Housing.com’s CEO Goes After Times Group Post Public Spat With Sequoia

Housing.com’s CEO Goes After Times Group Post Public Spat With Sequoia

Just a few days after the infamous public quarrel with Sequoia’s Shailendra Singh on Quora, Housing.com’s co-founder Rahul Yadav has now taken on the Times Group for publishing a report on his replacement as the CEO of Housing.com.

According to the news report published by ET last week, Housing.com’s investors, who are also the majority stakeholders in the company, were looking for a new chief executive post the Quora incident. After the publication of the report, Rahul Yadav sent out an email in which he claimed that Times Group owned MagicBricks, a real-estate website and a competitor to Housing.com, is raising funds in the US while trying to malign Housing.

Here is the complete mail:

Date: Thu, Mar 12, 2015 at 5:19 AM

Subject: Investors considering to remove Housing.com co-founder Rahul Yadav as CEO: Economic Times

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/wealth/real-estate/news/investors-considering-to-remove-housing-com-co-founder-rahul-yadav-as-ceo-sources/articleshow/46534663.cms

  1. Investors called me and said Times is behind you, be ready for such story
  2. MagicBricks (Our competitor and a Times Group Company) is trying to close funding round in US while malign Housing’s position in India. Housing is being loved in US.
  3. And they linked me with that unfortunate car accident. They have no shame!
  4. After paying for past and upcoming marketing blasts’ advances as well, We still have 75Mn+ in our bank. Ola cabs raised $200Mn. We raised $90Mn. Almost at the same time. Their cash burn is 125Cr per month and ours <20Cr that too with recent ramp up. Where is the high cash burn?
  5. Overseas expansion: We WISH to. We DREAM to. How come dreaming is leading to cash burn in international?

Please suggest what to do with this Times Group

Have a good day.

Cheers,

Rahul

In the email, he also pointed out an error in another story where he was also said to be an accused in a car accident in which two of Housing’s employees lost their lives and legal actions are being taken against Housing co-founder Advitiya Sharma. However, the story was corrected later.

He also mentioned about the Cash burn where ET, mentioned that the company had a cash burn rate of INR 50-63 Cr. and was spending too much without any significant revenue. The report, stated that Housing earned INR 1.9 Cr. in revenue for the FY 13-14, while losses stood at INR 48.8 Cr.

Rahul refuted these numbers and went on to, surprisingly, compare Housing with Ola’s cash burn rate.

ET said,

Amit Rai, director, legal, of Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd., the parent of The Economic Times and Times Internet, wrote that any and all claims about The Economic Times story made by Housing officials “are false” and ET stands by its reporting. He also pointed out that Times Internet Limited (TIL) which operates MagicBricks is a separate Company and “any suggestion that our news reports are connected to TIL’s alleged plans is completely untrue…

Founded by 12 IIT-Bombay graduates in June 2012, Housing.com had raised $90 Mn from SoftBank and has recently revamped the website.

These series of outbursts from the CEO of a “mature” stage startup of the likes of Housing is being called “immature” and “showing signs of insecurity” by many senior members of the ecosystem while many others have come forward to show support and stand up against the “bullies” of the ecosystem.

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Pooja Sareen

Inc42 Staff

Editor and Co-founder @Inc42. Pooja keeps a close eye on ecommerce, agritech, government policies, and numbers are her soul food. She can be reached at [email protected]

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