Tango Announces its Free Video Service on the PC — Bringing the Mobile Experience to the Desktop
FORTUNE BRAINSTORM TECH – ASPEN, Colo. – July 20, 2011 – Tango, the leader in mobile video communications, today announced that its free video calling service will be available for PCs later this summer.
This is the third major platform launch for the company in nine months and will accelerate its already massive growth. Currently, Tango has 18 million members in 190 countries using the service to connect with their family and friends over 3G, 4G, and Wi-Fi. The first public demo of Tango for the PC also took place at the FORTUNE Brainstorm TECH conference in Aspen, Colo. earlier today.
“We have an incredible opportunity ahead of us and we are growing at an unprecedented rate,” said Uri Raz, cofounder and CEO of Tango. “There are 1.5 billion PCs in use worldwide and 95 percent of the world’s computers run Windows. With this launch, we are well positioned to reach our goal of 100 million customers by this time next year.”
People will be able to Tango between Windows PC, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod touch, iPad, and hundreds of Android phones and tablets. The new PC product is mobile-centric with the same look and feel as Tango on the phone. It’s simple to register. There is no log in or password, simply enter a phone number to create an account. Tango will automatically find friends for people to Tango, and makes inviting more friends and family a breeze.
“Introducing a free video communication service for a large number of mobile devices, along with a PC version, in under a year speaks to the dedication of our team of more than 50 engineers in the U.S. and China who continue to deliver products that our users demand,” said Eric Setton, cofounder and CTO of Tango. “Our goal is to offer a video communications service that’s available on as many devices and platforms as possible, with more to come in the following weeks.”
Tango Raises $42 Million Series B Round
Tango also announced that it has closed $42 million in its Series B round of funding, which will enable the company to deliver faster on its product roadmap. The investment was led by Draper Fisher Jurvetson, the first investors in Skype, and a venture capital vehicle led by noted investors Len Blavatnik and Alex Zubillaga. These investors have a deep understanding of the communications space and how to build and maintain great consumer brands that appeal to a mass audience internationally. They will help Tango continue its trajectory as the leader in mobile video communications.
“As one of the first investors in Skype, we see the enormous opportunity in front of Tango,” said Timothy Draper, founder and managing director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson. “Mobile is the new frontier and Tango simply has the best technology and product to allow people to make free video calls on their smartphones, tablets, and now the PC. We were so impressed with their team, technology, and aggressive product roadmap. Mobile video calling is the big trend of the year and we’re excited to see where Tango will take it.”
“Tango is exceptional not only because it marries a significant technological evolution with real market demand, but also because it is powered by the kind of authentic entrepreneurial drive that is required to succeed as a business,” said Alex Zubillaga. “Uri and Eric have built Tango on a real-world vision of what it takes for a start-up to achieve its greatest goals – and the Tango team has the capability to get it done.”
Tango has seen explosive growth since its launch on September 30, 2010, adding one million new people to the service every two weeks. Eighteen million people in 190 countries currently use Tango to make free mobile video calls wherever they are. Tango leads the mobile video calling industry, supporting hundreds of phones and tablets today and moving quickly to make the service available on all platforms.
Tango for the PC will be available as a free download later this summer at us0301awb003.tango.corp.
Founded in September 2009, Tango is the leading mobile video communication service that enables people to connect with friends and family around the world in a way that is fun, easy, and spontaneous. Tango allows you to make free video calls and free phone calls on iPhones, iPod touch, and hundreds of Android phones and tablets, and provides high quality experience over 3G, 4G, and Wi-Fi. Tango lets people share everyday and special moments as they happen. With Tango you never miss a smile.
Over 18 million people in 190 countries already use the service. Tango delivers millions of minutes of voice and video calls each day, of which approximately 80 percent are video. Tango has raised over $47 million from leading venture capital firms and individual investors.
FORTUNE magazine is a global leader in business journalism with a domestic circulation of over 850,000 and a global readership of nearly 5 million, which include major franchises such as the FORTUNE 500 and the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For. FORTUNE Live Media extends the brand’s mission into live events, hosting a wide range of annual conferences, including FORTUNE’s Most Powerful Women and the FORTUNE Global Forum. FORTUNE publishes English-language editions in Europe and Asia, and local-language editions in Middle East, China, Turkey, South Korea, Indonesia, India and Greece.
Learn more at http://us0301awb003.tango.corp/
Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tango_me
Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/tangome
Watch us on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/tangome