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Ribbit sold, what's going on with Lypp?

Already a couple of days old now is the news that Ribbit just sold for $105m with (£53m) in cash. A congratulations is in order for Ted Griggs and his crew!

Due to this news Lypp is receiving a bit more attention and I have recently been asked by a few interested parties, “What are you going to do with Lypp?”.

The short answer is “We are building a profitable company.” The long answer is, “We are building a profitable company.”

Next week as we will be announcing the availability of the Lypp Teleconferencing service in more than 20 countries Worldwide with more to come shortly thereafter. Countries in this next release include; UK, Australia, Germany, Netherlands, Hong Kong and 15 more.

The international rates will be competitive, as an example Australia will be the same price as our North American rate at 9 cents/min with zero long distance calling costs. International Toll Free will be unnecessary considering Lypp calls all the meeting participants, in all countries served, at the time of the meeting.

So that is what is going on with Lypp. We are on track and I am thrilled with our progress. Yes, there are some interesting conversations in play and we will see where that takes us but the end game is to create a healthy company that continues to grow.

Home baked SEO lands Lypp.com on page 1 of Google

As a guest contributor for Techvibes I recently wrote a story about my journey through the land of SEO. It is my quest to make Lypp the number 1 conference call service in North America. I knew SEO would play a huge part.

I managed to take lypp.com from page 61 to page 1 in 7 weeks for key word phrase “conference call” on both google.com and google.ca. No small feat considering there are nearly 60 million results for that term on both sites.

You can read the entire story at Techvibes.

Cheap Mobile Calls in Canada

I had a great conversation today from a new Lypp user who was blown away by the Lypp mobile calling service that is current being offered at Lypp.com. The one thing that this gentleman kept reiterating was that mobile calling in Canada is so costly and how Lypp service all of North America for one low price.

It was so great to have some positive feedback on the service and I hope they will be even happier when they see the new features we are unleashing in February.

Next month we will be launching a new Next Generation Conference Calling service but at the same time we will be enhancing the current mobile offering at Lypp.com. Lypp mobile calling users in Canada will soon be introduced to a host of new features that we believe will enhance their mobile calling experience, at no extra cost.

Dane Christen Lagerway, #2 son has arrived.

I have been receiving a few emails recently from some of you wondering where I have been. "What's up with the radio silence?" is a common thread 😉

I have been somewhat preoccupied…

 

My new son Dane, 12 hours old. 🙂

The New PubSub

Fellow Vancouver Voip veteran and buddy Ian Bell has reclaimed PubSub and will soon be launching a new FaceBook app. Ian is a very capable fellow and he is in good company with Lance Tracey joining as CEO.

I think Ian is doing the right thing in going after the Facebook crowd, the intelligent search capabilities of PubSub will be put to good use there. Ian is also getting some love from Michael Arrington and Om Malik.

Great stuff Ian, good to see PubSub alive again!

In my spare time

I read up on Ruby, she seems to be gaining momentum. Seems like a great RAD development tool with AJAX at the core. AJAX apps are springing up everywhere, Rails seems to be the framework of choice. We could be in for an era of cool web apps.

Blog Vacation

I have been blogging for years and recently my posts have slowed to a crawl, due in no small part to my responsibilities at Shift. The work I am doing for Shift is very exciting and it requires my full attention. I have decided to take a vacation from blogging until I can get out from under.

The guys at TMC have been awesome in their support and I know they will continue to dominate the VoIP blogosphere and IP Communications space in general. Thanks Rich, for everything!

From time to time you will see me as a feature writer for various blogs and magazines and I will be posting some cool news pertaining to Shift at SIPthat.com, but I don’t see myself blogging fulltime again for a while. Feel free to read the TMC SIPthat archives where you will find many podcasts and posts from the months/years gone by.

Thanks for reading & listening everyone.

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