer Fund.

The Layer Fund isn’t intended to give Layer a stake in the companies that build on top of its communications platform, but rather give those companies an opportunity to grow their businesses, which, in turn, benefits Layer.

“Our success at Layer is predicated on the success of the apps built on Layer,”  Layer founder and CEO Ron Palmeri says.

While previously, Layer had been offering tools that let mobile app developers create their own mobile messaging apps or add messaging as a component…

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Communications Platform Layer Expands To Web, Announces Fund To Back Layer-Powered Apps