crowdfunding campaign of wave application

Our crowdfunding campaign exceeds the target of half a million pounds in the first hours

Objective fulfilled! The success could not have been greater. Just a few hours after we started our second crowdfunding campaign, the goal we had of getting 500,000 pounds was exceeded by an investment of more than 200 investors. The end result for the 30 day campaign is amazing £ 845,980. This is backed up by 597 investors.

A big part of the success is probably due to the KPIs that Wave presented on its pitch video. 80% retention rate and 800% growth in monetization. And this is only the beginning. 

This is the second time that we have made a crowdfunding campaign in Crowdcube. This is a reputed crowdfunding platform in the United Kingdom, in which we obtained in 2016 more than 700 thousand pounds. They were decisive in developing the product we have today.

On this occasion we are more experienced entrepreneurs and we are older. We have gone to Crowdcube with results of what we envisioned two years ago. All our KPIs are fulfilled with a great userbase, a high retention rate and with an app that already monetizes. As many investors will know, there is no better cover letter before a crowdfunding campaign.

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Crowdcube is not the only source of investment we have planned for this year, as we have partnered with Series A Venture Capitals for €2 million and we have been backed by more than 500 investors. 

Our story has a very happy present so you might wonder how we got here and what we are going to do from now on. Let us tell you this briefly:

HOW WE HAVE GROWN SO MUCH?

Wave Application is a free app that helps people to meet by spotting each other on a private map in real time, through a sophisticated system of geolocation. We commercialized the app for iOS and Android in 2015 and since then we have improved the accuracy of the application and incorporated new decisive features to stand out among our competitors, such as:

  • Group maps to see all of our friends simultaneously, set a meeting point and see where the others are. 
  • The possibility to set a meeting point on the map and see how to get there and how long it takes us (ETA).
  • Full chat to type, speak and send images.
  • Duration of the session for each taste: limited and unlimited waves.
  • Technology in real time, which adapts to the pace of each user.
  • Intuitive UX design. Easy to use, pleasant and functional.
  • Safety technology. All the information is encrypted and users need to give permissions every time they open a shared map with others.

These core features have allowed us to grow our user base from 3.5 million in 2016 to more than 11 million today and to achieve a retention rate of 80 percent.

And will you say if the application is free, how do you earn money out of it? Two years ago, we did not worry about that. We wanted to follow an American model and validate our idea, to show that people loved it and that it was worth it. Today our user base has allowed us to have a very good technology that we can adapt to other companies. ALSO, it is an excellent platform to display non intrusive ads.

Follow us in this incredible journey with our crowdfunding campaign. Best!

Top world’s resorts to ski this winter

We all know that skiing or snowboarding is not exactly cheap but since some of us practice it once or twice a year, we shouldn’t’ miss the chance to go to a resort with long slopes, powder snow, good weather conditions and enough capacity to avoid long queues at the chair lift. 

Not everyone has the same level of skiing, so when we ski in group it’s normal to split for a few hours. The problem comes when we start to feel hungry and can’t find the others to eat together. To make easier lunches and beers on the slopes, we use Wave Let’s Meet App, a free app that enables two or more people to share their location in real time on the same private map.

Wave is so precise that we can follow our friends going down the slopes, but that’s not all: Wave also has great features such as setting a meeting point and calculating the estimated time of arrival. Wave also has a super fast, complete chat to type, share pics and send audios.

To help you decide where to go, look at the list of the best ski resorts in the world and the cheapest and the top quality ski destinations in the world:

EUROPE

In Europe there are several key areas for skiing, starting with the Swiss, French, Italian and Austrian Alps and following the French and Spanish Pyrenees and the north of Spain. In the east we also find several good tracks in the mountains of Georgia although they are less popular.

What we like most about skiing in the Alps is that it has powder snow almost all year round and it is surrounded by charming and cute small towns.

THE ALPS

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BEST-IN-CLASS SKI RESORT IN THE ALPS

One of the most reputed ski resorts is Zermatt in Switzerland. It is a very complete resort with 322 km of slopes for all levels, almost half of them are for intermediates. It also has tracks in the forest for spectacular views during the race and glacier slopes.

Given its high altitude, more than 3000 meters, it offers lift passes throughout the year, although it is at risk of bad weather and storms every few weeks. Like all renowned resorts, the facilities offered are memorable, with a large number of restaurants, accommodation and entertainment for skiers.

How to get there: The closest airports are in Zurich and Geneva.

Price: One day ski pass costs from 90 dollars.

BUDGET SKI RESORT IN THE ALPS

The long mountain range of the Alps offers very good seasons at very low prices in France, Austria and Italy. One of the best rated for the cheap ones is Livigno, placed in the Valtellina mountains of Italy. It is a wonderful and well-known resort for skiers and snowboarders of the world, with wide and well groomed tracks. Most of them are dedicated to intermediate levels Its views from the chair lifts don’t  have to envy to those of Zermatt.

How to get there: The nearest airport is in Milan.

Price: It costs one day from 50 dollars.

THE PYRENEES

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BEST-IN-CLASS SKI RESORT IN THE PYRINEES

Grandvalira in Andorra is a resort of 210 km of slopes with almost 100 km suitable for beginners. It is a very complete option to go skiing in a group with people of different levels, since it has several styles like alpine skiing, ski mountaineering and a wonderful snow park to do all kinds of jumps. The resort is close to the restoration and accommodation areas, as well as to the typical tax-free shopping area of Andorra.

How to get there: Andorra, Barcelona and Zaragoza airports are the closest.

Price: One day from 53 dollars.

BUDGET SKI RESORT IN THE PYRINEES

A very good and cheaper option for skiing in the Pyrenees is the Formigal ski resort in Spain. It has 137 kilometers of slopes of all levels, with very steep black ones and freeride areas in the mountains. It is a very lively resort also for a drink after skiing and offers all kinds of amenities and good food.

How to get there: Zaragoza and Barcelona airports are the closest.

Price: One day from 48 dollars.

NORTH AMERICA

North of America is a skier’s paradise in winter, with its high mountains outlined in snow for several months a year and a spectacular sun. Experts say that resorts In North America are the best managed and planned in the world although they are typically more expensive. Here we list the best rated in the continent:

CANADIAN ROCKIES

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BEST-IN-CLASS SKI RESORT IN CANADA

Whistler in British Columbia is the largest station in North America and connects three stations with chair lifts that form an extension of 200 km of slopes. One of the best viewpoints in the world is here, on the lift that connects the Peak Mountains.

On average, there are 12 meters of powder snow every year to enjoy skiing at all levels. Most of its slopes are intermediate although it has an astonishing 50 km of black slopes for professional skiers and several bowls with powder snow perfect for jumping.

After the renovation of last year in which new carpets for children were incorporated and 3 green slopes were renovated, it became a very friendly station for those who are beginners.

How to get there: Vancouver airport is the closest.

Price: One day starts from 120 dollars.

BUDGET SKI RESORT IN CANADA

The Revelstoke ski area, also in British Columbia, offers a more reasonable price with the joy of being the highest ski resort in America with 1713 meters of height. It is a small but very complete station with 55 km of groomed slopes of all difficulties and several areas adapted to other variants such as the Heliski and forest tracks. It also counts with a magnificent snowpark.

How to get there: Vancouver airport is the closest.

Price: One day starts from 80 dollars.

COLORADO

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BEST-IN-CLASS SKI RESORT IN COLORADO

Aspen Snowmass, in Colorado, is the most reputed station in America and the most sophisticated one. It consists of 237 km of slopes divided into 4 separate resorts with a shuttle that joins them and that are suitable for all levels.

In Aspen you can spend the whole day skiing and still feel that you don’t know the resort, given the great variety of marked trails, the ways in the middle of the forest, the highway areas and the powder snow areas, perfect for the most daring.

It is accessible to all types of skiers, which makes it good for a family destination. There is free shuttle to other parts of the resort and a free gondola between the top of the mountain and the picturesque city.

How to get there: Aspen airport is the closest but sometimes is closed due to the weather so it is recommendable to go to Denver airport.

Price: One day starts from 170 dollars.

BUDGET SKI RESORT IN COLORADO

Wolf Creek Ski Area in Colorado is known because its 100 km of slopes are extremely difficult. This makes it a paradise for the most veteran skiers. Its price is also attractive, since it stands at less than 100 dollars a day.

How to get there: Albuquerque is the closest airport, although it is more than 200km away.

Price: One day starts from 70 dollars.

MONTANA

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BEST-IN-CLASS SKI RESORT IN MONTANA

Big Sky Resort is one of the most difficult areas for skiing in the world, with 250 km of slopes among which 126 are black. To the difficulty of its trails is added a variety of incredible landscapes surrounded by forests and large slopes that make it one of the wonders of the country. What we also like is the small queues to go uphill, because of its large number of ski lifts around the 4 mountains where is placed the resort.

How to get there: Yellowstone airport is the closest airport.

Price: One day starts from 135 dollars.

BUDGET SKI RESORT IN MONTANA

Bridger Bowl in Montana offers a high altitude ski resort with powder snow that compensates its small size: it has 71 kilometers of its ski and snowboard slopes.

It is a very suitable resort in which we will not see long lines to take the chair lift, we will enjoy plenty of space to practice, especially if we are beginners and above all we will save a lot of money. For accomodation and facilities, visitors need to go to the neighbor city Bozeman, where they can also find a vibrant nightlife.

To get there: Yellowstone airport is the closest airport.

Price: One day starts from 60 dollars.

ASIA

NORTHEAST ASIA

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It is a spectacularly beautiful area for skiing in the months of December to March over Korea, Japan and China. In Asia we find smaller stations than in Europe or in North America, although the views and the amenities are well worth it for a skiing holiday.

BEST-IN-CLASS SKI RESORT IN ASIA

Rusutsu, in Japan, is a resort that draws attention for the great contrast between the mountains and the vast planes that make up an incredible landscape in which its 42 km of slopes seem even larger. It is one of the areas with the highest concentration of powder snow in Asia and skiing and snowboarding here is a wonder. This resort offers spaces for other sports such as dog sledding, snow rafting and horseback riding.

To get there: Tokyo airport is the closest one.

Price: One day starts from 48 dollars.

BUDGET SKI RESORT IN ASIA

Nozawa Onsen in Japan is one of the first on the list of all ski portals due to the provision of its 44 km of slopes, very accessible and well distributed to enjoy the mountain. Practically the entire resort is dedicated to beginners with easy and intermediate tracks, carpets and esplanades for children. The black slopes, however, offer steep slopes with dry snow that hinder the movements of skiers.

To get there: Tokyo airport is the closest one.

Price: One day starts from 40 dollars.

Wave Application meeting friends

Why Wave is way cooler than the rest?

Technology is evolving super fast, sometimes it’s even scary how fast, right? We use technology basically to make our lives easier. It’s amazing how almost all our daily life is resolved by it but we still keep on calling and texting when we need to find somebody…which is more or less a daily task. We noticed there was no real solution in location app market, it was huge but orphan – so we decided to develop one and and make it a damn good, too.

So this is why Wave was created. Today, with 7 million downloads, it keeps on making it easy and fun to find your friends by sharing your live location on a map only with who you choose, when you choose. We have already facilitated 60 millions of meetings and there have been more than 260 millions of Wave sessions around the world. It’s 2017. If we are constantly moving, why should meeting up be so complicated?

Here’s why Wave rocks so hard:

You choose when. You choose with who

We believe in privacy. We believe you don’t want to be located by everybody,  just by the people you choose, when you choose. This is why Wave works by request. This is why Wave cannot be misused.

Leading technology

There was no technology good enough available, so we built one from a scratch. We are very proud about our “housemade” cutting-edge technology that delivers dynamic, real-time and private maps like no other solution in the market.

Unbeatable security

We don’t mess with privacy but we sure don’t mess with security either. Our technology is encrypted using SSL and securely distributed using Amazon’s Cloudfront Edge Network on the first place. The location is sent using a token system that ensures that only the user that you are sending the location to can access the data and decrypt it. This security is used by US government to ensure safe transactions.

Design inspired by YOU

We are passionate about clean, cool and simple design! Registering in Wave takes about 10 seconds and the whole Wave experience is designed to be intuitive and fast. We don’t want you to stare at your mobile phone, we want you to share your location with your friends and have a blast in real life!

Go get social

We created not only a full chat but also Group Waves up to 10 people, so you can organize meetups to have a coffee, go skiing or go partying and share your location with the rest of the group, so you know who is slow, who is fast and chat with them in real time 😉 More social features are coming with the new version. Stay tuned!