California-headquartered, wearable technology company, Goqii has raised angel funding from WhatsApp’s Neeraj Arora and Marco Argenti, Vice president of mobile at AWS. The company aims to utilize the raised funds for marketing, brand building, technology platform development as well as for extend its business operations to Middle East by next month and the US by December this year.
“We just launched the commercial version of GOQii in India and we will use the funds for scaling in a major way,” Gondal told VCCircle. “Unlike other wearable devices makers, we are basically a services company and giving people lifestyle coaching via GOQii Coach. We are seeing massive opportunities across the world and hence the expansion,” he said.
The company was founded by Vishal Gondal in February this year, having offices in Mumbai and Shenzhen (China). It had launched Goqii band on August 1st that can track steps, calories, distance, active time as well as ‘Karma Points’. It comes with full touch display, a vibrating alarm, ultra-lightweight water resistant construction with skin sensitive materials, and automatic wireless syncing via Bluetooth LE.
The other players are also included in this space like Nike Fuels, Fitbit, Jawbone UP & Samsung’s Galaxy Gear Fit.
The company is offering subscription for Goqii’s ecosystem, including band, experts, app, coach and karma, available at INR 6,999 for six-months and INR 11,999 for yearly packages. Goqii is also backed by other investors such as Madhuri Dixit Nene, Amit Singhal (Google), Goutam Godhwani (SimplyHired) Steve Luczo, (Seagate) and others.
Next Big What says: As a single integrated solution, it offers a complete ecosystem which is a powerful combination of technology and human connection. It is the coming together of some of the world’s leading experts and an amazing management team driven by a passion for healthy sustainable living, and believes that all of us possess boundless potential. GOQii’s goal is to enable millions of people across the world to “be the force” by helping them to unleash their untapped potential. [said by Vishal Gondal]
Inc42 says: It’s a proud moment for team GOQii. I am very excited to welcome Neeraj Arora and Marco Argenti VP as part of the GOQii Family both of whom have invested in GOQii in their personal capacity.. I know both Neeraj and Marco for several years, they can immensely help GOQii in its vision of helping millions of people become fit and happy by taking the wearable tech space to the next level by not just providing people with data but motivating them to bring about a positive change in their life, said Vishal.
LiveMint says: “We are a health services company. Most people stop using the fitness wrist bands because they don’t work. It’s not the wristband but the services that make the product effective. Hence, you pay for the services we provide and get the wristband for free,” said Gondal.
According to Accenture Plc’s digital consumer tech survey 2014, consumers in India were ranked highest among six countries—including Australia, Canada, South Africa, the UK, and the US—in the percentages of people that plan to buy consumer electronics products during 2015 in numerous categories. Indians, the survey said, were most interested in buying fitness monitors, smart watches and Internet-enabled eyeglasses.
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