Pakistan-based Slide, an Android lockscreen app that rewards users for clicking on ads or reading content, today announced that it’s closed a series A funding round worth US$3.6 million. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The round was led by Songhyun Investment, a South Korean VC firm. Slide has raised a total of US$4.6 million to date.
Slide launched roughly a year ago and claims to have 5 million downloads already. CEO Junaid Malik says the funds will be used to further strengthen the company’s presence in Pakistan and develop more products.
He adds that they’re now live in India and in the midst of closing deals to expand to the Middle Eastern market.
Slide is similar to apps like Candy and Popslide. It incentivizes users to read content that pops up every time they unlock their phones. Readers accumulate points for each click which they can then exchange for mobile phone top-ups.
The team’s blown past an internal target of 1 million downloads in the first year, so it’s clear that the concept is catching on.
“A year ago when I was quitting my job, most people said I shouldn’t do it and even today, I’m not sure where this journey will end but to me what matters the most is that I started from scratch,” beams Junaid.