Seattle Tech Roundup for Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Boasting over a million users without any serious advertising, Glympse is on the fast track to growth, driven by a pair of Microsoft vets and fueled by a $7.5M funding round. The Redmond-based realtime location app for smartphones is distinctively individual, in contrast to rivals like Foursquare, and its popularity is innately viral.
The homework assignment that inspired Tatango is now a career for creator Derek Johnson, whose solution for small business promoters disappointed with social media relies on an old-fashioned tool – in digital-era terms, anyway. The Seattle startup’s text-based service hopes to help clean up the negative rep associated with SMS marketing.
Maintaining a connection within a team divided between Seattle and Mumbai inspired the creation of MangoSpring, which is unveiling a new service building on its promise of simple, social and smart business tools. Based in Bellevue and India, the lean and independent startup created by Anup Kejriwal is on a mission to make MangoApps the go-to solution for Fortune 5000 companies.