German mind mapping application builder MeisterLabs, the startup behind brainstorm & planning tool MindMeister, has acquired MindMaker, to our knowledge the third iPhone application to get sold after the sale of Where To and Tapulous buying Tweetsville.
MindMaker, on sale for €3.99 (or $4.99), allows you to structure your ideas and concepts visually using a fairly intuitive program even when you’re on the go. The app is relatively limited in functionality but offers an experience that suits Apple’s mobile phone perfectly. You can find a good review of the app over here.
Seems like a match made in heaven, with MindMeister being one of the most authorative and open collaborative mind mapping tools available on the web today but lacking an equally decent mobile version. Ouriel Ohayon, our TechCrunch France editor, was first to report the acquisition news on his blog and has actually tested MindMeister for one of his own (top secret) projects; he calls it a “a masterpiece of execution at any single level”. You can sign up for a basic version free of charge, or pay for more robust editions ranging from $4 to $15 per month.
MindMeister, backed by an undisclosed amount of angel funding, is not sharing the price it paid for the iPhone application, but I concur with Ouriel who thinks the deal was small in size yet bodes well for the future of truly compelling iPhone apps developed by independent developers.