August 15 2019: Vokal is the only information and knowledge sharing app to bridge the digital knowledge gap among non-English internet users by enabling peer-to-peer knowledge sharing using voice.
Users can come on Vokal and ask a question, which in turn is answered by an expert. These experts are approved before they can start answering questions on the platform. Experts can also conduct live video sessions and share their knowledge with a large audience.
Vokal is the brainchild of Aprameya Radhakrishna and Mayank Bidawataka who are veterans in the start-up ecosystem. Aprameya Radhakrishna was also the co-founder of TaxiForSure which was later sold to Ola Cabs. Mayank Bidawataka was one of the founding team members at redBus, after which he founded TheMediaAnt and Goodbox.
More than 90% population in India cannot read or speak English. This audience is now getting access to smartphones & using the internet but there’s a dearth of information & knowledge for these non-English speaking Indians – since most of the Internet was built by the English speaking world and for the English speaking population.
India’s vernacular segment is almost twice the size of the United States and one of the largest segments in the world. Very few companies have addressed the challenge of creating products relevant to this segment. According to a study by KPMG and Google, regional language users are expected to account for nearly 75% of India’s internet user base by 2021.
Recently, Vokal has received a funding of $6.5 million in a Series A round led by Kalaari Capital, Shunwei Capital, 500 Startups in Sep 2018, with participation from existing investors Accel India and Blume Ventures. The startup is based in Bangalore.
Currently, Vokal is available in 10 different vernacular languages inluding Kannada, Marathi, Punjabi, Assamese, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Hindi and more than 2 million users are using this platform both iOs and Android. More info here