Jared Hecht and Steve Martocci, co-founders of GroupMe Inc., talk about Skype's agreement to acquire the company. They speak with Emily Chang on Bloomberg Television's "Bloomberg West."
Skype will acquire group messaging service GroupMe, a service that was born at a hackathon at TechCrunch Disrupt in New York in 2010. GroupMe was founded by Jared Hecht and Steve Martocci.
Group texting app GroupMe is out with version 3.0 of the service. It adds a slew of updates, including direct messaging, a new beta feature called “Questions” and global access to the app.
It's rare to hear BlackBerry users brag about having better smartphone features than their iPhone and Android-phone brethren. Yet when it comes to group messaging, BlackBerry has led the way for years with its BBM, or BlackBerry Messenger.
Today, group texting startup GroupMe released a preview of its Windows Phone 7 app to go along with its iPhone, Android and Blackberry versions. GroupMe says the WP7 platform was the second most requested from users. The new app have more features in the upcoming weeks, but for now it has all of the basic group texting functionality. Users can in-app chat, create conference calls, and manage groups.
Paris Hilton is trying to make a comeback, and she's bringing year-old GroupMe along for the ride.
For our annual survey of the most promising technology entrepreneurs, Bloomberg Businessweek's editors and writers weighed input from venture capitalists, angel investors, and other representatives of startups. We also relied on an ongoing direct dialogue with readers and startup founders and on the expertise of our editorial staff. Each slide lists the company name, executives aged 30 and under, a business description, and the wisest funding decision that executives feel they have made.
GroupMe: Your Real Life Network
All week long we've been running clips from the Founder Stories interview with the GroupMe Guys, co-founders Jared Hecht and Steve Martocci. In the video above, they answer some rapid fire questions about how to impress startups during an interview (give great product feedback), what do they look for in “social engineers,” and what is the hardest part of running a startup (delegating and hiring).
(Founder Stories) GroupMe: Why Ron Conway Is The Greatest
How do you become a startup founder? There are many paths, but often founders grow up at other startups. GroupMe co-founders Jared Hecht and Steve Martocci are still pretty young. Both graduated from college only a few years ago, but both also did stints at other startups before creating group-messaging phenom GroupMe at last year's Disrupt Hackathon and subsequently raising $10.6 million.
As group texting apps like GroupMe gain popularity, people are using them to create ad hoc, private social networks among a handful of friends. But wherever people congregate online or through their mobile phones, brands will want to talk to them. Today, GroupMe is opening up its mobile group chat to brands in what is the first hint at it business model: Featured Groups.
Group messaging was not as useful as we thought it would be this year at SXSW. Whether you were using Beluga, GroupMe, Kik, Yobongo or Fast Society or others, everyone had high hopes for a breakout group messaging app, simply because we spoiled tech brats are already bored with the ones we already have.
If you had to pick the hotsy-totsy start-up to win the media darling of South by Southwest award for 2011–following in the precious footsteps of Foursquare and Twitter from years past–it would probably have to be GroupMe.
There are few things better than free beer. Mix that with melted cheese and toasted bread, and you have a combination that satisfies even the deepest of human desires. And they're available just outside the main convention center at SXSW, both free of charge.
Group-texting app GroupMe is undoubtedly one of the most buzzed-about apps here at SXSW Interactive. Which is why Mashable took a couple of minutes to sit down with co-founders Steve Martocci and Jared Hecht to talk about the growth of the app, as well as the competition.
In the lead up to SXSW, we've seen a deluge of updates to all those group messaging apps people have started using. There are pros and cons to each, but if you really want to take advantage of group messaging, you need to find the best service and stick to it. After about a week of testing the biggest apps out there -- everything from Fast Society to Kik -- we've come up with a winner: GroupMe.
For all the clever things smartphones can do these days — like stream movies and play 3-D games — the latest mobile craze centers on revamping one of the earliest phone applications, the text message.
Startups gearing up for the SXSW are shining up their apps and hoping to Wow the crowds of iPhone-toting hipsters by releasing major upgrades in advance of the Austin conference. Among group texting apps alone, in the past week we've seen new releases from GroupMe, Fast Society, Beluga, and others. Everyone's put their best face forward and now the race is on to see which one will become the group texting app of choice at the SXSW.
Well, well, looky here. GroupMe just got a lot app-friendlier. The group texting app is pushing out a massive new update today for both the iPhone and Android that supports push notifications as the default messaging option instead of costly SMS, maps, inline photos in chats, better Foursquare integration, and contact syncing with Twitter, Facebook, and email.
TechCrunch Disrupt finalist Groupme has launched a cool new feature today, in advance of tomorrow's Foursquare hackday. People who link their Foursquare accounts to Groupme here can now pull up an interface of all Foursquare friends in the vicinity of their last checkin. You can then select which friends you want to be a part of a texting group, and the app will notify those selected with a text and the group's number.
Call it the anti-Facebook effect, but this private group text messaging thing is starting to get some serious traction. The chart above shows the growth in text messages per day going through GroupMe, the group chat startup that launched last May at the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon. By the time our San Francisco Disrupt came around in September, GroupMe had reached its one millionth cumulative text message, and was doing about 30,000 text messages a day. Fast forward to today, and it is now doing one million text messages per day.
If you've ever wanted to text a group of people all at once, you suddenly have a host of services to choose from. Apps that allow you to create a text message group have erupted in recent months, and venture capitalists have taken careful note of the interest users are showing.
GroupMe, a startup conceived at the TechCrunch Disrupt: New York hackathon, has closed its second round of financing. This new round, $10.6 million, is a big round for a startup that's just 8 months old and had previously raised $850,000.
Sometimes the winner in a tech field isn't the company whose invention is the fastest or the sleekest -- or even the first. It's the company that hits the exact right point in the timing curve.
Received $10.6M Series B Funding
Participation Khosla Ventures, First Round Capital, Lerer Ventures, General Catalyst Partners, SV Angel, Founder Collective, betaworks
In the last 10 years text messaging has gone from being a blip on the radar to one of the fastest-growing forms of communication.
TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon alumnus GroupMe has come out with an Android app today to supplement its iPhone offering, which like social texting apps TextPlus and Fast Society allows you to text within groups through private SMS.
Mobile application GroupMe thinks there's money to be made in enabling group chats via SMS and voice calls from any phone in the world. And investors seem to agree. The New York based company has just raised $850k from premier investors including Betaworks, First Round Capital, Ron Conway's SV Angel, and Lerer Ventures.
On May 22 this year 300 hackers converged in New York at TechCrunch Disrupt for a day and half long hack day before the conference itself started. At least one of the projects created at the hack day has now become an actual business, and has raised an angel round of funding from top tier investors.
Received $850k Angel Funding
Participation SV Angel, First Round Capital, Lerer Ventures, David G. Cohen, Peter Hershberg, David Tisch, John Maloney, Thrive Capital, Joshua Stylman, betaworks