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October 25, 2006

GotVoice got money

Posted by Tricia Duryee at 10:38 AM

Kirkland-based GotVoice, which allows users to check voicemail from the Internet, said today that it received $3 million in venture capital.

The service allows users to manage all of their home and mobile voicemail, from virtually any carrier, in their e-mail inbox or on the Web.

In December, CEO Curt Blake said GotVoice decided to make the service free after conducting a survey among Microsoft Hotmail account users in Los Angeles last summer. The company determined the best way to use the software was to give it away and have an advertising-based revenue model.

Since making that decision, GotVoice has been adding about 500 users a day. The company said there are more than 30,000 active users nationwide.

Blake also said the company was going to add a professional version that will cost $4.95 to $9.99 a month to get the service without ads.

Ignition Partners and Second Avenue Partners participated in the round of funding. In today's release.

The new funding will be used for product development and marketing efforts.

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