|Industry||Mobile advertising, Data & Audience Intelligence Analytics|
|Founder||Anuj Khanna Sohum|
Number of locations
|4; Offices present at:|
Number of employees
Affle is a global technology company that uses its consumer intelligence platform to deliver targeted mobile advertising. Its consumer platform is used by online & app companies for mobile advertising and mobile monetization, while its enterprise platform helps offline companies get online through platform based app development, O2O commerce and data analytics. The company was founded in 2005 and is backed by investors such as Microsoft, D2 Communications Inc. - a subsidiary of NTT Docomo, Bennett Coleman & Co. Ltd., Itochu, and Centurion Private Equity among others.
History[edit | edit source]
Affle was founded in 2005 by Anuj Khanna Sohum and Madhusudana Ramakrishna. This founding team was joined by Anuj Kumar, Amit Gupta, Ben Fones, Charles Yong and Vipul Kedia.
The founding team was further strengthened in 2012 with the acquisition of Mobimasta and its founders Anurag Singh, Viraj Sinh & Alok Pabalkar joining in as a part of the Affle co-founding team. Madan Sanglikar also joined Affle in 2012 as the co-founder & CEO of ad2c, a fully owned subsidiary of Affle.
The company launched its product and business in April 2006 in Singapore, India and the United Kingdom. Also in 2006, Affle filed for 3 patents in the fields of consumer relevant advertising, contextual advertising on mobile messaging and for mobile search. All of these patents are now granted in the United States market.
In August July 2007, Affle launched SMS2.0 platform globally, in association with M1 Limited in Singapore. In India, Affle launched SMS2.0 platform in December 2007, in association with Bharti Airtel.
In March 2012, Affle, launched ad2c - a mobile first advertising agency. In April 2012, MobiMasta - a mobile advertising agency based out of Gurugram was acquired by Affle.
Affle also launched its cross screen ad network platform 'Ripple' on 29 August 2012.
Affle announced the launch of ad2campaign, a dedicated data-centric mobile marketing platform, in December 2013.
In 2015 and 2016, Affle launched a number of mobile advertising platforms such as MAAS, MAAS 06, MAAS Xtend and mTraction. The MAAS platform was launched at MWC Barcelona.
Affle launched mTraction TVSync on 5 May 2017, in Jakarta in association with and Interpublic Group through IPG Mediabrands Ansible. mTraction TVSync is a multi-screen marketing solution which allows TV ads to trigger advertisements on hand-held devices..
In June 2017, Affle launched fraud-analytics-as-a-service platform, mFaaS. Also in 2017 in December, Affle received SG:D accreditation by Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) for the mTraction platform, and filed for seven patents for various underlying technologies used in the platforms.
In January 2018, mFaaS won the Best Big Data Technology Product of the Year award by the Internet and Mobile Association of India at the India Digital Awards.
Financing[edit | edit source]
Affle raised capital over multiple funding rounds from several angel, strategic and financial investors. In 2006, Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. led Series A round of funding. Series B round began in February 2009 with Microsoft from United States acquiring a minority stake in Affle Itochu from Japan and D2C Inc. - a subsidiary of NTT DoCoMo also participated in the series B funding round. 
|A||November, 2006||Bennett Coleman & Co. Ltd.|
|B||October, 2011||D2 Communication Inc.|
Products & Platforms[edit | edit source]
Active Platforms[edit | edit source]
Affle launched mFaaS - 'fraud analytics as a service platform' in June 2017. mFaaS or Fraud Analytics as a Service platform aims to detect and reduce mobile ad fraud at run-time. mFaaS won the Best Big Data Platform Product of the Year award at 8th India Digital Awards, by Internet and Mobile Association of India.
- mSSP (earlier, MAAS Xtend)
Affle launched the MAAS Xtend platform on 24 November 2015 at Global Mobile Game Developers Conference, in China. MAAS Xtend later integrated with Affle's mSSP platform and now works as an integrated supply-side platform for publishers working with Affle.
Affle's Markt platform allows offline organizations and businesses to conduct online commerce. Markt functions as an omni-channel commerce platform allowing catalogue management, inventory management, order management, payments handler, and delivery management solutions.
mTraction by Affle is user data, intelligence and engagement platform and supports Affle's in-house data management platform, mDMP and customer data platform, mCDP. mTraction was awarded the SG:D accreditation by Info-communications Media Development Authority, a statutory board of the Singapore government, under the Ministry of Communications and Information.
Inactive / Discontinued Platforms[edit | edit source]
Affle launched pinch in July 2010. Pinch is an application which provides instant messaging service. Pinch allowed sending messages across platforms without incurring extra SMS/MMS charges. Pinch is no longer offered by Affle.
Affle launched Ripple on 29 August 2012. Ripple is a rich media and digital advertising network platform and delivers advertising contextual to the kind of video content being consumed. Ripple functioned as an integrated ad network and was able to serve advertisements to all smart screens.
Affle launched SMS2.0 platform in December 2007 in association with Bharti Airtel. SMS2.0 by Affle was one of the first upgrades to the SMS service. By April 2008, Affle's SMS2.0 became the largest mobile media in India. SMS2.0 is no longer offered by Affle.
Mobile Advertising[edit | edit source]
Affle has been active in the mobile advertising domain since 2005. The first platform launched by Affle in 2006 i.e. SMS2.0 focused on bringing content and advertisements to the mobile on an enhanced messaging application. Affle's strategic partnership with D2C Inc. in 2011 aimed to provide mobile advertising solutions to companies in Asia. Affle entered into multiple partnerships with companies such as Yahoo, NDTV, Multi Screen Media, Micromaxand others to bring mobile advertising solutions to their users.
Currently Affle leverages its in-house built platforms (MAAS, mSSP, mKr8, mDMP, mCDP, mFaaS etc.) to deliver contextual mobile ads, while reducing ad fraud and addressing consumer privacy concerns.
Mergers and Acquisitions[edit | edit source]
Affle has acquired the following organizations:
Historical Partnerships[edit | edit source]
Over the years, Affle has entered into several strategic partnership, such as:
In 2017, Affle entered into an exclusive strategic partnership with Micromax. Within the terms of this partnership, Affle leverages its platforms to deliver targeted native advertisements and data monetization services for over 60 million users of Micromax. The financials and duration of this partnership were not disclosed.
India Today Group
In January 2015, Affle entered into a partnership with India Today Group for rich media and video advertising. Within the terms of this deal, all the rich media and video advertising for India Today Group were to be powered by Affle through their Ripple platform. Ripple platform was to be used to serve all rich media and video ads on all India Today digital properties including Aaj Tak, Headlines Today, Business Today and Indian edition of brands like Cosmopolitan, Harper's Bazaar, Good Housekeeping, Travel Plus and Men's Health. The partnership was for iPad and tablet platforms.
Multi Screen Media
In February 2013, Affle partnered with Multi Screen Media - a company which handles Sony Network's diversified interests in India. Within the terms of this deal, Affle committed to exclusively power all advertisements on Sony LIV - which is a Video on Demand platform by Sony. Affle leveraged Ripple, the rich media ad platform to serve all video and mobile advertising on Sony LIV across all devices Computers, Mobiles and Tablets.
In October 2012, Affle entered into a partnership with ESPNCricinfo. Within the terms of this partnership, Affle's rich media and video advertising platform, Ripple was to be used to power ESPNCricinfo's digital advertisements. The 2 companies also agreed to work together to create customized digital media solutions for leading brands and agencies that want to leverage ESPNCricinfo's popularity. At the time of signing the deal, ESPNCricinfo user community reached over 20 million users per month.
In October 2012, Affle and Starcom Mediavest Group entered into a strategic partnership. Starcom Mediavest had an existing partnership with MobiMasta, which was wholly acquired by Affle in 2012. Post the acquisition, the previous tie-up between Starcom Mediavest Group and MobiMasta continued with Affle through Affle's subsidiary agency ad2c.
In September 2012, Affle and Yahoo! India announced a strategic partnership with each other. Under the terms of this partnership, Affle was to sell the Yahoo! India's advertising inventory on Smartphones, Feature phones and Tablets. At the time of signing the deal, Yahoo! had over 70 percent reach over the internet audience in India.
Awards and Recognition[edit | edit source]
- mTraction by Affle received SG:D accreditation by Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) for mTraction platform.
IMDA is a statutory board of the Singapore government, under the Ministry of Communications and Information. The SG:D Accreditation was launched in 2014, and is awarded to promising technology products by companies based in Singapore
- Won Silver Award - Most Innovative Mobile Advertising Platform; The Maddies, Mobile Awards by Exchange4Media
- Won Best Use of Mobile Media for branding purposes - APAC and Global segment; MMA Award
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