Ray Ozzie is back at it again. After inventing the Lotus Notes messaging platform and launching two successful tech startups earlier in his career, his newest startup could prove to be very interesting. His latest offering, Blues Wireless, aims to make IoT device connection, management and monitoring a breeze. The notion is to make it simple to connect almost any end point device to the internet. He also intends to keep the economics simple, as Blues Wireless will only charge customers for the module itself, and nothing additional after the initial charge. The story that follows provides more details about Ozzie’s plans for bringing Blues Wireless to the IoT marketplace.
Collaboration software pioneer and former Microsoft executive Ray Ozzie has raised $11 million for his latest startup, Blues Wireless, an IoT company that aims to make it easy to connect almost any product to AT&T’s cellular network for a fixed up-front price, without usage charges.
Reached by phone, Ozzie confirmed that the startup has raised money from undisclosed investors, as revealed in an SEC filing March 26.
Blues is the newest project from Ozzie, who invented the Lotus Notes group messaging platform in the 1980s. Ozzie has since launched and sold two startups to Microsoft: Groove Networks in 2005, and Talko in 2015. He joined Microsoft after the Groove deal, ultimately succeeding Bill Gates as the company’s chief software architect, and helping to lead the launch of Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing platform.