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Freshdesk Acquires Mobile Engagement Platform Konotor to Extend Mobile-First Customer Support

Latest Acquisition Expands Omnichannel Customer Support Offerings

San Bruno, California

December 16, 2015

Freshdesk, the global leader in cloud-based customer support software, today announced its acquisition of Konotor, a mobile first user engagement platform. The acquisition accelerates Freshdesk’s mission to deliver exceptional omnichannel customer service and comes on the heels of acquiring video chat and co-browsing platform 1CLICK and social recommendation app Frilp.

Konotor helps businesses engage with users in a proactive and contextual manner through features like rich two-way messaging, in-app support and marketing automation. The company’s list of customers includes Target, Zomato, Times Internet, Faasos, and BankBazaar.com, among others.

“Mobile-first companies face a unique set of challenges in customer support and user engagement, creating the need for a different solution. Konotor has demonstrated significant early success in addressing this need, by enabling marquee apps to engage better with their users. The addition of Konotor to our product suite will help us create powerful customer experiences ” said Girish Mathrubootham, CEO, Freshdesk.

Mobile is fast emerging as the primary channel for customer service. Businesses with a mobile-first strategy are much more adept at meeting the needs of their increasingly mobile customers. Freshdesk recognized early on the importance of mobile, which led to its launch of the Mobihelp SDK in 2012. This latest acquisition will further help the company serve an increasing number of mobile first businesses.

“We have been working with the Freshdesk team for a while and share a similar vision and passion for improving customer experience,” said Srikrishnan Ganesan, co-founder, Konotor. “Coming together with Freshdesk, we will be able to invest more in our technology, and leverage Freshdesk’s expertise in customer support. Together we aim to help businesses engage and support their app users”

Konotor was the winner of the Qualcomm QPrize India Edition in 2014. The founding team includes Srikrishnan Ganesan, Deepak Balasubramanyam and Vignesh Girishankar, who previously built products at companies like Verizon, eBay, and Zynga.

About Freshdesk

Freshdesk Inc. is the leading provider of cloud-based customer engagement software. Freshdesk’s suite of products include the flagship product, Freshdesk, which allows organizations to support customers through email, phone, websites, forums, and social media; Freshservice, a cloud-based service desk and IT service management solution; Hotline.io, an in-app support and engagement platform for mobile-first businesses; and Freshsales, a CRM solution and sales system for high-velocity sales teams. With powerful features, an intuitive interface and a freemium pricing model, Freshdesk’s products are widely used by teams and companies of all sizes, from SMB to enterprise. Based in San Bruno, California, with offices in Germany, the United Kingdom, Australia and India, Freshdesk is backed by Accel, Tiger Global Management, Google Capital and Sequoia Capital India. The company has over 80,000 customers around the world including 3M, Honda, Bridgestone, Hugo Boss, University of Pennsylvania, Toshiba and Cisco. For more information, visit https://freshdesk.com.

About Konotor

Konotor, a user engagement solution for mobile applications, helps businesses engage with their users through two-way messaging. Designed with the importance of mobile user experience in mind, Konotor enables any brand or business to talk directly to its users, share announcements or promotions, and provide better support. Founded in 2012, the company’s platform supports more than 40 million users through the apps it works with. It is backed by Target, Qualcomm Ventures, and Accel Partners. Konotor’s customers include Zomato, BankBazaar.com, Faasos, Times Internet, and others, who rely on Konotor to engage, retain and support their mobile app users. For more information, visit http://www.konotor.com.

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arvind.parthiban@freshworks.com