Mountain View, Calif. – Firespotter Labs, a business
accelerator founded by former GrandCentral CEO Craig Walker, on Thursday
announced its official launch after raising $3 million in its first round of
funding from Google (NASD: GOOG) Ventures.
The firm said it plans to "accelerate the
delivery of multiple products and use the core technologies and business
insights gleaned from one product to build the next."
Walker founded and
was CEO of GrandCentral Communications, acquired by Google in July 2007 (now
Google Voice), and also was CEO of Dialpad Communications, which was acquired
by Yahoo in 2005 (now Yahoo Voice).
"Firespotter isn’t an incubator,"
wrote Walker in the company’s blog.
"We aren’t looking for ideas or teams
to back. We will instead be building products that we want to use ourselves and
quickly get them out into the world."
Other members of the team include
former Google Voice engineers Brian Peterson and John Rector, and designer Alex