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Vancouver Green Web and Mobile Companies Merge - Press Release

Vancouver Green Web and Mobile Companies Merge - Press Release

By uncleweed on November 12, 2008 - 1:36pm

What happens when a happy frog and a pod of whales get together to change the world? Vancouver, Canada-based, green web companies 3rdWhale.com and happyfrog.ca announced an equity merger with plans to grow globally with the goal of helping eco-minded consumers make informed choices in all aspects of their lifestyle - from organic food to eco-travel.

Vancouver, BC (PRWEB) November 12, 2008 -- Vancouver Canada-based, green web companies 3rd Whale and happyfrog.ca announced an equity merger and plans to grow globally under the 3rd Whale name.

The merger combines 3rd Whale's location-based mobile phone application with happyfrog.ca's rich "web 2.0" platform providing green consumers with cross-platform tools to find values-aligned businesses. By using the company's next generation mobile and web tools, participants can easily share their eco-smarts by adding business reviews, blog posts, and mentoring programs to help others reduce their eco-footprint. 

3rd Whale is best known for the "Greenest Person in the World" contest which generated media exposure from Venezuela to Germany. 3rd Whale is the brainchild of Boyd Cohen, who holds a Ph. D in Sustainable Entrepreneurship and is an Assistant Professor at British Columbia's Simon Fraser University. The company recently opened an office in Sunnyvale, California and is actively adding members to the executive team and meeting with venture capital firms in Silicon Valley.

Dr. Cohen, CEO, points out, "By combining happyfrog's expertise in web delivery of green business listings, and related community engagement, with the growing global brand of 3rdwhale.com and our mobile application, we are poised to initiate truly global change."

In just over a year, happyfrog.ca grew into the definitive directory for finding environmental and wellness focused businesses and organizations in B.C. Happyfrog's platform also gave a voice to bloggers and the public to share their opinions about favorite businesses from yoga to sushi with the Myhappyfrog social networking platform.

Happyfrog's "Frog squad" of bloggers and podcasters were visible at eco-trade shows and conferences, including EPIC Sustainable Living Expo at Canada Place, resulting in tremendous exposure for the businesses and organizations showing real environmental leadership.

Founded by independent media veteran Ron Williams, happyfrog was built and launched by Webby-nominated consulting firm, Social Signal (known for Change Everything, BCHydro Green Gifts).

Williams, now President of 3rd Whale, expressed his excitement with the merger saying, "When I first dreamed of creating happyfrog.ca, I knew partnering with values and technology-aligned companies would be the key to scaling to a larger base. Upon meeting the 3rd Whale team, I knew we'd found a great fit to bring our local prototype to a worldwide audience."

3rd Whale's mobile application (called Luna) is in public beta for iPhone and on track for general release on Nov. 14th followed by versions for the Google Android and RIM Blackberry platforms. The happyfrog.ca site will be re-imagined and re-branded as 3rdwhale.com and tens of thousands of new entries will be added in conjunction with subsequent rolling launches in new markets worldwide.

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More at PRWeb: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2008/11/prweb1600134.htm

Submitted by Joanne (not verified) on January 24, 2009 - 7:02pm.

I think the greenest person in the world contest was a great idea so naturally I'm really happy about the merger, I think it can only mean great things for both companies.

Submitted by vancouver traffic (not verified) on January 24, 2009 - 10:10pm.

It's the power of the internet once again. It has it's evils but look at this example of using the networking aspects of the internet for the common good. Great story!

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Graham
Vancouver Traffic Discussion

Submitted by San Diego personal injury lawyer (not verified) on January 28, 2009 - 5:16pm.

In just over a year, happyfrog.ca grew into the definitive directory for finding environmental and wellness focused businesses and organizations in B.C. Happyfrog's platform also gave a voice to bloggers and the public to share their opinions about favorite businesses from yoga to sushi with the Myhappyfrog social networking platform.
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That's really cool. I had never heard of happyfrog.ca before, but if you've ever seen the ABC show "Brothers & Sisters," there's a fictional business called "Greenatopia" that they're struggling to get off the ground. As it turns out, Greenatopia is basically happyfrog.ca. I wonder if that's where they got the idea from. Anyway, this merger sounds like great news.
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Michael M.

Submitted by Cell Master (not verified) on February 10, 2009 - 4:03pm.

i'm looking forward to more "green" companies making it to mainstream media. green is the next "it" thing in the business world.

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