Cola, a San Francisco, California-based messaging OS designed to give users the full functionality of their smartphone without ever leaving the app, emerged from stealth with a $1.3m round of seed funding.
The round was led by Naval Ravikant with participation from Tribeca Angels and Ravikant’s AngelList syndicate, which includes AOL founder Steve Case, Brad Garlinghouse, and other angels.
Cola combines texting with interactivity to provide a messaging app for getting things done.
The company has introduced interactive “Cola Bubbles” directly into the messaging stream, designed to give users access to the full functionality of their smartphone without ever leaving the conversation. Use cases include coordinating plans and activities with friends, family, and co-workers.
Cola also serves as a platform for developers to create their own Cola Bubbles, bringing new interactive experiences into text conversations and extending the functionality of existing products into Cola.
The founding team of the company includes:
– David Temkin, founder of Laszlo Systems and GM of AOL Mobile and Mail;
– Marc Canter, founder of Macromedia and prominent tech influencer;
– Mike McEvoy, leader of Adobe’s Imaging and Video team, including Photoshop;
– Jeremy Wyld, a key member of Apple’s original iPhone engineering team; and
– Brian Maggi, founder of Postini and technology manager for the original iMac.
Cola for iPhone is launching in limited beta and those interested in testing the app or joining the developer community can sign up at cola.io.