Mara Online provides professional, personal and social tools for
communicating, networking, innovating and collaborating across borders
SAN FRANCISCO, May 18, 2013 /CNW/ - The launch of Mara Online was
announced today by Ashish J Thakkar, Founder and CEO of Mara Group and
Mara Foundation, during his keynote at the world's largest
entrepreneur's conference TiEcon. The vision of this new online and
mobile platform is to become the first most inspirational choice for
connecting African youth across the continent and to the world.
Mara Online is an online and mobile eco-system allowing users to
communicate, interact and collaborate with each other via social
portals, while building communities that are centered around common
interests and information needs. Mara Online is a convergence of web
and mobile technology that creates user-driven experiences spanning
from educational tools for entrepreneurs to highly interactive mobile
applications that provide connectivity to people across the globe.
"With the expansion of the African mobile and internet markets, we
strive to develop quality services and tools that will empower and
inspire African users. By engaging with our African youth, our goal is
to support them in creating an identity in the world of technology,
enabling them to innovate, share and collaborate across borders",
Ashish J. Thakkar stated during his keynote speech.
Three new mobile platforms to stay connected in Africa
Throughout this year, Mara Online will launch its own mobile
applications. The first three applications are communication focused,
with the ambition to create new opportunities for African youth and
ultimately change the way people interact online across the continent:
MaraConnect - A free mobile VoIP, allowing smartphone and tablet users across Africa
to call and text for free, both domestically and internationally. As of
today, this application is available in App Stores and on Google Play.
MaraMessenger - An instant messaging platform facilitating real time communication via mobile and offers quick transmission of text-based messages.
BuzzMe - The first African social media network, providing a new way for youth
to meet and network across the continent and globally, via the Internet
and on mobile. BuzzMe will be interlinked with the other applications
and allow members to chat online using MaraMessenger and via VOIP on
"Launching today, I am confident that MaraConnect will shake up the
market and become the premier choice for connecting people in Africa
and beyond, while reducing consumers' costs for mobile communication",
Ashish J Thakkar announced.
The idea behind Mara Online started off last year when Mara created Mara
Mentor; an online mentoring platform to support young entrepreneurs.
Launched as an initiative by Mara Foundation and Mara Online, this
platform already has over a 100,000 users. Going forward with new
product launches as part of the Mara Online platform, MaraMessenger and
MaraConnect will serve as the two communication tools for Mara Mentor.
The Mara Online ecosystem will be truly interconnected and thus
enabling African youth to communicate more freely on a global scale.
For more information about Mara Group and Mara Online, please visit www.mara.com
For more information about Mara Connect, or to download the app please
SOURCE: Mara Group
For further information:
Sabina Lindstedt, Communications Director at Mara
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