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Up, up and away: Urban Airship raises $15.1M from Salesforce.com & Verizon

I’m excited to announce that Urban Airship has raised $15.1M from strategic investors including Salesforce.com and Verizon along with existing investors Foundry Group and True Ventures. This comes hot-on-the-heels of our recent acquisition of SimpleGeo.

The mobile industry is exploding right now. We’re seeing amazing growth in just about every sector related to mobile and services for app developers are no exception. Urban Airship platform growth has been phenomenal in the last few months and we’ve just recently passed 7B notifications (we’re doing 1B per month now). With 20,000 customers on our platform, close to 30,000 apps across iOS, Android and BlackBerry we’ve seen a 1000% increase in traffic to our APIs in the last month alone. Astounding and we’re just getting warmed up.

With the increased momentum we have also started to develop great relationships with companies like Salesforce.com and Verizon. Both companies have been interested in our platforms and how we might be able to work together and participating in our financing was a way to kick that off.

We’ll use the funds raised from this round to continue to grow Urban Airship. We’ll be expanding the sales and business development efforts and looking to grow our international presence. We’ll also continue our integration of the SimpleGeo features into our platform giving us the ability to offer Context and leverage the Storage engine that is going to instrumental to our growth and understanding our customers data in real-time.

As we look to 2012 and beyond we’ll be looking at new ways to bake our platform into connected devices. Mobile phones are our bread and butter but we see opportunities with tablets, ultra-notebooks, desktops, TVs, set-top boxes and more. Look for announcements in the coming weeks that will shed light on the future of Urban Airship.

The Urban Airship team is excited about this announcement and we’re looking forward to working with you soon. Up, up and away.

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