Barcode Hero Makers Kima Labs Acquired By Groupon

    February 18, 2012
    Chris Crum

As previously reported, Groupon acquired Hyperpublic,which could help it compete with Google and Foursquare. The company has also acquired Kima Labs, creators of Barcode Hero.

The following message appears on the Barcode Hero site (via TechCrunch):

We’re excited to let you know that Kima Labs, the team behind Barcode Hero, has been acquired by Groupon. We’re looking forward to jumping in and focusing our efforts there, but in order to do that, we’ll be shutting down Barcode Hero.

The Barcode Hero iPhone app and web site will be unavailable after Monday, February 20. Your Barcode Hero data will be available for you to download now through March 16. See below for details.

Thanks for using Barcode Hero—whether you were a loyal scanner or just trying it out. It was amazing to see those of you who scanned thousands of items in your first week, and the variety of items you scanned, from DVDs to gadgets to hot sauce. We had fun creating the app, and we hope you had fun using it.

Thanks also to our investors, advisers, friends and family, who have supported us over the last two years. We couldn’t have done this without you.

Blake, Jason, and Andrew
The Barcode Hero Team

Check out what else Groupon has been up to on our Groupon page.


Chris Crum
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