“Robosoft bet on mobile early on and was able to build multiple businesses around it. The idea of serving global consumers while being based anywhere in the world was made possible due to the App Store model. That’s the trend Robosoft bet on and executed.”
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The Robosoft Story
Robosoft is a mobile solutions provider that helps businesses plan, design and build mobile apps that engage consumers. The company partners with global consumer brands to create cross-platform apps in consumer mobility, enterprise mobility and games and entertainment. Founder Rohith Bhat started Robosoft in 1996 as a ‘MAC OS-only’ developer and moved into the mobile space in 2008 when Apple launched its App Store. Since then, it has built over 1,400 apps across platforms.
In Conversation with Rohith
Recipe for success
Focus on a few things at a time and do them well. Pay attention to detail. Whatever you do, sweat the details. Invest in people, give them exposure and let them fly when they are ready. Persevere and be patient. Remember, things take time to work out.
Let your data speak for itself. Measure everything.
Your unique idea
Robosoft bet on mobile early on and was able to build multiple businesses around it. The idea of serving global consumers while being based anywhere in the world was made possible due to the App Store model. That’s the trend Robosoft bet on and executed.
Partnership with Kalaari
The Kalaari philosophy is to bet on entrepreneurs and give them the freedom to execute on their vision. Having them around, guiding and mentoring us on broad strategies, while allowing us to focus on execution and details, has worked brilliantly for us.
Your first meeting
My first impression was that they had a classy office with a very Indian look and feel. Kalaari was our first equity investor. Prior to that, we’d used debt financing from time to time. So from that perspective, it was a different experience for us. Meetings during the first few quarters were always a challenge and the week preceding the quarterly board meeting would feel like we were preparing for an exam! Gradually, we started getting the hang of things, what the investor expectations were, how they looked at issues, etc. Fortunately, we never had any specific concerns during our dealings with Kalaari. They were always straightforward and honest with their feedback and quick in sharing a term sheet after a few rounds of discussion.