Luka Raises $4.42M

lukaLuka, a San Francisco, CA-based free messaging app, raised $4.42m in Series A funding round.

The round was led by Sherpa Capital, with participation from Y Combinator, Ludlow Ventures and Justin Waldron, the co-founder of Zynga. In conjunction with the funding, Scott Stanford (Co-Founder, Sherpa Capital) joined Luka’s board of directors while Brian Pham (Principal, Sherpa Capital) joined as a Board Observer.

The company intends to use the funds for engineering and product development purposes.

Founded in 2015 by Eugenia Kuyda and Philipp Dudchuk, Luka is a messaging app with an A.I. bot platform that lets users discover content and interact with friends. Luka enables users to interact with A.I. friends – bots that perform tasks under their requests and offer them content. The first collection of A.I. friends search for gifs, images and videos, keep users up-to-date with the news, get weather reports, recommend and book restaurants, play trivia and adventure games with them, etc.




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