French software vendor created world’s first sub-$100 3G Linux mobile phone
Chambéry, France – March 28, 2008 – Red Herring announced this week that mobile Linux software company, Purple Labs, was named a Finalist of Red Herring 100 Europe, an award given to the top 100 private technology companies based in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region each year.
“This year’s impressive list of submissions from companies demonstrates Europe’s growing role as a major center of innovation in the global technology sector,” said Red Herring Editor-in-Chief Joel Dreyfuss. “The exceptional accomplishments of European technology startups and entrepreneurs are a testament to the rapid advancements being made in building the European innovation ecosystem.”
“Technology innovation is key to our global leadership in bringing 3G Linux phones to the mass market,” added Simon Wilkinson, Purple Labs CEO. “While the mobile Linux industry has largely focused on high-end devices, our unique solution enables phone manufacturers to deliver compelling 3G phones at a transfer price below US$100.”
Red Herring’s lists of top private companies are an important part of the publication’s tradition of identifying new and innovative technology companies and entrepreneurs. Companies like Google, eBay, and Skype were spotted in their early days by Red Herring editors, and touted as leaders that would change the way we live and work.
Red Herring’s editorial staff rigorously evaluated several hundred private companies through a careful analysis of financial data and subjective criteria, including quality of management, execution of strategy, and dedication to research and development.
Red Herring will honor the Red Herring 100 Europe Finalist companies at its Red Herring Europe 2008 event. Scheduled for April 14-16, at the Westin Dragonara Resort, this intimate, three-day event is themed “The Pursuit of Disruption” and will explore how European firms are leading the charge in many technology sectors, gaining the competitive advantage, and driving entrepreneurial success in ways that create business opportunities for challengers and incumbents alike.
About Red Herring
Red Herring is a global media company which unites the world’s best high technology innovators, venture investors and business decision makers in a variety of forums: a leading innovation magazine, an online daily technology news service, technology newsletters and major events for technology leaders around the globe. Red Herring provides an insider’s access to the global innovation economy, featuring unparalleled insights on the emerging technologies driving the economy. More information about Red Herring is available on the Internet at www.redherring.com.
About Purple Labs
Purple Labs is the only independent software vendor with a complete Linux solution for mass-market 3G phones. The Purple Labs Linux Suite enables phone manufacturers to replace their legacy operating systems with a flexible and scalable Linux platform, accelerating development of feature-rich 3G phones while reducing investment. The company also now offers Purple Magic, the world’s first sub-$100 3G Linux mobile handset, serving as a reference product for ODMs and OEMs creating 3G feature phones for emerging markets. Building on its European presence in France and the UK, Purple Labs recently expanded into China with the opening of its sales and customer support centre in Beijing. For more information, visit www.purplelabs.com.