Skype veterans back Wahanda, online wellness network

Skype veterans back Wahanda, online wellness network

WahandaAlarmclock:euro is reporting that Wahanda has raised seed funding from Ambient Sound Investments, an Estonian venture capital firm set up by four of Skype’s founding engineers, the investors behind and a former top executive of Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts.

Wahanda, a Native American word for “great spirit and creator”, is an online health and wellness community plus e-commerce marketplace where local spa and wellness businesses, pros and consumers come together. The London-based company was founded by Salim Mitha, former Senior European Director – Search & Social Search at Yahoo! and Lopo Champalimaud, ex-Managing Director European Lifestyle at According to the company blog, the website opened up to the public today.

I’m not really a spa person, but from the looks of it, the site seems to cater well to its audience with the standard bag of tricks: Wahanda has an exhaustive network of spas, salons, fitness centres and therapists and a slew of community features like user-generated reviews, ratings, Google Maps integration, social bookmarking buttons, etc. The site also sports a genuine calm look, clear navigation and enough ways for visitors to interact with the content.


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