Business messaging app Avaamo has secured $6.3 million seed funding from WI Harper Group, with participation from Rembrandt Ventures Partners, Streamlined Ventures, Eleven Two Capital and Ovo Fund. The six month-old startup also launched the Android version of the app at the same time. The iOS version is expected to be available in a week’s time.
The business messaging space is gaining momentum in India, with Directi founder Bhavin Turakhia launching a business chat service called Flock last month and now Avaamo. Globally, there are a number of similar services, including Altassian’s HipChat, CoTap, Flickr founder built Slack, and ex-Skype engineers developed Fleep among others. However, none of these really focus on the Indian market.
Avaamo was founded by former TIBCO executives, Ram Menon and Sriram Chakravarthy is April this year. It offers users both a free and a premium service. Like most business chat apps it offers one-to-one and group messaging options. Users can also send voice memos or voice messages. There is an option to add document links to messages, with the actual documents saved on the cloud. This is a nice feature as it doesn’t overburden the mobile internet connection of the user trying to download it. It’s also possible to send directions to business meetings from within the app.
The premium service will provide businesses greater control over their communications, including a dashboard illustrating active, non-active, inactive and users who have deleted the app from their phones. Also, businesses have the option of downloading all data shared on the app as and when required using the Avaamo API. It also provides the option to send out alerts to specific groups, like employees of a particular department or city or even employees using a particular type of phone. With the premium service businesses can also track message traffic.
Getting enterprise clients on board is the biggest challenge for Avaamo as they are traditionally wary of any new business communication platforms. Also, it’ll be interesting to see what plans Avaamo has for India.
The startup has offices in Los Altos, California and Bangalore. According to the company, a lot of the development work is done out of the Bangalore office and it’s currently hiring server developers and android/iOS developers in Bangalore.
*We have reached out to Avaamo and will update once we hear back.