Taptera Secures $2 Million Funding for Enterprise iPhone and iPad Apps
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Taptera, a leading developer of Apple mobile enterprise apps, today announced it has secured $2 million in Series A funding led by prominent Silicon Valley investor Terence Garnett. Other participants in the round include salesforce.com and an impressive array of leading CEOs, Silicon Valley investors and luminaries including M.R. Rangaswami and David Murphy. Garnett will also join the company’s board of directors.
Taptera will use the funding to develop a revolutionary portfolio of Apple iPad and iPhone apps that will profoundly advance processes for sales, operations, collaboration and creativity. Taptera’s first app, called Colleagues, is a powerful mobile employee directory that will be unveiled this fall.
“As an enterprise investor, I’ve witnessed an explosive transformation with the rapidly growing adoption of Apple’s iPhone and iPad platforms in the corporate market,” said Terence Garnett. “Given the proven track record of Taptera’s leadership team in building enterprise Apple applications during their time at Genentech and in partnership with salesforce.com, they are poised to influence and advance the multibillion dollar Apple-centric mobile enterprise application industry.”
The Taptera team includes:
Co-Founder and CEO Chris O’Connor, who has 18 years of experience bringing innovative IT solutions to Fortune 500 companies. At Genentech O’Connor spearheaded the company’s move to empower its workforce with creative and cost effective mobile applications. His mantra is “Great employees deserve great apps.”
Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer Dan McCall, who is obsessed with creating products that people love. While at Genentech, McCall built and managed over 30 critically acclaimed Apple mobile apps.
Chief Design Officer John Ellenich, a master of visual arts has designed several award-winning consumer iPhone and iPad applications including FlightTrack, which is in the App Store ‘Hall of Fame’.
Chief Technology Officer Mike Janson, a veteran technology leader with more than 20 years of experience. Janson joins Taptera from salesforce.com where he directed teams that developed Salesforce Chatter, one of the most well-known collaboration tools in enterprise.
“Taptera gives businesses a fast, effective and secure way to empower their mobile employees,” said Chris O’Connor, co-founder and CEO of Taptera. “Our apps are an excellent way for a company to capitalize on their recent mobile investments while delighting their employees at the same time.”
“Taptera is going to transform the way you think about enterprise mobility,” said Dan McCall, co-founder and chief product officer. “Simply put, we’re making the best enterprise off-the-shelf apps you’ve ever seen.”
Founded in 2011, Taptera builds fast, beautiful, secure off-the-shelf mobile apps for the enterprise. Headquartered in San Francisco, the leadership and development teams have a strong record of entrepreneurial success and come from companies including Genentech, Inc., salesforce.com and Mobiata (acquired by Expedia.) For more information visit www.taptera.com.