Feeds

Empower runs out of gas

Messaging specialist cut short

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

Mobile messaging software company Empower Interactive Group has gone into administration. The company's SMS and MMS software is used by several mobile operators, including Orange UK, Wind in Italy, Singapore's Starhub, and Etisalat in the UAE.

Administrators from Grant Thornton UK LLP took over just over a week ago and made all 65 of the company's staff redundant. A spokesman for Grant Thornton claimed that Empower is "still trading on a minimal scale" while a buyer is sought.

Empower's speciality is using SMS and MMS messages to drive interactive applications, with the network handling those application messages separately from person-to-person text traffic. In the UK, its technology has been used by TV programmes such as Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, and BBC1's Ask The Nation.

It was founded in 2000, and by 2003 it ranked 6th in the Sunday Times ARM Tech Track 100 of the UK's fastest growing technology companies. It closed a £10m funding round earlier this year, and with over £31m raised in total it was one of the best capitalised European VC-backed companies ever.

Its backers included Scottish Equity Partners, Argo Global Capital, Esprit Capital Partners, DN Capital and Acacia Capital Partners.®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
No, thank you. I will not code for the Caliphate
Some assignments, even the Bongster decline must
Kaspersky backpedals on 'done nothing wrong, nothing to fear' blather
Founder (and internet passport fan) now says privacy is precious
TROLL SLAYER Google grabs $1.3 MEEELLION in patent counter-suit
Chocolate Factory hits back at firm for suing customers
Mozilla's 'Tiles' ads debut in new Firefox nightlies
You can try turning them off and on again
Sit tight, fanbois. Apple's '$400' wearable release slips into early 2015
Sources: time to put in plenty of clock-watching for' iWatch
Facebook to let stalkers unearth buried posts with mobe search
Prepare to HAUNT your pal's back catalogue
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Advanced data protection for your virtualized environments
Find a natural fit for optimizing protection for the often resource-constrained data protection process found in virtual environments.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.