Cruising through the States in a modified camper, they promoted the app on campuses by throwing parties. The amount of users skyrocketed promptly, however users did not keep using the app three days or so after the event. There were several reasons why the project did not work out as they planned, but the tragic irony is that the concept was not one of them.
Just 2 days after TellEm an App called Secret launched. Secret had the same concept, was backed by Google, and just received a 35 million US dollar funding round. David versus Goliath, however, at this particular time not with a biblical ending.
One thing lead to another and the team, half based in Germany, half in the US, split. After finishing his second semester abroad at San Diego State University, Alessio returned to Germany. Only himself and two tech-guys were left working on his big dream of founding the next big social media network. On the brink of bankruptcy, they had only one shoot left. So it was either all-in or going back to university and finish his studies.
Alessio’s father was the one who kept his dream alive by telling him to pursue. So, after a couple of weeks they then launched the Jodel in Aachen at the RWTH, his home university. Proving to be a successful hit in Aachen, Jodel was quickly adapted in Germany and became the leading anonymous chatting tool for local communities.
Today, Jodel has over 1,2 million daily posts and around 60 million daily interactions. By constantly adding features Alessio is driving the app to be a lasting platform. Secret, the Google backed competitor, does no longer exist. Jodel Ventrue is planning to expand to even more countries, and eventually march to world domination