Austin startup Callvine issues call for more employees

Austin-based startup Callvine Inc. is planting deeper employment roots.

The company, which develops calling and texting apps for iPhones and other smartphones, has three positions open now and plans to add more workers in 2010 and 2011.

The available jobs are all technology-oriented: lead QA engineer, network engineer and mobile developer/engineer. These positions are posted on the career section of Callvine’s website.

All three of those engineering jobs will report to Ed Gross, vice president of engineering at Callvine. To submit your resume or to obtain more information about careers at Callvine, contact

“We offer competitive salary and benefits,” according to descriptions for the three engineering jobs, “and stock options commensurate with experience.”

Mary Firme, director of marketing at Callvine, says the company reviews all submissions to “We are always pleased to hear from interested people,” she says.

The company, founded earlier this year, already employs 12 people—most of them in Austin. Callvine’s Austin headquarters is at 502 Baylor St.

Callvine’s hiring spurt can be attributed primarily to $4 million in venture capital that the company recently received from Austin’s S3 Ventures. Other Austin companies in S3’s portfolio include Digby, Invodo Inc., LibreDigital Inc. and StoredIQ Inc.

Callvine’s technology combines group calling and texting into a single free iPhone app. With Callvine, users can text more than 100 people at once using the iPhone’s SMS capabilities, or group-call up to 20 people at the same time with a single touch.

“We’ve designed Callvine to get everyone talking again,” says Callvine CEO Rudy Prince (photo), founder and former CEO of eFax.

“It’s an extension of your address book, where you just pick your contacts, create your groups and push a button to call or text everyone at once. Staying in touch with your groups has never been easier.”

Group-calling as many as 20 people with Callvine is free up to 10 minutes, with a special offer of one hour of free call time through Sept. 7. After that, pay-as-you-go bundles of minutes will be offered for as little as $5.99 through iTunes.

To see a demonstration of Callvine’s iPhone app, click here.

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