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Type Private
Headquarters Amsterdam, Netherlands
Founder(s) Paulo Taylor
Jan-Joost Rueb
Onno Bakker
Services Instant messaging
Website www.ebuddy.com
Registration Optional
Available in Multilingual
Launched 2003
Current status Active

eBuddy is a privately held Dutch software company that offers instant messaging services. eBuddy is a pioneer in the mobile messaging landscape with its services having 400 million users; 300 million downloads; and 650 billion messages processed. [1] The company's flagship service is XMS, a proprietary cross-platform instant messaging service. [2] After a successful partnership with Japanese-based GREE, eBuddy was sold via an aqui-hire to Booking.com. [3] [4] Up until that point the company was backed by Prime Technology Ventures and Lowland Capital Partners and headquartered in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and had offices in Singapore and San Francisco, USA.[5] The company is now owned by the co-founders Onno Bakker & Jan-Joost Rueb, who have regained control over the eBuddy software, know-how, patents and trademarks.



XMS is a proprietary cross platform instant messaging service.[6] At one point, XMS was processing over 17 billion messages a month exchanged between more than 30 million unique users - 100,000 users were signing up daily and 1.5 billion banner ads sold on web. [7] [8] In a 2011 review, the head of the BerryReview team mentioned that the service has many features in common with other cross-platform messaging services.[9] It does include some multimedia features: users can send images and videos, and can share their location. XMS is available for iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Nokia Series 40, and Windows Phone 7 devices. There is also a web-based client, called "Web XMS", for computer users. [10]

Various competing services, such as Whatsapp and Snapchat, exist. Some, such as Google Talk, are more open and offer users more freedom from lock-in.

eBuddy Chat[edit]

eBuddy Chat was a line of multi-protocol instant messaging clients: it allowed users with Facebook Chat,[11] MSN, Google Talk, Yahoo Messenger, ICQ and AOL accounts to chat free of charge in one aggregated interface.[12] eBuddy Chat supported a Web interface and also supported iOS, Android, J2ME and mobile Web-enabled devices. In 2010, it was named one of the five finalists for “Best Mobile App” in the Mashable Awards. [13]

With the move toward mobile, in 2013, the company announced that it was discontinuing development of its eBuddy Chat multi-protocol instant messaging clients. [14] [15]


eBuddy was originally developed by Paulo Taylor. His idea was established as a consequence from a bet to develop MSN Messenger, as it was named in 2003, for a mobile phone. After several weeks he won the bet, and uploaded the application to a server. [16] A web version was soon developed following users' demands. As user traffic spurred, Taylor decided to take the idea further.

  • On September 9, 2003, Taylor, together with two partners Jan-Joost Rueb and Onno Bakker, created EverywhereMSN.com. [17]
  • On June 1, 2006, e-Messenger was renamed to eBuddy.[18] [19]
  • On October 26, 2006, eBuddy received $6.33M (€5M) in Series A funding.[20]
  • On May 2, 2008 eBuddy received $9.55M (€6.5M) in Series B funding.[21]
  • On March 17, 2011, eBuddy launched its proprietary instant messaging app XMS.[22]
  • On September 21, 2012, Japanese gaming company GREE acquired a minority stake in eBuddy.[23]
  • However, GREE decided to leave the European market in 2013. [24]
  • On December 4, 2013, Dutch online booking portal Booking.com bought eBuddy in an acqui-hire agreement [25][26] [27] [28] [29] [30] [31] [32]


eBuddy owns the following list of patents, all of which Paulo Taylor and the co-founders – Jan-Joost Rueb and Onno Bakker are inventors on:

  • US 7,730,144 entitled “High level network layer system and method”
  • US 8,356,070 entitled “High level network layer system and method”
  • US 8,700,713 entitled “Picture provisioning system and method”
  • US 8,037,212 entitled “Event notification system and method”
  • US 8,510,395 entitled “Contact list display system and method”
  • US 8,230,135 entitled “Event notification system and method”
  • US 8,402,179 entitled “Event notification system and method”
  • US 8,806,084 entitled “Event notification system and method” [33]
  • EP 1969786 entitled “High level network layer system and method” [34]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://crackberry.com/ebuddy-xms-now-available-blackberry-and-hoping-win-you-over
  2. ^ http://techcrunch.com/2011/03/17/sms-on-steroids-ebuddy-debuts-realtime-cross-platform-messaging-app/
  3. ^ http://www.emerce.nl/nieuws/ebuddy-gekocht-door-bookingcom
  4. ^ http://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/12/04/booking-com-acquries-mobile-web-messaging-company-ebuddy/
  5. ^ http://www.ebuddy.com/about.html
  6. ^ http://techcrunch.com/2011/03/17/sms-on-steroids-ebuddy-debuts-realtime-cross-platform-messaging-app/
  7. ^ http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/130840-website-of-the-day-ebuddy
  8. ^ http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xa7omw_jan-joost-rueb-ebuddy-the-cards-to_news
  9. ^ Halevy, Ronen (September 14, 2011). "eBuddy XMS is Yet Another Cross Platform Messaging Service". BerryReview LLC. Retrieved December 18, 2013. 
  10. ^ http://www.emerce.nl/nieuws/ebuddy-xms-webversie-gelanceerd
  11. ^ http://mashable.com/2008/09/21/facebook-chat-mobile/
  12. ^ http://www.macworld.com/product/125988/ebuddy-messenger.html
  13. ^ http://mashable.com/2010/12/13/best-mobile-app-finalists
  14. ^ http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/mobile/support/faq/?action=singleTopic&topic=FA142845
  15. ^ http://www.trutower.com/2013/12/23/ebuddy-chat-shut-down-in-favor-of-xms/
  16. ^ http://www.retireat21.com/interview/interview-with-jan-joost-kraal-founder-of-ebuddy-web-and-mobile-messenger
  17. ^ http://deekshadee.blogspot.nl/2013/06/ebuddy.html
  18. ^ Kirkpatrick, Marshall (2006-06-21). "E-Messenger raises funds, relaunches as eBuddy.com". techcrunch.com. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  19. ^ http://www.msgstuff.com/news/post/115-emessenger-now-ebuddy/
  20. ^ |http://techcrunch.com/2006/10/26/ebuddy-announces-5-million-euros-from-lowland-capital/%7C
  21. ^ |http://techcrunch.com/2008/02/04/ebuddy-the-meebo-of-europe-raises-e65-million/%7C
  22. ^ |http://techcrunch.com/2011/03/17/sms-on-steroids-ebuddy-debuts-realtime-cross-platform-messaging-app/%7C
  23. ^ |http://techcrunch.com/2011/09/21/ebuddy-blows-through-250-million-user-accounts-android-up-300/
  24. ^ http://techcrunch.com/2013/07/08/japans-gaming-giant-gree-retrenches-in-europe-shuts-down-uk-office-to-focus-on-development-in-the-u-s-for-western-market/
  25. ^ |http://www.ebuddy.com/about.html
  26. ^ |http://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/12/04/booking-com-acquries-mobile-web-messaging-company-ebuddy/
  27. ^ http://www.emerce.nl/nieuws/ebuddy-gekocht-door-bookingcom
  28. ^ http://vator.tv/news/2013-12-04-bookingcom-acquires-messaging-service-ebuddy
  29. ^ http://fd.nl/ondernemen/30008/booking-com-koopt-ebuddy
  30. ^ http://www.tnooz.com/article/booking-com-acquires-messaging-app-service-ebuddy/
  31. ^ http://tweakers.net/nieuws/92982/booking-punt-com-neemt-chatdienst-ebuddy-over.html
  32. ^ http://www.nu.nl/nuzakelijk-overig/3645476/chatdienst-ebuddy-overgenomen-bookingcom.html
  33. ^ http://patft.uspto.gov/
  34. ^ https://register.epo.org/regviewer

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