Facebook buys mobile app builder Parse

Apr 26, 2013
A Facebook employee displays an HTC phone with the new Home operating system at Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, California on Thursday, April 04, 2013. Facebook said it was buying a startup specializing in powering mobile applications as part of its drive to make the social network friendlier to smartphones and tablet computers.

Facebook said it was buying a startup specializing in powering mobile applications as part of its drive to make the social network friendlier to smartphones and tablet computers.

did not disclose how much it paid for San Francisco-based Parse, but online reports valued the deal at $85 million.

"By making Parse a part of the Facebook platform, we want to enable developers to rapidly build apps that span and devices," Facebook said in a blog post.

Parse provides software developers tools for building applications and handles behind-the-scenes tasks such as data storage and servers to handle services for app users regardless of which mobile devices are involved.

"This removes the need to manage servers and a complex infrastructure, so you can simply focus on building great user experiences," Facebook said.

Parse was founded in June 2011 and was reportedly embarking on a new round of funding when Facebook stepped in to make the purchases.

"In just under two years, we've gone from a rough prototype to powering tens of thousands of apps for a very of customers," Parse chief executive Ilya Sukhar said in a blog post.

"Combining forces with a partner like Facebook makes a lot of sense."

Facebook has made a priority of following its more than one billion members onto smartphones and tablets, which are fast becoming the preferred gadgets for connecting with the leading social network.

Explore further: Google offers peek into Bhutan with Street View launch (Update)

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Facebook buys mobile gadget-focused Spool

Jul 16, 2012

Facebook added more mobile technology to its arsenal with the acquisition of Spool, a startup specializing in bookmarking and sharing content on smartphones or tablets.

Instagram officially part of Facebook

Sep 07, 2012

Instagram on Thursday became part of Facebook as the social network completed its billion-dollar acquisition of the smartphone photo-sharing service.

Facebook acquires mobile app maker Acrylic

Jul 21, 2012

The engineer behind Canadian startup Acrylic said Friday that he was closing up his one-man shop and joining the design team at leading social network Facebook.

Recommended for you

Facebook goes retro with 'Rooms' chat app

19 hours ago

Facebook on Thursday released an application that lets people create virtual "rooms" to chat about whatever they wish using any name they would like.

Some online shoppers pay more than others, study shows

21 hours ago

Internet users regularly receive all kinds of personalized content, from Google search results to product recommendations on Amazon. This is thanks to the complex algorithms that produce results based on users' profiles and ...

Twitter looks to weave into more mobile apps

Oct 22, 2014

Twitter on Wednesday set out to weave itself into mobile applications with a free "Fabric" platform to help developers build better programs and make more money.

User comments : 0