GOQii Inc and Snapdeal.com today announced an exclusive collaboration for the newly launched GOQii Life. As a part of this partnership, Snapdeal.com will be the only marketplace on which GOQii users can pre-book their subscription plans apart from Goqii.com. A complete plan includes the proprietary GOQii band, the GOQii Personal Coach service and the GOQii app. The app will be available for both Android (+4.3 version) and IOS (6.0+), with a Windows version to follow.
The Snapdeal/GOQii agreement is a first of its kind in Indian ecommerce, wherein users can pre-book their order for a product-based service directly from an ecommerce marketplace. With the alliance, Snapdeal continues to demonstrate an ability to stay ahead by introducing innovative products and services to its customers.
GOQii Inc. is based in northern California (USA) with offices in India and China. The company has just launched its “first mover program” with 1,000+ users based in India. Since its launch, GOQii has had a great deal of international acclaim. By the end of 2014, GOQii systems plan to roll out in the U.S., U.K., Singapore and the UAE.
Online jewellery storeBlueStone has raised $10 Mn investment led by Kalaari Capital with participation from investors Accel Partners and Saama Capital which it plans to use for marketing and brand-building purposes. Prior to this, BlueStone had raised $5 Mn from Accel Partners and Portea Medical CEO Meena Ganesh in 2012.
BlueStone was founded by Vidya Nataraj and former Chakpak.com CEO Gaurav Kushwaha in 2011. Bluestone currently offers gold, diamond and gemstone jewellery products like rings, earrings, pendants, bangles and necklaces among others. The company that it generated annual sales of Rs 40 Cr for this fiscal and hopes to double it in the next fiscal. The company competes with Caratlane, Gitanjalishop.com, Voylla.com and few others.
Bangalore and Singapore-based Asian Teaxpress Pvt. Ltd., has secured around $1 Mn of funding from Accel Partners India and Singapore-based Horizon Ventures.The raised funding amount will be used to add new features such as subscription services to its portal, and further to expand the business to other countries. Teabox provides fresh Indian tea chosen by team experts online and ships them to customers all over the world. It claims to have a selection of over 100 teas, chosen from over 75 different plantations in Darjeeling, Assam & Nilgiri.