Messaging Startup GroupMe Acquires Blackberry Developer Sensobi

Baby startups can make talent acquisitions too.

GroupMe, the messaging startup that raised a $10.6 million round from investors including Khosla Ventures earlier this year, acquired a two-person startup Sensobi, which manages people’s address books in a social way.

“When we met Sensobi co-founders Ajay Kulkarni and Andy Cheung several months ago, we realized that we all shared the same vision: to help you stay in touch with your real life social network,” the New York-based company wrote in a blog post this afternoon.

GroupMe says Sensobi serves “hundreds of thousands of users” in over 150 countries and says the acquisition will help the company expand to the Blackberry platform. The company also mentioned that it made two recent hires with support engineer Neil Sarkar coming from Gary Vayner’s Vaynerchuk Media and Android engineer Mike Novak arriving from rich advertising provider Medialets. The company now has 17 employees.

GroupMe is an independent group messaging app that lets users chat with friends via their smartphones. Its iOS app has consistently ranked between #70 and #100 in the social networking category in the U.S. and it has between 100,000 and 500,000 installations on the Android Market. Its West Coast rival Beluga was acquired by Facebook earlier this year for an undisclosed amount.