FreedomPop Shrugs Off Sale Rumors, Lands Big Investments

FreedomPop is one of the biggest rising ‘freemium’ mobile carriers in the world today. After getting a launch in 2012 off of seed money from the founder of Skype, the company has steadfastly built their brand and now anchor in over 1 million subscribers. With this success it was no surprise that rumors started to fly about the LA based start up selling off their corporation.

According to a report by TechCrunch, FreedomPop has already turned their nose away at six offers and are apparently going to continue on the independent route. Stephen Stokols, the CEO of FredomPop, has decided that the company is worth more than the offers being lobbied at the company. According to some reports there was a potential quarter billion dollar offer sitting on the table. Possibly bolstered by this attention, FreedomPop will move forward and try to make their own way.

In the latest Series B round we saw FreedomPop land a big European investor in Partech Ventures. Partech Ventures, in cooperation with DCM Capital and Mangrove Capital, have put together almost $30 million dollars in venture capital together in order to help fund the company. According to reports from the CEO of Partech Ventures, the group is excited to see how FreedomPop can grow in the future.

FreedomPop specializes in ‘freemium’ mobile phone business. They give away a limited amount of phone data, minutes, and text messages all for free. After that limit is up customers must pay for the overages. FreedomPop also upsells customers on potential plans that range from $3 to $10 in price. These plans include phone insurance, overseas minutes packages, and much more along those lines.

Right now the goal set forth by Stephen Stokols is to grow the company into a steadfast piece of the market. They want to be a billion dollar business within a year.

The Real Life Love Story

The Notebook, Time Traveler’s Wife, and The Vow, are all novels of fiction that are crazy enough to have never happened. That is until present day. There is now a reported case of a marriage that has just taken place between a couple who, for the second time have attempted to get married. This is happening for the second time because, just like in the novels, the woman had suffered from amnesia from a car crash.

In Bristol, a man and his fiance have finally renewed their vows. The catch is is that they are getting married for the second time due to a car accident. Alexei Beltyukov has learned that the wife had been in a car accident and had completely forgotten about her past wedding sue to the amnesia. His wife had barely survived the accident which had occurred 19 days after their first wedding.

The husband, Jerry Stamper, had then taken action to start a crowd-fundraising page in order to raise money for a second wedding, one the she could remember. With a goal of about 5,000 dollars, they have reached about half of that. Stamper wants to do this for his already wife so that she can at least have the memory of their wedding. August 1st is their set date which although is coming up soon, will be a spectacular even to attend for both the couple as well as the audience.

#Ask Tag Bad for Brand

On Monday, June 29, Fifty Shades of Grey’s E.L. James decided to offer her fans a chance at “chatting” with her on Twitter and started with the tag #AskELJames.

This is not the first celebrity account to ever put the #Ask tag on Twitter. It is also not the first time that using the tag has backfired horribly:

In E.L. James’ case, Twitter users began asking her questions designed to point out some of what many critics have referred to as sincerely bad parts of her book that cast women in a submissive light and seem to promote things like workplace harassment.

Fans like Jim Dondero (bloomberg.com) agree that James should have done her research before using the tag. The creative folks at The CW probably could have warned her about why it is one of the worse tags to use on Twitter: Twitter users often use #Ask as a social protest tag.

When The CW promoted the #AskSupernatural tag it backfired so badly that they had to pull the original tweet. Fans and critics of the show kept firing off hundreds of questions about why Supernatural’s writers and cast seemed to be increasingly promoting with every season stereotypes, discrimination and other issues, such as queerbaiting, misogyny and racism.

Unless a work is loved by everyone and has no negative aspects to it at all, a creative is “asking” for bad publicity by using the #Ask tag.