SOURCE: vlingo

October 18, 2007 09:00 ET

Vlingo Corporation Adds John Elliott as Vice President of Sales

Vlingo Accelerates Growth by Bringing on Board Industry Veteran

CAMBRIDGE, MA--(Marketwire - October 18, 2007) - Vlingo Corporation, which delivers the industry's most advanced voice-powered user interface for mobile applications, announced today that John Elliott has joined the company as vice president of sales. Vlingo has expanded its senior management team in response to company growth since vlingo launched in August.

Elliott, an established veteran within the carrier field, joins vlingo from Nuance Communications, the world's largest speech recognition software provider for call center automation applications, where he served as director of service provider Sales. Elliott brings to vlingo more than 10 years of experience in speech recognition, as well as a proven track record of establishing new markets for industry-leading telecommunications technologies.

"John's experience in the field of speech recognition, combined with his history of success introducing revolutionary technologies to the telecommunications industry, makes him a valuable addition to the veteran vlingo team," said Dave Grannan, president and CEO of vlingo Corporation. "John is an innovator in developing channels around business models and technologies and we are thrilled to welcome him to vlingo."

As vice president of sales, Elliott will work to develop vlingo's channel strategy while building a global sales force. Elliott will also implement innovative distribution strategies within the industry.

"Hands down, vlingo has the industry's best technology," said Elliott. "Our unique approach does away with the need for expensive custom grammars and lengthy development cycles, which means we can find groundbreaking ways to bring voice recognition to market without burdensome economics."

Elliott's career has traversed numerous speech-recognition benchmarks, including the first automation for directory assistance and advertiser-sponsored directory assistance, as well as numerous first-time deployments for various carrier and enterprise customers. Earlier in his career, he co-founded an early-stage business incubator in Dallas, TX in 2000 and has the distinction of being one of the first employees of McCaw Cellular/ATT Wireless' National Accounts Program. A resident of Dallas, TX, Elliott is a graduate of The University of Tulsa.

About vlingo

Vlingo is a voice-powered user interface that unlocks access to mobile phone wireless data services. Vlingo allows users to speak or type into any vlingo-enabled text box and get accurate, easy and consistent access to all the information, entertainment and communication made possible through today's mobile applications. By giving consumers control of the mobile Internet with the power of their voices, vlingo provides a quantum leap in usability for mobile data services that are currently restricted by limited user interfaces. Vlingo secured its venture capital financing from Charles River Ventures, Sigma Partners. Founded in 2006, the company is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Why tap when you can talk? www.vlingo.com.

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