small businesses in India transition to e-commerce by using the power of video and creators. The startup’s eponymous app acts as a platform to connect , influencers, and customers., the Google-owned firm said on Tuesday. Neither of the firms disclosed the terms of the deal, but two people with knowledge of the matter told . Two-year-old Simsim raised about $17 million before today’s announcement, valued at $50.1 million in its 2020 Series B financing round. The Gurgaon-headquartered startup helps
The thesis, according to Rohan Malhotra of Good Capital, an early backer of Simsim, is: “Micro-influencers are more effective at building a targeted audience (growth), creating entertaining experiences (retention), building trust () and personalizing messaging (conversion). platforms (Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, etc.) cannot meaningfully monetize via advertising-financed models in India; this unlocks the opportunity for more deeply integrated transactional platforms. New need an interactive seller-led experience to replicate the offline e-commerce experience this market is used to.”
Like everyone else, he declined to comment on the size of the deal. The Simsim chief executive didn’t respond to a query about the acquisition Monday evening (IST). “We started Simsim with the mission of helping users across India shop online easily, enabled through small sellers and brands showcasing and selling their products using the power of content by trusted influencers. Being a part of the ecosystem furthers Sims in its mission,” Simsim cofounders Amit Bagaria, Kunal Suri, and Saurabh Vashishtha said in a joint statement. Bagaria and Vashishtha previously worked together at Paytm.
“We cannot think of a better ecosystem to build sims regarding technology, reach, small businesses and retailers in India reach new customers in even more powerful ways, wrote Gautam Anand, VP of YouTube APAC, in a blog post. The video streaming service, which users in India, doesn’t plan to make any immediate changes to Simsim., and culture. We can’t wait to be part of YouTube and are excited to build simsim within the most admired in the world.” For YouTube, the acquisition will enable the video streaming giant to help
The startup’s app will continue to operate independently “while we work on ways to showcase Simsim offers to YouTube viewers,” he added. Tuesday’s announcement is Google’s latest push in India, which has committed to investing $10few years. The has also backed Indian startups Glance and DailyHunt, which operate short-video apps. “With over 2,500 YouTube creators with over one million subscribers and the success of YouTube Shorts, which we first, we’re committed to bringing the best of YouTube to India and growing the creator community by making it even easier for the new generation of mobile-first creators to get started,” he added.