Avvo’s legal business is doing well. So much so, in fact, that they’ve decided to sell off the health side of the company to help focus its efforts on the law.
Seattle-based Avvo, the online Q&A site for medical and legal advice, announced today that its health business has been acquired by Palo Alto-based HealthTap, a mobile health platform that allows users to connect with top doctors.
That’s not to say the health-side of Avvo isn’t doing well — the company just sees a lot of growth potential with the legal business, which has experienced significant momentum, including the recent launch of Avvo Ignite and the new Lawyer App for iPhone and iPad.
“Avvo’s legal business is booming, and with the recent launch of Avvo Ignite client conversion solution for attorneys, we’ve decided to focus 100 percent of our attention on expanding our consumer legal services and helping lawyers grow their business,” Mark Britton, founder and CEO of Avvo, said in a press release. “Just as Avvo is the premier destination for people looking for legal advice, HealthTap is the leading source for trusted answers to health questions and peer-reviewed medical professionals, which makes HealthTap the right choice to carry on the conversation between consumers and medical professionals.”
Avvo will continue to run as a separate company and all 85 employees will remain with company in Seattle. Those that were on the health side will transition into roles supporting the growing legal business.
The companies did not disclose terms of the deal, other than saying it was an all-cash transaction. With the acquisition, HealthTap now becomes the world’s largest network of nearly 30,000 interactive doctors.
Britton, a former Expedia executive, founded Avvo in 2007.