If you are contemplating a move from the ‘safe’ and ‘boring’ world of a relatively secure work environment to work for a startup-a high risk and high reward strategy, and you decide to take the plunge, then the question arises: “In which basket do you put most of your eggs?” Here is our list of the 15 best startups to work for in 2015.
Founder(s): Kavin Bharti Mittal
Description: The Whatsapp of India, Hike, a cross platform messaging app, aims to target the large untapped, extremely diverse market in the country. Across India, Hike is the top free app on the Android Playstore, iOS Appstore and Windows store. With over 35 million users, Hike has pushed past brands like Whatsapp and Facebook to make its mark on the Indian market. Hike is funded by Bharti SoftBank (BSB), a joint venture between Bharti Enterprises and Softbank Corp, and by Tiger Global.
Founder(s): Bhavish Aggarwal and Ankit Bhati
Description: A taxi aggregator company, Olacabs provides a facility to book cabs through a smartphone application that receives ride requests and sends these requests to their drivers. Funded by Sequoia Capital, SoftBank Capital, Matrix Partners and Tiger Global Management, Olacabs has emerged as India’s answer to Uber. It is headquartered in Mumbai and aims to revolutionize the way we travel.
3. Knowlarity Communications Pvt. Ltd
Founder(s): Ambarish Gupta
Description: Asia’s largest cloud telephony company, Knowlarity communications’ rate of growth has to be seen to believed. Funded by Sequoia Capital and Mayfield, Knowlarity makes it easier for businesses to reach out to their customers. Their flagship products, SuperReceptionist and SmartIVR power over a million calls an hour. Headquartered in Singapore, they have offices in Bangalore, Gurgaon, and Mumbai. They have a presence in 65 countries and power over 8,000 companies worldwide.
Founder(s): Yogi Vasupal, Sachit Singhi and Rupal Yogendra
Description: An online hotel booking website, Stayzilla aims to tap into the market place opened up by increased penetration of hotel bookings online by customers as well as increasing numbers of hotels coming online in India. Stayzilla focuses solely on room bookings and has partnered with a network of over 18,000 hotels in more than 1,200 cities across the nation. It is funded by Matrix Partners India.
Founder(s): Richa Kar
Description: Zivame.com, India’s No.1 lingerie destination, features 5000 styles in 100 sizes from 50 brands catering to the needs of every woman. Zivame, an e-commerce platform, aims to avoid the potential embarrassment that comes with buying intimate wear in public. Funded by Kalaari Capital, IDG Ventures India and Unilazer Ventures, Zivame has grown by leaps and bounds since its inception delivering up to 20000+ pin codes nationwide.
6. Idea device
Founder(s): Aaditya Sood
Description: Idea Device Technologies provides enterprise-software solutions to automate IT data center operations. Incubated at IIM Bangalore in 2010, Idea Device is a Sequoia Capital portfolio company with its headquarters in Singapore and development offices in Bangalore, Mumbai, and San Francisco. Their mission is to make enterprise and datacenter operations completely automated, efficient, and error-free.
7. Uolo Technology
Founder(s): Badrish Agarwal
Description: Uolo technology was founded in 2013, and since its inception, it has been a pioneering force in childcare management. The company has proven itself as the #1 choice of child care professionals, and has recently raised its seed round of funding.
Founder(s): Mithun Srivatsa and Nikhil Shivaprasad
Description: Blowhorn is a Bangalore based startup, and is “the Uber for logistics in India.” Founded in August 2014, it offers a tech platform to connect customers who want to move goods in an efficient and hassle-free manner. It is a Unitus Seed Feed company, and is also backed by prominent investors, most notably Tim Draper, who has also backed Skype, Hotmail etc.
9. WeHive Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
Director(s): Suhail Abidi and Vivek Goyal
Description: WeHive is an online peer to peer marketplace that allows buyers and sellers to connect and deal directly with each other for buying or selling desired products. Based in Bangalore, it aims to revolutionize the 20 billion dollar local marketplace in India. It is funded by leading VCs.
Founder(s): Sangram Simha
Description: A Ventureeast funded company, StyleCraze is focused on building the world’s most comprehensive website for women-specific domains such as Fashion and parenting. It is growing at a rapid pace, and operates as the world’s leading website for beauty and wellness products.
Founder(s): Abishek Chatterjee and Jeeta Bandopadhyay
Description: Tookitaki is a Singapore based startup with offices in Bangalore, and is focused on providing data analysis and predictions about customer behavior, marketing, and product sales for companies. It is funded by Jungle Ventures, Rebright partners and Blume Ventures.
Founder(s): Sitakanta Ray and Sulakshan Kumar
Description: MySmartPrice, as the name suggests, is a comparison based shopping website that simplifies and enhances the shopping experience. Funded by Accel and Helion, it serves more than 75 million users per month and lists 100+ product categories across 40+ online stores.
Founder(s): Adam Taylor, Will Poole and Pradeep Singh
Description: According to Pengala’s mission statement, Pengala wants to “change the way India learns” and in order to achieve this lofty goal, it aims to harness the power of technology to augment learning. Its software platform is adopted by leading educational providers in India in the K12, test prep, higher education, and vocational training domains to deliver complete digital learning courses to students.
Founder(s): Annkur P Agarwal and Tirthesh J Ganatra
Description: Pricebaba is a location based search engine that allows real world shoppers to find the best deals in their vicinity. Its platform also provides retailers with real time information about the buying behavior of Indian customers. It was founded in 2012, and is a 500 startups company.
Founder(s): Sumit Jain, Lalit Mangal and Vikas Malpani
Description: A Tiger Global and Accel Partners company, Commonfloor is a real-estate online marketplace that offers homeseekers and sellers a platform to showcase their wares as it were. The “oldest” company in our list, Commonfloor seeks to stay ahead in the game.
So folks, there you have it: 15 great startups to work for in the year ahead. Agree with our list? Tell us in the comment section below.