(Updated with confirmation that Kleiner and others made money)
Research In Motion’s Blackberry has dominated the corporate mobile email market, and Motorola’s Q device has failed to make significant traction. Moreover, Motorola’s rival, Nokia, bought mobile email provider Intellisync in February.
The market for wireless email has been brutal, with players like Visto, of Redwood City and NTP, the Virginia-based patent-holding company, filing suit against others and extracting large licensing fees. NTP forced RIM to pay a $612.5 million settlement. While Good has licensed technology from NTP, it is still the subject of a lawsuit from Visto, which itself has raised fresh cash even while losing money.
That competition and costly legal battles most likely pressured Good to sell, though it’s unknown whether all investors made money from the deal. Investors Kleiner Perkins, BA Ventures, Crosslink Capital and several other firms collectively invested more than $200 million into the company. (Update: We since confirmed that Kleiner, at least, made money from the deal.)