Startup DailyHunt Story: 3 Billion Users & Unicorn Status

DailyHunt focuses on empowering India with information & news. This ethical approach has made this startup worth $1 Billion today.
By Rupsa Das - May 26 2021 9:39PM - 4492 Read
DailyHunt Growth Story: Popular News Provider App

Dailyhunt is a mobile application that provides Indian trending news and content. It deals with regional language content in 14 Indian languages such as Hindi, Marathi, and Kannada. It is gathered from more than 500+ news sources like Newspapers, News Feeds, Websites, and more than 3000+ content providers.

Earlier, it was named Newshunt. It is considered to be one of India's early members of the local content space.

Key Points of DailyHunt

  • Legal Name: DailyHunt Private Limited
  • Founded: 2007
  • Founder: Virendra Gupta
  • Type of Company: Privately Held Company
  • Headquarters: Bangalore, Karnataka, India
  • Number of Employees: 695
  • Type of Industry: News
  • Parent Organization: Versé Innovation Pvt Ltd.
  • Key People: Virendra Gupta (Founder & CEO), Umang Bedi (Co-Founder & President), Umesh Kulkarni
  • Languages: English, Hindi, Bengali, Nepali, Marathi, Punjabi, Urdu, Bhojpuri, Gujarati, Oriya, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada.
  • Investors: 21
  • License: Freeware
  • Valuation: $1 Billion (as per December 2020 investment round)
  • Last Deal Amount: $100 M
  • Company Type: For Profit
  • Financing Status: Investment-Backed
  • Website: www.dailyhunt.com
DailyHunt Growth Story Founder: Virendra Gupta

History of DailyHunt

  • The Beginning Virendra Gupta, the Dailyhunt founder's startup, also known as Viru, started a Versé Innovation Pvt Ltd., a Value-Added Service (VAS) company, in 2007. It was operating wonderfully, but he soon started having an idea that the company would lose its shine.
  • Initial Plotting Initially, in 2009, NewsHunt (presently DailyHunt) was launched as a Symbian app by two ex-Nokia employees, Umesh Kulkarni and Chandrashekhar Sohoni.
    It got launched on the Android platform in 2011. During that time, Virendra Gupta, the founder of Verse, acquired the app, and Umesh became the Chief Technology Officer (CTO).
  • Final Showdown Virendra renamed Newshunt as Dailyhunt in 2015. In that year, Dailyhunt was considered to be India's most prominent language dealer of e-books containing 70,000 titles in ten languages
    He made Umang Bedi the President of Dailyhunt in 2018 and further continued the business with him and aimed at taking the platform to a wider user base. Later, both of them focused on becoming the most prominent digital media business in India. Later, in 2020, Umang became the Co-Founder.

DailyHunt Startup: Mission

The mission of DailyHunt is "the Indic platform empowering a billion Indians to discover, consume, and socialize with content that informs, enriches and entertains".

DailyHunt: Investment Funding Source

Dailyhunt has raised a total amount of $234.5 Million in funding. The recent investment funding was for more than $100 Million, raised by their parent company, VerSe Innovation & the latest funding round takes Dailyhunt to the Unicorn list.

DateStageAmountLead Investors
September 2014Series B₹100 millionSequoia Capital India
February 2015Series C$40 millionFalcon Capital
October 2016Series D$25 millionByte Dance
September 2018Series E$6 millionFalcon Edge Capital
January 2019Venture Round-Equip Capital
January 2019Series E₹24.61 crore Sequoia Capital, Renu Sehgal Trust, Omidyar Network
May 2019Series F$22 millionSofina
August 2019Series F$3 millionGoldman Sachs
November 2019Secondary Market-ByteDance
April 2020Series G$23.5 millionByteDance, Falcon Edge Capital
May 2020Series G$35.6 millionByteDance, Goldman Sachs, Lupa India,
November 2020INR 73 Crore (~ $9.9 Million)B Capital Group
December 2020$100 MillionMicrosoft and Falcon Edge's Alpha Wave Incubation, Google

DailyHunt: Expansion Plans

DailyHunt has gained an increment of more than 12 million net new monthly active users in July 2018. In the next month, it defeated the previous month's achievement and made it by gaining 15 million net new monthly active users. Also, the time spent per daily active user is more than 27 minutes per person every day.

  • App installs- 155 million
  • No. of Stringers- 50,000
  • No. of Publishers- 2,000
  • Daily page views (approx.)- 19 billion
  • No. of daily news providers- 20,000

Business Model of DailyHunt

DailyHunt consists of two Business Models

  • Impressions Based (News) DailyHunt has partnerships with big news media and publishing houses where it shares the profit with them, earned on the news screens.
  • Transactions Based (Books, Magazines, and Singles) It has partnerships with book and magazine publishers, where it acts as a dealer for these books, collect the profit from the users and gives it to the publishers who can share it with the authors as well.

Revenue Model of DailyHunt

Though the app is free of cost for all, DailyHunt earns profit from two sources.

  • Most of the profit comes from showcasing advertising which brings in a wide user base.
  • Also, for reading and downloading books and magazines from the app, the users are charged a particular amount.

DailyHunt: Alliance

  • March 2019- Discovery Communications India agreed to a multi-year alliance with Dailyhunt to display short-form content in March 2019.
  • May 2020- Snapdeal formed a partnership with Dailyhunt to provide news content in May 2020.
  • September 2020- Dailyhunt signed an agreement of being an Associate Sponsor with Star Sports for Dream 11 IPL 2020 in September 2020.
  • December 2020- Dailyhunt declared its alliance with Mzaalo in December 2020. It will provide the users of DailyHunt to get access to Mzaalo's content and even achieve a reward point. Later, these points can be reclaimed to buy products or services from the Mzaalo app.

DailyHunt: Achievements

Virendra Gupta and Umang Bedi were felicitated with the exchange4media Influencer of the Year Award in November 2018.

DailyHunt: New Start

Dailyhunt introduced Josh, a short-video app that means passion or enthusiasm, in September 2020. Its launch is Dailyhunt's strategy in taking one step towards creating a family of apps for the country.

Rupsa Das
Rupsa Das

With over 5+ years of experience in the field of anthologies and more than a year of experience in the field of content writing, Rupsa Das, an English Literature student, is a co-author of 20+ anthologies, compiler of two anthologies. She had worked with some online news portal companies, digital marketing, and travel blogging companies. She is currently serving as the PR and Branding Director of Rotaract Club of Calcutta Park Point and the Assistant Coordinator of Bethune College Students’ Committee.

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