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Summary:

Voxeo Corp, the Orlando, Florida-based IP telephony company behind Tropo web-and-telephony cloud-based development platform is acquiring a smaller competitor for an undisclosed amount of money. Teleku. Together, Tropo and Teleku will compete with the startups such as Twilio for the cloud based web-telephony platform business

Voxeo Corp, the Orlando, Florida-based IP telephony company behind the Tropo web-and-telephony cloud-based development platform is acquiring a smaller competitor, Teleku for an undisclosed amount of money. (To me it seems more like an acqu-hire than an acquisition.) With this acquisition, Voxeo has continued its M&A ways — last year it snapped up IMified and before that it acquired VocieObjects and Micromethod Technologies.

Voxeo’s Tropo, Teleku and Twilio are just some of the companies that are trying to gain market share in the business of providing cloud-based platforms for web developers to create voice and text based applications.

On its website, Tropo explains the rationale behind the acquisition: A simple API that worked with multiple web-telephony XML formats (VoiceXML, Twilio’s TwiML or its own PhoneML). The companies point out that the existing Tropo and Teleku applications will continue to run without modification of the combined solution.

Chris Matthieu, founder of Teleku will join Tropo as director of business development. In a comment left on our site earlier this year, Matthieu said that he had been able to swing many of Twilio developers to its platforms, mostly because of its ability to work with many different formats and platforms.

As a parting thought: I expect more consolidation in the web-based telephony market which is crowded with many small players right now, some with little traction with developers.

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  1. Voxeo acquires Teleku | insideCTI Wednesday, August 11, 2010

    [...] According to Om, Chris Matthieu will join Orland-based Voxeo as Director of Business Development. Here’s an interview of Matthieu for the latest Voxeo Emerging TechTalk episode. [...]

  2. Om, Thanks for the great article and your kind words. It’s definitely an exciting time in this space!

    Dan

  3. Chris Matthieu Thursday, August 12, 2010

    Your coverage of the Voxeo/Tropo acquisition of Teleku is stellar (as usual).

    What a roller coaster ride! I founded Teleku (http://teleku.com) on January 1, 2010 and wrote the technology myself using Ruby on Rails. Launched the service as a private beta in February and then later opened it to the public in March. We were TechCrunch’ed in April and my company was acquired today by Voxeo (http://voxeo.com), the leaders in the cloud communications space. Now we’re on GigaOm’s front page to bring it home!

    It goes to show what a single man working in the garage without funding can do in a trillion dollar telecom industry.

    Wait until you see what’s next!

    Cheers,
    @ChrisMatthieu

  4. Voxeo Talks » Welcoming Teleku into the Voxeo family! Thursday, August 12, 2010

    [...] you may have read on GigaOm last night, Voxeo Gobbles Up Teleku, we announced that Voxeo acquired Teleku, a cloud communications startup. We have a news page up [...]

  5. Kelley Marie Mitchell Thursday, August 12, 2010

    Am wondering if Voxeo acquired Teleku’s parent GetVocal Inc or just Teleku.

    Kelley Marie
    https://twitter.com/Telephlux

  6. Chris Matthieu Tuesday, August 17, 2010

    Hi Kelley – Voxeo only acquired Teleku.com. I am still the CEO of GetVocal, inc. and will continue to work on SurfByTel.com as time permits.

    My focus is with Voxeo and Tropo but I view Surf-By-Tel as my philanthropic project with the goal of helping visually impaired people access the internet with their voice and a simple telephone.

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