- Emre Sokullu, Founder & CEO
GROU.PS Inc is an innovative social technologies studio based in Istanbul with a proxy office in Palo Alto, CA.
Our flagship product is GROU.PS which is a leading social groupware platform that allows people to come together and form private or public interactive communities around a shared interest, work or affiliation. The functionality of any GROU.PS group is limited only by the members' collective imagination and ambition. The GROU.PS platform is used to create a wide variety of community sites, including online gaming forums, e-learning classrooms, fan clubs, charity fundraising campaigns, college alumni societies, and event planning portals. In short, any organization seeking to aggregate and organize people online can greatly improve its effectiveness, engagement and appeal by migrating to the GROU.PS platform. By giving any user the ability to create an easy-to-use, yet powerful, social network, GROU.PS is propelling online collaboration, communication and content sharing in a new socially aware direction..
Democratize online community-building and enable everyone to monetize their content and groups.
Emre Sokullu, Founder & CEO
Sean X. Yu, CFO
GROU.PS Inc. is privately held, with 50% of revenues outside of the US. The company raised venture capital financing from Golden Horn Ventures and TIMAR..
People, Blogs, Forum, Chat, Photos, Videos, Wiki, Events, Funds, Groups, Files, Links, Music...
Palo Alto, CA and development offices in Istanbul, Turkey
GROU.PS is free to a large proportion of group founders and affordable for the rest, with subscription revenues strong enough to keep GROU.PS growing rapidly.
9 million registered members registered across the 200,000 groups created since 2006; 20,000 of them are active.
Main Group Themes
Gaming & Fantasy Role Playing
Professional (Internal Collaboration)
GROU.PS development began in Palo Alto, during Emre's visit to the USA. Emre spent his days at Starbucks coding the early prototype and writing a business plan.
Emre returns back to Turkey.
GROU.PS launched. Featured on Digg on its first day of launch; 1,200 members signed up in a single day
GROU.PS, still a one-man show, flooded by interview requests by US investors.
US investors pass (mostly because the project is out of their geographic focus).
Emre meets Cem Sertoglu, the first advisor of the company. Cem was a founder of US based corporate alumni social networking service, SelectMinds.
With Cem's help, Emre gets a business visa for a trip to the USA to explore investment opportunities and grow the team.
GROU.PS reaches 30,000 members.
Turned down by investors, Emre gets a part time job in the US for a work visa. Development slows down.
GROU.PS gets a new home page and reaches 50,000 members. The company is still ridiculously a 1-man show.
Golden Horn Ventures, Turkey's first venture capital company, shows serious interest in GROU.PS. Talks start.
Golden Horn Ventures decides to incubate GROU.PS with $30K in initial funding.
GROU.PS contracts a designer. Emre is now back full time.
Soon-to-become very popular Videos module is born with a YouTube only backend.
GROU.PS now has more than 100,000 members. A new completely redesigned home page launches.
GROU.PS landed $500K in Seed funding
GROU.PS introduces Flash video hosting and conversion a la YouTube (but white label).
The new videos module drives meteoric growth. Servers burned! Downtimes.
Staff grew to 6. Services back to normal. Site became much more reliable.
Product innovations continue. ActivityRank launched.
GROU.PS landed $1.5 millions in Series A funding
Reached our 1 millionth user
Our new Istanbul office is in Mecidiyekoy.
In less than 6 months, the site gains another million of members.
GROU.PS integrates with Yahoo Groups.
Reached the 100k groups mark
Launched subscription plans
Made our first acquisition: Social Project LLC
Signed a termsheet for $3 million in Series B funding from TIMAR Ventures
Transfer of TagWorld and Social Project groups initiated
Formation of a professional customer support department
Moved to our new Istanbul office in the Levent district
Official launch of subscription services.
Launch of TheBook template
Availability for iPhone
Launch of mobile app generator for Blackberry and Android devices
Launch of LoveBucks, a new content monetization method for our publishers.
GROU.PS reaches 10 million members.