Persons behind Top websites of India

By | October 7, 2010

We all use thousands of websites daily without giving a thought who the hell created them. Every successful website has a story behind it . Below are persons who with a dream in their eyes created websites focussed for India and made it a huge success.

1. Rediff.com


Founder – Ajit Balakrishnan

Estimated Earnings – $40 million per year

The Story - Hailing from a Doctor family Ajit always wanted to be a  Football player but landed himself  to IIM Calcutta. He founded Rediff.com at the age of 42 in year 1996. He invested Rs. 2 crores in it and run the website without profit for three years. Rediff.com is the only indian portal  achieving a feat of being in top 100 websites of world.

2. Naukri.com

Sanjeev Bikhchandani

Founder – Sanjeev Bikhchandani

Estimated income – $6 million per year

Other Ventures – Jeevansathi.com , 99acres.com, Policybazaar.com

The Story – It took Sanjeev an IIT-IIM passout 13 struggling years to be known as founder of india’s most successful online venture. Sanjeev tried every business model of Naukri from trying to sell resume on CDs to surviving on wife’s salary and finally landed on the rising wave of india’s replication of sillicon valley.

3. Shaadi.com

Anupam Mittal

Founder – Anupam Mittal

Estimated Earning – $5 million per year

Other Startups –  Makaan.com

The Story – Anupam founded Shaadi.com in 1996 and thanks to a Pandit who came for a mairrage proposal who inculcated the seeds in him. He thought it would be a great idea to arrange the soultion to the greatest indian problem and that too online. Currently Shaadi.com have more than 10 million members and is the number one matchmaking website in India.

4. OneIndia.in

mahesh

Founder – B.G. Mahesh

Estimated income -$3 million per year

Other Ventures – Click.in

The story – After early education from Patna and Mysore he went on to his M.S. from University of Alabama at Birmingham.In 1990 he found it very difficult to find a job in the US due to Gulf war. The first website Mahesh created was Mahesh.com itself which was a blog covering important informations for NRIs.

Oneindia.in is a website in which he have dumped everything what indians want, from astro to jobs, and from travel to wallpapers. His classified portal Click.in is also ranked fourth in top classified websites in india.

5. JustDial.com

vss mani

Founder – VSS Mani

Estimated Earning – $3 million

The Story – VSS Mani is what we call the middle class Indian dream. He came from a middle class family, dropped his CA Studies and started just dial too late just because he didn’t have enough money. He arranged Rs.50,000 and made a company worth Rs.500 crore which we all know.

6. Sulekha.com

Satya Prabhakar

Name - Satya Prabhakar

Estimated Earnings – $3.5 million

The story – Satya Prabhakar is an NIT, Tiruchirapally Alumni and founded Sulekha which is the largest yellow pages website in the country. Satya raised money from Indigo Monsoon Group and Norwest Venture Partners to make Sulekha.com  from two employees to more than 500 employees with 10 offices in India, US and Canada.

7. ClickIndia

Founder – Pankaj Agarwal

Estimated Revenue from Adsense –  $1.2 million

The story – Pankaj Agarwal passed out from IIM Indore and instead of opting for a high paying job with low risk , opted for a low paying dream with high risk. Clickindia was founded in a garage of Noida with 4 other and it took one years to realize that they made the right choices in life.

8. Way2SMS.com

V V Raju

Founder –  V V Raju

Earnings – $1.1  million / Year

The story – Entrepreneurship was always on Raju’s mind after completing MCA from Nagarjuna University. 24 year old Raju started Way2sms on an ad supported model which is the most used bulk messaging service online in india. Its a win win situation for raju and his website users. Users gains as they are able to send a free sms and Raju gain as some of them click on the Ads.

9. Ibibo.com

ashish kashyap

Founder – Ashish Kashyap

Revenue – $1 million / year

Other Websites – Bixee.com, Tradus.in

The Story – Prior to launching Ibibo.com Ashish worked with organizations like MTv and Google india. Ibibo struggled a lot with its popularity in the starting days but gained popularity due to various features like sawaal.ibibo.com and social networking mimicking Facebook.

9 thoughts on “Persons behind Top websites of India

  1. clad

    Intresting to note here is that 80% of them are in their 40s. I can’t understand why india’s sillicon valley is too old.

  2. Saurav Post author

    They are old as half of indian geeks are busy acquiring bigger degrees and are running after fat pay cheques and mental security.
    By the time they realize their mistakes and plan to open an online venture, they become bald …

  3. Prashant

    Thats very True. In India We take risk only after preparing backup and a mindset with “What If I fail………?”

  4. Tarun Goyal

    hey sharma, wats the story behind sites like pagalguy and totalgadha..

  5. Mahalingesh M

    hey sourav, dude i love this cruiserbyte.com really such a interesting and inspiring knowledge you are providing here thank you very much

  6. Manthan

    Thank you saurav… highly impressive and motivating..

  7. Arup Basak

    Tradeus.in should be Tradus.in
    Typing mistake by author.

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