Y combinator backed, saving and investment app Gullak, on Wednesday announced its $3 million funding as part of its seed round from new investors - YC and Rebel partners and existing investor - Better capital. The other investors who participated in the round include Good water capital, GMO fintech fund, TRTL ventures and angel investors - Kunal Shah(Cred), Akshay Mehrotra and Ashish Goyal (Early salary), Kevin Moore amongst a few others.
The startup will utilise the funds to increase average revenue per unit (ARPU) by offering unique financial products, strengthening the current product and also to expand its user base. It also plans to make some investment in building a strong community and spreading financial awareness.
Founded by former JusPay executives Manthan Shah and Dilip Jain, and Naimisha Rao, Gullak is a platform that helps automate savings. Through this app the users can save small amounts on a regular basis, and automatically invest that in digital gold. It also allows users to lease their Gold to get extra 5% returns every year on top of the annual Gold returns through its latest offering Gullak Gold+. With this launch, Gullak becomes the first B2C app in India to give users an extra 5% returns.
“A classic representation of a founding team that we love at Better - product, engineering and growth co-founders who are obsessively focussed on rapid iteration to unlock PMF. We are excited to be founding stage investors in Gullak as they make wealth creation easy for 200M Indians and have been thrilled to see the quality of traction already”, said Vaibhav Domkundwar of Better Capital, an early backer of breakout fintechs like Slice, Open, M2P and others.
“We are driven by our vision to democratise wealth creation while working on all the 3 pillars of a sustainable business - Acquisition, retention and monetization - at the same time. All our initiatives have this as the underlying core. For instance, our recent offering Gullak Gold+ has allowed us to move to a 4 digit ARPU which has been a struggle for most companies in this space. We have also doubled our GTV after the launch of Gold+ with 0 marketing dollars and are hoping to see great retention numbers as well through this offering. We have just begun and the journey ahead seems exciting” says Manthan Shah, Co-founder, Gullak.