Posted by: Olga Kharif on August 28, 2007
Another day, another dollar, another Web-calling company gets funding from former Skype supporters. This morning, Jaxtr announced it raised $10 million from five venture capital funds, three of which — Draper Richards, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Luxemburg-based Mangrove Capital — were early investors in Skype.
While I feel like rolling my eyes (How many more Web-calling companies can possibly get funded? The space is already crowded), it seems like Jaxtr is on to something: Its registered user base has been doubling every month since its March launch. Most recently, it jumped from 500,000 to 1 million.
When I tried the service, it was slightly easier to use than Jajah. And while Skype just announced a low-cost calling plan, basic Jaxtr, for now, is free. And you can use Jaxtr with MySpace, Facebook and LinkedIn (of course, Skype and Jajah are all over social networks, too). How do you think the three services compare?