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Daily Markup #640: Koo crosses 50M downloads by users in 100+ countries, aims to take on English-speaking world to reach 100M, and more from this week

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Taking flight to new destinations

  • Is last week’s mass resignation from Twitter prompting former employees and Tweeples to flock to an alternative micro-blogging platform? 500-backed Koo is certainly wooing them.
  • “Given what’s happening at Twitter where users will be charged for features that we provide for free, there’s a good opportunity for us to make Koo available to the English-speaking world as well,” said Co-founder Mayank Bidawatka.
  • Founded in 2019, India-based Koo is known for its multi-language micro-blogging platform, which  the team shares has users in over 100 countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, India, Iran, Singapore, Canada, UAE, Nepal. 
  • What’s more? Koo announced the app has just crossed 50 million downloads and is now aiming for an ambitious 100 million.
  • “Today, Koo is the second largest micro-blog in the world. Given the changes happening in the micro-blogging landscape globally, we are looking to expand our wings to geographies where fundamental rights are being charged for,” Mayank shared. “We believe that such fundamental tools on the internet should not come at a cost. We are very excited about inviting a larger global audience to this proudly ‘Made in India’ product.”
  • Fellow Co-founder & CEO Aprameya Radhakrishna said, “We will continue to invest in our product with a user-first mindset, and further drive digital independence for users in India and around the world.”
  • “It’s time to let users know that they now have a strong alternative to existing micro-blogs,” Mayank added.
  • Full story here.

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