Friday, 29 May 2009

MobiLuck exceeds 1 million members

We've exceeded 1 million members and we're growing at 6 000 new joiners a day! Here's the text of our press release sent out this morning:

Paris, France – 29 May, 2009 – Mobiluck, a privately-held mobile services company that offers a location-based mobile social network, announced today that it has exceeded one million members worldwide since the launch of its service two years ago. MobiLuck allows users to find nearby friends, people and places using simply their mobile. It is one of the largest worldwide location-based mobile social networks in the world and the fastest-growing with 6 000 new members per day. Page views tripled over the last three months to 42 million per month.

Mobile social networking is the number one use of the mobile internet worldwide and a billion people will be doing it by 2012 (Pyramid Research). MobiLuck is critically positioned to grab a large share of this growing market. "The service is designed to work on all devices, in all countries, on all carriers, it’s free and it’s a pure mobile web service with no download required," says Olivier Chouraki, founder and CEO of MobiLuck. “So everyone can use it.”

MobiLuck’s users are average age 23 and come mainly from the US, Europe, India, Middle East and South Africa. This new generation of users is making the most of their mobile, using it as their primary connection to the internet. They want a full social networking experience on the go so they can be always connected with their friends wherever they are. They constitute an attractive audience for brands and premium ad agencies who are currently seeing 2% click through rates on their ads on MobiLuck. By combining volume with the ability to target users by age, gender and location, Mobiluck expects continued healthy growth in this area of the business.

Tuesday, 20 January 2009

MobiLuck Awarded Red Herring Top 100 Global Company

Informal version :D
Yeehar we won !

Formal version :|
MobiLuck has been awarded as one of the Red Herring Top 100 Global Companies. Red Herring Top 100 Global Companies are chosen from winners and finalists of the previous North America, Europe and Asia Red Herring Top 100 Companies. Winning and finalist companies from the previous three years were eligible for this outstanding award. Out of 1,800 successful and highly eligible companies, the Red Herring editorial team deployed a detailed process to drill-down the best companies first to 200 finalists, then to the top 100 winners of this global award. Evaluations were made on both quantitative and qualitative criteria, such as financial performance, innovation, management, global strategy, and ecosystem integration. The announcement of the winners was made at the Red Herring 100 Global taking place in San Diego from January 14-16, 2009. Present among the finalists were elite executives and venture capital leaders from around the world.

“We were so pleased to announce MobiLuck as a Red Herring Top 100 Global Company,” commented Red Herring publisher Alex Vieux. “MobiLuck has proven to be a company excelling in their industry and its ripples have turned into waves. It was difficult for us to narrow down, but we are pleased to have included MobiLuck in our list of promising companies. We look forward to the changes it makes to its industry in the future.”

Monday, 5 January 2009

500 000 members

Just a few minutes ago we signed up our 500 000 th member! A major milestone and one that deserves a big celebration. Congratulations to all the team!

Thursday, 1 January 2009

MobiLuck Growth Accelerates

Well here we are again at the end of another eventful year. We proud to say that we haven’t felt the financial crisis much: we’re strictly a bloat-free zone and have kept a tight rein on expenses and an eagle eye on our KPIs. We now have almost half a million members, growing at between 2500 and 3000 new joiners a day, and 500 000 unique visitors a month sending over a million messages.

We have also recently been selected as a finalist for the Red Herring Global 100, an award "recognizing the financial performance, innovation, management, global strategy, and ecosystem integration of the best tech companies around the world". The 100 winners will be announced at the event in San Diego from January 14-16, 2009.

Finally, check out Jenaé wearing our MobiLuck t-shirt and saying lots of nice things about us below. In her video you can see part of our new MobiLuck flash movie, the full version of which is on our main website here.

Happy New Year to everyone!

Monday, 6 October 2008

MobiLuck growth is taking off

As Michael Caine famously said: "Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath." Boy have we been doing that.

We now have over 325 000 members growing at 2 000 new joiners a day. For every three new joiners, there are two invitations sent to friends to get them involved too. People are joining us from the US, Europe, Russia, the Middle East, China, India, Kenya, Norway, Mexico, New Zealand, Brazil, Argentina and 50 other countries around the world. Well, the service is built to be used by everyone regardless of their country, operator or device.

Here are some of the key things we've achieved in the last couple of months:

  • We’ve increased our user base to 325 000 users growing at 2 000 per day.
  • We’ve launched our new website at that reflects our vision for the MobiLuck product and shifts the focus away from our original Bluetooth messaging product to our mobile web social networking platform that connects people and places.
  • We’ve upgraded our infrastructure to dramatically improve service performance, cutting page load times in half and improving the interaction experience for our users.
  • We’ve implemented a new feature allowing commercial establishments to create their place on MobiLuck so they can be found locally by our users which drives additional traffic to them.
  • We’ve made huge steps in search engine optimisation allowing people and places to be found in mobile web searches.
  • We’ve translated the complete service into Russian, Chinese and Arabic with more languages on their way soon. Localised versions of our website will follow.
  • Plus hundreds of tweaks and enhancements to make the service simpler and easier to use.
Quack quack.

Monday, 16 June 2008

MobiLuck selected for Mobile 2.0 Europe

MobiLuck has been selected to present at the Mobile 2.0 Europe Conference, one of the most highly praised events by key players in the mobile industry.

This one-day event focuses on the Mobile Web and Disruptive Mobile Innovation and brings together experts and thought leaders from all areas of the mobile ecosystem, including startups, investors, mobile carriers, device manufacturers, and mobile application developers and web technologists.

All Startups have 7 minutes to present in total including a 1 minute video-demo of the product on a mobile phone. During the event, all panel participants and organizers will vote their best Start-up in each category; the winner in each category receives an invitation to present at the Mobile 2.0 Event in San Francisco on November 3, 2008.

Fingers crossed!

Friday, 25 April 2008

Still collecting or already in phase 2 ??

I discovered this gem last week although it's been around for years. It's the gnomes' take on how to create a successful business. The similarities between this and the typical web2.0 startup are disturbing ... ;-)

(hint: underpants = active users)