Delhi-based Video Q/A startup Frankly currently received seed funding of $600,000 from Matrix Partners. Founded by Ex-InnoxApps founder, Nikunj Jain and Ex-Zumbl founder, Abhishek Gupta, the startup plans to awareness on the India for the next 15 to 18 months.
Frankly permits customers to hook up with their favourite celebrities, and public figures which include bollywood stars, cricketers, politicians, businessmen, TV actors, fashion designers or maybe social activists and ask them questions, to which they are able to reply back with video selfies. It is like meeting your idols and having a private communication via the app.
We stuck up with Nikunj Jain to understand greater approximately Frankly, the lower back tale and how he plans to take ahead his mission. Here are the excerpts:
Inc42: How did you give you the idea? What’s the tale at the back of Frankly?
Nikunj: I am an exceptionally curious character, everytime I meet new human beings, especially weirdos and psychos, be it even as visiting or at a party or anywhere, I could try to have a bit of their mind and recognize their attitude on whatever subject matter/concept they would have robust views about.
In maximum of these cases human beings might both be too dull or too shy or introvert to maintain an exciting conversation.
That’s wherein the concept of making a marketplace for open trade of ideas, stunning mind, stories and essentially meaningful conversations originated.
Inc42: What’s the idea & imaginative and prescient in the back of Frankly?
Nikunj: On the surface, Frankly is a cell app wherein people ask inquiries to public figures and celebrities who then answer them returned in video selfies.
The concept is to make bigger the horizon of conversations that human beings take part in throughout their lifetimes. We goal to do this by giving humans get admission to to the front-runners, average Joes and even the backbenchers from different walks and sorts of life.
Essentially, Frankly is here to facilitate conversations that absolutely depend but have in no way came about.
Inc42: Where do you see it in three to five years from now?
Nikunj: Haven’t idea that a long way, but simply see it adding sincere cost within the lives of human beings by lowering statistics/idea asymmetry via meaningful conversations amongst human beings from across the globe.
Inc42: How hard has the onboarding of celebs been thus far to the app?
Nikunj: Onboarding celebrities has been extremely smooth, for the following motives:
Everybody has simply preferred the idea so far. Video selfies and Fan questions are an immediate connect with them.
Most social media managers are giving up on Facebook as a result of its lowering page attain.
Celebrities are also realising that Twitter’s difficulty of 140 characters substantially restricts any meaningful conversations.
Also, India being in large part a spoken u . S ., text content material is not a natural fit in tier 2 and tier three cities where the real ability of increase exists.
Inc42: Any widely recognized celebs on Frankly that we'd realize of?
Nikunj: Some of the human beings who have already joined frankly encompass, Arvind Kejriwal, Kiran Bedi, Chef Vikas Khanna, Author Ravinedr singh, Singer Shafqat Amanat Ali, Singer Gurdas Maan, Composer Meet Brothers, Fashion Designer Bina Ramani, RJ Naved, RJ Sayema, Snapdeal Founder Kunal Bahl, Inmobi founder Naveen Tiwari, Matrix India MD- Avnish bajaj et al.
Inc42: As stated within the TC coverage, how will Frankly have an impact on the upcoming Delhi elections?
Nikunj: You might be extremely surprised to recognize that each one the candidates of the Aam Aadmi Party for the Delhi Elections have already joined the app and are heavily promoting their profiles in their respective constituencies.
Also, INC and BJP candidates are inside the method of becoming a member of.
We trust it will likely be for the first time within the records of this usa that the voters can be capable of have direct conversations with their respective candidates.
We have all seen presidential debates show up in the US, however this is at a very remarkable degree. Lets say say you've got a pressing subject regarding drainage in your region, you throw up your question to all the applicants out of your constituency and vote for the one who offers you the great manner to tackle it.
Already a lot of these candidates have become dozens of questions concerning local problems and are then taking their time after which answering them with very very distinct answers.
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Inc42: You are widely recognized on your boom hacking abilties. If you could, please share some of your boom hacks!
Nikunj: Delhi Elections
Inc42: As an angel investor, what developments do you notice inside the industry?
Nikunj: I think you've got included this very well on your closing week article. Just that there has by no means been a higher time to be one.
Inc42: What’s your take on VYou? What area does Frankly have that VYou didn’t?
Nikunj: We accept as true with, we’re starting up from a less crowded market. Eg. Reddit Ama doesn’t definitely exist in India.
We believe we're at the proper time a the proper area, where mobile video is growing, net speeds are improving, telephones have usable the front cameras.
Also, we're taking off from wherein Vyou left off.
Inc42: We heard an interesting story at the back of how you obtain your Cofounder and CTO on board? Care to shed some mild on that?
Nikunj: It is a hilarious verbal exchange, basically Abhishek, my cofounder, was raising budget for his startup Zumbl. He was requesting an exorbitantly high valuation and to add to that while we have been talking I was sorting out his app, and it didn’t truly work so well.
So, I joked about announcing, “instead of setting cash to your agency, on the very same valuation I could buy a actual brick and mortar 4 ground house in my colony with a parking.” The conversation ended on the notice that if he may want to increase even 1/2 the amount he turned into in search of I would positioned in the remaining half.
His then cofounder, ended up getting convinced that they did not want cash from me, at the same time as all through the direction of the communication, I became satisfied that Abhishek understood human psychology better than each person I had met in my lifestyles.
Abhishek become later capable of close a round of approximately INR 1 Cr. From the main angels of the us of a, including me.
Just before he changed into calling within the cheques, we met to talk about the destiny plans. While we had been doing so, I changed into so impressed together with his product and human behaviour knowledge, that I offered him to shut down Zumbl and join me. He exceedingly agreed, and in much less than 5 minutes we had agreed at the numbers and subsequent day he was coding from our office.
His then cofounder nonetheless isn’t very keen on me ????