Luka, 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.