While smartphones are quickly becoming the center piece of our digital lives, much of what we do on our phones remains trapped on the device — something that’s particularly true of text messaging. So, beginning in 2011, ex-Googlers Maneesh Arora and Amit Sangani set out to develop a solution that would allow anyone and everyone to view and reply to text messages no matter what device they happen to be using.
Qualcomm Incorporated (QCOM) today announced the North American regional winner of its 2012 QPrize venture investment competition. MightyText, based in the Silicon Valley, earned top honors among a field of eight competing North American companies and was awarded $100,000 in venture financing from Qualcomm to help them expand their business. The company was selected based on its product innovation, financial viability and the strength its management team. The victory enables MightyText to move forward in the competition and compete against other regional champions for an additional $150,000 in venture financing in the QPrize Global Grand Prize competition, taking place in the first quarter of 2013 in San Francisco.
Received $100k Venture Round Funding
During their lengthy careers at Google in both senior technical and product management roles, Maneesh Arora and Amit Sangani were able to geek out on products like AdSense, AdWords, and the now-defunct Google Health. Arora tells us that, while his time at Google was defined by smart people and ambitious ideas like these, in development there was often a tendency to "over engineer" without thinking about "the average user." He said that, while Google employees always had Gchat open and used Google Voice (or Wave while it was still alive), none of these products were able to effectively address the true value prop of communication tools for a mainstream audience: Syncing. Especially when it comes to texting.