Skip to main content

Deal Alert: Nexus Ventures invests $4-M in mobile apps developer Genwi

From the Press Release:

GENWI (, the leader in cloud publishing platforms for Tablets and Smartphones, has raised $4 million in Series A funding in a round led by Nexus Venture Partners ( GENWI’s existing investors,Inventus Capital Partners and Quest Venture Partners, also participated in the round, bringing GENWI’s lifetime funding to $5.1 million including their original $1.1 million seed round raised in 2010.

Offering one of the easiest and yet extremely powerful cloud-based platforms for publishing content on Tablets and Smartphones, GENWI has created and is actively managing over 1,500 apps for thousands of publishers. As opposed to custom building apps for each deviceform factor, GENWI affords publishers the ability to publish once and deliver interactive apps across all smart mobile devices - including iOS, Android, and HTML5.

The GENWI Cloud Publishing Suite offers a mobile optimized, content aggregation and management system,a custom interface layout engine, usage analytics, smart content curation based on analytics, social and ad networks integration, and app distribution from the cloud. Publishers and mobile marketers can now build out their entire mobile strategy on the GENWI platform as opposed to creating piece meal solutions for various devices from multiple services.Resulting live publications in the form of interactive apps offer a visually stunning experience along with real time content delivery and interactivity while affording the publisher a cloud publishing platform with unparalleled scalability and an incredible time to market advantage.

Several major GENWI customers include Vans Shoes, PBS Arizona, PBS Sprout Kids,Moguldom Media (Bossip), and Newser. Acquiring new customers including major media publishers and retailers at an indelibly fast pace, GENWI continues to see its customer base grow while offering one of the fastest solutions to creating a reliable and innovative mobile presence without the complexities or costs of original code development,and low total cost of ownership.

“Our new funding round will be used to build out the infrastructure and an extensive app network to offer more advanced monetization, and distribution features for publishers” said PJ Gurumohan, CEO and Founder of GENWI. “This new round comes from the very best visionary leaders and entrepreneurs with expertise in cloud and infrastructure services combined with publishing industry expertise to help us expand internationally.”A primary focus of the funding efforts will also be a full global expansion of the service, as well as development of multilingual functionality.

“We are thrilled to support GENWI’s impressive efforts in the mobile cloud publishing arena,” said Jishnu Bhattacharjee,of Nexus Venture Partners, who will be joining GenWi’s board of directors। “GENWI’s technology is set to enable and accelerate the transformation thatsmart phones and tablets are bringing in the modes of media consumption”.


GENWI is the leader in cloud publishing for mobile. By allowing publishers to transform online media, marketing, and enterprise content into live, social, and engaging mobile applications from the cloud, GENWI is revolutionizing the publishing industry.

GENWI's comprehensive cloud publishing platform enables rapid design, deployment, and management of visually stunning native or HTML 5 Apps, with no native device OS programming while incorporating rich media capabilities and real-time data. The solution has comprehensive real-time analytics that provide insights into App usage and engagement. Apps can also include various revenue generating capabilities for businesses like ads, coupons, in-App subscriptions etc.
Founded in 2010, GENWI is a privately held firm based in Los Altos, CA. For more information, please visit

About Nexus Venture Partners

Nexus Venture Partners ( is India’s leading venture capital fund, with offices in Silicon Valley and India. It has $320m under management and an active portfolio of over 30 companies across technology, internet, media, consumer, business services and rural sectors. The Nexus team plays an active role in helping entrepreneurs and management teams build market leading businesses.Some of the companies that Nexus has invested in include (cloud infrastructure, acquired by Citrix), Gluster (Open source cloud storage, acquired by Red Hat), Pubmatic (Publisher Ad revenue optimization), DimDim (Open Source Web Conferencing acquired by, (ecommerce), Mapmyindia (Digital Navigation), Netmagic (Managed Services and Cloud), Komli (Online ad network), and Yebhi (E-commerce). Investors in Nexus include leading university endowments, foundations and sovereign funds.To learn more about Nexus Venture Partners, visit:

Popular posts from this blog

VC Interview: Shailendra Singh of Sequoia Capital India

In a recent interview to Venture Intelligence, Shailendra Singh discussed some of the firm’s newer investments in the early stage segment including in the online payments space, the progress at a few existing portfolio companies and the active role the firm is playing in helping its portfolio companies scale and succeed in India and globally. Prior to joining the firm in 2006, Singh was a strategy consultant at Bain & Company in New York and before that, an entrepreneur in the digital media industry.

Venture Intelligence: How does Sequoia go about identifying potential early stage investments in India? Is there anything different you are doing today than, say, a couple of years back?

Shailendra Singh: There is a lot more focus on technology investing and early stage investing. In general, as you might remember a few years ago, we were doing primarily growth investing but in the past 18-odd months, we have had a very strong focus on early stage and that’s continuing. In terms of how…

PE investments in 2018 crosses $33-B to set new all-time high

Big Ticket investments in consumer apps Swiggy & Byju’s dominates year-end activity, even as investments in Core Sectors slow down
Private Equity (PE) investments in India rose to their highest ever figure of $33.1 billion in 2018 (across 720 transactions), according to data from Venture Intelligence (, a research service focused on private company financials, transactions and their valuations. While PE investments have already surpassed the previous high - $24.3 Billion across 734 deals in 2017 - in the first nine months of 2018, the mega investments in Consumer Internet & Mobile startups such as Swiggy and Byjus towards the year-end, helped the 2018 total vault by 36% year-on-year. (Note: These figures include Venture Capital investments, but exclude PE investments in Real Estate.) The year witnessed 81 PE investments worth $100 million or more (accounting for 77% of the total investment value during the period), compared to 47 such transac…

ChrysCapital and Sequoia Capital India grab two awards at APEX’19 PE-VC Awards

Mumbai, India, Feb 27, 2019: ChrysCapital and Sequoia Capital bagged two awards each as part of the “Awards for Private Equity Excellence” (APEX)event organized by Venture Intelligence. 

ChrysCapital bagged the Private Equity Fund Raise of 2018 Award (Closed $850 M Fund VIII within 4 months of launch) and the Private Equity Investor of 2018 Award (for its Exits from LiquidHub with 4x in dollar terms (within 4 years of its $53-M investment), AU Small Finance Bank with 11.5x return,  Torrent Pharma with 2.95x, City Union Bank with 2.83x, L&T Infotech with 2.56x)

Sequoia Capital India won the Early Stage VCInvestor(the firm registered 10x+ exits in Byjus Classes and SCIOInspire) and VC Fund Raise of 2018 (the firm closed an almost $700-M Fund VI).

Award Winners at APEX'19 PE-VC Awards

The event opened with a Fireside Chat with Kiran Reddy, CEO of SPI Group interviewed by his long time friend and colleague Vineeth Vijayraghavan.

Snapshots of the Awards Ceremony: (L-R) Gopal Srinivasan, …