LIA Raises $400K for Mobile App Targeting Enterprise-Scale Customers

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After a period of relatively rapid software development, San Diego-based LIA has raised $400,000 in seed financing to extend development of its mobile app and secure, Web-based platform for enterprise-scale customers.

The convertible loan from two San Diego investors, Analytics Ventures and La Costa Investment Group, will be used to fund another round of software development at LIA, said CEO David Warren, who founded the startup last year. Both funds are boutique firms making seed stage investments.

LIA provides its software as a service to help big organizations with global operations unify the work done by different groups in far-flung corners of the world. “What we built is a software platform for tablets that helps sales people in the field sell faster and sell better, and it helps that marketing person control the message in a better way,” Warren said.

LIA CEO David Warren

The year-old startup was known as Liberated Intelligence and Analytics in December, when it won the most innovative new product award for best mobile app from Connect, the San Diego non-profit group supporting innovation and entrepreneurship. Since then, Warren said he’s decided to dispense with the long business name for the company, and just use the shorter and catchier LIA.

“We used 2012 to validate the business, and answer the question whether more Fortune 500 companies will buy this,” Warren said. The LIA platform enables a corporate customer to securely publish its business intelligence and other relevant internal information in any language to its sales personnel, business development executives, tradeshow employees, and other authorized users. LIA’s technology can be integrated with Microsoft SharePoint, which is traditionally used by companies to manage documents and content stored on internal networks. LIA provides a user name and password to each authorized user, who can download the LIA mobile app from the Apple Store or Android Market.

“We got buy-in from three Fortune 500 companies last year,” Warren said, enabling LIA to … Next Page »

Bruce V. Bigelow is the editor of Xconomy San Diego. You can e-mail him at bbigelow@xconomy.com or call (619) 669-8788 Follow @bvbigelow

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