Your Local-Vocal Connect

With Krishna Mohan(BDM) (2)

    Helping citizens engage locally while making them aware of their local happenings is this Andhra Pradesh incubated startup Localwire.
    Started in 2015 this hyper local micro blogging app provides people with a platform to share happenings in and around their neighborhood.
    Mr Rakesh Polisetty the founder and CEO opines that it was the absence of platforms to connect with the local community that the idea of starting this came about.
   ‘You have Facebook to connect with friends; Twitter to connect with celebrities and influencers however back then there was no platform for people to connect locally and instantaneously. We thus saw this as a huge potential’ said Rakesh.
    An Electric and electronics engineering graduate from JNTU, Rakesh started off his career in IT spending 7 years in the field with two years in Eastern Europe.
    Users can sign in either through their Facebook account or by using their mobile number. And once they are in they can immediately start posting events/happenings around them. ‘Users can even ask queries, share their political views, upload videos, pictures etc. on our app’ said its founder & CEO. The app however limits its users to just 360 characters.
     Once a post is shared people in a 100 km radius can view the post. In fact users also have a choice to mark the location of the event so that other people can come to know of the exact place. Similarly they can even adjust the radius ranging from 1 km to 100 kms.
     Ask him about revenues and he says that the company is just focusing on enhancing its user base. Rakesh claims to have more than 60k people registered on the app.
     All the investments made up till now have been bootstrapped however Rakesh says that the startup is in talks with investors and plans to expand in tier 2 cities both in AP and Telangana.
Below is a brief snapshot of the company and founder:
Founder Name: Mr Rakesh Polisetty
Team: 10
Incubated/Started (Year and City): 2015, Vizag
Industry / Space : Social Network
Funding Received : Bootstrapped
Looking for: Funding & Strategic Mentorship
Market of Operation: Andhra Pradesh
Revenues: N/A
Claim to Fame:  Awarded as emerging startup of the year in 2017 by StartAP
Company’s culture:
Aggressive Easy Going Methodical
PTIM (Person that inspires me): Shri Abdul Kalam. ‘The Dream Big’ quotation of his really inspired me and made me look at things differently.

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