What started out two years ago as a simple idea discussed over a hot cup of coffee in Delhi’s chilly winters at the Indian Coffee House, situated in the heart of India’s capital, Connaught Place, has now evolved to become what many of you now may know Inc42 to be – the go to destination for all things tech in the Indian startup ecosystem.
From just a team 3 founders, we have now grown to a 20 member team (the number is growing rapidly and might have changed by the time you read this :P) of intrapreneurs, story tellers and enablers working out of our swanky new office space in New Friends Colony in South Delhi.
Since January 2014, Inc42’s journey as a startup has been a roller coaster ride with a lot of ups and downs, our own share of adventure and a lot of learnings. Running a media company has been a very different kind of experience from a pure play product or a service company – it’s more of a mix of building a product, service and network.
When we started out in 2014, a lot of people pointed out that the media industry wasn’t something worth getting into – “it’ll not work”, “it’s not scalable”, “how will you compete with print”. But over the past 2 years, a lot has changed. India is poised to be the largest internet population, the way people consume content and news has changed, digital content consumption has exploded and startups have received mainstream attention (thank you Startup India). And by the looks of it, the digital media industry is going to blow up over the next 2 years.
During our first year of operations we met many interesting people, friends, supporters, entrepreneurs and investors including Ritesh Malik, Nikunj Jain, Prabhu Ram, Singapore Angel Network, Dewang Neralla, Unicorn India Ventures and others who helped kick-off our journey. We’ve summarised that journey in last year’s wrap up post.
Now that we’ve recounted through some of the nostalgia, lets move on to some of the more recent developments.