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October 14, 2009 at 3:28 PM

Startup Cloudvox dials up customers

I wasn’t quite sure what to make of Cloudvox, a Seattle startup’s Web service that last week began offering a simple telephony solution for developers.

But co-founder Troy Davis said it’s getting a warm reception from developers so far.

The service bridges Web applications with phone services, giving developers an easy way to place, receive or control phone calls from within their application, without setting up infastructure or committing to a particular vendor.

“We’re trying to bring the same flexibility and interoperability as net neutrality does for Web apps, to the phone and telecom world,” said Davis, chief executive of Seven Scale, the company behind Cloudvox.

Davis started the company with Eric Lindvall, a former developer at Consera and Therion. They worked together earlier at Loudeye.

As their site explains, “Cloudvox handles telecom plumbing [like phone network gear, conferencing systems, and text-to-speech logic] and you access it via an API. It’s built for scripting.”

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