Blisby, a Thailand-based online marketplace for handicrafts, announced today that it has nabbed US$300K in a seed round led by East Ventures and Japanese mobile Internet giant DeNA.
Over the next nine months, the company will channel the capital into regional expansion -namely Indonesia and Malaysia-, boost promotion of Blisby products and sellers internationally, as well as develop new user features for the site.
Blisby was founded by ex-Yahoo Senior Software Engineer Phuvadol Thongthavorn, with a focus on encouraging and growing Thailand’s arts scene. The localised platform houses a marketplace for artisans to sell and promote their craft, and also boasts an active online community via its blog and social media channels.
“What is really interesting is how engaged our users are. You can actually see it with the number of shares and conversations on our properties. When you have word-of-mouth and conversations happening, it’s a sign that you are providing something of value,” shared Thongthavorn.
Since its official launch four months ago, Blisby reported in March that the platform registered 350,000 monthly active users, with over one million monthly page views. Currently, Blisby’s Facebook page has more 63,000 likes.
“Before we officially launched, we literally had several hundred users write in to thank us for building this. To paraphrase one of my favourites, ‘Thank you so much for creating this. Thailand has needed something like this for so long’,” stated Thongthavorn.
Blisby also revealed that it was accepted into Google Developers Startup Launch programme in February. The e-marketplace was awarded US$100K in Google Cloud Platform credits and will receive mentorship by Google.