SOURCE: YouMail, Inc.

April 03, 2007 06:00 ET

YouMail Secures Funding From Tech Coast Angels

Novel Features of Free Cellular Voice Mail Service Draws TCA Founder's Interest

IRVINE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 3, 2007 -- YouMail, Inc. ( announced today that it has secured $1.87 million in first round funding from the Tech Coast Angels (TCA) and other private investors. The funding will help YouMail increase capacity and make the necessary modifications to its platform to accommodate rapid user growth. Luis Villalobos, the founder of Tech Coast Angels, was the lead investor on this deal.

YouMail is a vastly improved voice mail service for cell phones that effortlessly replaces default carrier voice mail with advanced new features like personalized greetings for each incoming caller, online voice mail access, and the ability to save and share voice mails as audio files.

"Voice mail has really been quite static and boring for decades," remarked Ken Brickley, co-founder of YouMail, Inc. "YouMail is all about making cell phone voice mail much more personal and fun while dramatically improving its functionality and adding totally new features that current users are telling us they can't live without."

"I see lots and lots of mobile applications. Some very clever, some less so, but few which I think will have the broad appeal and viral growth of YouMail," commented Oliver Starr of GuideWire Group. "The premise is simple and everyone immediately 'gets it' which is one of the most critical things when attempting to gain massive traction."

About YouMail

YouMail replaces your cellular voice mail with a dramatically improved voice mail system boasting a compelling set of cool new features like personalized greetings for each caller, online voice mail access, easy sharing and archiving of voicemail recordings, and complete control over who can leave you a voicemail. YouMail is a free online subscription voice mail service available at

About Tech Coast Angels

Tech Coast Angels is the largest angel network in the U.S. and the number one source of startup funding in Southern California. TCA members have invested more than $80 million in more than 128 companies and have helped attract more than $776 million of additional capital, mostly from venture capital firms. TCA operates networks in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and Westlake/Santa Barbara.

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