Company name: Visto
Where it's based: Redwood Shores, Calif.
When it was founded: 1996
What year it was a Fierce 15: 2004
Why it was a Fierce 15: Visto was selected because its mobile email technology could deliver messages across a variety of platforms including Palm, Pocket PC, Microsoft Smartphone, Java and Symbian. The company's products targeted both wireless carriers and enterprises looking to launch mobile email solutions. Visto had forged a partnership with Microsoft and it had carrier deals with AT&T Wireless, Nextel Communications, KPN Mobile and others. Click here for more.
What has happened since it was awarded the Fierce 15: Visto continues to be a leader in mobile email, though it now goes by a new moniker: Good Technologies. In February Visto acquired Good Technologies--which specialized in messaging, mobile VPN data access, device management and security solutions--from Motorola. Visto said the Good acquisition would complement its existing operator presence in business and consumer markets and allow it to expand its service to more than 400 different devices. Visto decided to rebrand itself and operate the newly merged firm as Good Technologies. In other developments, Visto finally put an end to several ongoing legal disputes. In December 2006, rival Seven Networks (another 2004 Fierce 15 award winner) had to pay Visto $7.7 million in damages stemming from infringement on three Visto patents. In March 2008, Visto settled a long-standing patent dispute with Microsoft for an undisclosed amount. And in July, the ongoing patent battle between Research in Motion and Visto finally came to a close with RIM agreeing to pay Visto $267.5 million for a license on all Visto patents and the transfer of certain Visto intellectual property.