Skype has announced its intensions to acquire the GroupMe company, a
new app startup, founded in 2010 at the Techcrunch Disrupt
Hackathon. GroupMe has created and provides a group messaging service
that helps users stay in touch with each other and will enable Skype to
enhanced further its mobile offerings. Combining the new text based
service with their acquisition of mobile video provider Qik, which Skype
announced earlier this year.
The GroupMe company offers a free texting service that works across
mobile devices and platforms, enabling users to connect, share
locations, photos and make easily communicate with their contacts and
Early this month GroupMe rolled out a new
version to its application GroupMe 3.0 allowing users to manage groups,
send messages, share photos, and ask questions from a website, without
the need to download the application.
Skype’s Chief Executive Officer Tony Bates explains:
"Skype and GroupMe have a shared vision
of creating applications and experiences that are the daily
communications choice for a billion people. We will continue to seek the
top talent and technology to make that vision a reality,”
At this time Skype has not disclose how
much it will be paying for GroupMe, but the figure is thought to be
between $70- $85 million.