Interview with Scott Lahman, GOGII


Scott Lahman is co-founder of Los Angeles-based GOGII (, the developer of group text messaging application textPlus. We spoke with Scott about GOGII and textPlus, the shifting mobile market, and also what lessons he's applied to his new startup.

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GOGII Hires Away MySpace Exec


Los Angeles-based GOGII , the venture backed provider of mobile social messaging services, has snagged MySpace exec Chandra Hill as its new Vice President of Monetization and Publishing. GOGII develops textPlus, a mobile social messaging application for the iPhone. myspace executive iphone textplus networking mobile social gogii

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GOGII Raises $15M


Marina del Rey-based GOGII , the social messaging firm headed by former JAMDAT founders Scott Lahman, Austin Murray, and Zack Norman, announced this morning that it has raised an additional $15M in a third round of funding. GOGII develops textPlus, a social messaging application which allows users to text others in community chat groups, share photos, and more. gogii textplus social messaging venture capital funding mobile text iphone ipad android

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Gogii Raises $8.2M


Marina del Rey-based Gogii , a developer of text messaging applications, said Thursday that it has raised $8.2M Gogii is the latest startup of Scott Lahman, Austin Murray, and Zack Norman, all previously at JAMDAT Mobile. Gogii's initial funding came from Kleiner Perkins' iPhone investment fund, iFund. Tags: jamdat mobile capital venture messaging text gogii in a Series B investment round.

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Gogii's textPlus Hits Message Milestone


Los Angeles-based GOGII , the developer of text messaging applications headed by three of the founders of JAMDAT Mobile, reported late last week that it has sent over 10 billion text messages from its textPlus texting app. gogii textplus text messaging iphone android mobile free texting

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Why I Invested in Gogii (textPlus) – My First Ever Later Stage Deal

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I invested in LA-based Gogii , one of the fastest growing, most exciting mobile social networking companies you’ve never heard of and maker of a product called textPlus. But who exactly is Gogii, what is textPlus and why are they so exciting if I’ve never heard of them? Gogii is the creator of the 36th most downloaded application in the history of the iPhone app store – a product called textPlus. But I have different reasons for being excited about Gogii.

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Demand Media Names Kirby As Mobile Head


Kirby joins Demand Media from GOGII, where he was Chief Revenue Officer. demand media executive gogii mobileSanta Monica-based Demand Media announced today that it has named Michael Kirby as head of its mobile efforts. Kirby has been appointed SVP & GM, Mobile, to lead the company's mobile strategy. He also has served at Activision, FOX Sports Interactive, Fox interactive Media, and Intermix Media. READ MORE>>.

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textPlus Adds Free Numbers In Canada


Los Angeles-based GOGII , the text messaging app developer behind textPlus , said Tuesday that it has started offering up free phone numbers for texting in Canada. GOGII is venture backed by Matrix Partners, GRP Partners, and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers iFund. textplus gogii mobile texting text phone free iphone android smartphone canada

textPlus Expands To Phone Calls


Los Angeles-based Gogii , the free text messaging app developer behind textPlus which is headed by former JAMDAT Mobile founder Scott Lahman, is moving into the world of free Wi-Fi calling. Gogii's original app, textPlus, is already a thorn in the side of carriers--that app allows users to send and receive unlimited text messages, rather than paying for unlimited text messaging plans or per-text.

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GRP Targets $250M In New Fund, GRP IV


GRP's investments include TrueCar, GOGII,, GumGum, among others. Los Angeles-based venture capital firm GRP Partners is looking to raised $250M in its newest fund, GRP IV L.P., according to a regulatory filing from the firm this week.

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textPlus Updates iPhone, Android Apps


Los Angeles-based textPlus , the free text messaging service which is operated by GOGII, has made a number of updates to both its iPhone and Android apps. GOGII is venture backed by Matrix Partners, GRP Partners, and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers iFund; the firm's founder, Scott Lahman, was a co-founder of JAMDAT Mobile.

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When the Good Guys in Venture Change Roles

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Gogii [the original company name] was an early leader in the free text messaging space and we had tens of millions of downloads of our product. This morning it was announced that Matt Murphy had left his role as a partner Kleiner Perkins to join as a partner in Menlo Ventures.

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Mobile /Wireless Technologies

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Moderator: Kevin Jacques, Partner, Palomar Ventures; Panelists: Dave Ryan, Managing Partner, Mission Ventures; Patrick Eggen, QUALCOMM Ventures; Thomas Ellsworth, Chief Executive Officer, GOTV Networks; Colby Goff , SVP Network Strategy and Business Development, Boingo Wireless; Scott Lahman, Founder and CEO, GoGii. Tuesday, September 14, 2010 -- Mobile /Wireless Technologies.

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Explaining FNAC: Feature, Not a Company

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I talked in specifics about a bunch of my investments including Factual , MongoLab , Maker Studios and Gogii (maker of TextPlus ). FNAC. I first heard the term from Chris Fralic at First Round Capital. Feature, not a company. It has always stood out in my mind.

Ten Tech Entrepreneurs Who Are Putting LA on the Map

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For the Scott Lahman fans, the inclusion of Sky Dayton cover JAMDAT which is a lot of the Gogii team. Your former Activision early hire Scott Lahman is not on this list as CEO of Gogii/TextPlus. Gogii / TextPlus is absolutely one of the best patron cos here in LA.

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Can You Really Build a Great Tech Firm Outside Silicon Valley?

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Hautelook, Gogii, Magento. This article originally appeared on TechCrunch. Last year I was on Sand Hill Road in Silicon Valley meeting with one of the most prominent venture capital firms in the country.

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Interview with Matthew Graczyk, Zubican


He's now at Gogii, which has received investment from Kleiner.

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