Toronto’s iotum Corp., an operator of online collaboration and conference calling services, has acquired Global Conference Partners, provider of FreeConference.com and related teleconferencing services. Global Conference Partners is located in Glendale, California. The financial details of the deal were not published. Global Conference Partners was a portfolio company of U.S. private equity firm American Capital, while iotum is backed by boutique technology investor Verdexus, which has offices in Waterloo, Ontario, the United States and the United Kingdom.
iotum, operator of the popular and versatile teleconferencing service Calliflower.com for small business, today announced it is expanding with the acquisition of California-based Global Conference Partners, provider of FreeConference.com and associated teleconferencing services.
Jason Martin, president and CEO, said iotum is acquiring all of the assets of Global Conference Partners, a portfolio company of American Capital, Ltd. (NASDAQ: ACAS). In addition to FreeConference.com, the transaction includes InstantConference.com, GlobalConference.com and several other international brands. Financial terms were not disclosed.
The conferencing properties acquired from GCP will continue to be offered from Glendale, Calif.; no employees will lose their jobs as a result of the acquisition, said Martin. Calliflower also will continue as a conferencing service, he said.
“It’s a natural fit,” said Martin. “The Global Conference properties nicely complement Calliflower where we’ll quickly realize economies of scale even though all conferencing services will continue under separate brands.”
iotum is a privately-held operator of online collaboration and conference calling services. iotum operates the popular Calliflower teleconference platform, which has introduced a number of teleconference innovations since its introduction in 2007, and services medium and small businesses and organizations. iotum was founded in 2006 by industry legend Alec Saunders, who joined BlackBerry as vice president of developer relations in 2011. Based in Toronto, Canada, iotum’s customer base is worldwide. For further information, please visit www.iotum.com
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