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GroupMe logo from official website.png
Type of businessSubsidiary
FoundedMay 2010; 9 years ago (2010-05)
OwnerMicrosoft Corporation
Key peopleJared Hecht
Steve Martocci
ParentSkype Technologies S.A.

GroupMe is a mobile group messaging app owned by Microsoft. It was launched in May 2010 by the private company GroupMe.[1][2] In August 2011, GroupMe delivered over 100 million messages each month[3] and by June 2012, that number jumped to 550 million.[4] In 2013, GroupMe had over 12 million registered users.[5]


GroupMe was conceived at TechCrunch Disrupt 2010.[6] Founders Jared Hecht and Steve Martocci raised US$10.6 million in venture capital from Khosla Ventures, General Catalyst Partners, angel investors, and others.[1][7] In August 2011, Skype acquired the one-year-old start-up for around $80 million.[8] Skype had itself been purchased by Microsoft in May 2011, with the purchase finalized in October 2011.[9] The app underwent a redesign in late 2012.[10]

Initially, groups were limited to 100 members, but a support request could get a groups limit raised as high as necessary as it approached the limit. In 2019, GroupMe stopped offering group member limit increases, however they increased the standard limit from 100 to 500. [11]


Groupme works by downloading the app or accessing the service online, and then forming an account by providing your name, cell phone number and a password, or you can connect through your Facebook or Twitter account.[12] The service then syncs with your contacts and from that point forward the user can make groups limit size 500. An individual who is part of an active group has the ability to turn off notifications for the app; users will still receive the message, but will not be notified about it. Each group is given a label and assigned a unique number. Some of the features on the app include the ability to share photos, videos, locations, create events, and personalized emojis.

GroupMe has a web client as well as apps for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and Windows 10. Those who do not wish to use the app can still send and receive GroupMe messages through SMS. Users begin by creating a “group” and adding contacts. When someone sends a message, everyone in the group can see and respond to it. The app allows users to easily attach and send pictures, documents, videos and web-links as well. Users can also send private messages, but only to users who are also active on the GroupMe app.[13]


  1. ^ a b "About GroupMe". Retrieved 18 August 2011.
  2. ^ "Inception: A Hackday Dream (The Story Of GroupMe)". Tech Crunch. 26 August 2010. Retrieved 18 August 2011.
  3. ^ Shontell, Alyson. "A Year In The Life Of An $11 Million Startup, GroupMe". Business Insider. Retrieved 18 August 2011.
  4. ^ Wauters, Robin (July 18, 2012). "GroupMe has 4.6m users sending 550m messages per month, court documents show". The Next Web.
  5. ^ "GroupMe compared to competitors". Retrieved 22 October 2016.
  6. ^ Arrington, Michael (25 August 2011). "GroupMe, Born At TechCrunch Disrupt, Secures Funding And Launches". Retrieved 18 August 2011.
  7. ^ Wortham, Jenna (10 March 2011). "Start-Ups Are in a Rush to Bring the Chat Room to the Smartphone". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 August 2011.
  8. ^ Ante, Spencer E. (22 August 2011). "Skype to Acquire Start-Up GroupMe". The Wall Street Journal.
  9. ^ "GroupMe, Gilt Groupe, Jon Bon Jovi Launch SummerQAmp To Create More Quality Assurance Jobs". TechCrunch. 2012-03-07. Retrieved 2013-07-08.
  10. ^ Megan Rose Dickey (2012-11-07). "GroupMe Chat App Gets A New Look". Business Insider. Retrieved 2013-07-08.
  11. ^ "How do I increase a group limit in GroupMe?". GroupMe. Retrieved September 20, 2019.
  12. ^ "GroupMe - Group text messaging with GroupMe".
  13. ^ Jacobsson, Sarah (2012-02-26). "GroupMe App Review: Perfect for Coordinating With Friends | TechHive". Retrieved 2013-07-08.

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