HEDLINE: West Corporation to Acquire SchoolMessenger

West Corporation, a telecommunications services provider, announced the acquisition of SchoolMessenger, a mobile communications provider for the K-12 space.

The deal is expected to close during the second quarter of 2014, terms have not been disclosed.

Key Takeaway

Founded in 1999, SchoolMessenger offers high volume, on-demand messaging and communication platforms for the K-12 space. According to the press release, SchoolMessenger saw revenue of $27 million in 2013 and thousands of public and private school districts in all 50 states as clients.

Through SchoolMessenger’s suite of products, schools can communicate with parents, students and staff through SMS, phone calls, email or social media updates and notifications. SchoolMessenger will be added to West Corporation’s portfolio of alerts and notification services.

Founded in 1986, West Corporation serves companies in a variety of industries and operated in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Latin America.

Communication between parents, teachers and students is a hot vertical in the education technology startup space with remind101 and ClassDojo, which just added a texting feature, being the most prominent and well funded.

Whereas SchoolMessenger offers a very complex and highly customizable infrastructure targeting entire schools or districts, remind101 and ClassDojo are based on the iOS and Android operating systems and target individual teachers as users.

First reported by: EdSurge

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