Social Audio Platform Walkie-Talkie Raises $3.25M

#1 Ranked Social Networking App of Generation Z Surpasses 20M Downloads Fueled by Sky-High Engagement Metrics and 100% Organic Growth

Picslo Corp. has announced a funding round of $3.25 million led by Heroic Ventures and followed by additional investments from TI Platform Ventures, LDV Partners, Partech, Diaspora Ventures, Breega, and Kima Ventures. Leader of one of the world’s fastest-growing audio communities, Picslo is the developer of Walkie-talkie, a popular audio-based social media app aimed at Generation Z.

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“Match that with Stephane’s leadership and the history of this team, and I knew I wanted to get behind Picslo.”

Walkie-talkie took the social audio space by storm since launching two years ago. The app’s core feature – high fidelity audio frequencies – allows anyone around the world to connect and jump into conversations with ease. On average, thousands of public frequencies are utilized at any given time with users connecting to each other around the topics they choose to discuss. For more privacy and smaller groups, the app also supports private frequencies between close friends and connections.

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“What we’ve seen is that frequencies have become a primary means of communication for younger users and influencers across social media,” said Picslo Corp. CEO Stephane Giraudie. “Generation Z has a proven appetite for quirky, retro-cool forms of self-expression that offer them a unique voice – and thus frequency – in the world. Walkie-talkie is part of the anti-traditional social networks. You don’t have to look perfect or edit your voice, you just need to be yourself to join our network.”

As of 2021, Walkie-talkie has been downloaded more than 20 million times, reaching 1.2 million active users. Developed by former Dolby-audio engineers, the app makes use of Dolby.io with active noise suppression for crowded environments, spatial audio that separates overlapping voices, and optimized device capture for clearer sound. According to Giraudie, when people enter the Walkie-talkie world, they stay, and they engage.

“Our mission from day one has been to bring people together through audio and that’s what we’re seeing happening inside of our app,” said Giraudie. “As we keep exceeding our own growth expectations this year, user engagement also keeps going up. Walkie-talkie is more than a communication app, it’s a place to hang out with friends, meet new people, and discover new creators. It’s for that reason that our users stay active and keep coming back.”

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