Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Nimbuzz Raises $15 Million for Mobile VoIP and IM

Nimbuzz, a start-up based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Nimbuzz, raised $15 million in second round funding for its mobile VoIP and IM for social networks.

Nimbuzz offers a social interaction service combining presence, IM, and VoIP. The free application is available on the mobile phone, PC and Web, for (group) calling, instant messaging, (group) chat, file sharing across popular IM communities, including Skype, MSN, GTalk, Yahoo!, AIM, ICQ, plus 23 social networks including Facebook and MySpace. The company says it has deals with 10 major social networks and 3 operators.

Founder and CEO Evert Jaap Lugt commented: "We are actively working on strategic distribution deals with leading social networks and mobile operators. It is our aim to blend our technology with existing mobile internet access to upgrade the value chain for business and consumers alike. Operators understand the need for services like Nimbuzz which provide traffic and drive the demand for mobile data plans, an ever more important revenue stream."

The new round of funding was led by Naspers/MIH with Nimbuzz's other major existing investor Mangrove Capital Partners also participating.http://www.nimbuzz.com

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