Aditi Kamal, the Engineer who was the brain behind Patanjali’s Kimbho instant messaging application, has quit the company to relaunch her own app ‘Bolo Messenger’. The app is expected to go live in the first week of September, just few days after Kimbho gets launched on 27th August.
Confirming this development, Acharya Balakrishna, CEO of Patanjali Ayurved, said, “There were differences in terms of our expectations from Aditi. Nonetheless, we wish her all the best.” Aditi Kamal has also said that she quit Patanjali in July as they couldn’t agree on some terms.
Bolo Messenger was developed by Aditi Kamal and her husband Sumit Kumar for their erstwhile startup, Appdios Inc. in the United States. Soon after the app’s launch in 2013, they dissolved the company as they both started focusing on their carriers in Google and Apple, and lack of time to maintain the business.
Later, after moving to India, Kamal met Baba Ramdev with a pitch for a chatting platform. A deal was struck, and she started working on developing Kimbho. Soon after the launch of Kimbho in June, allegations followed that it was a rip-off of Bolo.
After that, many starting complaining about the security flaws and the app was pulled down from the Google Play Store just a day after its launch, with Patanjali alleging that it was a conspiracy by multination companies against a ‘swadeshi’ firm.