Lio Raises $5Mn For Its Data Workspace Product For Small Businesses; Lightspeed India & Sequoia Capital India Lead The Round - GADGET-INNOVATIONS

Lio Raises $5Mn For Its Data Workspace Product For Small Businesses; Lightspeed India & Sequoia Capital India Lead The Round

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The company plans to use the investment primarily to expand the engineering team and increase the number of users of the mobile app.



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


Lio helps its users organize their data efficiently on their mobile phones. The problem the company is addressing is the lack of high quality data creation & sharing software built for the mobile first user. 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 organizing needs, such as creating tables of customer/stock/payment data for businesses or organizing 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 grown rapidly, crossing 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. 

Lio users can organize their information across 60+ data templates which are organized 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. 


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. 

22 September 2021