Innoz Owned Lookup Messenger gets fresh funds from Japanese investors. With this funding of Japanese investors, DeNA Co and Teruhide Sato total funding received by Look Up will raise to $382,000. The company has received 3 rounds of funding. The funds will be used for research and expansion of their services.
Earlier they had received $160,000 from Infosys ex co founder Kris Gopalakrishnan as seed funding and further they received $100,000 from Swiss Metal and Financial Services firm MKS in December 2014. The startup claims to be first incubates of India. Incubated by KSA Technopark of Kerala the company launched SMSGyan, which is an off line search engine for non internet world.
Innoz Technologies was started in 2008 with seed capital of Rs. 100,000 has a revenue of Rs. 6 crores and has ambitious target to increase 150% for this financial year ending March 2015. The company had earlier launched an SMS based search engine called SMSGyan.
SMSGyan is an SMS based search engine, its offline search engine where customer can send their query thru SMS and receive the solution thru SMS. The answer will be exactly the key word sent to designated number. SMSGyan does not require internet connectivity to answer queries, will be helpful for people who do not have internet data connection.
These services will be charge based and costs Rs.1.50 for each message. The company had tied up with Airtel to provide services. The company claims that they have more than 200,000 subscribers. Majority of them are from tier 2 & 3 cities where internet infrastructure is still infancy. Subscribers can opt for monthly services for a fee. Customers can ask unlimited queries.
Innoz Technologies is headed Deepak Ravindran, developed Lookup Messenger mobile app, a customer can easily make reservations at restaurants, bars, pubs, hotels and more. User can book appointments at spas, salons, clinics, hospitals. Further they can get information on deals, product availability, prices, and timings from offline stores. Users can share pictures with local stores to get information on the product.
Lookup Messaging is currently available in Bengaluru and expanding its operations all over India. The company has growing list of services providers like salons, clinics, restaurants and clinic in their clientele. The messenger has a feature which can be verified by service provider which is called ‘Claim your business’ feature under settings. This feature helps service provider to acquire and connect with customers over a chat and they can clarify the doubts of the customers.
Recently Lookup Messaging have partnered with Bengaluru Police to help with the Police over chat. Initially Lookup Messaging team did pilot run with Koramangala Police Station and it was successful. The services had been extended to all over Bengaluru.
In case of, if a user likes to inform or chat with the police officer, just tap on Police Station and start reporting. A police officer from that particular station would respond to your chats. Users can even share pictures with police. It’s heartening to see Bengaluru Police using technology to come closer to public.
With this feature, the user has been in touch with police just like getting in touch with local vendors to provide their services for ticket bookings, spa or salon. “Being location based service; the app can be useful when it comes to women security. The authorities can pinpoint the exact location of the victims” said Deepak Ravindran, Lookup Messenger. The app is available in Android Play Store and will soon available in iOS environment too.
Innoz Technologies have partnered with True Software Scandinavia AB to enable users to search for people by texting their phone numbers, using feature phones. User needs to send SMS TRACE followed by ten digit mobile phone number to 55444. The user will receive a response with the details of the person, service provider and region. SMS messages to 55444 will charged at Rs. 1.
Innoz Technologies has revenue sharing agreement with Truecaller, targeting markets in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Dubai markets. Services will be further rolled out in the regions of Africa, South East Asia and Latin American countries.