Small to medium organizations interested in social communication can benefit from CloudTalk, a free text and voice messaging service that recently raised $3.8 million in equity and $1.2 million in debt financing.
Formerly known as Pana.ma, CloudTalk caters to the generations that prefer asynchronous communication to actual phone conversations (e.g. your teenager). The platform takes text messaging a step further by allowing users to send each other voice mail-like messages, which are aggregated with SMS and IM messages, free of charge.
The service supports one-to-one and group conversations (either public or private), and is available on the Web as well as iPhone and Android devices:
But beyond appealing to the younger masses, CloudTalk is reportedly working on building a widget for websites so that publishers have yet another option for engaging their community. Word on e-street is that businesses too have their own version of CloudTalk on the way.
The recently reported US$ 3.8 million in equity and US$ 1.2 million in debt financing lends the impression that the company has a fairly solid foundation, regardless of whether or not their primary tool is nothing new to anybody's realm of operation.
Further, it's notable that CloudTalk's chief executive is David Hayden, the serial entrepreneur who co-founded the Magellan Search Engine in 1993, was founding chairman and CEO of Critical Path, created social networking company JetEye, and has served on the boards of companies like E*Trade Financial, Riya, and eHatchery.
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