Letter from our CEO, Amir Sarhangi
As a good friend once told me, if you want to do something big, start with something small — a single, singular challenge you can lead, and rally others to support.
For Jibe — a company we founded in 2006 — that lesson came true today with the announcement that we’ve been acquired by Google. The big opportunity we saw at the start: to change the way people communicate using their mobile phones.
The "small" challenge we focused on: the future of messaging, the super simple mode for communication that's favored by billions of people, all over the world.
What we learned
Like many other startups, Jibe challenged the traditional approach. And through conviction, customer champions, and a great team, we’re starting to see some changes in the industry. We began Jibe at a time when:
- Internet growth had exploded
- mobile was picking up steam
- smartphones were just becoming popular
- iPhone and Android had not yet been born
As the mobile world was opening up, we had a hunch that carriers had to become more competitive by becoming innovative. So we decided to start a company with the vision of bridging the newer world of Silicon Valley with the older world of telecommunications.
Together, with the entire industry, we are making our vision come true.
At first we focused on the fringes, thinking the most important problems had already been solved by the industry giants who had invested millions in IP communications. But we then realized that the world of mobile was moving quickly, and the industry had not been able to keep pace.
This journey was absolutely necessary for us to find our way, by bumping into a real problem which needed to be solved = messaging.
In 2010, we foresaw the future of messaging and invested heavily in Rich Communications Services (RCS), the new standard that was being positioned as the evolution of SMS. We then introduced the Jibe model to put carrier messaging in the cloud and flip the infrastructure business model upside down.
The first bite
Of course, convincing the first carrier to trust a small startup with their messaging — a core part of their business — was not easy. But once we did, we knew we were on to something and never looked back. At times we have been seen as mavericks as we try to balance the need to stay competitive by running ahead versus making sure we build industry consensus. But one could argue that this is exactly what the industry has needed. Our persistent position has gradually been vindicated, first by our customers — who in every way deserve credit for our success — and now by Google’s belief in and commitment to us. We promise to stay true to our roots, and keep building great products for our customers.
Thanks to all
I want to thank all our customers, directors/advisors, and investors/lenders for not only supporting but keeping us focused. They’ve been partners in this journey — not idle watchers on the sidelines — looking out for the best interests of the entire industry.
Finally, I want to thank the team at Jibe, not just for their brilliance, but for their toughness, their resilience, their loyalty — and, yes, of course, their focus on a thing that might have looked small, but was not so small after all.
—Amir Sarhangi, CEO and Co-founder, Jibe Mobile
The Jibe Tribe
(team, directors, advisors):
Johan Ahlers, Holger Arendt, Andreas Bachmann, Manhal Basheer, Ian Buckner, Phil Carter, Wayne Chidester, Patrick Chomet, Jason Choy, Martin Dunsby, Christoph Fassbach, Rey Felipe, Lars Fjeldsoe-Nielsen, Pratik Ganapavarapu, Mohan Gyani, Tony Guntharp,Christopher Hansell, Sarah Hansell, Dale Harris, Alena Khomyak, Sergei Kostin, Swathi Kurunnan, Jeff Lettes, Debbie Lin, Donald Lind, Simbad Mohamed, Roman Mukhametzyanov, Scott McNealy, Nori Mukai, Craig Marshall-Nicholls, Steve Nguyen, Todd Parker, Nimesh Patel, Barney Pell, Francisco Pimenta, Sajan Raghavan, Kristy Reinhart, Giovanni Rodriguez, Mike Samachisa, Amir Sarhangi, Carolynne Schloeder, Steve Schroeder, Tim Schwerdtner, Dan Seyer, Igor Shakhov, Anil Sharma, Rohit Singh, Prakash Sinha, Donald Steul, Hieu Ta, Tigran Terteryan, Michael Thiel, John Vangel, Noelia Vasquez, Theresa Warren, Elmar Weber, I-Chien Wu
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