Bengaluru- and San Francisco-based software development community Indiez has raised $500,000 (around Rs 3.2 crore) in seed funding from True North (formerly India Value Fund Advisors) partner Haresh Chawla.
Besides Chawla, an unnamed angel investor has also participated in the seed round.
The startup will use the capital to build technology and expand presence to the US market, Nitesh Agrawal, co-founder of Indiez, said in a post on blogging website Medium.
Indiez is an invite-only community of software developers, designers and product managers engaged in the development of websites, software products and mobile apps. It uses an artificial intelligence-powered technology to connect projects to the right members from the community.
The company assigns a project manager to every project, who will assemble a team to build the product. Indiez takes a 20% commission on every project on the platform.
Indiez was founded by Agrawal along with Ishan Shrivastava, Amrose Birani and Archit Kejriwal in 2016.
The startup specialises on software development, Android/iOS app development, web development, UX, UI, data science, machine learning, chatbots, blockchain, security and IT outsourcing.
Indiez claims to have over 330 freelance members from tech companies such as Uber, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Spotify and Zomato on its network.
Chawla, who was previously group CEO at Network 18, is an active angel investor.
Crowd4Test.com, a Bengaluru-based crowd testing and user experience testing startup, has recently raised investment from US-based Smart Software Testing Solutions Inc. (SSTS). Crowd4Test offers testing of apps, websites, and desktop software by an online community. It claims to have over 100 customers and more than 2,000 testers globally.