We continue today our series looking at tech companies to watch in 2016. We began yesterday with a peek into Affectiva and a look into hot tech trends. Today, we catch up with Cotap, an enterprise communication platform.

Year founded: 2013 

Founders: Jim Patterson and Zack Parker

Founders backgrounds: Jim Patterson has been an entrepreneur for more than a decade, founding two companies and serving as a founding member and chief product officer of Yammer, which was acquired by Microsoft in 2012 for $1.2 billion

Zack Parker oversees all engineering efforts for Cotap. Prior to founding Cotap, he served as the senior director of engineering at Yammer and was the company’s first employee. 

Headquartered in: San Francisco

Number of employees: 40

Number of customers: Used by more than 10,000 businesses around the world 

Funding to date: $15.5 million 

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When was your latest major platform release, and what did it entail? Cotap 3.0 launched last September. This release included support for video calling, group calling, location sharing, audio messages and a suite of new administrative controls like custom data retention settings and Safe Driving controls to protect employees from distracted driving.

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What is one thing you have that no one else does in this space?Cotap combines the power and speed of messaging apps like WhatsApp, with the security and administrative controls needed by businesses. Cotap is the most advanced and secure enterprise mobile messaging app in existence. 

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What can we expect in terms of innovation in 2016?Deeper and more flexible integrations into our customers’ internal applications.

Customer take: Keith Humphrey, president and CEO of Jet AirWerks, a jet engine component repair shop in Arkansas City, Kan., that employs 25 people, has been using Cotap for just more than eight months. 

"We try to stay on top of technology in our business as well as integrating social media when it makes sense," Humphrey told CMSWire. "We kept our eyes open for an enterprise micro-blog and found Cotap. Cotap offered us what we were looking for — a secure cross platform app for mobile and desktop communications. We have people in different parts of the country and do a good deal of international travel and Coptap keeps us all connected and informed."

AirWerks employees can communicate regardless of the type of phone or computer that people use, Humphrey said. "When we tried text messaging," Humphrey said, "iMessage versis text messages was a real problem. There’s always room for improvement (with Cotap) but just pretty hard for me to figure out where."

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