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Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

June 22, 2011 at 10:38 AM

Redmond’s Glympse locates $7.5 million

Glympse, a Redmond company that makes a popular location-sharing smatphone app, today announced that it raised $7.5 million from Menlo Ventures and Ignition Partners.

The company also said that its app now has more than 1 million users.

There are a number of tools for broadcasting your location from a smartphone and posting it to social networks, like Glympse does. The company’s special trick is that enables users to specify how long their location info will be visible, limiting the privacy exposure and making it useful for one-time alerts.

“This funding will play a key role in achieving our ambitious growth plans,” Bryan Trussel, co-founder and chief executive, said in the release. “Our plans for new products and features will strengthen our mission to provide a simple and sleek way for our growing user base to share location.”

The company now has six employees and plans to triple the size of the team over the next year.

Trussel was director of casual games at Microsoft before starting Glympse in early 2008.

Here’s a screenshot provided by the company. Perhaps the team stopped for java on the way to Menlo Ventures:

Glympse_Android_Phone_02_Map.jpg

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