Lio raises $5 mn in seed funding led by Lightspeed India, Sequoia

Lio, a SaaS company that helps its users organize their business and personal data on mobiles, announced that it has raised $5 million in seed funding. The investment was led by Sequoia Capital India and Lightspeed India.

Given that in India alone over 100 mn users have come online on the mobile as their first internet device over the past year, globally, there is a large gap for mobile first data creation & management software. The company has built the product in stealth mode and has now announced the fundraise after seeing strong growth & adoption over the past 6 months.  

Lio is used for a variety of tabulation, calculation and organising needs, such as creating tables of customer/stock/payment data for businesses or organising to-do lists, class schedules/wedding registries. Given the diverse use cases, the product’s user base spans the spectrum from home businesses to solopreneurs, small to medium businesses, and even a variety of individuals such as farmers, doctors, salespersons, taxi drivers, students, housewives etc.

The product was launched in November 2020 and has crossed 1 million downloads on the app store within 9 months. In July 2021, the app was also launched in Indonesia, and has seen strong adoption. Currently, application is available in 10 Indian languages and Bhasha indonesia, with approx 45% usage in vernacular languages.

“The investment by Lightspeed India and Sequoia Capital India helps accelerate Lio’s vision of enabling small businesses to be smarter by leveraging their business data for better decision making. We aim to achieve this by helping people organize their data using a simple yet powerful mobile app that they can customize to their needs.” said Anupam Vijayvergia, co-founder & CEO of Lio.

Lio users can organise their information across 60+ data templates which are organised by professional and interest-based communities. These templates are available in communities which are organized by professional affiliation (such as taxi, shopkeepers, restaurant owners, insurance agents, realty brokers, etc.) and by personal interest groups (such as fitness, travel, apartment etc).

The company has strengthened the leadership team recently by bringing on board Madhu Sudhan as VP - Business, to drive business expansion. Madhu Sudhan has a background in finance with stints in investment banking,  private equity investing and has subsequently been an entrepreneur building Loanzen, a fintech venture in the small business  lending space. Prior to Lio, he was heading growth at Sensehawk, a SaaS  startup.  Madhu Sudhan is a graduate from IIM Bangalore.

“The global pandemic drove a step function jump in digital transactions for mobile-first small businesses and prosumers. As a result, the need for an easy-to-use mobile-centric platform that enables collection, analysis and sharing of data is more acute than ever," said Dev Khare, Partner at Lightspeed.

Lio had raised an angel round from prominent names in the industry including Aakrit Vaish, Anupam Mittal, Ashish Hemrajani, Gaurav Munjal, Haresh Chawla, Kunal Bahl, Kunal Shah, Maninder Gulati, Miten Sampat, Prakshit Dar, Rohit Bansal, Roman Saini, Sachin Bhatia, Siddharth Rao in March 2021. 

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