CMU startup mSpoke acquired by LinkedIn

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Major social networking site LinkedIn announced Wednesday morning it had purchased mSpoke, a Carnegie Mellon startup that works with recommendation technology designed to hold users on certain sites for longer periods of time.

This is the Mountain View, Calif-based company's first acquisition since rising to become a leading website for users looking to network and land jobs through posting resumes and recommendations online.

MSpoke technology analyzes a person's site history to recommend other pages or links.

More than 75 million users are registered on LinkedIn since its founding in 2003. The details of the acquisition were not disclosed.

MSpoke is based Downtown and was founded by chief executive officer Sean Ammirati, chairman of the board Dave Mawhinney and chief technology officer Dean Thompson. The company counts several CMU professors as advisors, and received seed funding from Pittsburgh venture capitalist Ed Engler.

Erich Schwartzel: or 412-263-1455.


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