Group messaging app

Social Media

Company mission

To solve technology addiction by bringing people together in real life.



HQ Location

Financial District, San Francisco, CA


30% female employees

130% employee growth in 12 months

Otta's take on IRL

Theo Margolius headshot

Theo Margolius

COO of Otta

The popularity of groups in social networking is growing, as people are communicating less in public feeds and moving to private chats.

IRL, short for “In Real Life,” is a group messaging app that allows users to share their calendars and upcoming events. It's geared towards the younger generation that doesn’t use Facebook. As its name suggests, the app focuses on connecting people not just online but at real-world events.

The challenge for IRL is that its current user base still pales in comparison to the major social networks with mass adoption. At the moment its concentrating on growth with its goal to become the “WeChat of the West” and distinguish itself through its focus on combining events with messaging.

Total funding - $197m

Last 2 fundraises

Sep 2020



Jun 2021



This company has top investors

Company benefits

  • Remote work set up stipend - new employees get up to $7500 for engineers and $5000 for non-engineers
  • All employees receive 25 days of PTO every calendar year plus 5 Floating Holidays
  • IRL pays 99% of the monthly premium for platinum and gold PPO medical insurance, plus vision and dental coverage, for employees and their spouses, partners and children
  • 401K retirement plan with 100% match on up to 6% of your salary per IRS regulations
  • Professional development - IRL will contribute up to $3000 annually for expenses associated wit your professional development

Company values

  • Global from day one - We believe in a more modern, decentralized and autonomous way of working
  • Bias towards action - We're always itching to ship amazing ideas that empower human connection
  • We have a growth mindset and are committed to the 15 commitments of Conscious Leadership
  • Curiosity is at our core
  • We look at our work culture as an artistic studio where we enable everyone to create their greatest art yet
  • A culture where we obsess about the importance of human connection, expression, and just downright fun!


Studied Computer Science at UCLA. Worked in Data at Google Maps. CEO & Co-Founder of get talent. Was VP of Product at DICE. Currently an Investor in

Henry Khachatryan


Studied Finance & Information Systems at Boston College. Also Co-Founded Sponge.

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