Archive for January, 2007

BillMonk is now an Obopay company! Settle up online.

January 30, 2007

We are delighted to announce that BillMonk has been acquired by Obopay, Inc.

Obopay built the first comprehensive mobile person-to-person payments service in the US that lets you instantly send money to anyone using your mobile phone (SMS, WAP, or a downloadable app), or a web browser.

When we first talked to the Obopay team it was clear to us that they care deeply about making it easier to deal with money. Given that BillMonk’s goal is to make money painless between friends, the match couldn’t have been better.

As a first step of integration, BillMonk now lets you settle up your debts online via Obopay! Simply login and click on the new ‘Settle up with Obopay‘ action. Today’s beta release makes it easy to send money to a phone number; we will soon follow up with the ability to send money to an email address.

What’s most exciting about BillMonk joining forces with Obopay is that we can now deliver on a huge number of exciting features, sooner. (And we now have a Seattle office that isn’t our apartments, with a team that isn’t just the two of us!) BillMonk’s growth will be faster than ever, we can work harder than ever, and you benefit more than ever.

A big thanks to all of you for believing in the service and for helping us make it better. It has been a wild and wonderful first year; this next year is going to be through the roof!

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Happy Birthday BillMonk!

January 13, 2007

Yes, it’s been one year already! And what a great year it has been. When we launched the site, our goal was to remove money as a common cause for frustration between friends. It seems like it has been working. In the past year we have seen a tremendous response from thousands of people all over the world, as well as glowing reviews from the press. People used BillMonk to track bills we foresaw like rent, dinner, and groceries; and some which we didn’t like business expenses, and car loans.

The most delightful thing about running BillMonk has been all the love we’ve received from our users, from amazingly detailed feedback to help make the site better, to language translations (BillMonk speaks 7 languages today, with many more on the way), to helping spread the word. Thank you all!

This year promises to be even better than the last. We have lots of exciting features in the pipeline and can’t wait to roll them out. The good news is that we will have the help to do it even faster. BillMonk has been hiring, and we are delighted to annouce the addition of Eric Butler, ace hacker, to the team. He is the first of several team members we hope to add, and is already working to bring you some goodies.

On a final note, we just moved into our new office on beautiful Lake Union! We’ll post some pictures shortly so you can check out the new digs.