Seattle-based mPoria has launched its “GoMobile!” m-commerce service enabling retailers to sell physical products via mobile channel. Retailers are able to build their own company-branded mobile shopping site without the need for an in-house development team; merchants simply use a wizard to establish a site and within 30 minutes of set-up, mPoria launches the site to millions of U.S. consumers with mobile devices. Industry research firm Telephia reports in 2006 alone sales from m-commerce jumped more than 40%, increasing from $1.8 billion to $2.6 billion. mPoria is a provider of mobile commerce solutions in North America.
Santa Clara, CA-based ViVOtech has named Michael Mullagh as CEO replacing ViVOtech co-founder Jorge Fernandes who now becomes Chairman. Mullagh has served as President and CEO of early and growth stage start-ups, Telephia and Whisper Communications, and as President and COO of two large Canadian wireless carriers. While at Telephia, Mullagh led the company through three years of extremely rapid growth in revenues and margins. Previously he helped drive Rogers Wireless (then known as Cantel, AT&T) to become Canada’s largest wireless service provider. ViVOtech, a leader in lifestyle payment transactions, provides breakthrough software technology that allows consumers to make contactless payments in a style that best fits their needs — with a radio frequency (RF) enabled credit or debit card in various form factors, an infrared/RF enabled cell phone, PDA or an access card at existing point-of-sale (POS) systems.