Zlango

  • In Zlango’s World, Emoticons Are The Future (And The Future Revenue Model)

    In Zlango’s World, Emoticons Are The Future (And The Future Revenue Model)

    They say if you want to understand the future, you have to look at children. And if my 10-year-old cousin's chat history is any indication, we will soon be communicating in emoji, Egyptian hieroglyphics or some other kind of pictographic language that renders the 2,000-year-old Roman alphabet obsolete. Sometimes she sends me full e-mails with dozens of lines of straight emoticons, which either… Read More

  • Picture Messaging App Zlango Hits 1 Million Android Users Four Months After Launch

    Picture Messaging App Zlango Hits 1 Million Android Users Four Months After Launch

    Zlango, a goofy but fun icon-based text messaging app, just hit one million U.S. users on the Android platform only four months after launching. Backed by Accel and Benchmark Capital, the app originally arrived in the U.S. market in October 2011, following the opening of its San Francisco-based offices. In total, Zlango now boasts over 5 million users worldwide, the company reports. Read More

  • Zlango Launches Web Play

    Zlango Launches Web Play

    Last we heard from Zlango the company had announced a $12 million in funding from Benchmark Capital and Accel Partners. Today Zlango is announcing its first major foray in the Web space. For those of you unfamiliar with Zlango, the company created a new language based on slightly over 200 icons in categories such as People, Actions, Places and Feelings. The Zlango offering was originally aimed at… Read More

  • Benchmark and Accel Put $12M Behind Zlango

    Benchmark and Accel Put $12M Behind Zlango

    Benchmark Capital and Accel have invested $12 million in Israeli mobile startup Zlango. Zlango is an icon-based mobile messaging service. Users send short texts typed in representational images instead of typing out the messages (see below). It’s like a modern hieroglyphics. Users can also add images to the basic icons of the language, as Zlango has in their press release. Zlango is a phone… Read More

  • Zlango Update: BenchMark and Accel Invest $12 Million

    Zlango Update: BenchMark and Accel Invest $12 Million

    Israel-based Zlango will announce a $12 million round of financing tomorrow, led by BenchMark Capital and Accel Partners. The company launched the Zlango icon-based SMS service in the middle of 2006, and has expanded to three countries (Israel, Poland and certain Caribbean cell phone carriers). The press release for the financing (see bottom of post) was written in Zlango with an English… Read More

  • Zlango's Icon-based Language for SMS

    Zlango's Icon-based Language for SMS

    Zlango is a new Israeli startup (there is a lot of innovation going on there) that has created a very interesting new language and associated application that could change the SMS landscape (as well as, eventually, email and IM). Israel design firm Mantis is involved with the project. The language is based on icons, or pictures. Each icon has a specific meaning – a person pointing to himself… Read More