VIPorbit Offers Apple Users Apps to Manage Their Digital Lives
A suburban Fort Worth, TX, startup has raised $1 million in angel funding in order to promote its Apple-based contact management software.
VIPorbit Software is a series of apps that can be downloaded onto the Apple iPhone, iPad, and desktops, as well as laptops and MacBooks to manage contacts, calendars, and tasks across all social media accounts.
“Our goal for VIPorbit is to reinvent the way we manage relationships,” says Mike Muhney, the startup’s founder and CEO. “I use it myself. It is my on-demand, instant-recall photographic memory executive assistant.”
In recent months, the startup unveiled redesigns of its apps and new products such as VIPorbit Contact Manager for Mac, VIPsync Service to ensure all devices are updated, and Backup My Stuff, a free data backup service. “Until we had the trifecta, we couldn’t really appeal to the global community,” Muhney says. “Now, we have a total solution.”
The potential market for the startup are Apple fanatics the world over—about 700 million iPhone and iPad users, as well as the 100 million who have Mac desktops and laptops.
The fundraising round was led by VIPorbit chief technology officer Max J. Pucher and Harry R. Jacobson, who is a managing partner at TriStar Technology Ventures and a vice chancellor emeritus at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. The startup, which was founded in 2010 in Keller, TX, has previously raised $2.5 million in angel funding.
In 1986, Muhney was a co-founder of what started as Conductor Software in the Dallas suburb of Carrollton, which developed ACT!, a Windows-based contact management software package that helped pioneer the customer relationship management (CRM) industry in the 1980s. The startup, which became Contact Software International, was acquired by Symantec in 1993 for a reported $47 million.
In the 20 years since that sale, Muhney worked in the customer relationship management practice at Deloitte and launched a few other projects, including co-founding CelebritySoft with basketball players Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan.
“The biggest factor was, I needed it,” Muhney says, referring to why he got back into contact management software after a two-decade hiatus. “I had abandoned my own child in 2004 and became a Mac user and an iPhone user. I missed the service that I once enjoyed. So, need was the mother of invention.”