6 Startups Reimagine Mobile Messaging


Yik Yak announced this week it raised $62 million in funding led by Sequoia Capital. The investment in Yik Yak joined a wave of recent funding and acquisitions in mobile messaging companies. In the past year, Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $19 billion, and Yahoo acquired Messageme for $30 million.

6 Private Mobile Messaging Companies

To keep track of recent developments, we created a Mobile Messaging watchlist, including both private and public companies in the mobile messaging sector. Below, we feature six private mobile messaging companies that raised funds in the last six months.
Yik Yak acts like a local bulletin board for your area by showing the most recent posts from other users around you. Yik Yak allows anyone to connect and share information with others without even having to know them. Yik Yak allows users to create quality content and receive "upvotes" from other members of your community.

  • Founded: 2013
  • Location: Atlanta, GA
  • Total Funding: $86.5 million
  • Latest Funding: $62 million in November 2014
  • Notable: Yik Yak is a hit across college campuses.

SendHub is the phone system for the mobile world. Via SendHub's API, users are given a phone number in any area code, and they can use it from any device: Web, iPhone, Android, Feature Phones. Businesses can add lines for everyone on their team for free, with complete transparency and powerful analytics on every aspect of your telecommunication.

  • Founded: 2011
  • Location: Menlo Park, CA
  • Total Funding: $10 million
  • Latest Funding: $5 million in November 2014

Kik is a smartphone messenger with a built-in browser, allowing users to browse, talk, and share with their friends. Kik users exchange web pages, sketches, videos, and more. Kik usernames, not phone numbers, are the basis for Kik user accounts.

  • Founded: 2009
  • Location: Waterloo, Ontario
  • Total Funding: $65.8 million
  • Latest Funding: $38.3 million in November 2014
  • Notable: Kik allows brands to messsage with users

Secret is an anonymous social network that allows messages to be untraceable and without restrictions. Secret posts are delivered anonymously to a user's contacts, who can then view, love, and comment on the post. When friends "love" a user's post, that post is shared with their friends and could reach even further when more people love the post.

  • Founded: 2013
  • Location: San Francisco, CA
  • Total Funding: $36.25 million
  • Latest Funding: $25 million in July 2014
  • Notable: Seattle hacker hacked Secret in August 2014

Frankly is not texting. Frankly is a new way to chat with friends in which messages disappear after 10 seconds. Frankly users can also send Frankly messages to non-Frankly users via personalized links.

  • Founded: 2013
  • Location: San Francisco, CA
  • Total Funding: $18.8 million
  • Latest Funding: $12.8 million in October 2014
  • Notable: SDK platform under development

Whisper is an anonymous social network that is changing how people interact and express themselves online. Whisper allows messages to be untraceable and without restrictions.

  • Founded: 2012
  • Location: Santa Monica, CA
  • Total Funding: $60 million
  • Latest Funding: $36 million in May 2014
  • Notable: Senator Jay Rockefeller asked Whisper in October to clarify its privacy policy.

Events Feed

Using the Mobile Messaging watchlist, DataFox users can utilize the Events Feed to keep track of recent funding, acquisitions, and other recent developments of companies in the watchlist.