The Oregon Angel Fund and Bellingham Angels Group are pumping $1 million into Meridian, a Portland startup that’s developing new ways for hospitals, sports teams, retailers, hotels and others to communicate with customers via mobile apps.
For example, at the Portland Timbers’ JELD-WEN Field, users can use Meridian to find seats; team information; transportation services; and concession menus. Visitors to the Portland Art Museum, meanwhile, can use an app to find artwork and navigate the museum.
Drew Bernard of Oregon Angel Fund said that Meridian stood out from a number of competitors due to the experience of the team and the technology.
“Meridian provides location-based businesses and venues ways to improve customer service and engagement at the most important moment possible: when the customer is right there at the location,” he said.
Meridian said that its first product for iOS and Android, networks locations with companies’ own branding into one user interface. Meridian also has been working with Cisco, looking to develop the first “indoor GPS” app for the American Museum of Natural History
Meridian is led by CEO Kiyo Kubo and Nick Farina, both of whom hold degrees in computer science from Cornell University