Sochat, a new messaging app to text anyone nearby, has announced it raising $2 million in seed funding led by Eniac Ventures along with other participants Allen Zhang, founder of WeChat, New Enterprise Associates, Greylock Partners, Slow Ventures, Foundation Capital, Betaworks, Maiden Lane and Steven Sinofsky of Andreessen Horowitz.
The startup app Sochat redefines the way people text and form new connections on their phones. In addition to the fast and secure messaging features, the app enables it users for instant automatic connections between people and start conversations at ease with almost anyone in the room without sharing phone numbers, with the help of Bluetooth. Founder and CEO Lukens Orthwein briefed saying, “The way it works is simple: walk into a room, pull out Sochat, and see a list of pictures and first names for everybody else there with you,”
When asked about the Bluetooth usage and battery impact, the company claims its Bluetooth Low Energy technology ensure that it does not drain the battery leaving the Bluetooth on all day. The feature works offline too helping people to communicate with others in a flight in the airplane mode. It also supports connecting with friends anywhere through username search, real name search, Facebook friend matching and phone number matching.
Sochat plans to use its new funds to improve its features and introduce new marketing strategies to gain more user and increase its reach.