Portland, Ore. — AboutUs Inc. has acquired Jyte.com, a website created by JanRain, Inc., (www.janrain.com). The terms of the deal were not disclosed.
AboutUs, headquartered in Portland, Ore., has created an ever-growing guide to the world’s websites. JanRain, also based in Portland, helps organizations engage more effectively with users online by accepting third-party identities from 16 different providers and enabling users to publish activity data back to multiple social networks.
JanRain launched Jyte.com in 2007. The website allows people to make claims and vote on other people’s claims. AboutUs will continue to operate Jyte.com, with plans to develop it further over time.
“JanRain has developed some interesting technology on Jyte that’s adjacent to our technology,” said Ray King, CEO of AboutUs. “We believe it will be useful to us in future product development.”
Separate from the Jyte acquisition, AboutUs plans to use JanRain’s RPX solution to let people register and login at AboutUs.org using their OpenID or an identity they’ve created at a major website such as Google, Facebook, Yahoo or Twitter.
“Jyte serves a primarily consumer market and is a good complement to AboutUs,” said Brian Kissel, CEO of JanRain. “We will continue our focus on providing market-leading business-to-business authentication and social publishing solutions.”
AboutUs was founded in 2006 by King, a serial entrepreneur known for his prior venture, Portland domain-name company SnapNames Inc. AboutUs has raised $5.1 million from Seattle-based Voyager Capital and angel investors. The company employs 31 people, split about evenly between its Portland headquarters and its office in Lahore, Pakistan.
JanRain was founded in 2002. More than 170,000 websites have deployed its solutions, including Universal Music Group, Fox News, National Geographic Channel and PayPal. Using RPX, organizations enjoy higher registration rates, increased brand awareness and qualified referral traffic.
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