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Gongago acts as a digital concierge for businesses to consumers, businesses to business, and gives its users the chance to save money while paying for the things they already need or want. Need an attorney, dentist, or plumber? Focused on health and wellness? Or just looking for a way to spend a fun-filled afternoon with your friends and family? Gongago has these things and more covered. 

Today there is no shortage of websites that offer a multitude of discounts, offers, and incentives for consumers. Similarly, they give businesses opportunities to get in front of consumers. There is unfortunately a caveat: we believe most of these sites only offer a few specific features and as a result most people end up having multiple memberships (on different sites) and hop between them to have all of their needs met. 

What if there was a single site that gave everyone--both consumers and businesses--exactly what they needed to operate and co-exist with optimum efficiency?

Gongago is ideal for those who want to find entertainment, try new restaurants, go shopping, hire remote online service providers, or just shop online. Users have the opportunity to write reviews, receive exclusive discounts, sell their own products, attend exclusive events, and participate in their local community. Giving users a plethora of options to make their busy, on-the-go lives easier is what Gongago is all about.

Gongago is poised to be the next major disrupting force in online advertising and has the vision necessary to take the industry by storm. Gongago caters to small and mid-sized local and online businesses, connecting them to the ever-increasing mobile generation. 

Your investment will help kick up our marketing efforts to increase brand awareness and ensure that we are more widely known, and can positively impact even more consumers and businesses.

More than 99% of the U.S employers are small business owners. Small businesses have increased by 49% since 1982. 80% of the internet users around the globe have a smartphone.


Gongago: Origins

James Lyon, founder of Gongago, grew up in busy Orange County, California. His father owned a newspaper distribution service for the Orange County Register. This inspired him to read Sunday ads and the comics as a kid. Business was readily on his mind at an early age and leisure activities too. 

An avid traveler, James has traveled the world twice over. These travels have given him knowledge of the importance of adventure, travel, and experiencing new things. He wants to pass this knowledge and opportunity for new experiences to others.

James has experience as a small business owner too. Having owned a window cleaning company, apparel company, and successful photography business for many years, he understands the challenges today's small businesses face and is uniquely aligned to help them overcome those challenges. 

All of these experiences combined with a passion for technology have prompted him to create the online platform Gongago, which has been live since 2016, though we only incorporated in September 2018. Gongago is where local and online businesses can do outreach at the most minimal cost, reach their target audience, and provides unique opportunities for businesses to connect with new customers.

Current Development Stage:

Gongago's website has been live and fully operational since 2016, though we only incorporated in September 2018.

"According to a new survey of small business owners...62 percent say their paid ads on Facebook are missing the target. (2017)."

Investing in Gongago is a Unique Opportunity...

Gongago gives consumers a massive directory, so they can choose from different businesses for their various needs and wants. Consumers also receive the opportunity to save money, meet new people, share experiences, give reviews, share and attend events, while staying active in their community. Gongago was designed with businesses and consumers in mind, giving them a multitude of options and fulfilling their needs. 

"Most Americans prefer to shop online, and the number is only going to get bigger as the younger generations grow up in an internet-dominated world. Despite this, 46% of small businesses do not have a website and 35% feel that their operation is simply too small to warrant a website.

This is problematic for many reasons, especially when you consider that the two most important pieces of information a business can display are its address and other contact-related details.” 

  • 97% of consumers used the internet to find a local business, up from 95% in 2016 (2017)

  • 54% of consumers looked for a local business online at least once a month (2017)

What We’ve Achieved

Gongago has made several important strides. These include: 

  • 250 online and local businesses have signed up for free listings with little marketing having been done thus far.

  • A number of users have submitted events to Gongago’s events calendar. 

  • Website traffic has grown to 50-100 visitors a day on average

  • A total of 23,000+ unique visitors so far.

We believe Gongago can create an even greater impact with the right tools! One of our goals is to improve aspects of the site in order to provide optimum service to businesses and their customers while adding new features to foster mutually beneficial relationships between them. 

We will seek to improve the UX, decrease glitches, and enhance the website further by increasing the speed with improved hosting solutions. Additionally, we will seek to grow our web traffic, increase brand awareness, create a mobile friendly AI powered smart app, and optimize our current code. Finally, we want to improve our ranking with search engines, which will help not only us but also the business we serve. 

“3 in 4 smartphone owners turn to mobile search first to address their immediate needs"

(Google, 2017)

We Plan On Taking Our Marketing to the Next Level

More marketing will help Gongago secure more opportunities:

  • Spots on media outlets like iHeartRadio. 

  • Create more press kits and work with PR agencies.

  • We want the ability to have in-depth digital marketing campaigns

  • Send direct mailers to businesses

  • Send personalized emails via ad tech

  • Create and present brochures to businesses

  • Leverage social media

  • The means to pay influencers for influencer marketing

  • Create more engaging promotions

  • Have the ability to create and sponsor events, pay for event spaces, and market events to businesses and consumers

Gongago also wants the ability to create in-depth relationships with our businesses through sponsorship and promotion of local events. This would include, among other things, having businesses sponsor an event in return for promoting their business to event goers. Just one more way Gongago plans to connect businesses with consumers.

  • 75% of small business owners see internet marketing as an “effective” or “very effective” tool to attract new customers (2015).

  • The growth of worldwide ad spending is expected to reach over 13% in 2018. It will turn the Internet into the largest medium for advertising (2015).

  • 6 in every 10 small businesses have yet to establish an online presence and get a website (2015).

  • 37% of small businesses plan to increase their digital marketing spend in the next 12 months (2018).

  • Mobile advertising is expected to represent 72% of all US digital ad spending (2018).

  • Mobile advertising is projected to reach $46 billion by 2019 (2015).

We Offer More Than Our Competition!

Gongago is an all-encompassing, multi-dimensional platform. Imagine a platform with the capabilities of Living Social, Groupon, Yelp, and TripAdvisor (except catering more to both businesses and consumers) all in one. However, unlike Groupon and LivingSocial, Gongago is business friendly. Both LivingSocial and Groupon make businesses slash their prices, and take large fees afterward, which compromises bottom lines and often turns into being a loss leader for the business.

We believe hefty discounts do not have to come at the expense of business owners. We give businesses the ability to provide deals like discounts of 5% and up, freebies, bogo deals, or whatever else they can imagine to help build up customer loyalty, without extra associated costs. Users are then able to view and redeem deals instantly without having to jump through hoops, increasing user satisfaction. Gongago also provides small businesses an outlet to advertise deals for Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday in order to compete with big box retailers and Black Friday... 

“56% of participants report visiting a brick-and-mortar store after receiving a deal or offer on their mobile device when they were near the store.”

We believe many businesses have become wary of Yelp because of spammy or inaccurate reviews. On the other end of the spectrum, consumers have noted seeing businesses with multiple “fake” reviews, impacting credibility and reputation. Unlike with Yelp, we will strive to ensure our reviews are organic and credible. "93% of consumers read local reviews to decide if a business is good or not (2017)."

Gongago Meets a Real Need

Local businesses are looking for innovative ways to inform their customers about their business without sacrificing a lot. We want to help businesses promote their deals. “Driving sales (51.3%) and building brand awareness (48.4%) are the two top digital marketing priorities for small businesses (2017).” Advertising online can come at a cost. The amount of money businesses are spending on advertising, like on Google AdWords for example, will come at a cost per click of about $2 on average. 

With our website, it comes at a fraction of the cost of what people pay for Google AdWords and other services. Depending on the industry, some key words can cost a whopping $50 to $60 per click. With the ever increasingly high costs of AdWords and growing distrust of Facebook, small businesses are scrambling to find new ways to advertise their business online. "...just 12 percent of small business owners believe Facebook is on the same team as small business owners and is helping them grow (2017)." 

We increase savings for businesses and the amount they spend for the number of clicks they get is a lot less when advertising through Gongago.

  • 1 in 5 SMBs don’t use digital marketing yet (2018).

  • 60% of SMBs do not have a website, and of those, 30% cite cost as the reason why and 35% feel their operations is too small to warrant a website (2016).

  • Most small businesses focus on increasing revenue (72%), but they also see a great value in establishing new customer relationships (60%), and marketing and advertising (46%) (2017). 

  • 43% of SMBs says that improving customer experience and retention is their top strategy to improve revenue growth (2018).

  • 62% of small businesses are investing 4% or more of their revenue on marketing (2018).

  • Less than 30% of small businesses use Web site analytics, call tracking, or coupon codes. 18% of small businesses admit to not tracking anything (2018).

“We very rarely have ever gotten sales through Facebook. We feel that ‘Friends’ on Facebook would rather interact than be sold to. Trying to sell via Facebook is like walking around at a party and passing out business cards trying to sell your products to friends who would rather be socializing than dealing with a sales attempt (small business owner, 2017).”

What are businesses saying about Gongago?

"We could always use this service."

My Tight Face

Las Vegas NV

Support local business and have all of your marketing needs taken care of…

Blue Sky’s Studio

Laguna Beach, CA

"Great advertising!

Elevate Event

Pflugerville, TX

Fun and Leisure Made Local (and Global)

We offer more opportunity to both businesses and consumers. We want to be the premiere platform in B2C and B2B relations. Both on and offline, we’ll seek to be local AND global.

The following services and businesses will find their home on Gongago: 

  • Attorneys, dentists, plumbers, etc... 

  • Concerts, festivals, food festivals, music festivals, and others

  • Health and beauty

  • Restaurants

  • Entertainment

  • Shopping

  • Travel

  • And so much more! 

The Market Says: The Timing Could Not Be More Perfect for Gongago

Last, year the travel industry experienced a direct economic contribution from travel and tourism of approximately $2.57 trillion!  80% of customers prefer to work for themselves when it comes to purchases, with no assistance needed. 48% of consumers in the U.S., feel confident in researching and purchasing their trip via a mobile device. 

As of July of 2018, disposable income reached an all time high of $15566.48 billion. Many Americans can now afford to make purchases that can help them improve their lifestyles. With Gongago, they can improve their lifestyles for premium value at an affordable cost.


  • Mobile and tablet usage surpassed desktops last year. Mobile and tablet usage was 51.3% while that of the desktop was 48.7% (2016).

  •  Mobile users searching for local business information usually have the intent to make a purchase. 78% of mobile searches for local business information result in a purchase (2016). 

  • Your specific mobile marketing strategy depends on the type of business you’re running, who your target audience is, and whether you need just an online presence or you’re trying to launch an online store. At the very least, you’ll need a website, preferably one that is responsive/mobile-friendly. However, to go above and beyond, remember that some expect mobile advertising to grow to represent 72% of digital ad spending (2016).


"Gentlemen - Start Your Engine!" 

(please note: this is an artist rendering and not an actual photo)

Gongago has also recently strategically partnered with Calabrese Motorsports and rising sensation 18-year-old Armani Williams, NASCAR's first openly Autistic driver in Nascar, and is in discussions for sponsorship for the up and coming 2019 race season and beyond. This would include among other things having Gongago's brand on Armani’s race car as he tours the country racing, reaching potentially millions of viewers and fans, both on live tv and in person. Armani came across Gongago's site and after viewing it fell in love with the idea and reached out. Unfortunately, we don’t have adequate funding at this point to help support his efforts in a meaningful manner. Armani would love to see Gongago's brand on the hood of his race car as he powers through the finish line at the Daytona one day....and so would we! Not only would your investment in Gongago help us with more exposure, it would help to fuel Armani in achieving his dreams of becoming a national spokesperson and champion for Autism, both on and off the race track. 

"Tell me I can't so I can show you that I can" - Armani

Creating strategic partnerships with influencers and celebrities like these comes with costs, and it would be beneficial for us to amplify in this area. Ramping up our influencer marketing will help to get the word out and help us reach many demographics.

We want the ability to host our own original events, sell tickets, and invite businesses from our site to participate by becoming sponsors of our events as well as other major local events. This will help to bring about community and foster sales for all parties involved.

We want the ability to include: 

  • Packages to businesses for a greater impact 

  • Meet with Influencers and celebrities to partner with on campaigns

  • Continue assisting businesses in innovative ways

  • Continue to connect and bring people together in creative ways 

  • Create an even larger network to assist travelers with making new discoveries in areas they are unfamiliar with

  • Grow an even larger network to provide a forum for businesses to build partnerships, build new relationships, and build revenue

  • Provide an affiliate marketing program

Gongago is all about bringing folks together in numerous ways. To achieve this we will need to upgrade our technology to truly put our vision into fruition. Through remaining honest and reliable for online and local deals, we help businesses and consumers in the process of truly taking care of business.

The question we hope consumers will be asking each other is: “Do you Gongago?”

Consumer Satisfaction 101: Things Consumers like

We want to be the leader in consumer satisfaction. Ensuring a safe, secure, and trustworthy environment for residents all over the country. We believe consumers will love the fast easy-to-use service that Gongago provides. 

Aside from writing reviews about the businesses they frequent, users can have discussions about the businesses they visit directly. The site is fully interactive, something today’s consumers heavily rely on.  

Earning Money

The importance of providing a social outlet is emphasized.  Users can sell to each other, convene at events, and share information. Users have the ability to post pictures when telling their stories. Gongago truly is a dynamic social network with tools available. 

Saving Money

The savings add up on Gongago. Users can really utilize the site for just about every service or product they normally use, or they can use the site for deals towards new products or services they normally wouldn’t be able to afford. These savings are passed on to any income level and who doesn’t like to save? 

Cities will Love Gongago

The uniqueness of Gongago, from its interface to what it can provide, speaks volumes. Cities will be pleased about getting promoted, at no extra cost to them, when consumers discuss what is available in each individual town. They will appreciate feedback, and this will give them information on what areas they can improve. People will be providing detailed information about their travels to pass onto other travelers. 

What We Are Passionate About:

Lowering Costs to Businesses

It just makes sense to assist businesses with their advertising needs without costing them a ton of money. This gives businesses the ability to provide generous deals to their customers old and new. Small business owners will enjoy how simple the site is to use, the free features, and how inexpensive it is to be featured on the business pages.

Engaging consumers

Bringing people together to experience the best parts of life is a part of our vision and manifest destiny. Expanding the number of people using the site to create an even larger network of consumers is definitely a goal of ours. Satisfied customers who enjoy both our site and the businesses that we feature are the ultimate goal. 

Supporting Local Business

Small businesses want to be scalable and want to serve people in their immediate area. Not all businesses have the ability to have their own website. They can set up a profile and use Gongago for their online presence and offer perks or rewards to help build customer loyalty. “Even the smallest of businesses can benefit from an internet presence.”

Strengthening Communities

With Gongago, users can learn from one another; buy, sell, and trade with one another; and can get to know their communities better. Local nonprofits can host events to recruit new donors and volunteers. Artists can create events surrounding their music or artwork to reach more people. 

Gongago: A One Man Show

Founder James Lyon has been working on Gongago by himself, for several years now. His background in business ownership has led him to a deeper understanding of what support businesses are lacking and how to go about fulfilling their needs. 

The next step is to go from solopreneur to entrepreneur. He is ready to take this business and set it to scale, through building and expanding his team and rolling out a marketing campaign that will capture the eyes and ears of a busy marketplace. 

James aims to hold onto his quirky vibe. A company that speaks to small business values and personalities should be reflected from the ground up! Techies, bloggers, foodies, wanderers, wanderlusters, hipsters, trekkies, and maybe a beatboxer (or two), will all be welcomed to the team. 

The Offering

$0.55/share of Common Stock.

We are offering $106,999.75 in Common Stock at a $3.025M pre-money valuation. Investors and supporters who participate will own the same class of stock as future company employees.

For those who believe in the future of the rapidly growing mobile generation and online advertising sector this is an excellent opportunity to invest in a high risk, potentially high reward early stage SaaS, B2B, & B2C technology company.

For details on the bonus, please see the Offering Summary below.

Gongago: Flexible, Fun, and Free--Invest Today!

Google, Amazon, Uber……….Gongago? Opportunity doesn’t knock often. But when it does, it's usually a good idea to open the door and let it in. In the same fashion Google changed the internet forever, Amazon grabbed online shopping by the horns, and Uber reshaped the taxi industry, Gongago aims to revolutionize the small business industry.

Our platform is user friendly, we provide a plethora of categories, and we build consumer confidence. We want consumers to feel comfortable with their purchasing decisions. 


We believe, investors will find Gongago to be a  wise investment. We all know that social networking is overdue for an evolution. Social networks can be lucrative when operating at their optimal level. Lock in your investment now, and be a part of the next wave of entertainment and social networking.

Knock, knock...

Offering Summary

Maximum 194,545 shares* of Common Stock ($106,999.75)

*Maximum subject to adjustment for bonus shares. See 10% Bonus below

Minimum 18,181 shares of Common Stock ($9,999.55)

Gongago Inc.

Corporate Address
52 Charterhouse Ave, Piedmont SC, 29673, USA

Description of Business
Gongago is a unique online business directory and local community hub. We provide information about deals from both online and local businesses, details for local events and other happenings, and local news. Our platform allows businesses to connect with mobile customers like never before and at an affordable low yearly rate with no additional fees. Users can view photos, business description, contact info, website link, and other details about a business as well as view/leave reviews and ratings for a business. There is an interactive map for local directories which allows users to get directions to a business and view relevant information about it. Gongago provides free listings for local businesses that are looking to expand their online presence and grow their business in their local community. Local businesses in the dining, shopping, entertainment, and health and wellness categories can also become featured on Gongago's site for more exposure on the site. There is a local community forum for visitors to post classifieds, help wanted, local announcement and more. Gongago has been operating as a sole proprietorship two years prior to the date of incorporation of the c-corp on September 4, 2018.

Type of Security Offered
Common Stock (the "Shares", or the "Securities")
Purchase Price of Security Offered

Minimum Investment Amount (per investor) 

The 10% Bonus for StartEngine Shareholders

Gongago Inc. will offer 10% additional bonus shares for all investments that are committed by StartEngine Crowdfunding Inc. shareholders (with ≥ $1,000 invested in the StartEngine Reg A+ campaign) within 24 hours of this offering going live.

StartEngine shareholders who have invested $1,000+ in the StartEngine Reg A+ campaign will receive a 10% bonus on this offering within a 24-hour window of their campaign launch date.  This means you will receive a bonus for any shares you purchase.  For example, if you buy 100 shares of Common Stock at $0.55 / share, you will receive 10 bonus shares, meaning you'll own 110 shares for $55.   Fractional shares will not be distributed and share bonuses will be determined by rounding down to the nearest whole share.

This 10% Bonus is only valid for one year from the time StartEngine Crowdfunding Inc. investors receive their countersigned StartEngine Crowdfunding Inc. subscription agreement.

The Company will not incur any irregular use of proceeds.

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Gongago has been busy!!

about 1 month ago

Since launch of our campaign Gongago has had 40 new businesses that have submitted a new listing to our local directories. We have hit 30,000 unique site visitors also. We have had event submissions and a lot of other interest in the events as well. All on a shoestring budget and with out a marketing campaign. Ratcheting up marketing and getting the word out about Gongago would go a long way! Happy Holidays and wishes for a successful New Year from Gongago!

25,000th site visitor reached! Traffic is growing!!!

3 months ago

Soon after our campaign launched we reached our 25,000th site visitor! That's great news! Also, in recent weeks Gongago's site traffic has grown to 100-200+ daily visitors frequently. That would be on track for an average of 50k+ visitors/yr. With a little bit of marketing and the right tools it shouldn't take long or be hard to turn that into 250k+ visitors/yr. Continue to keep growing that traffic and turn it into 0.5-1 million visitors per year and from there the sky is the  limit! There have also been several new businesses in the last couple of days that added their business to Gongago's directory for their online advertising needs. Good things are happening:) A big thank you to StartEngine for providing this platform and opportunity for Gongago to kick into high gear!

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