Los Angeles Business Journal

Elections, Hurricane Sandy Boost CallFire Business

By Natalie Jarvey Monday, January 7, 2013

CallFire, a Santa Monica telecom startup, announced Monday that it saw revenue growth in 2012 driven by two big events in 2012, Hurricane Sandy and the national election.

The company, which uses cloud technology to provide automated phone calls and text messages to businesses and non-profits, said that revenue grew by 58 percent last year. The private company would not disclose its annual revenue, but said it has more than 50,000 users.

CallFire’s growth was due, in part, to its work with businesses to provide disaster relief communication during Hurricane Sandy. The company, which was founded in 2004, said it also powered telephone communication for many Democratic and progressive candidates during the election season. The company said its technology powered more than 14 million calls during both events.

“This past year, we saw our business skyrocket,” Dinesh Ravishanker, CallFire’s chief executive, said in a statement. “Our political work and relief communications during the devastation of Hurricane Sandy all attest to the CallFire platform’s versatility, scalability, reliability and cost-effectiveness.”

Ravishanker could not be reached for comment.