Published: 6/5/2020


Spooky Friday the 13th!

Starting the day off with the Indian public markets tumbling, so much so that they hit a circuit breaker that suspends trading for 45minutes. In startup news, we have a timely announcement of a company that is probably killing it right now, and a mobile SDK company (other applications can embed this in their app to carry out certain functionality) that I’m excited about:

  • http://bit.ly/2W7lqju (Inc42): Airmeet raises $3M
  • Airmeet is an online events platform that lets organizers plan virtual events & attendees attend them from the comfort of their home.
  • In the last couple of weeks major events across the United States & the Globe have been cancelled (SXSW, YC Demo Day, SaaStr, Google I/O) and while some events have the infrastructure to go online (YC Demo Day) not a lot do.
  • This is Airmeet would come in. And we’re probably yet to see the macro-level impacts from COVID-19, but I wouldn’t be surprised if remote work & remote conferences becomes more common.
  • The cool thing that separates Airmeet is that while most remote conferences let attendees watch the conference, there is limited interaction between them which one would generally see in an IRL conference.
  • So by keeping interactivity at the forefront, Airmeet is working on making remote events as similar to IRL events and I could honestly see it playing out pretty well.
  • http://bit.ly/2W8uvIP (YourStory): Building interfaces for Bharat
  • Jiny is building an Assistive UI Platform for the next billion Indian Internet users. What this essentially means, is that existing mobile apps can use Jiny to guide users through their platforms and perform certain tasks on their apps (eg: recharging their pre-paid phones, buying a product).
  • And while Indian apps are becoming more vernacular over time, a large majority of apps aren’t, which makes it hard to use by people who can’t speak English or Hindi. Jiny works in several languages out of the box, so even if a user doesn’t speak the app’s language of choice they can still interact with it and use it as they need.
  • The company has already raised a seed round of $720k from 3one4 Capital, Ankur Capital & angels including Rajesh Sawhney & Phaninder Sama
  • They already have a couple of big enterprise companies on board with Jio & Okcredit and have probably learned a great deal about how to tweak their product to make it easy for enterprise company to integrate with.
  • I bet with a couple more enterprise companies on board, they can further refine their product & onboarding strategy. And once that’s all ready, they just need to ramp up on sales and start scaling up on growth.
  • Feedback & ❤️ always appreciated

    More on Monday :) BONUS (Tweet of the day): https://twitter.com/ycombinator/status/1238194535437492224