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What are some of the web startups in India that are still active or have become big?

First the obvious ones

  • Slideshare
  • Zoho
  • Pubmatic (ad network, also behind Vizisense – the indian comscore)
  • TellaFriend / SocialTwist
  • SocialMedian (started jan 2009, sold Dec 2009 for 7 million USD)
  • DimDim (web conferencing) – acquired by Salesforce Jan 2011
  • SmsGupShup (Indian twitter with focus on mobile)
  • Directi (largest registrar in Asia)
  • FusionCharts (flash charts used by many apps)
  • Gluster (guys behind gluster filesystem)
  • Justdial (phone & web based classifieds, now launched in US backed by sequoia)
  • Makemytrip (covered on TC bunch of times)
  • Travelguru (acquired by travelocity)
  • Tutorvista (founding employee of mcafee, co-founder of elance, ex-ceo airtel/mahindra british telecom,etc . funded 30M$+)


Hidden gems & upcoming indian startups as of mid-2010

  • multi-lingual : Tachyon technologies / quilpad (amazing lisp, open-source, web hackers, got invested from rediff and supposedly rejected Google M&A)
    Lipikaar (revenue making via tech, recently launched dubzer at DEMO)
  • user generated content : Muziboo (youtube for audio, winner of 2009 facebook connect india challenge) , lifeblob (the indian plurk, investment from Seedfund)
  • real estate : commonfloor, 99acres (supposedly reaching >40% of indian market in april/may ’10) ,makaan
  • e-commerce : Flipkart (Indian amazon e-commerce startup selling books now, supposedly amazing systems/server performances) & Infibeam (e-commerce store, also launched their ebook reader)
    Martjack (amazing traction/DIY framework for building stores)
  • voice : tringme / voicephp (Indian twilio) , callgraph (skype plugins) , voicetap (talk to an expert on phone) , kirusa
  • maps : routeguru , sadakmap, mapunity
  • facebook : ugenie (weread) , scrabulous guys
  • gaming: hashcube (largest sudoku app at one point, incubated at iaccelerator), games2win (casualgames, comscore top 20 gaming reach , well funded ) , lordsofodds ( prediction/gaming via various channels, nice tv tieups, profitable ), Zapak ( Reliance group ) , indiagames ( acquired by UTV, non-casual games )
  • offline focus:  nextbit cpu ( licensing deals in millions)  , notion ink ( adam tablet ), ideacts ( cybercafe software, 30000+ terminals, funded by seqoia )
  • deals : snapdeals , mydala, taggle
  • food related: tastykhana, hungrybangalore, lunchwalla
  • online printing : myntra, pringoo, printo & many others
  • photo: picsquare ( acuired by infibeam ), zoomin ( co-founded by founder of half/ebay )
  • local / classifieds : burrp ( acuired by network18 )  , quickr ( supposedly fastest growing ) ,  asklaila ( amazing rate of product launches, partnerships ) , buzzintown
  • search engines / aggregators :
    antya ( small team, nice tech + seo juice), avashya
    blogadda, indiblogs (ala technorati / 9rules )
    guruji ( seqoia funded search engine, pivoted to music search, lawsuits, but still decent traction, future uncertain )
  • students / jobs: sutraHR , bixee search ( owned by ibibo group ), bharatstudent, freshersworld, hellointern, pagalguy, minglebox
  • ad networks : vdopia, jivox ( both video) , komli, tyroo, networkplay, tyroo ( all well funded )
  • movies / ticketing / delivery : bookmyshow, kyazoonga, 70mm, Bigflix ( netflix’ish clone, great retail rollout, Reliance group )
  • location  yulop
  • project management / collaboration: deskaway, remindo, uhuroo, tenmiles (makers of helpdeskpilot,tezaa,etc)
  • payment : paymate, billdesk, mcheck, ccavenues
  • auto: carwale, carazoo
  • travel: redbus, cleartrip ( well funded, largest pool of lisp developers at one point )
  • finance/risk : crederity ( background checks ) , dhanax ( ala kiva ), paisa ( stock portfolio )
  • sports : cricinfo ( bought by espn )
  • health: lifemojo, healthcaremagic
  • analytics : wingify / visualsiteoptimizer
  • blogging platforms: instablogs (citizen journalism), ibibo, bigadda
  • cloud based : e2e networks, orangescape


Startups not included : many more such as offline startups, mobile, enterprise facing,  printing, social networks, comparison & event focussed; as well as my own startup.