Tango, a mobile video communications provider, announced
that its free video calling service will be available for PCs later this
This is the third major platform launch for the company
in nine months and will accelerate its already massive growth.
Currently, Tango has 18 million members in 190 countries
using the service to connect with their family and friends over 3G, 4G, and
Wi-Fi. The first public demo of Tango for the PC also took place at the FORTUNE
Brainstorm TECH conference in Aspen, Colo. earlier today.
“We have an incredible opportunity ahead of us and
we are growing at an unprecedented rate,” said Uri Raz, cofounder and CEO,
“There are 1.5 billion PCs in use worldwide and 95
percent of the world’s computers run Windows. With this launch, we are well
positioned to reach our goal of 100 million customers by this time next
year,” Raz added.
People will be able to Tango between Windows PC, iPhone
4, iPhone 3GS, iPod touch, iPad, and hundreds of Android phones and tablets.
The new PC product is mobile-centric with the same look and feel as Tango on
the phone. It’s simple to register.
There is no log in or password, simply enter a phone
number to create an account. Tango will automatically find friends for people
to Tango, and makes inviting more friends and family a breeze.
“Introducing a free video communication service for
a large number of mobile devices, along with a PC version, in under a year
speaks to the dedication of our team of more than 50 engineers in the U.S. and
China who continue to deliver products that our users demand,” said Eric
Setton, cofounder and CTO of Tango.
Tango also announced that it has closed
$42 million in its Series B round of funding, which will enable the company to
deliver faster on its product roadmap. The investment was led by Draper Fisher
Jurvetson, the first investors in Skype, and a venture capital vehicle led by
noted investors Len Blavatnik and Alex Zubillaga.
These investors have a deep understanding of the
communications space and how to build and maintain great consumer brands that
appeal to a mass audience internationally. They will help Tango continue its
trajectory as the leader in mobile video communications.
“As one of the first investors in Skype, we see the
enormous opportunity in front of Tango,” said Timothy Draper, founder and
managing director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson.
“Mobile is the new frontier and Tango simply has the
best technology and product to allow people to make free video calls on their
smartphones, tablets, and now the PC. We were so impressed with their team,
technology, and aggressive product roadmap. Mobile video calling is the big
trend of the year and we’re excited to see where Tango will take it,”