Welcome!

API Journal Authors: Elizabeth White, Pat Romanski, Flint Brenton, Carmen Gonzalez, Liz McMillan

News Feed Item

Mobile Walkie-Talkie for Facebook Friends: Rallee ‘Push-to-Talk’ App Launches Today, Company Receives Investment from Noted Global Business Leader Kenges Rakishev

Radio Runt, a Seattle-based technology company focused on introducing innovative communications solutions, today announced the launch of its new free Rallee walkie-talkie app as well as a $1 million investment from international business leader Kenges Rakishev.

As the voice layer for Facebook in the Google Play Android marketplace, the app enables individuals and groups to talk in real time with Facebook friends using a first-of-its-kind “push-to-talk” mobile technology platform with a retro interface design. Rallee is now available for free download in the Android marketplaces and on the Rallee website at http://rall.ee and will become available for iOS devices later this month.

The company, which is positioning Rallee to become the premier group-centric audio communications application for social and interest networks, will use the financing and support from Rakishev to further build out Rallee’s platform and support its expansion into other geographies worldwide.

“Rallee will be a catalyst for individuals and organizations to create public and private conversations among fans, friends, and members on Facebook – where they can begin dialogues, voice their points of view, and host meetings – with anywhere from one person to one million people at a time,” said Tony Bristol, Radio Runt’s CEO, a Microsoft veteran noted in technology circles. "Rallee’s push-to-talk and group voice messaging offer significant user benefits over traditional text messaging, including enabling users to express emotions through voice and communicate more quickly without having to spend time and energy typing.”

Rallee was created by Bristol and other tech leaders with the goal of enabling people with common social groups and/or interests to easily gather and engage in conversations, as well as text and use multilingual transcriptions. Users may enter a variety of voice-themed groups or create their own groups to hang out, chat with friends and meet new people. Key features include:

  • Easy log-in: Users may simply log in using Facebook, invite friends to the service, and begin talking in real time with one or more friends at the same time.
  • Themed groups: Themed groups enable users to jump on voice chats with groups worldwide and talk about topics of interest.
  • Visibility: Users can easily see which of their friends are online and click their profile pics to begin chatting.
  • Geo-targeting: Rallee’s geo-location features enable users to find people nearby to meet and chat.
  • Random functionality: Rallee’s “Random Feature” enables users to connect with people interested in talking about random topics.

Rakishev, a noted international businessman currently investing in leading-edge U.S. technology innovators, echoed Bristol’s enthusiasm: “Rallee is an incredible concept with tremendous potential not only in the U.S. but also in Russia and other Commonwealth of Independent States countries where mobile usage is skyrocketing, and I plan to do my part to help introduce the app in these regions and other emerging markets.”

Designated by Forbes as one of the 50 most influential people in Kazakhstan and also chairman of Net Element International (NASDAQ: NETE), Rakishev is actively working to source technologies abroad and export them to Russia, Kazakhstan and the Commonwealth of Independent States region. He recently announced multi-million dollar investments into U.S.-based TriPlay, Mobli and Net Element International (NASDAQ:NETE), and accepted an advisory board member position at the Canada-based Sprylogics.

About Radio Runt Inc.

Radio Runt Inc., with headquarters in Seattle, is the creator of Rallee, is the premier group-centric, audio-communications application for social and interest networks. Dedicated to catalyzing real-time communications technologies, Radio Runt is actively developing and marketing new technologies that enable people to communicate and connect with one person or as many as one million people at the same time via its innovative push-to-talk voice communications platforms. More information about Rallee and downloads of the app are available at http://rall.ee

About Kenges Rakishev

Kenges Rakishev, a noted global business leader designated by Forbes as one of the 50 most influential people in Kazakhstan, is an accomplished investor with multiple business interests worldwide. He serves as chairman of the board of directors for several companies including SAT & Company (KASE: SATC), a diversified industrial holding. Benefitting from Kenges’ leadership, SAT & Co., which has interests in mechanical engineering, infrastructure projects and petrochemical operations as well as plants and projects in Turkey and China, has grown from its initial investment of $10K in 2000 to more than $500M today. Kenges also is chairman of the board for Kazakhstan Petrochemical Industries, the lead operator constructing the first integrated gas chemical complex in Kazakhstan, as well as Vyborg Shipyard, one of the largest shipbuilding companies in the northwestern region of Russia. He also serves as chairman of the board of directors of Net Element International (NASDAQ:NETE), a technology driven group in mobile commerce and payment processing, as well as in entertainment and culture Internet destinations in Russia and other emerging markets.

More Stories By Business Wire

Copyright © 2009 Business Wire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Business Wire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Business Wire. Business Wire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

@ThingsExpo Stories
WebRTC is the future of browser-to-browser communications, and continues to make inroads into the traditional, difficult, plug-in web communications world. The 6th WebRTC Summit continues our tradition of delivering the latest and greatest presentations within the world of WebRTC. Topics include voice calling, video chat, P2P file sharing, and use cases that have already leveraged the power and convenience of WebRTC.
Amazon has gradually rolled out parts of its IoT offerings, but these are just the tip of the iceberg. In addition to optimizing their backend AWS offerings, Amazon is laying the ground work to be a major force in IoT - especially in the connected home and office. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chris Kocher, founder and managing director of Grey Heron, explained how Amazon is extending its reach to become a major force in IoT by building on its dominant cloud IoT platform, its Dash Button strat...
Internet-of-Things discussions can end up either going down the consumer gadget rabbit hole or focused on the sort of data logging that industrial manufacturers have been doing forever. However, in fact, companies today are already using IoT data both to optimize their operational technology and to improve the experience of customer interactions in novel ways. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Gordon Haff, Red Hat Technology Evangelist, will share examples from a wide range of industries – includin...
"We build IoT infrastructure products - when you have to integrate different devices, different systems and cloud you have to build an application to do that but we eliminate the need to build an application. Our products can integrate any device, any system, any cloud regardless of protocol," explained Peter Jung, Chief Product Officer at Pulzze Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
"Once customers get a year into their IoT deployments, they start to realize that they may have been shortsighted in the ways they built out their deployment and the key thing I see a lot of people looking at is - how can I take equipment data, pull it back in an IoT solution and show it in a dashboard," stated Dave McCarthy, Director of Products at Bsquare Corporation, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
The cloud promises new levels of agility and cost-savings for Big Data, data warehousing and analytics. But it’s challenging to understand all the options – from IaaS and PaaS to newer services like HaaS (Hadoop as a Service) and BDaaS (Big Data as a Service). In her session at @BigDataExpo at @ThingsExpo, Hannah Smalltree, a director at Cazena, provided an educational overview of emerging “as-a-service” options for Big Data in the cloud. This is critical background for IT and data professionals...
Fact is, enterprises have significant legacy voice infrastructure that’s costly to replace with pure IP solutions. How can we bring this analog infrastructure into our shiny new cloud applications? There are proven methods to bind both legacy voice applications and traditional PSTN audio into cloud-based applications and services at a carrier scale. Some of the most successful implementations leverage WebRTC, WebSockets, SIP and other open source technologies. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Da...
As data explodes in quantity, importance and from new sources, the need for managing and protecting data residing across physical, virtual, and cloud environments grow with it. Managing data includes protecting it, indexing and classifying it for true, long-term management, compliance and E-Discovery. Commvault can ensure this with a single pane of glass solution – whether in a private cloud, a Service Provider delivered public cloud or a hybrid cloud environment – across the heterogeneous enter...
"IoT is going to be a huge industry with a lot of value for end users, for industries, for consumers, for manufacturers. How can we use cloud to effectively manage IoT applications," stated Ian Khan, Innovation & Marketing Manager at Solgeniakhela, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Today we can collect lots and lots of performance data. We build beautiful dashboards and even have fancy query languages to access and transform the data. Still performance data is a secret language only a couple of people understand. The more business becomes digital the more stakeholders are interested in this data including how it relates to business. Some of these people have never used a monitoring tool before. They have a question on their mind like “How is my application doing” but no id...
@GonzalezCarmen has been ranked the Number One Influencer and @ThingsExpo has been named the Number One Brand in the “M2M 2016: Top 100 Influencers and Brands” by Onalytica. Onalytica analyzed tweets over the last 6 months mentioning the keywords M2M OR “Machine to Machine.” They then identified the top 100 most influential brands and individuals leading the discussion on Twitter.
Information technology is an industry that has always experienced change, and the dramatic change sweeping across the industry today could not be truthfully described as the first time we've seen such widespread change impacting customer investments. However, the rate of the change, and the potential outcomes from today's digital transformation has the distinct potential to separate the industry into two camps: Organizations that see the change coming, embrace it, and successful leverage it; and...
The Internet of Things (IoT) promises to simplify and streamline our lives by automating routine tasks that distract us from our goals. This promise is based on the ubiquitous deployment of smart, connected devices that link everything from industrial control systems to automobiles to refrigerators. Unfortunately, comparatively few of the devices currently deployed have been developed with an eye toward security, and as the DDoS attacks of late October 2016 have demonstrated, this oversight can ...
Extracting business value from Internet of Things (IoT) data doesn’t happen overnight. There are several requirements that must be satisfied, including IoT device enablement, data analysis, real-time detection of complex events and automated orchestration of actions. Unfortunately, too many companies fall short in achieving their business goals by implementing incomplete solutions or not focusing on tangible use cases. In his general session at @ThingsExpo, Dave McCarthy, Director of Products...
Machine Learning helps make complex systems more efficient. By applying advanced Machine Learning techniques such as Cognitive Fingerprinting, wind project operators can utilize these tools to learn from collected data, detect regular patterns, and optimize their own operations. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Stuart Gillen, Director of Business Development at SparkCognition, discussed how research has demonstrated the value of Machine Learning in delivering next generation analytics to impr...
More and more brands have jumped on the IoT bandwagon. We have an excess of wearables – activity trackers, smartwatches, smart glasses and sneakers, and more that track seemingly endless datapoints. However, most consumers have no idea what “IoT” means. Creating more wearables that track data shouldn't be the aim of brands; delivering meaningful, tangible relevance to their users should be. We're in a period in which the IoT pendulum is still swinging. Initially, it swung toward "smart for smar...
20th Cloud Expo, taking place June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy.
Businesses and business units of all sizes can benefit from cloud computing, but many don't want the cost, performance and security concerns of public cloud nor the complexity of building their own private clouds. Today, some cloud vendors are using artificial intelligence (AI) to simplify cloud deployment and management. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Ajay Gulati, Co-founder and CEO of ZeroStack, will discuss how AI can simplify cloud operations. He will cover the following topics: why clou...
Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place June 6-8, 2017 at the Javits Center in New York City, New York, is co-located with the 20th International Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. @ThingsExpo New York Call for Papers is now open.
"ReadyTalk is an audio and web video conferencing provider. We've really come to embrace WebRTC as the platform for our future of technology," explained Dan Cunningham, CTO of ReadyTalk, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at WebRTC Summit at 19th Cloud Expo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.