'Twitter' Offer Makes State Startup H‘app’y

Published: 24th May 2015 06:02 AM  |   Last Updated: 24th May 2015 06:02 AM   |  A+A-

KOCHI: Social media major Twitter now has a Kerala connection, with it’s co-founder Biz Stone investing in Lookup, a startup founded by Thrissur-born youngster Deepak Ravindran.

Deepak, who has founded Innoz Technologies, Quest and Lookup, is a college dropout and was initially associated with Startup Village. The amount of investment has not been disclosed.

Deepak.jpgAs a mobile application (App), Lookup eliminates the need to call retailers and wait for response. It assimilates all the requirements, including purchase of grocery, home delivery, reservations and product/price enquiry, into a single app. Based in Bengaluru, the company started operations in October 2014 by launching the Android app.

“It has been a great ride. I am happy to chase the dream I always cherished. I always believed that great companies could be born anywhere. If Skype can come from Estonia and Israel can become the startup capital, Kerala can become the Silicon coast soon,” Deepak told ‘Express.’

Lookup had raised US$382,000 (Rs 2.33 crore) in its seed round from multiple investors, including Infosys’ Kris Gopalakrishnan, Teru Sato, DeNA and the MKS Group (Switzerland).

Lookup has registered over two lakh downloads, and answered over 30 lakh queries.

At 17, Deepak started a web design company, and dropped out of engineering college at 19 to join an accelerator programme at the Indian Institute of Management - Ahmedabad.

At 22, he founded Innoz Technologies, which built offline search engine SMSGyan. By 23, he was an angel investor. In November last year, as he turned 26, Deepak launched Lookup.

“Excited to join @deepakravindran in his next act, @lookup_ Such an amazing person and inspiring entrepreneur,” tweeted Biz Stone about his investment in Lookup.

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