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The Only Way is Old Street!

July 18, 2011 Leave a comment

Forget silicon implants we’re talking Silicon Roundabout.

The Only Way is Old Street (often abbreviated to TOWIOS), is a reality mini-series based in and around the ‘Silicon Roundabout ‘ area of East London, famous for it’s vast concentration of innovative start-up companies.  It shows real people in modified situations using HulloMail’s, multi-award winning, Smartvoicemail applications.

Episode one –  The Illness.  Jane has a few too many drinks with the girls.  Waking up the next morning, feeling terrible – Jane realises that work will be a miracle that day but can’t face calling her boss, in case he picks up.  She decides to use her HulloMail app to send a Hullo, a voicemail without making a call, to avoid a long conversation with her boss!

Episode two – The Goodbye.  Andy has been dating Ally for a few months but following a chat with Chris in the pub realises that he doesn’t want a relationship.  He decides he just can’t face the emotions of a break-up so sends a “goodbye’ Hullo, a voicemail without having to make the call.

Episode three – The Cancellation.  Mike offers Chris the opportunity of great seats at the forthcoming Arsenal game, only problem is Chris has a long-standing arrangement with some other friends.  He can’t face calling them all individually just for them to make him feel bad so decides to send a Hullo; a voicemail without having to make a call, that can be sent to multiple contacts at the same time. Problem solved!

Tell us what you think, view the series today:

The only way is Old Street

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Another award win for us!

June 8, 2011 Leave a comment

We’re pleased to announce we’ve won the coveted Mobile Voicemail Innovation award at this year’s Global Telecoms Business Innovation Awards.  The award comes as a result of our work with Tesco Mobile Ireland to deliver HulloMail’s SmartVoicemail app for free on its network.

The GTB Innovation Award judges recognised that Tesco Mobile Ireland has become the first operator to support HulloMail for free and, as the divert to us is zero-rated the usage is not taken out of inclusive minutes either.

The GTB Innovation Awards are designed to honour innovative projects involving telecoms operators and service providers around the world working in association with their vendors and suppliers.

Our founder and CEO, Andy Munarriz said , “Our mission is  to be the one platform you use with your mobile to send, keep, share and manage your voice messages. We are really impressed to have been recognised by the GTB Innovation Awards for the work we have done with Tesco Mobile Ireland to integrate HulloMail into their network. Now, subscribers can immediately benefit from the smart voicemail and voice messaging service.”

The Mobile Voicemail Innovation award follows a host of other accolades recognising our work in revolutionising the voice messaging arena, including the Red Herring 100 awards, UK IT Industry Awards, Mobile Choice awards and being listed within the prestigious Tech Media Invest Top 100.

Categories: Android, apps, ireland, press

>HulloMail selected as a Tech Media Invest 100 Company

September 16, 2010 Leave a comment

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We’ve been revealed as one of the best emerging and innovative tech andmedia companies in the UK’s 2010 Tech Media Invest 100 listing.
The Tech MediaInvest Top 100, which is produced in association with The Guardian,PricewaterhouseCoopers and Kemp Little, is a list of today’s hottest and mostinnovative emerging companies in the ever converging tech and media industries.  HulloMail has been selected for thework it is doing in the mobile voicemail and instant voice messaging space.
The Tech MediaInvest 100 (TMI) aims to showcase high-growth companies that are developinginnovative ways to serve business and consumers, and have the potential toradically change the shape of the technology and media industry.
The resultinglist was approved by Tech Media Invest Advisory Board, which consisted of someof the UK’s most experienced investors in modern technology and media – a mixof venture capitalists, investment analysts, professional advisers andtechnology lawyers, who applied judgement and identified the best performersand the ones to watch.
In addition, We’re also celebrating the news that we’ve been selected as a finalistin the 2010 BCS & Computing UK IT Industry Awards, for its Consumer ITInnovation of the Year category. Winners will be announced on 11 November.
Andy, our founder and CEO, said: “To be recognised in the 2010 Tech MediaInvest 100 listing as a technology success story for our innovation andcreativity is a great achievement. Since we launched our smart voicemail andvoice messaging app over a year ago, we have seen a massive appetite for ourservice and look forward to delivering even more new services and innovationsover the coming months.”

Categories: apps, features, press, technology

>Where is Silicon Roundabout?

August 23, 2010 Leave a comment

>You have heard of Silicon Valley in America, and you’ve heard of Silicon Fen in East Anglia and now you have Silicon Roundabout, just round the corner from Silicon Street in Central London. The home of HulloMail, the voice messaging company. 

We’ve been getting a lot of coverage in the UK Nationals recently, featuring in the Telegraph, the Sunday Times, the Metro and now, today,  The Guardian.


Jemima KissPosted byJemima Kiss Monday 23 August 2010 09.54 BST
HulloMail chief executive and founder Andy MunarrizHulloMail chief executive and founder Andy Munarriz

• What’s your pitch?
“We answer your phone when you can’t, sending messages left by the caller straight to your phone – you can play it back as if it where a music track on your iPod. It also tells you when someone called you but did not leave a message. You can see all your voicemails in one single list with a photo of the person next to each message – this saves you time as you can play each messages by simply selecting it. You don’t have to make a call and listen to the person telling you who called, when they called and then wait to hear the messages in the order they were left. It’s much less frustrating!

“We have another a cool feature that lets you send a voicemail without having to call that person. Press record, leave your message and then send – it’s is quick and free.

“HulloMail is a cloud-based service. Users sign-up by downloading the mobile app from the relevant marketplace (currently AndroidBlackBerryand iPhones in the UK, USA and soon Ireland). Part of the sign-up process sets your mobile divert to our cloud answer service (voicemail, in layman’s speak). We then have the ability to answer your phone calls when you don’t – essentially, we replace your mobile operator voicemail service. When someone leaves you a message, we then push it directly to the HulloMail mobile app on the phone and also to your email, so you can play it directly from your device or as an MP3 attachment.

“Finally, we let you send new and reply-to voice messages to your contacts without having to make a physical call. These messages are called Hullos – short voice messages you can send directly to fellow HulloMail users or anyone with an email address.”

• How do you make money?
“We make most of our money from technology licenses and services, but this will shift to revenue from co-branded cloud-based services for consumers, in conjunction with mobile operators. We also expect the consumer services to pay for themselves when we launch paid-for advanced features from autumn 2010.”

• How are you surviving the downturn?

“We are keeping focused and not overextending ourselves. We are lucky that smartphones are still selling like hotcakes and users are hungry forapps.”

• What’s your background?
“My background is in software and systems design. I consider myself a technologist with a passion of user interface design.

“I’ve worked for 20 years in software and telecoms. I also founded VoxSurf in 1999, which pioneered the world’s first web and open standards-based call completion and messaging platform. This is currently deployed to 35 million users globally. I previously worked for companies such as Accenture and Sprint, specialising in the design, development and installation of service delivery platform architectures to a number of industries. This ranged from phone banking to field force management. I’ve also authored several mobile web and messaging technology patents.”

• What makes your business unique?
“Being the ‘son of VoxSurf‘, HulloMail is in a sweet spot of having large-scale services deployed with mobile operators and now a consumer focus of our own in one of their core service areas. I believe this is a unique and fresh combination in the industry today and places us in a very good position to modernise voice messaging services as a consumer brand. Our strategy to scale the business is to offer mobile operators a co-branded HulloMail. We are extremely focussed and good at what we do so our goal is to work with mobile operators in a fresh way to help deliver a service that people want.

“We are passionate about providing consumer-led innovation as opposed to simply delivering technology for technology-focused solutions, which is what I believe many traditional vendors currently present to mobile operators.”

• What has been your biggest achievement so far?
“We licensed our technology to one of the largest telco vendors in our space that continues to use it as the basis of one of their successful platforms today. I cut the code of the prototype for what became our technology platform over a two-week holiday. It still puts a smile on my face when I think of it.”

• Who in the tech business inspires you?

“In business James Dyson inspires me. I would imagine that telling VCs you have re-invented the Hoover must have been as hard as telling VCs you have re-invented voicemail. He had to go to Japan to prove a point. I’ve been luckier – I only had to nip over to Ireland.

Steve Jobs and his Apple team turned mobile on its head. Despite the negative vibe on their walled garden approach, it is thanks to Apple that companies like HulloMail could prove a mobile concept directly with consumers. Only five years ago it was impossible to deploy an app without getting involved with a device manufacturer and a mobile operator – the process length alone could kill the business.”

• What’s your biggest challenge?
“Scaling the business, by accelerating consumer growth.”

• What’s the most important web tool that you use each day? 
“Email – I believe that email continues to be the killer app. However I use email too much and I should call people more often.”

• Name your closest competitors

“You have the traditional telco vendors such as an Ericsson orComverse, or Acision selling messaging systems to the mobile operator. You also have the web-based guys such as Google and Google Voice. Neither of them offers mobile operators a web-based cloud model coupled with actual consumer demand for the product, like we do.”

• Where do you want the company to be in five years?

“As a recognised telco brand, which is deployed to millions of mobile users.”

• Sell to Google, or be bigger than Google?
“If I was a mobile operator focussing on differentiating my services, HulloMail would be a good option to enable a horizontal voice and video messaging strategy across multiple devices. Is there a mobile operator bigger than Google?”

 

>HulloMail™ integrates I6NET’s VoiceXML technology to extend smart voicemail services

June 29, 2010 Leave a comment
Categories: press, product development

>HulloMail victorious at Red Herring Europe 100 Europe awards

June 2, 2010 Leave a comment

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We’re pleased to announce we have been named a winner of the prestigious Red Herring100 Europe Awards; an award that is given to the top 100 private technologycompanies based in the EMEA region each year.
Accordingto Red Herring, technology industry executives, investors, and observers regardthe Red Herring 100 lists as an invaluable instrument to discover and advocatethe promising start-up businesses that will lead the next wave of disruptionand innovation.
Andy Munarriz, our founder and CEO, said: “To beacknowledged by the Red Herring 100 Awards for our innovation is amazing,particularly when you consider past winners of this accolade include the likesof Google, Yahoo!, Skype and Netscape. At HulloMail, we are focused on extending our voicemail and voicemessaging apps for BlackBerry, Android and iPhone to match our user’s needs, inaddition to expanding into new geographical regions. It’s an exciting time forour business and this award is great testament to the work the team has put into awakening the voicemail and voice messaging space.”
We launched HulloMail a year ago and are passionate about revolutionisingthe way people use voicemail by developing the most innovative anduser-friendly way to send, manage and share day-to-day voice communications. 

>Shortlisted for Innovative App Award

May 25, 2010 Leave a comment

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We’re proud to announce we have been selected as a finalist for the 2010 Meffys Awards, in the ‘Innovative App’ category.  The awards, which recognise global brands, dynamic start-upsand visionary individuals in the mobile entertainment and media industry, willannounce the winners, 21st June 2010.
We launched a consumer service a year ago and are revolutionising the way people use voicemail by developing the most innovativeand user-friendly ways to send, manage and share day-to-day voice communications. We are selected as a finalist for the ‘Innovative App’ category, which celebratestechnical and creative innovation, UI design and quality of experience, inaddition to taking into consideration how the new technology adds value for theconsumer.
Commenting on the news that we’ve been selected asa finalist, Andy Munarriz, our founder and CEO, said: “The Meffys is ahighly regarded event in the mobile industry’s calendar, and we’re extremelyexcited to have been shortlisted for an award. The news comes only a few weeksafter also being nominated for the Red Herring 100 Europe Award, so we are verypleased to be receiving such recognition for our innovative voicemail and voicemessaging applications.  It’scertainly an exciting year for us at HulloMail as we continue to develop andexpand.”
The winners will be announced at a gala evening reception,21st June 2010, at the Great Connaught Rooms in London.
Keep your fingers crossed for us!