While we have a number of social media platforms, there are very few where authors and publications can interact and connect, to share their articles, stories, poems, views, comments, etc.. One startup that has understood this problem and is working towards a potential resolution of the same is Kalaage. Kalaage is a social network platform exclusively for authors and publications to interact and send the work to magazines and newspapers present on the platform for direct publishing.
Kalaage has the initial categories of Arts and Literature, where members can initially upload their graphic, paintings, art work, photos, articles, poems, fiction work, political, editorials and journals etc. If the work is good, then the magazines on Kalaage select that work and publish it in their own print and online editions. This increases the reach of a content substantially.
Kalaage is the brain child of Raghav Sharma, Himanshu Agarwal, and Ravi Piplani, and was founded in the year 2014. It is based out of Gurgaon. Kalaage has been accelerated at Aarambh Ventures. It is a mentorship-driven accelerator programme that focusses on startups that are at an early traction stage, within six months of starting up and have not raised any funding. Startups with scalable ideas in technology, mobile, health, agriculture, energy, IoT, AI, big data and fintech are eligible to participate in the programme. Kalaage has received funding from Rajasthan Angel Innovators Network. The amount of funding remains undisclosed.
Kalaage has a combined user base of around 4000 (3000 writers and 1000 readers) and 1500 articles have been uploaded so far. It has also facilitated the publication of around 120 writers in 20 national and international publications via its platform.
The recent funding will be used to enhance its technology and collaborations with publications and writing communities. It will also be used to expand its marketing and operations in the South Asian market and enter the North American market as well.