Skype acquires GroupMe
Luxembourg, August 22, 2011
Skype, the software application that allows users to make free voice, video calls and chats, has entered into an agreement to acquire GroupMe, a provider of mobile group messaging services.
GroupMe was founded in 2010 at the Techcrunch Disrupt Hackathon and is headquartered in New York. Terms of the acquisition will not be disclosed, the company said.
Through the acquisition of GroupMe, Skype continues its drive to provide a global multi-modal and multi-platform communications experience. it said.
The acquisition of GroupMe complements Skype’s leadership in voice and video communications by providing best in class text-based communications and innovative features that enable users to connect, share locations and photos and make plans with their closest ties, a statement said.
This, coupled with the acquisition of mobile video provider Qik, which Skype announced earlier this year, augments Skype’s role as an innovator in driving unique mobile user experiences.
“Skype and GroupMe have a shared vision of creating applications and experiences that are the daily communication choices for billions of people. We will continue to seek the top talent and technology to make that vision a reality,” said Tony Bates, Skype’s chief executive officer.
“The GroupMe team has created an incredibly sticky group messaging experience that works across mobile devices and platforms, making this a perfect addition to the voice, video and text products in the Skype family,” added Bates.
"There is a natural affinity between Skype and GroupMe and our goal is to continue developing tools that make it easier for people to communicate, share, and stay in touch with their close and important ties,” said Jared Hecht, GroupMe’s co-founder. – TradeArabia News Service