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Urban Airship raises $21 million

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Urban Airship is a company that enables brands to build relationships with their connect customers through their mobile relationship management technology. Investors in this round include August Capital, Foundry Group, Franklin Park Associates, QuestMark Partners, True Ventures and Verizon Ventures. More details below:


PORTLAND, OR–(Marketwired – Feb 20, 2015) – On the heels of doubling its customer base in 2014, Urban Airship, the global leader in Mobile Relationship Management, today announced appointments for three new executive roles and the completion of its $21 million Series D follow-on financing. This financing round brings the total raised by Urban Airship to $67.6 million, and included new and existing investors: August Capital, Foundry Group, Franklin Park Associates, QuestMark Partners, True Ventures and Verizon Ventures.

New executives joining Urban Airship include Erin Hintz as CMO and Mike Musson as SVP of strategy & business development. Brent Hieggelke, whose three-year tenure as CMO helped Urban Airship become the market and mind share leader in mobile app engagement, is now the company’s chief mobile evangelist. In this role, Hieggelke will be responsible for uncovering and inspiring innovation with customers, app development and agency partners, mobile platform providers and the industry-at-large.

Erin Hintz brings a wealth of enterprise, SMB and consumer marketing experience to Urban Airship, where as CMO she will be responsible for the company’s market growth strategy, demand-generation, communications and product marketing. Previously, Hintz served as the vice president and general manager of global marketing and ecommerce for the Citrix SaaS Division, driving all global marketing activities to grow revenues from $350M to $700M. Prior to Citrix, Erin led the worldwide marketing organization of Symantec’s Norton consumer business, growing revenues from $350M to more than $2B dollars during her tenure.

As senior vice president of strategy & business development for Urban Airship, Mike Musson will utilize more than 25 years’ experience in assessing technology markets, developing strategic points of view and identifying and executing partnerships and acquisitions. Previously, Mike was vice president of business development at the Citrix SaaS Division where he led teams responsible for strategic partnerships and M&A activity, completing eight acquisitions and expanding the division’s addressable market opportunity by $10B over eight years through solution expansions and new market entry into China and Japan. Prior to Citrix, Musson was the co-founder and CEO of Tournabout, Inc. (sold to Novint Technologies) and held executive-level positions at Oracle, Applied Materials, Software.com and Openwave.

“With today’s executive appointments we’re expanding our leadership capacity to focus more deeply on our customers and the market as we scale our business globally,” said Brett Caine, CEO and president, Urban Airship. “We’re bringing on executives with strong, proven leadership to drive mobile-first innovations that re-imagine consumers’ mobile experiences and the business results they achieve for our customers.”

Analysis of SDKs embedded in App Store apps in January 2015, shows Urban Airship’s market penetration to be four times higher than all of its primary competitors combined. In addition, VB Insights estimates the mobile marketing automation industry to double or even triple in size in 2015, stating: “From an enterprise standpoint, there is almost certainly no better-penetrated mobile marketing software than Urban Airship … Urban Airship developers utilize mobile marketing automation features to a greater degree than just about any other solution on the market” (“Mobile Marketing Automation: How the most successful apps drive massive engagement & monetization,” VB Insights, February 5, 2015).

About Urban Airship

Urban Airship enables brands to build relationships with their constantly connected customers through Mobile Relationship Management. Its solutions streamline the creation, delivery and management of highly targeted cross-platform mobile push messages, in-app messages, rich app pages, Apple Passbook passes and Google Wallet cards. With billions of messages and tens of thousands of passes delivered each month, Urban Airship’s technology sparks exceptional consumer experiences, drives app engagement and increases customer loyalty and lifetime value for the world’s largest retail, media & entertainment, sports and travel & hospitality brands. For more information, visit www.urbanairship.com and follow us on Twitter @urbanairship.

Urban Airship Raises $25 Million

Urban Airship is a mobile marketing solutions company that helps you improve customer engagement using push notifications and location-based marketing.  The service also offers mobile analytics.  Urban Airship recently expanded their services to help developers build an Apple Passbook app.  The company has raised $25 million in additional funding according to AllThingsD
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Urban Airship Acquires Tello To Enable Developers For Setting Up Apple Passbook Features

Mobile push messaging startup company Urban Airship has acquired Tello.  Tello will enable Urban Airship to offer an Apple Passbook management product for developers.  The price was not disclosed and it was an all-stock deal.

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Microsoft and Urban Airship Ally For Push Notifications On Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8

Microsoft Corporation and Urban Airship have partnered to create a push notification system on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.  Urban Airship will become the preferred provider for push notifications.  Urban Airship will provide a single codebase client library for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 applications.

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Mobile Location Startup SimpleGeo Gets Acquired By Urban Airship

SimpleGeo is a location-based service that provides the infrastructure and tools for implementing location elements into applications. Urban Airship, a company that helps companies build apps with push notifications and monitor analytics, has acquired SimpleGeo.
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Mobile Company Urban Airship Raises $5.4 Million

Urban Airship is a mobile company that helps developers set up push notifications and in-app purchases. The company has raised $5.4 million in funding led by Foundry Group and includes True Ventures and Founders Co-op. Urban Airship makes push and in-app purchases possible on multiple mobile operating systems including iOS, BlackBerry, and Android. Urban Airship also recently started offering mobile subscription services. Some of their clients include Tapulous, LivingSocial, and Gowalla. [TechCrunch]