Sochat, a San Francisco, CA-based new messaging app and connection platform, secured $2m in seed funding.
The round was led by Eniac Ventures, with participation from WeChat founder and product lead Allen Zhang, New Enterprise Associates, Greylock Partners, Slow Ventures, Foundation Capital, Betaworks, Maiden Lane, and Steven Sinofsky of Andreessen Horowitz.
Led by Founder and CEO Lukens Orthwein, Sochat provides a suite of secure messaging features and allows instant automatic connections between people over Bluetooth. Users can start conversations and group chats with anybody they meet in person, while they’re still in the room or any time after the fact.
The app lets users search and send GIFs chosen from a large GIF database. Other features include encrypted self-destructing messages, voice messages, emoji, locations, virtual business cards, etc.
Sochat allows people to connect with friends anywhere via username search, real name search, Facebook friend matching, and phone number matching.