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Insider raises USD 32 million for its AI-powered digital marketing platform

The platform allows its clients to customize campaigns across web, mobile web, mobile apps, and ad channels.

Insider's founders. Courtesy of Insider via MENAbytes. Insider's founders. Courtesy of Insider via MENAbytes.

Insider, an Istanbul-born SaaS startup that had moved its headquarters to Singapore three years ago, has raised USD 32 million in a Series C round, the company said in a statement to MENAbytes. The round was led by a US investment firm Redwood Capital and joined by Sequoia India, Dubai-based Wamda, and Endeavor Catalyst.

Sequoia India led Insider’s USD 11 million Series B in 2018, and Wamda has been an investor (through Wamda Capital) since the company’s Series A round. The latest round takes the total capital raised by Insider to USD 47 million.

Founded in 2018, Insider is a multichannel marketing and customer engagement platform that enables digital marketers to drive the growth of their brands. The platform offers the marketers with tools that cover the entire growth funnel—from acquisition to activation, retention, and revenue. It comes with artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities, helping companies integrate data from different online and offline channels to make predictions about their customer behavior.

The platform allows its clients to personalize campaigns across web, mobile web, mobile apps, and ad channels.

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Insider said that it is trusted by more than 800 global enterprise brands across retail, travel, media, finance and banking, automotive, and other industries. Some of the brands that use Insider include Samsung, Carrefour, Dominos, Toyota, Newsweek, Ikea, and CNN. The startup, which claims to be profitable, has teams on the ground in 24 countries.

Insider’s co-founder and CEO Hande Cilingir commented on the investment in a LinkedIn post and said, “Starting with six desks in a tiny home and with great ambitions, we’ve come so far. We proved that if you have a hunger for success and a team of overachievers, you are unstoppable.”

“The past eight years have been the most incredible journey of my life. I’ve seen our team grow to 550+ people from 41 different nationalities across 24 countries, from Japan to Australia, from the UK to Brazil. Following our aggressive global expansion in APAC, EMEA, and LATAM, we are now ready to enter the US market and believe that our fresh solutions to marketers’ biggest pain points will be a major differentiator,” she added.

Apart from the US expansion, Insider will use the latest investment for sales and marketing, hiring more engineers and adding some more features to its platform.

This article first appeared in MENAbytes.