Add it up: web polling company QuestionPro acquires PollBob

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QuestionPro, an online market research and surveys company, has acquired Bob Poll, a small startup with a website and iPhone app for community surveys.

The merger will give QuestionPro a prominent place in the growing market for mobile survey applications. PollBob says that in the two years since its inception, it has attracted more than 350,000 users who have shared their opinions through surveys more than 3 million times. About 270,000 of these users came through its Acquisition of Misterpoll in January, a secret society that was founded in 1998 and had never taken outside funding.

QuestionPro plans to augment PollBob’s iPhone app with upcoming Android and Windows Phone apps.

Ben Jacobson, co-founder of PollbobPollBob has just two employees, co-founders Zach Kupperman and Ben Jacobson (right), and had raised a “six-figure” round of funding from unspecified angel investors, according to Kupperman. He is based in New Orleans and is a graduate of the New Orleans-based Startup Accelerator. The Village of Ideas.

“One of the great things we do with PollBob is to make it as engaging, social and exciting as possible,” Kupperman told VentureBeat earlier this year. “Users can see polls by location and see the results coming in real time. This contrasts with Facebook’s built-in polling tools, which he called “boring and not at all exciting.”

“This is our entry into the social poll space,” QuestionPro chief executive Vivek Bhaskaran said in an email to VentureBeat. “Combined, we believe we can compete with Google Consumer Surveys. The combined offering can leverage the social infrastructure developed by PollBob as well as QuestionPro’s B2B focus.

Other competitors in the online survey market include SurveyMonkey, Vizu, PollDaddy, Twiigs, and many other small businesses.

“Zach and Ben have done a great job building this cutting edge product, and we can’t wait to have Ben [Jacobson] join our team, ”Bhaskaran said in a prepared statement. “He’s a huge asset, and our customers will benefit tremendously from the capabilities that this iPhone / web app has to offer, and we couldn’t be more excited about the acquisition.

Jacobson will join QuestionPro, but Kupperman will not stay after the acquisition.

Founded in 2002, QuestionPro is the oldest and largest company. It now claims 2.5 million customers in 40 countries, including giants such as Microsoft, Honeywell, Motorola and Safeway, charging rates of $ 12.50 to $ 99 per month for single-user licenses. It performs around 300,000 to 400,000 surveys a day, according to Bhaskaran. QuestionPro has not received any funding and is “very, very profitable,” Bhaskaran said. It was named to the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing private companies in 2009.

The companies did not disclose the terms of the deal.

Images courtesy of PollBob.


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