November 17, 2016

Jongla to spread its message even further abroad

The company has set plans to further strengthen its position as the go-to messaging app for emerging markets.
The company has set plans to further strengthen its position as the go-to messaging app for emerging markets.
Jongla

Finnish messaging pioneer Jongla has raised five million euros in Series B funding, bringing the total capital accumulated thus far to 12 million euros.

The funds will be used to scale the business globally, alongside introducing new features for the Jongla Social Messenger and tapping emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and bots.

“We have seen rapid growth this year, driven by the demand for light and social apps in emerging markets,” says Riku Salminen, CEO of Jongla. “This autumn alone, our users have sent three times the amount of messages – the uplift has been huge. Among our top countries are now Brazil, Nigeria, Turkey, Iran, India and Indonesia – all emerging markets, which alone cover two billion of the total population.”

Jongla Social Messenger seeks to bridge the gap between social networks and messaging. The company is poised to release its second app in the near future, one which harnesses voice dictation and smart audio processing.

“We see natural voice recognition and audio processing as crucial for the future of messaging,” Salminen states. “Our second app will do something that no other app has done before, so we’re super excited about its release in early 2017.”

Investors in this Series B investment round include Arto Boman, Henry Sjöman, Matti Kallio, Gustav Nyberg, Kristian Pentti, Circlion Capital, Kontino Invest, Takoa Invest, Ingman Finance and JSH Capital.

Keen to discover more about Jongla? We recently spoke with Salminen about what the company has to offer.

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