Biba, a New Way to Communicate at Work, Debuts With $15M in Series B Funding
Biba Offers Conference Calls and Messaging as a Seamless, Freemium
Service for Businesses
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 06/25/13 -- Today, Biba
Systems debuts Biba (https://www.biba.com/), a mobile-first business
application that helps people get in touch instantly. Biba is a free,
flexible, user-friendly tool that delivers conference calls and
messaging across company boundaries and on multiple devices. Biba's
mission is to remove friction and frustration so people can have
better conversations, be more productive and be happier at work --
and in the process, disrupt three multi-billion-dollar markets: audio
and web conferencing, enterprise instant messaging and unified
Biba also announces a $15 million Series B funding round, led by
InterWest Partners, with participation from previous investors
Benchmark Capital and Trinity Ventures. Other investors include
Enrique Salem, former CEO of Symantec and Gary Griffiths, CEO of
Trapit and the former President of WebEx.
"Business communication is a complicated problem in need of an
elegant solution that people love to use," said Carlin Wiegner, CEO
and Co-founder, Biba. "We have completely re-imagined the problem to
deliver an app that drastically improves communications at work."
Prior to founding Biba, Wiegner was the founding CEO of CubeTree, an
enterprise social networking service acquired by SuccessFactors, now
SAP. Previously Carlin held leadership positions at Symantec,
Brightmail and Oblix.
"Carlin is singularly focused on improving the way people interact at
work," said Kevin Harvey, a Founding Partner at Benchmark Capital and
Board Director at Biba. "Carlin's unique perspective and product
vision will enable him to lead business communications into
completely new territory."
"It's about time a modern startup like Biba -- unencumbered by
antiquated architectures and business models, powered by a seasoned
team with a track record of success -- emerged to challenge the
slow-moving Goliaths of business communications," said Bruce
Cleveland, General Partner at InterWest Partners and Board Director
at Biba. "Biba's bold vision to disrupt the communication industry
may appear audacious but shows a keen understanding of what the
incumbents are missing and responds to the demand that people and
businesses need a far more cost-effective and substantially easier
way to communicate with colleagues and partners."
Business communication is still awful after all these years
business communication solutions are disparate, complex and
expensive. The market is littered with products that don't seem to
understand the way people work today.
Businesses and workers are more mobile and flexible. According to
Paychex, a payroll and human resources firm, 85% of small business
owners use smartphones to help manage their operations. Workers are
driving adoption of people-friendly business tools from the bottom-up
At the same time, increased global competition and a tough economy
are forcing companies to be leaner and more flexible. People and
teams are more distributed. The number of people who work remotely
rose 73% from 2005 to 2011, says the Telework Research Network.
Workers are always on the move, and many use their mobile phones as
their primary phone -- even when they are at their desks. Yet current
communications solutions require companies to invest millions in
vestiges of the past: hardware, software and landlines. They force
people to plan ahead and schedule in an era when conversations are
becoming more spontaneous.
The future is all-in-one, flexible and user-friendly
The time is now
for a new approach to business communications. Smartphones have
become ubiquitous. There are now 1.5 billion smartphones in use
throughout the world. Mobile networks are faster and more reliable.
SaaS and "on demand" services have gone mainstream. Businesses are
moving mission-critical services to the cloud. When it comes to
business communications, you shouldn't have to juggle or struggle.
Calls and messaging should be baked into one tool, and they should
work on all your devices. This tool should be affordable, change to
suit your company and be so seamless that people love to use it.
Biba: The Product
Biba makes it easy to get in touch with anyone,
right now, no matter where they work or on what device. Highlights
-- Conference Calls: No more fumbling with dial-ins and passcodes: Biba
calls you. Biba gives you the power to know who is on the call and
who's talking. You can mute the "noisy person," and if someone gets
dropped, Biba automatically reconnects him.
-- Biba Messaging: Need to reach someone but don't know where she is?
Send one message and Biba will get it to her, whether she is on the
road or at her desk. Know whether your message was sent, delivered or
read. Chat with a group of people simultaneously in invite-only chat
-- Biba Presence: Know when others are free, busy or when they will be
Pricing & Availability
-- Personal: Individuals can get started right away by downloading Biba
to their iPhone, iPad, Android or Mac for free.
-- Team: Entire teams can join Biba for free. Administration tools for IT
are also free.
-- Pro: Add toll-free and international dialins for 2c per minute per
Biba is a free, mobile-first business app that helps you
get in touch with people instantly. We solve basic communication
problems that plague people every day. From conference calls to
messaging, Biba is a seamless tool that works across companies and
devices. Founded in 2011, Biba is funded by Benchmark Capital,
InterWest Partners and Trinity Ventures. For more details and to
download Biba, please visit https://www.biba.com/ or follow Biba on
Nectar Communications for Biba
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