Knowledge sharing platform in Indian languages - Building for the next billion
Android Engineer : Series A Funded Startup₹15L – ₹30L
Only 10% of India speaks English and 90% speak over 25 languages and 1000s of dialects. The internet has largely been in English. A good part of India is now getting internet connectivity thanks to cheap smartphones and Jio. The non-english speaking internet users will balloon to about 600 million users out of the total 750 million internet users in India by 2020. This will make the vernacular segment one of the largest segments in the world - almost 2x the size of the US population. The vernacular segment has very few products that they can use on the internet. One big need is that of sharing thoughts. Twitter serves this need globally through a micro-blogging platform. However most of the Tweets are in English and the vernacular Indian feels out of place on it. To solve that problem, we started Koo.
Koo is a micro-blogging platform in Indian languages. It is an app built in India, for Indians, to share their thoughts and opinions on any topic in their mother tongue using Audio/Video/Text. Koo gives a voice to Indians and enables the “Best of India” to share their thoughts with the “Rest of India”. Koo provides a personalised feed to users by letting people select the people they want to follow. The user is then shown content from these people. Some of the top minds of India are invited on Koo to share their thoughts and opinions on various topics. Users can follow such personalities and follow what they are talking about, and share their opinions too.
Koo is a Series A venture funded company. It has raised $6.5 million from stellar investors like Accel Partners, Shunwei Capital, Kalaari Capital, 500startups and Blume Venture Partners. You can read more about Koo in the media here: Koo News
Founding Team consists of veteran internet entrepreneurs - Aprameya Radhakrishna (CEO, Taxiforsure) and Mayank Bidawatka (Co-founder, Goodbox & Coreteam, redBus).
Technology Team & Culture
Nishant (CTO at Koo & Vokal), has headed engineering for large and complex platforms like Coverfox and CitrusPay catering to the needs of millions of consumers. Technology team at vokal comprises sharp coders, technology geeks and guys who have tried entrepreneurship or are very entrepreneurial in nature and extremely passionate towards technology. Anyone being part of a technology team will have a lot to learn from their peers and mentors. Download our android app crossed 1 million downloads from play store and take a look at what we are trying to build. Technology stack at Vokal compromises of a wide variety of cutting edge technologies like Elixir, Java 11, Reactive Programming, MongoDB, Neo4j, Kubernetes, AWS, NodeJS, Python, ReactJS, Redis, Aerospike, ML, Deep learning etc. Working hard & party harder is the mantra that we believe in.
Technology skill sets required for a matching profile
- Work Experience between 3 to 5 years in mobile application development.
- Worked on Android applications from scratch. Exposure to audio video content based applications is preferred.
- Up to date on upcoming trends in android and its ecosystem.
- Sound knowledge about application performance tuning on all parameters like network utilisation, application size and battery usage.
- Experience with dagger, retrofit, rx-android, android architecture components etc.
- Hands on experience with test driven development, mock frameworks, modular code design and popular design patterns.
- Desire to work in a fast paced startup.
Vokal at a glance
Vokal focuses on Consumer Internet and Indian Diaspora . Their company has offices in Bengaluru. They have a mid-size team that's between 51-200 employees. To date, Vokal has raised $6.5M of funding; their latest round was closed on September 2018.