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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.