Vivino is an online wine marketplace and wine app, which has been downloaded more than 60 million times. The Vivino app is available for download on Android and Apple devices. Vivino was founded in 2010 by Heini Zachariassen and Theis Søndergaard. As of 2022, Vivino had a wine database containing more than 15.8 million different wines and had nearly 61 million users.[1] In July 2013, the database had 1 million wines.[2] Vivino's headquarters are in San Francisco, California, United States, but the company has several subsidiaries including in Denmark, where the company was founded.[3]

Type of site
HeadquartersSan Francisco, California, United States
Founder(s)Heini Zachariassen, Founder & Theis Søndergaard, Co-Founder
CEOHeini Zachariassen

History Edit

Vivino was founded in Copenhagen, Denmark by Heini Zachariassen and Theis Søndergaard. The company launched an iPhone app in July 2011. They knew very little about wine and used that ignorance to develop an app for ordinary people.[1] The developers photographed 5,000 wines, but the breakthrough came when they offered a corkscrew to whoever could upload the most wines, gaining 50,000 pictures. In late 2014, the database received 250,000 photos per day, although not all are of new wines. The software recognizes 25,000 photos per day, manually processed by 50 Indian contractors. In July 2013, Vivino raised $10.3M in capital from Balderton Capital and Creandum.[4] In January 2016 the company raised a Series B round of venture funding from SCP Neptune (the family office of Christophe Navarre, the then global CEO of Moet Hennessy)[5] for an additional $25M.[6] In February 2018, Vivino raised a Series C round of $20 million also led by SCP Neptune International, with participation from Balderton Capital, Creandum, SEED Capital Denmark and Iconical.[7] Long term profitability hinges on in-app purchasing and email campaigns, as only 5% of wine purchases are made online.[1] In March 2018, Vivino appointed Former StubHub President Chris Tsakalakis Chief Executive Officer.[8] In 2021, Vivino raised a Series D round of $155 million led by Swedish-based investment firm Kinnevik with Sprints Capital accompanying as a new investor. Additional participants include GP Bullhound and existing early-stage investor Creandum.[9]

App features Edit

In 2017, the app launched a new recommendations service, Vivino Market, which gives customers recommendations based on their previous searches and purchases.[10] In 2020, Vivino announced it is set to launch a new feature that will show users how likely a wine will match their preferences.[11]

Awards and nominations Edit

  • Won Entrepreneur of the Year in GP Bullhound Investor Allstar Awards (Award won by Heini Zachariassen) [12]
  • Nominated for the 2012 Danish App Awards.[13]
  • Won 2012 Danish Growth Award (Award won by Heini Zachariassen for Vivino).[14]
  • Nominated for 2013 Danish Startup Awards. (Category: Best Design)
  • Nominated for 2013 Mobile Excellence Awards. (Category: Best Original Content for Mobile) [15]
  • Won Real Innovation Awards 2017: The Best Beats First winner[16]

References Edit

  1. ^ a b c "About Vivino". Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  2. ^ "Just like good wine, Vivino wine gets better with time". Appadvice. July 24, 2013. Archived from the original on December 15, 2013.
  3. ^ "Vivino". August 13, 2012.
  4. ^ "Vivino uncorks 10.3 m USD to turn anyone into a wine snob". Venturebeat. July 17, 2013. Archived from the original on May 1, 2014.
  5. ^ Novac, Dragos. "SCP Neptune International". Nordic 9. Retrieved March 3, 2017.
  6. ^ "Online wine community Vivino has raised $25 million in funding". Business Insider. Retrieved January 23, 2016.
  7. ^ "Wine discovery app Vivino raises $20 million as its ecommerce business takes off". VentureBeat. February 14, 2018. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  8. ^ "Vivino Appoints Former StubHub President Chris Tsakalakis Chief Executive Officer - Wine Industry Advisor". Wine Industry Advisor. March 14, 2018. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  9. ^ "Vivino raises $155 million for wine recommendation and marketplace app". TechCrunch. February 3, 2021. Retrieved February 3, 2021.
  10. ^ Mileham, Arabella (March 23, 2017). "Vivino app ups wine recommendations for users". The Drinks Business. Retrieved March 25, 2020.
  11. ^ Gilbert, Jo (February 17, 2020). "Vivino to launch new personal match rating - Harpers Wine & Spirit Trade News". Retrieved March 25, 2020.
  12. ^ "Latest visionaries of Europe's technology universe revealed". October 2, 2020. Retrieved February 3, 2021.
  13. ^ "Danish app awards 2012". Bureaubiz. October 11, 2012. Archived from the original on October 29, 2013.
  14. ^ "Danish growth awards 2012". Bureaubiz. November 16, 2012. Archived from the original on October 29, 2013.
  15. ^ "Mobile Excellence Awards 2013". Mobilexawards. October 23, 2013. Archived from the original on November 1, 2013.
  16. ^ "Real Innovation Awards 2017: The Best Beats First winner". Retrieved March 27, 2018.

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