Argogroup receives $20m in venture capital fundingBy Chris Williams. Published: 1st Nov 18:53:41 | Permalink | Printable
In a press release sent to Drobe Launch Pad today, Argogroup has announced that it has created unique software to help news agencies broadcast content to mobile phones using WAP technology. The announcement also contains details of their change of name to Argogroup and funding of $20million from venture capitalists.
The company's success has resulted in a significant injection of new venture capital investment (bringing to over $30 million the amount the company has received in three rounds) and the imminent announcement of critical strategic partnerships with key industry players.
As a first step, Argogroup and Lucent Technologies Inc. have signed a co-marketing agreement to enable developers from both Lucent and Argogroup to integrate Argogroup's products within Lucent's wireless Internet solutions.
According to David Frodsham, Argogroup's CEO, the wireless industry faced a stark choice before the availability of the Argogroup solution: to expensively (and slowly) develop multiple designs for each type of mobile phone.
'Our infrastructure software allows customers to write wireless content once - either for WAP solutions that are common in Europe or i-Mode alternatives pioneered in Japan. Operators find that appealing because they need to improve the quantity and quality of content, as well as increase the choice of handsets supported by their network. Also, content providers want to reach an army of new and existing eyeballs when they are on the move without compromising their brands.'
Founded in 1996 by Andrew Foyle, Argogroup is the parent company of RISC OS friendly ISP ArgoNet however today's announcement indicates that the group has shifted its focus to the expanding WAP mobile phone market. Argogroup has its headquarters near Guildford, UK, and employs 70 people. It is currently ranked within Bain & Company's 'e25' list and was recently listed by Red Herring as one of Europe's top 5 wireless Internet companies. The funding has come from venture capitalists Apax and 3i.
Hendrik Frenzel, Investment Director of 3i: 'Argogroup is a brilliant company in a very interesting space. The market is increasingly fragmented by the choice of end user terminals. The problem is to get the networks to display their transmitted content in a proper manner on different terminals. The network operators and content providers cannot ensure this happens - but Argogroup has the solution.'
Argogroup, Lucent Technologies Inc., Apax, 3i, ArgoNet
Previous: expLAN provide online anti-surge help: With all the recent storms an'all..
Next: Government to give £4m to anyone who can make computers easier: Let us suggest an OS..
DiscussionViewing threaded comments | View comments unthreaded, listed by date | Skip to the end
No comments posted - yet. Post one yourself or come back soon.
Please login before posting a comment. Use the form on the right to do so or create a free account.
Search the archives
Today's featured article
Select 2: Your survival guide
We take a look at the best of the RISC OS 4.32 feature list. For your eyes only.
16 comments, latest by Crash Bandicoot on 16/2/03 9:58PM. Published: 14 Oct 2002
Alpha, Omega in the wild
Alpha benchmarked, Desk on the scene
21 comments, latest by jcmcculloch on 29/7/03 1:37PM. Published: 13 Jul 2003
News and media:
RISCOS Ltd •
RISC OS Open •
MW Software •
Advantage Six •
CJE Micros •
Liquid Silicon •
Chris Why's Acorn/RISC OS collection •
The Register •
The Inquirer •
Apple Insider •
BBC News •
Sky News •
Google News •