Case: Fjuul

Fjuul LogoFjuul is a mobile app that turns everyday activities into meaningful exercise. It provides guidance for changing daily behavior and building healthy routines to feel energized and keep in shape. Unlike most of the existing apps and gadgets the Fjuul technology has a strong scientific foundation. It translates daily, casual movement into a new measurement unit called Fjuul Points – a universal “currency” of healthy activities. They measure the intensity of movements and related energy consumption (in medical units called METs). In other words, instead of just counting the steps one takes, with Fjuul users can realize the difference of the daily choices they make, such as taking the stairs instead of using the elevator – they can now learn how the mix of intensities impact their exercise levels. This makes an excellent platform for bringing more value to the millions of mainstream users.

Fjuul offers great user experience and it has been globally featured numerous times.

Fjuul offers great user experience and it has been globally featured numerous times.

Prior to Butterfly’s investment Fjuul had released a second version of its top rated mobile app, which had been globally featured by Apple frequently, secured pre-install deal of the demo app with Apple retail stores as well as being hand-picked as one of the few partners during the Apple Watch launch.

“We appreciate the open communication we have had from day one with the Butterfly team and quickly learned that we get a lot of ideas and expertise on our business model, the proper metrics, and how we could jointly move Fjuul towards our set monetization schemes. In particular, we feel that we get ‘out of the box’ thinking, a down to earth partnership, and a creative approach for further value creation, including some synergetic options within the current portfolio investments and related learnings.” (Sascha Wischek, CEO of Fjuul)

Butterfly invested into Fjuul because they have been able to package the value beyond the steps into a great user experience that could appeal even to the mainstream user groups that aren’t interested of traditional testosterone packed sports tracking applications. This is also confirmed by their strong relationship with Apple. In addition, Fjuul shows very promising metrics and extraordinarily active core user group. They have a great experienced team that has demonstrated their execution capability as well as V3 plans with an appealing value proposition. Butterfly’s investment will be used to develop and launch the V3 product suite and test the new business model and value proposition.

Case: CreateTrips

CreateTrips logoPeople want to plan their trips together with family and friends. Furthermore they want to have the travel planning, tips and advices available offline without data roaming charges when they travel. CreateTrips is a social trip planner for the smart traveler. It allows users to draw information from sources such as Foursquare, Instagram and others into a digital map sheet and package it into downloadable travel plans that can be shared with fellow travelers. CreateTrips is not just another trip planner; in addition to already excellent product they have loads of differentiating features under development as well.

CreateTrips app allows easy travel planning together with the people they're traveling with, best of all you can package the travel plan, including the maps and directions into a offline accessible package and thus avoid the roaming charges.

CreateTrips app allows easy travel planning together with the people they’re traveling with, best of all you can package the travel plan, including the maps and directions into a offline accessible package and thus avoid the roaming charges.

Prior to investment CreateTrips had released the first version of their app in Apple’s New Zealand App Store which made it into Top 10 app there just in five days. Global launch is a matter of a few weeks.

”First of all, we can’t be any happier. Seed round – split between Butterfly Ventures and Rkapital – allows the three of us to continue working on CreateTrips full time. We’re building CreateTrips because this is what we love doing – building things that make it easier to do travel planning with friends. Butterfly Ventures offers us an opportunity to have a unique international connections and business development knowledge that is very rare to find from Finnish investors.” (Juha-Petteri Kukkonen, Founder of CreateTrips, Inc.)

Butterfly invested into CreateTrips because the team has excellent background for such venture, including app development, marketing and travel industry knowledge. The market potential is hundreds of millions and there’s clever business model with re-occurring revenue stream, as well as network effects that both ease up the distribution through virality and provide some long term protection from the competition. Butterfly investment will be used to validate the customer acquisition path and business model, as well as establish the required metrics to leverage the valuation up for follow-on financing rounds.

CreateTrips was founded by Juha-Petteri Kukkonen, Jarkka Salminen and Jesse Luoto. Juha-Petteri Kukkonen has been working as a strategist and director for Mindshare Worldwide and Grey Global before quitin’ his day job. Jarkka Salminen is a former rapper and independent game developer. Jesse Luoto was a developer at Activeark JWT before joining the CreateTrips team.