As the need for resources during the pandemic has increased, social media has proved to be a boon, connecting those in need to resources. Koo, India’s twitter-like platform with 60 lakh users, is adding features to make it easier for people to find oxygen cylinders, hospital beds, plasma donors, and ventilators. The social media platform, with features to increase the visibility of plasma donors, is also working on vaccine availability information, said CEO Aprameya Radhakrishna.
Microblogging app Koo has raised $ 4.1 mn in Series A funding led by existing investors Accel, Kalaari Capital, Blume Ventures, Dream Incubator. The app founded in 2020 has seen 3 mn downloads within 10 months of its launch and 1mn active users, allowing them to connect, comment and engage in 13 local languages. It has 45 employees and would add 15 more in 2021. Koo has won the Aatmanirbhar App Challenge and was Play Store’s best Daily Essential App 2020.