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“I don’t think I’ve ever actually talked about this publicly,” laughs Robert Vis, founder of cloud communications firm MessageBird, down the phone.
Asked about his upbringing, the Netherlands native reveals how he spent his late teenage years working up an online video platform with the support of some close friends.
“People would come over and we’d record them then upload their videos to the site … We had a bunch of shows,” he says. “I had actual employees and everything, but it basically fell apart when the dotcom bubble burst.”
Luckily, Vis’ more recent efforts have been more a little more prosperous.
A veteran of Y-Combinator’s renowned talent scouting program, his customer service messaging platform recently announced a $200 million funding round — at a $3 billion valuation — after being backed by the likes of Accel, Atomico, and Spark Capital.
Founded in 2011, MessageBird counts itself among an impressive cohort of tech firms to have emerged from the Netherlands, alongside the likes of Ayden, Booking.com, and Picnic. Almost a decade in, the firm employs 400 people across 10 locations – including the US, Germany, and Singapore – and counts Facebook and Uber among its biggest clients.
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Source:: Businessinsider – Tech