NEW HAVEN TECH COMPANY MEA MOBILE LAUNCHES A NEW SERVICE IN CONJUNCTION WITH 8,000 WALGREENS NATIONWIDE
(New Haven, CT) MEA Mobile, a tech company whose focus is the development of apps, moved to New Haven only 18 months ago. In that short time, the company has grown and compounded its success.
MEA Mobile develops their own apps as well as apps for clients. MEA Mobile’s apps include myVoice, a pitch detection product for singers; a suite of engineering apps under their Ray Tools brand and even apps that have allowed users to control the lighting at art shows across in New York and Paris. Despite all this, the primary focus of MEA Mobile is the development of apps that focus on enhancing and servicing consumer produced photos and videos, including the iSupr8, iLapse and GridFilter apps.
“MEA Mobile is an excellent example of the economy New Haven is becoming known for: the manufacture of ideas. Whether it is the commercialization of ideas that make our lives easier and more efficient and convenient or research that results in life-saving medical treatments, New Haven is becoming known as the ‘idea’ capitol,” noted Mayor John DeStefano, Jr.
Just one year ago, and only six months after moving to New Haven, MEA Mobile launched what is now one of its most popular apps, Printicular, and scored an exclusive partnership with over 8,000 Walgreens stores across the nation. Printicular allows users to send photos electronically directly from their mobile phones (or from Facebook, Instagram, Google or other internet sources) without having to download, upload or physically go to a Walgreens location for drop-off. Prints are then available for pick-up in about an hour.
On Monday, Mayor DeStefano joined Bruce Seymour, Managing Director of MEA Mobile, to announce the launch of the latest addition to Printicular: a direct mail delivery service. Printicular users will now have the option of picking up their photos at a Walgreens in about an hour or having them directly mailed to them at a specified location.
Over the next few months, Printicular will add personalized greeting cards, calendars and coffee mug features to its photo-printing options. All will have the option of being directly mailed to consumers.
Seymour decided to move the company to New Haven just 18 months after he and his wife, Mariah Sage Seymour, moved to New Haven in 2009. Mariah is one of the founding partners of a local theater company, Theater 4 (http://www.t4ct.org), which just finished a sold out event at The Institute Library in New Haven.
Seymour noted, “New Haven is becoming known as a tech center of the region,” and felt that moving here would be great for his business, specifically noting that New Haven is home to See-Click-Fix, Continuity Controls, Independent Software and Digital Surgeons among other leading tech firms.
Moving to New Haven turned out better than Seymour imagined. With the assistance of the Economic Development Corporation of New Haven, the company was connected with resources that allowed the business to grow. MEA Mobile secured a small business loan that enabled it to hire more employees, which in turn allowed them to take on more work, which resulted in the need to hire even more employees. In the 18 months since MEA in New Haven, they have grown from just one full-time employee to ten. Seymour doesn’t see the company leaving New Haven and is excited about continued growth and job creation.