据外媒消息，移动管理服务和数字支付初创公司True Balance宣布完成了一笔2300万美元的过桥融资，投资方包括日本即时通讯应用LINE旗下风投公司Line Ventures Corporation、韩国搜索引擎公司Naver、韩国新韩银行、以及TS Investment和其他合作伙伴。
该公司之前曾获得了软银集团的投资，据悉他们计划利用这笔最新融资为客户提供新产品，并且扩大当前团队规模。True Balance公司成立于四年前，允许安卓应用用户管理自己的移动电话和数据套餐流量，而且无需连接到互联网。此外，他们还会向消费者提供电信运营商的最佳营销计划和优惠实时信息，帮助他们赚取积分，并及时充值预付费移动账户。不仅如此，True Balance钱包可让用户提前支付移动充值费用，就像Paytm和Mobikwik一样。此外，钱包用户之间也可以互相发送和接收汇款，并且根据印度储备银行的规定，将资金转回到自己的银行账户。
The latest round of funding saw participation from Japan-based global messenger Line Ventures Corporation, Korean search engine Naver, leading Korean bank Shinhan Bank along with TS Investment and other partners.
Harlie Lee, CEO, True Balance said "Freshly infused Japanese and Korean capital highlights Indian fintech market's high potential for steep growth and would serve as a new global platform for fintech players. Our goal is to reach 100 million touchpoints and become one of the biggest fintech companies by next year. To do so, we will strengthen our mobile payment services and provide better financial services to Next Billion Indian users."
The company intends to use the fresh infusion of capital towards talent acquisition and expanding benefits of need-based financial services. For its technology and business teams, the company is planning to recruit from leading Indian educational institutes like Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) among others.
Previous rounds of funding saw participation from investors such as Soft Bank Ventures, Bon Angels, Mega Investment, IMM Investment, Korea Development Bank and other partners.
Furthermore, the application provides easy balance check and recharge features for both pre-paid and post-paid users in India. It also launched a mobile wallet service recently providing faster recharges and payment options. With ongoing integrations across utility payments like DTH, Electricity and Gas bill payments, the application aims to position itself as a top fintech player in the country.
True Balance is also doing beta testing for first of its kind Micro Loan services: 'Easy Pay Plan'- Recharge Now, Pay Later. Through this kind of service, True Balance intends to bring affordability and ease to users who are in the lower part of the digital transaction pyramid; who are price conscious and not very comfortable with online payments.
With these services, True balance intends to stay abreast with its promise to provide financial inclusion to Next Billion Users.
Kim Jung Soo, Board Executive, TS Investment said "Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi's reformation is a huge stepping stone from a cashless economy to digital payments. Moreover, India's open market is welcoming foreign companies, especially foreign ICT companies to do business in India. Balance Hero has the required potential and with our support, we believe they will expand benefits of financial services to the Indian audience at large. "