Jibe Mobile gets Vodafone investment


Silicon Valley start up to connect mobile consumers with rich comms apps

Jibe Mobile, a Silicon Valley cloud-based global communications provider, has announced that it has closed $8.3 million in financing with investments by Vodafone Ventures (the US investment arm of Vodafone Group), Tokyo-based game creator MTI, and other investors.

The investment will help Jibe to continue bridging the world of standards-based communications and agile Silicon-Valley application development to connect consumers around the world via the next generation of rich communications (including video chat, real time gaming, and other innovations,) regardless of their location, mobile device or telecommunications plan.

Jibe will continue developing its open technology platform using the most advanced telecom industry standards, including GSMA joyn and RCS 5, and enhance its open APIs enabling developers to rapidly incorporate real time, rich communications into mobile applications.

Jibe's technology provides a link for developers to easily unleash new rich capabilities for consumer and business driven mobile applications. The Jibe Mobile Developer Portal and App-to-App Platform SDK gives application developers the tools to infuse their applications with real time app-to-app and multi-user capabilities, such as multi-player games, distance learning, remote diagnosis and health care, customer care, sales and service, and enterprise collaboration. With joyn at the core, developers' apps will be future-proofed as carrier innovate their networks.

'There is no doubt that rich communications is becoming an increasingly important part of the consumer mobile experience. Jibe's mission is to make carrier grade communications simple and accessible for the global market,' said Jibe co-founder and CEO Amir Sarhangi. 'In-app communication increases user engagement and creates new monetisation opportunities for developers.

'The investments from Vodafone and MTI will help us continue to innovate and extend our platform. We look forward to the next stage and ongoing strong partnerships with our expanding carrier and developer networks,' Sarhangi continued.


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