”la Caixa” together with a group of business angels invest 230,000 euros in Spotbros
- The company offers a new instant messaging system and a terabyte of free storage in the cloud.
- The funding obtained will be used to start international expansion of the service.
Using the investment vehicle Caixa Capital Micro, Caixa Capital Risc, the venture capital arm of ”la Caixa”, has led an investment round amounting to 230,000 into the company Spotbros, in which business angels and the current company shareholders have also taken part.
Spotbros is the founding company of “cloud messaging”, a new system which makes it easier to share and send files via instant messages. It is a fusion of two powerful technology tools (storage in the cloud and instant messaging), allowing you to send any type of file, whatever the size, via the chat service. Users can save and share their files on their “Cloud”, so that they can then send them via the chat service to their contacts and access them from any device (PC, tablet or smartphone). What’s more, Spotbros are offering a terabyte of storage in the cloud completely free of charge, making Spotbros an extremely useful application.
The company was founded towards the end of 2011 by Alejandro López, a computer and industrial engineer, Fernando Calvo, Business Administration and Management graduate, Gorka Rodríguez, computer engineer, and Álvaro Marcos, electronic engineer. The four of them, born in Bilbao, met at primary school and graduated from the University of Deusto.
Spotbros are proud to have Enrique Dans as their advisor and Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, former CEO of Nokia, as an investor. The service is offered via a mobile application which was launched on the market in October 2012 and which, in just a year, has gained 1.3 million registered users and almost 200,000 active daily users.
With this round of investment, the company partners hope to initiate their expansion into the international market with a launch in Great Britain in six months’ time. Moreover, Spotbros intend to strengthen their development as a communication channel between companies and users via their spots or chats.
The instant messaging market and cloud computing are constantly growing and evolving. On a worldwide scale, there are more than 1,000 users of instant messaging services. Every day, 6 billion messages are sent and it is estimated that by 2016, the number of users and messages sent will have doubled.