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Fresh Video Series: Voicemail Blasts from Your Computer

Posted by: Nick Leiber on November 4, 2008

Our ongoing series Fresh profiles standout startups before they
become household names. And we’re continuing to add videos of some of the
featured entrepreneurs to the mix. Catch the latest in the posts in this section of our blog. And if you know of a great example in your area, use this form to make a suggestion. We’ll follow up on the best.

Video edited by Damian Joseph

Just after his daughter, Nova, was born in June, Dinesh Singh couldn’t wait to tell upwards of 40 friends. But e-mail felt too impersonal, texting too clunky, and making that many calls personally too time-consuming. So Singh used Phonevite to record a message about his new daughter and send it to phone numbers he had entered on Phonevite’s Web site. John Nahm, 34, the company’s co-founder, points out that the service isn’t limited to birth announcements—it works just as well for last-minute barbecue rain cancellations or practice reminders from Little League coaches. Nahm and Kalvin Kim, 35, both technology startup veterans, launched their San Jose business in mid-2007 with $15,000 of the pair’s savings. Although revenue is just $4,000 a month, they secured $600,000 in seed funding last January. In July the company premiered Phonevite To Go, which enables users to input everything over a phone. Nahm’s driving mission? “To make this service dumb simple, for the average Joe.” —Francesca Levy

Reader Comments

TJ McCue

November 11, 2008 2:22 PM

Nick, this is a great writeup. I've heard of such services, but this made it all very clear. Thanks for sharing it. I'm going to see if there's anyone i can nominate to this. I have one that i'd like to email to you.
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