There’s no doubt in my mind that 2011 will be a big year for location and context-aware applications, and thus also for the companies that enable developers and publishers to build or enhance software that takes advantages of information on users’ whereabouts, such as SimpleGeo and Twitter (which acquired GeoAPI maker Mixer Labs about a year ago).
Enter Zumigo, a company that offers a suite of fully hosted applications and services that feature advanced mobile messaging and location-based services. The startup hasn’t made any noise to date, but an SEC filing reveals that they’ve just raised $420,000 in funding.
Furthermore, the company’s chief executive is Chirag Bakshi, former Vice President, Wireless Messaging at VeriSign and a director at Apple in the early nineties. He’s not the only former VeriSigner on board – the company’s former Director of Product Management Bill Loller is also involved with Zumigo as the startup’s VP of Marketing & Product Management.
We’ve added Zumigo to CrunchBase and will keep tracking the startup closely.