Google acquires Bump, a data sharing app

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On Monday, Bump CEO and Founder David Lieb announced that it has been acquired by Software giant Google.Bump, despite raising $20 million from high-profile venture capital firms like Sequoia Capital and Andreessen Horowitz, struggled to find its footing. Google paid about $40 million for it (Not an official figure).
Bump also launched a new iOS app called Flock (not to be confused with the social web browser), for sharing photos with friends collaboratively in albums. Android followed later that year.

Bump is also the creator of Bump Pay, which enables users to Bump money to each other via PayPal, and Flock – Photos Together, which finds the photos you take together with family and friends and magically brings all the photos from each person’s phone together into a single shared album.

How Bump Works?

There are two parts to Bump: the app running on your device and a smart matching algorithm running on our servers in the cloud. The app on your phone uses the phone’s sensors to literally “feel” the bump, and it sends that info up to the cloud. The matching algorithm listens to the bumps from phones around the world and pairs up phones that felt the same bump. Then we just route information between the two phones in each pair.Back in May last year, Bump reported that Bump users had shared 600 million photos with each other.

How Do I Bump?

It’s simple! Just open Bump, hold your phone, and gently bump hands with the other person. You should feel your phone vibrating when you bump, and then you’ll see the other person’s name and photo appear on your phone. If you don’t feel the vibration when you bump, you likely aren’t bumping hard enough. If you are knocking your friend’s phone out of her hand, you are bumping too hard…

Bumping works on computer also

There are two parts to Bump: the app running on your device and a smart matching algorithm running on our servers in the cloud. When you bump your spacebar, the app on your phone uses the phone’s sensors to literally “feel” the bump, and the spacebar acts as the sensor to feel the bump on the computer. The bumps then send the information up to the cloud. The matching algorithm listens to the bumps from phones/computers around the world and pairs up the two that felt the same bump. Then we send the photos from your mobile to your computer.

The actual announcement goes as :-

We’re excited to announce that the Bump team is joining Google!

Our mission at Bump has always been to build the simplest tools for sharing the information you care about with other people and devices. We strive to create experiences that feel like magic, enabled behind the scene with innovations in math, data processing, and algorithms. So we couldn’t be more thrilled to join Google, a company that shares our belief that the application of computing to difficult problems can fundamentally change the way that we interact with one another and the world.

Bump and Flock will continue to work as they always have for now; stay tuned for future updates.

We’d like to extend a special thank you to all of you who have used our products so far. It continues to be a pleasure to serve you, and your feedback and evangelism inspire us every day.

David Lieb
CEO and cofounder
Bump

We also want to thank our investors, advisors, and supporters — Marc Andreessen and all of a16z; Greg McAdoo, Tim Lee and all of Sequoia; Paul Graham, Jessica Livingston, and everyone at Y Combinator; Ron Conway and SV Angel; Ram Shriram of Sherpalo; Aydin Senkut of Felicis — and our friends and family who have encouraged us to dream big and push the world forward.

Please direct all media inquiries to press@google.com

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Mohit Bansal(23) is B.Tech in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, India. He has interest in business and entrepreneurship and has published couple of research articles. He is also associated with various NGOs. He is with Techaloo when it was just in concept stage. The Techaloo site was not existing even then. Currently Mohit is working with Mu Sigma as a Business Analyst Profile.

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