We’re excited to announce that the Typewise crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs is now open to the public – and we’ve already attracted over €1,000,000 from over 250 investors – 17% above our target!
With over 1.3 million downloads of Typewise keyboard for Android and iPhone devices, we’ve come a long way since our Kickstarter campaign back in 2015 which allowed us to get our idea of a smart keyboard for the smartphone off the ground as a part-time project.
In 2019, Co-founders David Eberle and Janis Berneker went full time and started to build out the team. Over the last 18 months, we have continued to grow our user base, as more and more people discover that there’s a better smartphone keyboard alternative to Gboard or SwiftKey.
Our keyboard app, which has an optimised hexagonal design, custom-built autocorrect, language auto-detection and offers 100% private smartphone typing, is rapidly increasing in popularity around the world.
We attract multilingual media attention from the world’s tech press on a weekly basis, (see recent articles in Euronews, El Imparcial, and Wired) and are experiencing significant organic growth even in markets where we have done zero promotion – for example Mexico, Brazil and the rest of the LATAM region.
It’s perhaps not so surprising that Typewise is growing so fast, when you consider the legacy QWERTY layout that most smartphone keyboards use, was designed for ten-finger touch-typing on mechanical keyboards, almost 150 years ago. And that people text on their phones in an entirely different way to typing on computer keyboards. So the smartphone keyboard was long due a re-design to reflect how people actually use their phones – one or two digit typing on a much smaller interface.
The market for our keyboard app is huge; every smartphone owner is a potential Typewise user. And there are approximately 6.3 billion smartphone users currently, which is predicted to rise to 7.5 billion by the year 2026. Capturing just 1% of the smartphone market would mean 60 million Typewise users. But we aim to take an even larger slice of the pie.
Our unique smartphone keyboard app is just phase one of our goal to ‘Decode Human Thoughts’. We have bigger ambitions to take our custom-built autocorrect and text prediction AI that powers our keyboard app, to the desktop software market. This enables us to expand our product offering into the lucrative B2B sector.
So, this is an exciting time for Typewise. We have a strong, experienced team, we’re seeing global growth with our first product, and we have solid plans to grow our business via geographic expansion, and additional products targeting the B2B market.
If you’d like to become a Typewise shareholder and join our growth story, please visit our crowdfunding page on Seedrs.