By Tim Hunt
Another innovative Tri-Valley firm lands angel fundingUploaded: Apr 13, 2021
The innovative companies that are being birthed here in the Tri-Valley continue to fascinate me.
One of the latest is illumy, based in San Ramon. Its cloud-based platform combines voice, text and video in a single app. The company announced last week that it had closed at $2.2 million angel founding round.
Founder and CEO Matt McGinnis wrote in a statement, “The world—and how we communicate—is evolving quickly. Real-time interactions are now the norm, and multimedia-rich hyper-communication with text, voice and video is how everyone will interact in the future. This funding enables us to deliver that future and put people at the center of communication, where they belong.”
The release describes the app as a “hyper-communications platform” that bridges the former gap between telecommunications and software worlds. It’s a free service.
The statement also read, “The platform was built from the ground up and provides an all-in-one experience that enables members to message, group chat, email and make voice, video and phone calls. Committed to never collecting or selling member data, illumy puts people at the center of the communications experience.”
It’s notable that McGinnis, who lots of experience with cloud and internet protocol networking, launched the company in January of 2018. The release noted that the firm will use the proceeds to hire more staff, expand its data centers, improve the app performance. It is preparing to transition from the beta app to a general release.
You can learn more on its website www.illumy.comillumy
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That he survived is almost miraculous, but it’s testimony to automobile manufacturers’ continual striving to make vehicles safer. The engineering of the Genesis GV80, a luxury SUV, sent the engine down in the crash while airbags deployed. Yes, Woods suffered severe leg injuries, particularly to his right leg and ankle, but he’s still with us today thanks to vehicles that are designed with safety and survivability in mind.