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Buddy unveils ‘Sound-as-a-Service’ for mobile devs, nabs Lady Gaga’s manager as investor

It’s a big day for Buddy. The Kirkland-based company, which provides back-end mobile app support, today introduced a new “Sound-as-a-Service” product that allows developers to choose from more than 20,000 royalty-free sound effects, along with the ability to measure engagement with a given app based on music choices. Buddy has also brought on a big… Read More

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Ex-Microsoft mobile exec Charlie Kindel to advise Buddy Platform

Charlie Kindel, a Seattle angel investor and former general manager of Microsoft’s Windows Phone unit, has joined the advisory board of Seattle mobile app management startup Buddy Platform. Kindel stepped down from Microsoft in August after 21 years to launch a new startup of his own. Kindel hasn’t unwrapped his own stealthy startup just yet,… Read More

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Microsoft vets launch Buddy to provide the ‘plumbing’ for mobile app development

About three years ago, Jeffrey MacDuff and Dave McLauchlan designed an iPhone application called Buddy which allowed users to locate running, study or drinking buddies who were nearby. The free app never really took off, especially as services like Foursquare gained momentum. But the Microsoft managers — who worked on the app in their spare time —… Read More