Rich Miner, half of the brain trust behind the popular Android mobile operating system, is now on the board of Dialpad, a new-age phone company that just changed its name from Switch.co.
This is a good get for Dialpad, which aims to give mobile users what it calls “a unified dialpad for access to voice, video, text messaging, and meetings across any device—and within other applications, including Microsoft
Office 365 and Google for Work.”
Re/code was first to report the news.
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Miner and Andy Rubin developed Android and founded a company with that name in 2003, which Google bought two years later. Miner went on to head up Android development work at Google
. He is now general partner of GV (aka Google Ventures), working out of its Cambridge, Mass., office where he’s shown continued focus on mobile technologies as well as the “maker” culture of hand crafted goods.
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Before Android, Rubin also founded Wildfire, a pioneer in voice-activated assistants a la Apple’s
In a statement, Dialpad chief executive Craig Walker said Miner will bring “invaluable insight and guidance.”
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Modern enterprise behavior is mimicking consumer behavior, and employees demand the simplicity, ease-of-use, and ease-of-access that their personal smartphones provide. Dialpad accomplishes all this, providing simple, unified access to all their business contacts around the world using any device, anywhere.
Dialpad/Switch.co claims customers including Motorola Solutions, Warby Parker, Vivint, and Hillary Clinton. It has garnered about $53 million in venture funding from Miner’s own GV as well as Amasia, Andreessen Horowitz, Felicis Ventures, Softbank, and Work-Bench.