Skype acquires GroupMe

Skype announced it has entered into an agreement to
acquire GroupMe, a provider of mobile group messaging services that helps users
stay in touch and make decisions. GroupMe was founded in 2010 at the Techcrunch
Disrupt Hackathon and is headquartered in New York.

Through the acquisition of GroupMe, Skype continues its
drive to provide a global multi-modal and multi-platform communications

The acquisition of GroupMe complements
Skype’s leadership in voice and video communications by providing best in class
text-based communications and innovative features that enable users to connect,
share locations and photos and make plans with their closest ties.

This, coupled with the acquisition of mobile video
provider Qik, which Skype announced earlier this year, augments Skype’s role as
an innovator in driving unique mobile user experiences.

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,” said Tony Bates, chief executive officer, Skype.  

The GroupMe team has created an incredibly sticky group
messaging experience that works across mobile devices and platforms, making
this a perfect addition to the voice, video and text products in the Skype

There is a natural affinity between Skype and GroupMe
and our goal is to continue developing tools that make it easier for people to
communicate, share, and stay in touch with their close and important ties,”
said Jared Hecht, co-founder, GroupMe.

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