Seattle's Latest Start-up Targets the Mobile Workforce
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So you've made an initial impact on information technology and a nice sum of money through a number of the Internet's big players. What is left to do now?
For one local technologist from Electronic Book Technologies and his team of former executives from AT&T Wireless Services, Microsoft Corp., and GO.com, the answer was opening their own start-up.
ThinkShare Corp., a Seattle-based start-up company dedicated to delivering application solutions that enable Global 2500 companies to unlock the potential of their mobile workforce, recently announced $2 million in initial funding from FBR CoMotion Venture Capital and several private angel investors.
William Aegerter, a pioneer in the SGML and XML field and 7-year veteran of Electronic Book Technologies serves as ThinkShare's chief technology officer. Aegerter co-founded the company with EBT co-workers Kenneth Avenoso, and Jeff Cutler-Stamm.
"Our mission is to release the knowledge worker from the constraints of the legacy wired network," says Mary Anderson, CEO of ThinkShare, and former exec at AT&T Wireless and HomeGrocer.com. "As wireless technology becomes more pervasive in the enterprise ThinkShare will provide solutions to enable our customers to use mobility to create a competitive advantage."
ThinkShare's XML- and HTML-based solutions will enable developers to integrate with existing enterprise infrastructure to develop new mobile applications and extend existing "wired" applications to mobile devices running the Palm OS or Microsoft's Windows Powered Pocket PC platform.
The company plans to add support for current and future devices such as personal computers, cell phones, pagers and RIM devices.
"Real enterprise applications represent one of the most important and least developed areas in the wireless Internet," said Kendra Vander Meulen, senior vice president at AT&T Wireless Services and member of the newly founded companys board. "ThinkShare's solution will substantially reduce the development time and improve the performance of these applications, leading to rapid return on investment for their enterprise customers."
ThinkShare's software platform is expected to enter beta testing in the second quarter of 2001.