IamHere: Aiming to connect people locally, IamHere is a socio-business application that makes location-based discoveries that is, it uses location as a platform. This app enables us not only to find potential customers but also to find like-minded people.
IamHere entered the market in Dec
2017 and currently has more than 50,000 users in Bengaluru itself, having made
over 3 lakh searches. Around 5000 users are adding every month, and 10,000 NGOs
are expected to join in the next three months.
Through IamHere, we can discover
people in our locality on the map. It provides an Avatar. It could be a doctor,
tailor, beautician, guitarist, hiker, book reader, sports enthusiast, blogger,
marketer, college alumni, etc. We can connect with these people with direct chats
and calls, share stories, connect through events, all this with complete
IamHere aims to earn money from local ads and promotions that initially happen directly on their platform or from the external platform. They partner for maps with Google and cloud with Amazon. The technology is a pile of software; the infrastructure is in AWS, and the front end app is developed in computer languages such as Java and Python.
The idea of IamHere came into
existence when Naren, Deepa, and Rajesh, former BITS alumni who had 15 years of
corporate experience, realized that they should use their expertise to address
the hyperlocal disclosure and alliance for hobby, interests, and business
cooperation issues. Naren worked for Cisco and Schneider Electric and was part
of the founding team at 2020 imaging. Deepa had a good product management
experience at Amazon, Redbus, Groupon, and Zoomcar. Rajesh worked as a
technologist in Oracle, Juniper, and Floriano.
Naren says, “Google can map
places, not people. Facebook finds people, but not with the same interests who
are living by, and WhatsApp is limited only to our contact list.”
This Banglore based
social-marketplace app is going to take part in “Daan Utsav”- the
joy-of-giving week, which happens from 2nd to 8th October
every year. In cooperation with Guidestar India, India’s largest and the most
reliable NGO information depository, the NASSCOM-incubated startup, IamHere
will now host 8,700+ NGOs in the country on its app.
Guidestar India makes available
civil society information that advances transparency, enables better decision
making and encourages charitable giving.
Naren Kumar, CEO of IamHere,
says, “Through IamHere, we wanted to use technology to create a social
impact. We started the social experiment by bringing hobbies, interests, and
small businesses on to mainstream search and connecting people within their
neighborhood. With Guidestar partnership, we are taking this to proportions
that we cannot assimilate right now, as this is the first time that something of
this extent has endeavored across the globe.”
“We have always wanted to
make finding and connecting with NGOs simple for individuals. People would
offer their money, material, time so much more if only they could find NGOs
nearby like we can find cabs on Uber app or restaurants on Google maps. When we
saw IamHere, we realized it might be the beginning of a social sector
revolution.” says Pushpa Aman Singh, founder, and CEO of Guidestar India.
Speaking of the utility of the digital invention, Chenthil Kumar, aeronautical engineer, and Bhimu volunteer said, “On the IamHere app, I discover cyclists and runners with whom I don’t just talk, but actually cycle and jog with every day. During events, IamHere enables us to find our audience and enable registration, live tracking, and communication, all very seamlessly.”
This AI-based social network won
the prestigious Elevate award for 2019. Elevate is an initiative taken by the
department of IT-BT science and technology, the Karnataka government seeks to
provide a comprehensive entrepreneurship platform for chosen startups to get
assistance from the government in the form of grants and mentorship for
IamHere has taken a revolutionary
step by using social networking to contribute to the betterment of our country.
IamHere seeks to proliferate across major cities in a year after raising some
India has not been very gentle to
hyperlocal discovery. Because of income generation problems and low margins,
hyperlocal startups like Loquery, LocalOye and many others shut down shop.
V Ganapathy of Axilor Ventures,
says, “Hyperlocal had trouble scaling up at all times. Nevertheless, there
is a business case when entrepreneurs can figure out how to scale their
hypothesis with paying customers.”