Kalaage.net was launched in November 2014 and the model with publications came alive in September 2015.
A networking platform connecting writers and publications – Kalaage raised an undisclosed seed investment from Rajasthan Angel Innovators Network (RAIN).
“It gives me immense pleasure on behalf of RAIN to invest in path breaking ideas and enterprises. I feel Kalaage is one such idea and has a huge potential to not only grow but provide a unique platform to writers and publications”, said Mahavir Sharma, co-founder, RAIN (Rajasthan Angel Innovators Network) who led the investment round.
The amount raised would be used in strengthening the core technical foundation, building strategic collaboration with publications and communities, entering into North American market and also expanding in the already present South Asian market.
On Kalaage writers, globally, can not only share and upload their articles/content on Sports, Literature, Technology, Entertainment, News, Politics, etc but can also send it to various print and digital publications for publishing. Thus giving writers an opportunity to not only share but also get their content published and publications with high quality content and direct interaction with plethors of writers around the world.
With 3000 writers and 1000 readers, Kalaage has a combined user base of around 4000 and 1500 articles/works have been uploaded so far. Around 120 writers have been published in 18 publications present across the platform.
Raghav Sharma, co-founder at Kalaage says that “It was a very challenging market to enter, print and publishing, and initially people were not at all getting the concept. But our users and publications were loving it and that is what made us reach this far.”
The startup is currently undergoing acceleration under Aarambh Ventures and is working from their Gurgaon based office. “Kalaage’s funding is not only testament to our commitment to find, nurture & grow innovators & original thinkers in India but also to our model of working with startups”, said Vivek Kaushik, CEO, Aarambh ventures.
According to the other co-founders Ravi Piplani and Himanshu Agarwal – the space and potential of Kalaage is very huge and the publication sector is a huge industry. And a lot needs to be done in terms of technology and product. Kalaage.net was launched in November 2014 and the model with publications came alive in September 2015.