It is expecting the number of downloads to touch one million over the next one year; the company also is contemplates to raise Rs 3 crore to fund its free mobile social polling application
Neuv Private Limited on Monday announced the launched India’s first-ever free mobile social polling application, ‘Whatsay’, which allows users to create and send visual polls across 25 categories to their friends through WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter and Gmail. The company is also contemplating to raise Rs three crore to fund its social polling app.
India’s first social polling app, Whatsay helps to get answers from the community.
“Whatsay is a social polling app that makes polls lively and fun to share. It is the perfect mobile companion for Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp. Create a poll on Whatsay and immediately tweet it, share it on your Facebook wall or to a WhatsApp group,” said Raghu Bathina, Co-founder, Whatsay App.
“India’s Internet growth trajectory is very exciting for us, 65 per cent of the 232 million Internet users in India are connecting via mobile. All these users can leverage Whatsay,” he added.
According to Mr Bathina, the company said that it is proven that visual content is more likely to be viewed and shared on social media. Visual tweets are retweeted 35 per cent more than text and 87 per cent of Facebook shares are photos. “It is also known that polling is one medium where people participate without hesitation and Whatsay is visual imagery and social polling combined,” he added.
Neuv was Co-Founded by Raghu Bathina, a serial entrepreneur who grew and sold two of his previous ventures – QuickTree Inc to Citrix, and Ramp Networks to Nokia, and Sridhar Gadhi, a first-generation entrepreneur and chairman and managing director of USD 100 million Paradigm Group.
Neuv was incubated at Paradigm Group and received Rs 2 crore in an angel round from the group in 2014. While the startup’s first product Doodly Doo, a personal messages app, has already seen half-a-million downloads, Bathina said the company was expecting a million downloads for Whatsay in a year from now.
The company is contemplating to raise Rs 3 crore to fund its social polling mobile application Whatsay, even as it is exploring ways to monetize the app. “Monetisation is not what we are looking for in the near-term. At present, our focus is on building traction for Whatsay,” Bathina said, adding the company was weighing various options, including helping companies build brand equity while engaging with their target audience, to create recurring revenue streams.
“Whatsay is made in India and is a testament to the quality and creativity that Indian companies possess. It demonstrates out-of-the-box thinking, which is required to create powerful social platforms that rival global companies,” said Sridhar Gadhi, Co-Founder, Whatsay.
Whatsay is available on Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Storewww.whatsayapp.com.
Whatsay App features:
§ 100’s of polls across 25+ categories that can be shared, voted or commented on
§ Ability to easily share polls or poll-results to all major social networks such as WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Gmail, Google+, LinkedIn.
§ Ability to embed polls into any website or blog
§ National polls that are visible to everyone in a particular country
§ Geo-targeted nearby polls that only appear to people near the poll author’s current location
§ Private polls that are visible only to the shared (to a WhatsApp group for example)
§ A super simple poll creation process allowing users to create visually stunning polls in a few minutes (Private, Nearby or National polls can be created)
§ Ability to follow or be followed by any poll creator (individual or publisher)
§ Notifications alerting the user of activity on a daily basis
About Mr Raghu Bathina, Co-Founder & CEO
Raghu is a serial entrepreneur, who successfully grew and sold two of his previous ventures to Nokia and Citrix. He co-founded Ramp Networks, a router company that went public on NASDAQ and then got acquired by Nokia in 2000. He then founded security company, QuickTree which was acquired by Citrix in 2007. Raghu holds Computer Engineering degree from Purdue University, and the University of Southern California