James Siminoff

CEO, PhoneTag

Frictionless Mobile Services with GRID.com
9 minutes, 4.5mb, recorded 2009-03-31
James Siminoff

A common refrain from mobile phone developers is "Imagine what we could do without our vendors."  Negotiating service agreements, contracts, rates, and all the accompanying legal paperwork takes time and money and delays the development of exciting new applications.  In this presentation from 2009 Emerging Communications Conference, Jamie Siminoff of PhoneTag announces the launch of GRID.com, an integrated, frictionless way to buy the typical services mobile businesses need.

Similar to the flexible, flat-priced offerings from Amazon Web Services, GRID.com will allow developers to sign up for a number of services without having to negotiate a long term contract.  It launched in private beta and signups are available at the website.  Some of the services available will be voice recognition, text to speech conversion, transcription, VOIP, SMS, email, and billing.  Two big benefits for developers are that all the services are available in small increments for testing, and they are easy and fast to sign up for on an ongoing basis.


James Siminoff is a serial entrepreneur who has been building businesses for over a decade. In 2003 James was inspired by the archaic nature of voicemail to found the world's first voicemail-to-text company, PhoneTag. James drew from his experience of starting successful companies to develop a system to transcribe voicemail messages into text.  In his position as the CEO of PhoneTag, James sets the overall vision of the company as well as the day-to-day operations.

A lifelong company builder James has always fostered an entrepreneurial spirit. His career started in 1998 when he founded Your First Step International, Inc., a company that assisted entrepreneurs in bringing ideas from concept to fruition. In 2000, the company transitioned its main focus to building a global wholesale Voice over IP network. The Voice over IP network merged with Nobel Ltd. in early 2002 creating one of the world's largest wholesale calling card companies. In four years James grew Nobel's business to over $60 million in sales a year and subsequently sold the company in 2006.

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