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Disha, Flutterwave’s no-code platform, to temporarily shut down operations

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Disha, the no-code platform for creatives acquired by fintech startup Flutterwave in 2021, has announced it will temporarily cease operations starting March 31st, 2024. The shutdown will allow Disha to “reassess its goals and realign its mission” to better serve the creative community.

Founded in 2018, Disha provides tools for content creators, influencers, artists and designers to build their online presence. The platform has over 100,000 users but has faced challenges realizing its vision since launch.

Disha originally planned to shut down in December 2022 due to lack of resources before Flutterwave acquired the startup in October 2021. Flutterwave saw an opportunity to expand into servicing creators and small businesses.

Despite the acquisition, Disha has decided it still needs to refocus its offering. The upcoming temporary shutdown will limit user access to accounts and data. Disha is advising users to migrate content before March 31st.

We find joy in providing tools that move your craft forward, and this pause is critical in helping us rethink our focus,” Disha said in a statement.

Flutterwave co-founder Olugbenga Agboola emphasized the alignment when acquiring Disha in 2021. But there have been few updates on the integration over the past year, suggesting challenges.

Disha co-founder Rufus Oyemade, who joined Flutterwave as part of the deal, recently departed the company in January 2023.

Read also: Ilara Health secures $4.2m in funding to expand healthcare access in Kenya

While disappointing for current users, Disha’s reset aims to build a more robust platform for the creative community long-term. The company has told users the shutdown is temporary but has not provided details on when it plans to relaunch.

For now, creators relying on Disha will need to transition to other platforms to manage their online presence and transactions. The startup plans to refund active subscriptions given the interruption in service.

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