Anti-bullying tech company goes national

By Errol Castens | NEMS Daily Journal Oxford Bureau

OXFORD – A Northeast Mississippi company’s anti-bullying services are going nationwide.
Oxford-based AnComm furnishes “Talk About It” technology to schools from Texas to Georgia that allows students to communicate with school officials about bullying or other problems anonymously.
“By reducing the stigma of communicating with trusted adults, the service allows students to open up and break the ‘code of silence,'” says the company’s website.
Santa Cruz, Calif.-based SchoolMessenger, which specializes in text, voice and email messaging for school staffs, students and parents, is acquiring AnComm to give the anti-bullying technology a wider audience.
“Our primary service has been mass notification,” said Nate Brogan, SchoolMessenger’s vice president of marketing. “We came across the great work that the team at AnComm had been doing with the ‘Talk About It’ service … would be a great match, so we brought the AnComm on board, and we’re really excited to use our national platform and our reach to bring this incredibly valuable and one-of-a-kind service to the broader market.”
AnComm founder Carter Myers said users of his company’s service will see only slight differences in their “Talk About It” interface.
“It’s really the behind-the-scenes works that are going to give us not only a great platform but a support network of people that we’ve never had,” he said.
Myers said his company’s purchase won’t result in a wholesale move of personnel to California.
“We’re going to maintain our Oxford office and even actually increase that head count,” he said. “Clearly, with the university, we have opportunities to recruit talented people as we continue to offer this service not just in the regional way we’ve done it in the Southeast and Texas, but now we’re going to have a chance to introduce our service to a national audience.”
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