Glympse closes $7.5 million Series B round, crosses one million user mark
Menlo, Ignition lead round for app that enables users to dynamically share location with friends
REDMOND, Wash. — June 22, 2011 — Glympse™, the company behind the pioneering location sharing app Glympse, today announced it has passed 1 million users, in addition to closing a $7.5 million Series B round led by Menlo Ventures and Ignition Partners.
Glympse iPhone™ and Android apps let users quickly share their location — for a specified window of time — with anyone they choose. Users can even update their status on Facebook or Twitter via mobile phones, so friends can follow their real-time movements on a dynamic map.
“This funding will play a key role in achieving our ambitious growth plans,” said Bryan Trussel, co-founder and CEO of Glympse, Inc. “Our plans for new products and features will strengthen our mission to provide a simple and sleek way for our growing user base to share location.”
Glympse’s unique “location time window” and privacy settings offer users the freedom to share their location with anyone they choose. Once downloaded to a smartphone, users can share their location with individuals from their contact list through an email or text message, as well as share with their Twitter followers and Facebook friends. Glympse users can simply send a Glympse and set a timer to specify how long they want their ongoing location to be visible, for up to four hours.
Sending a Glympse takes only seconds, and the receiver doesn’t require any special software; they only need web access to view the sender’s ongoing location. Glympse has proven to be a powerful tool for many uses — alerting colleagues when running late for a meeting, finding friends for after work get togethers or just checking in with the family.
Glympse has been included in many Top 10 and must-have app lists in both mainstream and technology press. Joining the Glympse board will be Pravin Vazirani from Menlo Ventures and Michelle Goldberg from Ignition. Existing board members include Tom Huseby and Greg Tarr.
About Glympse, Inc.
Glympse™ allows GPS-enabled mobile phone users to share their location for a pre-set period of time with anyone they choose using patent-pending GlympseWatch™ technology, so users can “check-in” or allow their location to be shared for longer durations. Available on iPhone™, Android and Windows Phone™, Glympse visually answers the question of “Where are you?” with a dynamic map that updates a person’s whereabouts in real-time. Glympse was developed with consumer safety and privacy in mind, and the service provides users with complete control over WHO can view their location, WHEN and for HOW LONG.
Glympse™ and GlympseWatch™ are trademarks of Glympse Inc.