We just announced that Dial2Do has closed a new funding round. We’re obviously thrilled to secure the new investment “in the teeth of a recession” as my friends like to say. The funds were raised from Powerscourt ITC BES and Enterprise Ireland.
The money is to help us saddle up and really take the show on the road (literally) in North America, where the market has a couple of characteristics that make it very receptive for Dial2Do. In the US, people spend a lot of time in their cars every day, and they’re itching for a safe way to engage with and use their standard web and phone “stuff”, while driving. Distracted driving legislation is also rolling out across the US, State by State, to encourage safer driving.
Dial2Do helps people use their driving time productively and safely to send texts, listen to and send emails, create reminders, use Twitter, listen to their calendars, and so on. All while letting people keep their hands on the wheel – they just have to speak to the Dial2Do service using a hands-free car kit or Bluetooth Headset.
We’re partnering with the “hands-free” ecosystem – headset providers, car-kit makers, and others – to bundle Dial2Do with the physical product, so that consumers will be able to just walk in to a store and buy a “joined up” experience, where the voice service works in harmony with the hands-free hardware “out of the box”.
Anyway – we look forward to announcing some exciting deals in the coming months. 2010 promises to be quite a year for value-add voice services in general, and Dial2Do in particular.
Gotta back back to work 🙂