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Jibe Mobile Acquired by Google

Monday, October 5, 2015


William Blair acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Jibe Mobile, Inc. in connection with its sale to Google. The transaction closed in September 2015.

Transaction Highlights

  • Highly strategic acquisition: The acquisition of Jibe Mobile enables Google to enhance the native messaging experience on Android devices in partnership with mobile operators, device makers, and the rest of the Android ecosystem. Jibe’s platform delivers advanced messaging features seen on modern messaging applications, such as group chats, high resolution photos, and more, as a native experience using Rich Communication Services, a new standard for carrier messaging that works across networks and devices. 
  • Deep sector expertise: Jibe Mobile was attracted to William Blair’s highly relevant M&A transaction experience and deep sector knowledge in communications software and mobile applications. 
  • Trusted guidance: William Blair’s senior deal team was integrally involved each step of the way from discussions with strategic partners to negotiations and diligence ultimately secured an outstanding outcome for shareholders, management, and employees.

About the Companies

Jibe Mobile, the Cloud Communications Company for handset manufacturers, mobile operators, and other communication networks, provides an open end-to-end technology platform, enabling innovative IP communication services to mobile consumers globally. Bridging the worlds of telecom standards and Silicon Valley-style innovation, Jibe’s Communications Cloud supports industry standards (including WebRTC, RCS, and joyn) and interoperability, enabling seamless rich IP-based communications services, such as high-quality video calling, group chat, and large media file sharing, as part of mobile consumers’ everyday conversations, regardless of network, device, or region. Jibe Mobile is based in Mountain View, California, with offices in London and Dusseldorf.

Google is a global technology leader focused on improving the ways people connect with information. Google’s innovations in Web search and advertising have made its website a top Internet property and its brand one of the most recognized in the world. Google’s Android is the customizable, easy-to-use operating system that powers more than a billion devices across the globe—from phones and tablets to watches, TV, and cars. Google is based in Mountain View, California, with 70 offices globally.