Indian Entrepreneur Taps into a Global Offline Market
Deepak Ravindran, founder of Innoz, is making his offline search platform open source.
Innoz is an offline search platform for people without connections to the internet which allows normal phones to become smartphones.
Innoz was developed when Ravindran was in college in 2011. Every citizens in India owns a phone but most of them are not connected to the internet. Thus he build a SMS system which allows user to send their query via a text message and the answer will be replied back.
At the end of 2012, there were more than 100 million users and over $3 million of revenues generated.
The system was so widely used in the country that it comes preloaded on many devices in India.
Realizing that Innoz was suitable for a larger global offline audience, Ravindran has shared the source code of the platform on offlineinternet.org. The company has also sold its licenses to operators in a host of emerging markets like Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Nigeria, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines.
“It’s the joy of connecting the unconnected with technology, I truly believe in the power of the Internet for connecting the offline world.”