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Portfolio News: Celly raises $1.4 million and announces new iOS app


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Facebook and Twitter are perfect for sharing personal vacation photos. Yammer is a great platform for sharing project plans at work. And text messaging is a handy tool for communication with groups of 10 or less. But the world is made up of more complex sharing. Organizations like neighborhood watch groups, schools districts, city departments and hospitals need something different.

We told you about Celly last year when we were hired by founders Russell Okamoto and Greg Passmore to help with marketing and product development. Russell and Greg recognized the limitations of existing social networks and have designed a truly compelling product that meets the needs of groups. Celly resonates with group communication needs by enabling groups to create networks that mirror real-life communication. Unlike other existing social networks, Celly allows for instant, flexible, and scalable communication between people and groups.

Last week, Celly announced that it has raised $1.4 million in funding led by Oregon Angel Fund (OAF) with participation from Upstart Labs and individual investors. Celly also announced the availability of their new (free!!) iPhone app. The app brings a rich experience to iPhone users, while retaining all the flexibility and control of Celly’s platform. Read more about this exciting news in TechCrunch, The Next Web, BetaKit and The Portland Business Journal.

Since launching last fall, more than 200,000 students, educators, coworkers, local governments, communities, teams and national Occupy Movements have embraced Celly. Schools use the service for teacher-student and parent-teacher communications. The City of Portland leverages Celly to keep citizens informed of important activities related to gang activity and neighborhood safety. Hospitals use Celly to communicate two-way messages and emergency alerts. The service also brings together aid workers and community members as part of the Hurricane Sandy Relief effort, making it easier to know where supplies and volunteers are needed.

Congrats to Russell and Greg on this month's announcement. We’re honored to be part of your ongoing momentum.

Interested in learning more? Get started with Celly at cel.ly.


Celly’s new Android app makes it even easier to bring groups closer together


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We were flattered to be approached by the founders of Celly, Russell Okamoto and Greg Passmore, as they were seeking a marketing and product development partner.

Since its launch in early 2011, Celly has grown from simple group SMS texting (no small feat, across myriad phones, mobile devices and service providers), to a cross-platform communication tool that brings enterprise “BYOD” (bring your own device) principles to schools, communities, churches, political movements, families and friends, cities and more.

Celly lets anyone create a “cell” in seconds by texting START to 23559 – or using their web site (http://cel.ly) or now, the new app for Android. Anyone can join a cell in seconds, and instantly start sharing group messages, polls, reminders, notes, and topic alerts, privately and securely. Celly is currently powering more than 20,000 cells in all 50 states, cells used by teachers and parents, coaches, youth pastors, police officers, governments, and businesses.

Celly’s service is particularly loved by educators, who have found a dozen or more creative ways to use it to bring students, teachers, parents and the community together. I love this review from the Google Play store, which pretty much sums up how educators feel about Celly:

I teach junior high and high school, and this app has been awesome for both levels. Parents and students both gave great feedback about how easy it was, how they appreciated the safety, and how valuable the communication was. I'm on my second year, and I recommend Celly constantly!

 – Clint

We are excited to announce the launch of Celly’s new Android app for building mobile social networks. This week’s launch will help expand Celly’s user base, improve service for existing users, and bring even more groups closer together.

A huge congrats to the Celly team – Greg (@g_pass) and Russell (@rokamo) – and here’s to more great news in the future.



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