Palo Alto CA – December 17, 2009 – Author, speaker, entrepreneur and venture capitalist, Guy Kawasaki, recently named a Montana-based mobile technology startup, Goomzee, as one of his favorite applications in American Express’ Open Forum for Small Business. Kawasaki selected this mobile startup not based in California, or even Seattle, but from Missoula Montana.
Goomzee provides an easy-to-use software platform that allows marketers, including Guy himself, to create and manage text message marketing campaigns while tracking results in real time. Goomzee’s mobile marketing platform is used nationwide primarily by real estate professionals who advertise their for-sale properties. The service delivers home pricing information and photos to potential buyers via text messaging. At the same time, it can alert agents of buyer interest for prompt follow-up. Shopping malls, retailers, auto dealers and others like Mr. Kawasaki have found creative uses for this technology as well.
“It’s nice when someone like Guy Kawasaki recognizes innovative companies like Goomzee who are based outside the [Silicon] Valley. As a former San Francisco resident myself, my Bay Area friends thought I was crazy to build a mobile startup from Montana. Our location has challenges, but it forces continuous creativity and efficiency, ultimately building a much stronger company,” explains Goomzee’s founder and CEO, Mike Sparr. “Montana’s allure even helps in enterprise sales and perspective clients often joke about selecting Goomzee if it includes a trip here. Our Governor often leads in speeches with ‘Montana’s On The Move’ and I couldn’t agree more; we’re happy to do our part.”
Montana is no stranger to technology startup success stories. Bozeman’s Right Now Technologies (RNOW) provides on demand customer experience management software and achieved a successful IPO and over $1 billion in revenues before Salesforce.com. Kalispell’s Semitool (SMTL) recently negotiated a sale to Applied Materials (AMD) for over $300 million and another Kalispell IPTV startup, Auroras, merged with Broadsoft to form Avail Media and secured over $25 million in venture financing from Novak Biddle, Columbia Capital and others. Like the Rockies Region startups mentioned, and many others, Goomzee continues to impress Silicon Valley thought leaders like Guy Kawasaki.
Goomzee Corporation provides a mobile marketing technology platform that connects buyers and sellers at the point-of-interest. Goomzee’s flagship product, Realty Connect®, and Mobile Virtual Tours, specifically assists real estate professionals to win more listings, acquire more leads and close more sales. The Company was established in 2003 offering hosted online storefronts to small businesses as well as consulting for some of the world’s largest companies and brands. Goomzee is an industry leader in text message marketing and continues to innovate from a client first perspective. We connect buyers and sellers at the point-of-interest. To learn more, visit us online at http://www.goomzee.com or contact us at (877) 324 – 1796.