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Old 05-30-2012, 02:20 PM
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Default Dave McLauchlan's Buddy Platform comes out of beta with a $1 million seed round

Our good friend Dave McLauchlan’s Buddy Platform has finally come out of beta, bringing with it support for an impressive range of platforms, including Windows Phone, Windows 8, Android, iOS, the web, Facebook, and SmartTV. This milestone comes in conjunction with the initial closing of a $1 million seed round.

Buddy, for those who aren’t familiar with the platform, is a Backend as a Service (BaaS) designed to help developers build apps faster and easier. McLauchlan and Jeff MacDuff left Microsoft last September to found the company, becoming the CEO and CTO, respectively. Before that, McLauchlan was the Senior Business Development Manager for Zune, where he oversaw Zune hardware and apps for the Zune HD, among other things. Buddy already powers more than 5,500 apps being built by over 6,000 developers around the world.

With today’s full public release, Buddy has become the first company to offer developers a Windows 8-specific .NET SDK. Buddy also includes support for Aviary’s image APIs, as well as APIs for push notifications, gaming, crash reporting, and more. It also has a new Developer Dashboard designed to give customers real-time app performance data.

“We’re delighted to announce our full public release today, which brings amazing new functionality to developers of all connected platforms – mobile or device. By offering a rich, scenario-focused platform of APIs, Buddy now provides a foundation for agencies and brands to access the most high fidelity contextual analytics possible for their apps” said David McLauchlan, CEO of Buddy.

For the next two months, the company is also offering developers free access to Buddy’s services (up to 2MM API calls per month). Here at ABI, we’re very happy to hear that McLauchlan and MacDuff’s startup is doing so well.

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