Moonfrog Labs leaps with funding from VC’s, Tiger Global and Sequoia Capital have funded the mobile gaming company.
Moonfrog Labs was founded by gaming experts Tanay Tayal, Ankit Jain, Puspesh Kumar, Oliver Jones and Dimpal Kumar Maisuriya. The entire founding team has developed popular games for Zynga – Mafia Wars, Bubble Safari, Castleville and Empires & Allies.
Moonfrog Labs has developed games likes Teen Patti Gold, is a very popular game and has been downloaded in more than 2 million times and rated as one of the top five highest grossing Android and iOS games in India.
Tanay Tahal says “challenges of designing mobile games for players in India include the relatively high price of data and unreliable, slow broadband connections. Games are engineered to use less bandwidth and battery power so they can be played on cheapest smartphones.”
Tanay Tahal is co founder of Moonfrog Labs. He has rich educational and professional experience. He has graduated in Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science from University of Pune in 1999. He has Masters in Business Administration from INSEAD.
He started his career as Software Engineer in Infosys and worked there for a year in 1999. Tanay joined Calsoft as Software Engineer in 2001 and was there for 2 years. He moved to KuoKoa Networks in 2002 as Member of Technical Staff. In 2003 he joined NetApp as Member of Technical Staff elevated to Program Manager in 2006 in the NetApp. In 2007 he joined SAP as Program Manager – EMEA Large Enterprise Sales. He worked in SAP for a year and moved to Komli Media as Director- Product Management in 2009.
In 2010 Tanay joined Zynga as Senior Product Manager went on to become Executive Producer of the company in 2012. He was instrumental in company focusing on business strategy, organizational leadership, product management, game design and P&L management.
One of co founder of Moonfrog Labs is Ankit Jain. He has done in Bachelor of Technology from Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology and did his Masters of Science in Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology.
He joined Microsoft as Software Design Engineer in 2002 had long stint of almost 6 years and in 2008 he joined as Software Engineer in Google. He was instrumental in implementation of front end and back end of several features of Google Mapmaker. In 2010 he joined Zynga as Principal Software Engineer; he defined technical product vision and collaborated with stake holders on engineering execution and deliverables. In 2010 he joined sister concern of Zynga WhateverItTakes.
Kumar Puspesh is one of co founder of Moonfrog Labs. He is academically and professionally well acclaimed person. He has done dual degree in Master of Technology in Computer Science from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. He was awarded with several awards like Order of Merit in Technology and Fine Arts and Dr Jnan Chandra Ghosh Gold Medal in IIT Kharagpur.
In 2006 he was Summer Intern in University of Michigan where he implemented picture transfer protocol interface and generic interface. He was a member of India Research Center of IIT Kharagpur. In 2008 he had brief stint with Lehman Brothers where he handled Analysis, Fixed Income Technology Division. In December 2008, he joined Komli Media as Software Engineer went on to become Senior Software Engineer in 2010. In 2011 he joined Zynga as Principal Software Engineer where he worked on several games such as Mafia Wars, Bubble Safari, and Cafe World. He was instrumental in delivering new features, builds and maintains high scalable systems.
Oliver Jones is another co founder of Moonfrog Labs. He has Masters of Arts in Digital Games Theory and Design from Brunel University, London. Oliver has been awarded with Welsh Patent Award 2007, BA Gold Crest Award in 2006, British Invention of the year – 2006 and Best performance 2nd year – 2009.
He had brief stints as Graphic Designer in companies like Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and as Games Designer in Canalside Studios. He became game designer in Zynga in 2011 and he worked there for 2 years.
Dimpal kumar Maisuriya is co founder of Moonfrog Labs. He has graduated in Bachelor of Arts from Mehtakalamaha Vidhyalaya in 1998. In 2000 he became Background Artist in Toonz Animation India Pvt ltd till 2004. He became lead in Indiagames Ltd and worked there for 3 years. In 2007 he became 3D Artist in FX Labs. In 2009 he joined Exigent Game Art Pvt Ltd as Art Lead handling 3D modelling and Texturing. In 2010 he moved to Zynga Games as Principal Artist for the company. He worked in Zynga for almost 5 years. He is Art Director of Moonfrog Labs.
During March 2015, Moonfrog Labs received $15 million Series ‘A’ funding from Sequoia Capital and Tiger Global Management. Earlier they had received $1 million seed funding from Sequoia Capital. The company intends to grow its technology platform that includes backend system and data analytics. The funding will be utilised to grow talent pool and develop mobile games for Indian customers.
Moonfrog Labs plans to monetize through in app purchases not through advertisement revenue. They are planning to release few more titles in next couple of months and planning to build a multiplayer platform.