Kuggaa Mobile is one of 53 companies chosen by VentureBeat to launch at the DEMO Spring 2011 event taking place this week in Palm Desert, Calif. After our selection, the companies pay a fee to present. Our coverage of them remains objective.
New startup Kuggaa Mobile, which is launching at today’s DEMO conference, is aiming to solve the problem of accessing documents across the multitude of web-enabled devices in our lives, including smartphones, computers, and even game consoles.
Founder Al Mel Quist says he was inspired to create the company so he could easily share, sync, or change files between his cellphone and his wife’s. Kuggaa offers a single browser-based online environment where you can save files and access them from practically any other web enabled device. Kuggaa has worked to create different interfaces for every device, so accessing the site via an iPad will be very different from just opening it up via a PC.
Quist calls Kuggaa a “Global Mobile Ecosystem” because it serves as a single interface for multiple devices. For example, you can go to Kuggaa on your iPhone and access the same files you would on an Android phone. Kuggaa also supports the Playstation 3 and Nintendo Wii, because they have web browsers (the Xbox 360 does not).
Kuggaa will offer its services on a subscription model. The base subscription will cost $7.00 a month, and users can spend more to increase their storage (just $2.99 more gets you 100 gigabytes of storage). Alternatively, you can purchase an annual subscription starting at $88 with 10GB of storage, and $99 with 100GB.
Kuggaa is certainly entering a crowded space, but it’s differentiating itself from other cloud storage solutions like Google Docs by offering users an entire online environment. Quist says the company has 27 contracts with device makers to put Kuggaa icons on their products in the second quarter of this year. It’s also in negotiations with two major cellphone carriers to offer Kuggaa as an add-on when customers get a new phone.
The Las Vegas, Nev.-based company was founded just this year and has raised around $300,000 from friends and family.