It's been a very busy month-and-a-half since the crowdsale closed, with 2,633 Bitcoins buyers from some 1,256 supporters of our social messaging app.
So now, after things have settled down a bit and we've started sprinting forward with development, we're opening our very own blog, where we'll update on new versions, milestons and everything cool in Gems and crypto.
As you might have heard, short before the crowdsale closed on January 5th, we raised $400K from Magma VC. Among their many successful porfolio companies, Magma were an early investor in community-based traffic and navigation app Waze, which was purchased for $1.1bn by Google in 2013.
Backed by trust from our community and Magma, we immediatly started making progress with our app. Our first release on Android landed us the first Koinify milestone release of funds!
(Our crowdsale was run and operated by Koinify, and we receive chunks of funds raised based on achieving development milestones we published when the sale began).
Since launch, the Android app has gotten several stability and performance updates & we also added a super cool auto-sticker feature. This opt out feature will display context-aware stickers during chat (even animated GIFs) which makes chatting through GetGems much more visual and fun!
So far our app was installed by 2,284 users and an average rating of 4.5 in the play store.
Our team expands!
We have a ton of features we want to get to, and a iOS app in the oven too. To vamp up our dexterity we've recruited Alex Kogan as our lead Android developer.
Alex is a tech enthusiast from childhood, proficient in Android, constantly learning new technologies and programming languages, a foodie, a traveler and a soon-to-be skipper!
So that's it for this time.
You'll be hearing a lot more from us now that we've settled in. Be sure to follow us on Twitter.
From Alex and the team,