|Series A, 6/07 |
|Series B, 12/10 |
Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments
Based in Cologne, Germany, BLUE LION mobile GmbH is a tech startup that offers new types of communication and entertainment for the mobile phone.
BLUE LION Mobile produces and distributes the mobile social-networking application and multiplayer gaming platform â€œqeep.â€ Founded in 2006, the team is led by Cornelius Rost, Arefin Bashar Arif and Christian R. Schulte, who teamed up to head this venture after years of experience in the industries of telecommunications and hand-held devices.
|Tags||socialnetworks, social, mobile-internet, social-networking, j2me, skill-games, mobile-gaming, skill-gaming|
Released in 2006, qeep is a Java-based mobile social network, offering an interactive software bundle in one application. Scripted on the j2me platform, The software design has a high compatibility rate: any mobile phone compatible with MIDP 2.0 is qeep-capable. Users connect through qeep’s various features, which include:* Skill Gaming: qeep offers users live turn-based games, playable against anyone in the network. Current selections include “Battleships” and “Quadrix,” with additional games forthcoming.* Photoblogging: users can store and tag photos in the qeep server, which can then be shared with all other users. * QMS: qeep’s alternative to SMS. Messages are sent through a proxy server.* Sound Attacks: this feature is a database of humorous sound files that can be sent directly to friends’ phones. These sounds play instantly, the result being the recipient is usually caught off guard by the “attack.” Since the sound files are built into the network rather than actually compressed and sent, data transfer costs on this feature are negligible.