A new year is about to start 2009 with new challenges and we wanted to take a look back at what happened in 2008.
We officially launched our all-in-one mobile IM & VoIP app in May, allowing users to use their favorite instant messaging features from one contact list to connect with their friends on Windows Live Messenger (MSN), Yahoo Messenger, Google Talk, AIM, ICQ, Facebook, MySpace, studiVZ, Gadu-Gadu-Hyves, and Jabber.
In July, we raised an additional $15 million in funding from our investors Mangrove Capital, MIH/Naspers, and Holtzbrinck Ventures. We also won Best Mobile Startup at Mobile 2.0 in Barcelona and got recognized for game-changing technology and market value as part of the AO Global 250 Winners during the Stanford Summit.
We added location sharing in August, so users can retrieve the location of Nimbuzz buddies to easily arrange face-to-face meetings.
In September, we added Windows Mobile support and The Times rewarded us with the “Best for Social Networking” award.
October saw us launch a new Nimbuzz.com website, and language support for Indonesian, Russian, and Polish. We also published the winners of the Nimbuzz survey – Congratulations again!
In November we signed a major distribution deal with StudiVZ and launched the mobile StudiVZ Plauderkasten, so you can chat with all your friends from Schueler- Studi- and MeinVZ on the go.
We also announced Facebook and MySpace support, and got selected into the Le Web ‘08 Startup Competition as one of only 30 companies worldwide.
The biggest news for November was “free calls chats messaging and more for your iPhone“. With Nimbuzz on the iPhone you can chat in landscape mode, and even if you happen to hang upside down from a tree Furthermore, we signed 17 global partners to our Operator Affiliate Program to bring instant messaging and social networking to operators.
To finish the year in style, we announced an additional distribution partner in India: Spice Mobiles, who will pre-install Nimbuzz on their handsets from now on. Our iPhone application now runs even if the screen is switched off, and is available in 10 more languages.
We are now adding around 20,000 new Nimbuzz users every day and have users in every country on the globe. 98% of you are recommending Nimbuzz to your friends – thanks for that and keep it up please