Pinger, a San Jose, Calif.-based voice messaging start-up, has received a fresh cash infusion to the tune of $8 million dollars, sources say. The latest round of funding includes previous backer Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. DAG Ventures is the new investor in this round, and perhaps the lead investor. John Cadeddu from DAG led the investment. Company officials declined to comment.
Pinger launched at DEMO earlier this year, and is essentially the next generation voice messaging service. Instead of leaving someone a voice mail, you ping them, and that results in a text message being sent to them, which can be clicked to listen to that voice mail. Check out this DEMO video to get a better idea on how it works. Though quite simple, Pinger has a bit of latency in its user experience.
Last time we met with co-founder Joe Sipher, we chatted about that, and were encouraged that they were working hard to make the experience better. One suggestion we had for them: a Pinger widget that can also be put into our Netvibes page, or on our Vista desktop. Of course, a tiny Pinger widget for OS X: priceless.