As the year comes to an end, we wanted to share our journey with you, and say Thank you for being a part of it.
Our journey actually started in 2010 (when our two co-founders joined forces), but it was mostly behind the scenes and in stealth. In February 2011, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, we unveiled our beta program, for an iPhone app that months later will change the way we perceive mobile data. Two months later, we launched our ‘Money-saving, must have app for EVERY iPhone data user‘ to the world on stage at TNW Conference, winning Best Mobile App and People’s Choice Awards!
The weekend after the launch was a crazy one, as our entire team was ‘burning the midnight oil’, working to welcome hundreds of thousands of users, addressing feature requests, adding iPad support and replying to your support emails. Soon after the press started noticing us, with mentions in TechCrunch, CNN, MSN, TIME, The Wall Street Journal, CNET, Wired, Gizmodo, Lifehacker, TNW, Dvice, TUAW, GigaOM, RWW, iFanr, 20minutes, BBC and many others.
A month after the launch, we announced our first round of funding, led by Sequoia Capital and Magma Venture Partners. Towards the end of June we opened the Android beta program, which was quickly filled with over 2,000 participants, all eager to help us release an Android version. On August 30th, we introduced Onavo for Android, ‘The Best Damn Data Monitoring App for Android. Period‘, an important milestone for the company – now offering mobile data management apps to the most popular platforms in the industry.
We were overwhelmed by the positive feedback to our latest app, which addressed the background data leakage issue on Android devices, providing easy monitoring and management capabilities. Our community was most helpful throughout the process, and still is, in identifying small bugs and suggesting ideas for new features with some are added to our roadmap. Later in the year, we strengthened our Android offering by introducing a crowd sourcing engine and a real-time data usage widget – both a first on this platform.
Product wise, we continued working on both platforms, releasing app updates every 6-8 weeks with new features and bug fixes. Concurrently, we started exploring other platforms, released several Onavo Insights reports and infographics about mobile data usage and were invited to speak and share our story around the world.
Our Twitter account and Facebook page were also action-filled, as our users shared savings with their network, referred iPhone and Android users to download our app, posted questions and praises and much more.
It’s been an exciting year for us, and we’d like to thank you for joining the ride! Can’t wait to show you what we have planned for 2012….
Happy New Year from all of us here at Onavo.
- Saved users over $5 million on monthly data bills and data roaming fees
- More than 100,000 apps were compressed with our ‘Magical Shrinking Machine’
- Servicing users in 150 countries around the world, over 290 operators