2014 saw the much awaited funding rush in the Indian startup ecosystem, an industry which otherwise has been driven by only passion. Startups grew exponentially and so did the aspirational value of working in a startup. Freshers from top engineering and management institutes considered working in a startup at par (or even better) with that of MNCs of the world. Senior management was also opening up to experiment to the roller-coaster ride of startups and many of them decided to steer the ships for them.
In all, one can confidently say that the Indian startups have moved from being ‘just a cool place to work for’ to ‘an aspirational place to make dreams come true, for yourself and for others. We, at YourStory, have always believed in the power of dreams and encouraged the young professionals to be a part of startups through our sincere efforts in the form of series like Awesome Startup Employee or the Fabulous Startup Workplaces.
Here’s another humble attempt to showcase India’s top startup destinations which promises a great deal of work, values and learnings to the professionals and freshers out there.
These companies have been selected based on the following parameters:
Why you should work here – They are building an on-demand product and scaling it quickly which can take the SaaS mobile industry by storm. And if you become the new joinee in the existent pool of talented people at HelpShift, you get a Macbook Pro, all day food and a good amount of amusement in office like Foosball, XBox 360 and PS3.
Why you should work here – Being VC funded, and having achieved break-even, this high growth company offers a stable opportunity. Core team members share in the upside through ESOPs. Clearly, there’s an opportunity to take part in building a large consumer internet company.
Why should you work here – It’s a product company seeing a huge traction in the market with disruptive technology, sales and partnership models. Working environment is challenging with tremendous exposure and learning opportunity.
Why should you work here- Passion(for their work) is in the DNA of Thrillophilia team. Along with whatever they do, team members also live travel, breathe travel, and even dream about it sometimes. They are trying to change the way the local experiences and activities are booked in India till date. Here is a quick overview of what it is like working at Thrillophilia! – http://www.slideshare.net/thrillophilia/why-work-at-thrillophilia
Investor – Matrix Partners, Lightspeed Ventures & Tiger Global
Why should you work here – Limeroad consists of some revolutionary thinkers and execution team in the lifestyle discovery content & commerce space. In last 12 months, they have grown 1900%, and are always looking out for smart people. Additionally, they claim to have best-in-class venture syndicate backing their business.
Why should you work here – GrabHouse gives their employees: a) Ownership – Be it any position or department, every person in the team sits in the driver seat from day 1; b) Culture – Open and people friendly culture where work is not counted by hours but by impact; c) Impact – Everyday people get to work on ideas that changes the way Grabhouse works and real estate industry in India operates; and d) Peers – Every person teaches something to another.
The pie-chart depicting the team size of startups in India
Why should you work here – If you’re passionate about making an impact on millions of lives, Hike might excite you. Apart from the challenging work environment, they also give to our employees a lot of perks –http://get.hike.in/career.html
Why should you work here – They believe happy people build great products and they do everything possible to keep the team in a good state of mind. You can read about our culture here http://qr.ae/lNIJh
Why should you work here – People in MadRat are generally hyper. They’re very curious and almost restless to a point. At the same time they’re very focused on what they do. Making world class games and products is on everybody’s mind. So if you have a spring in your step and appetite for challenge, then press the Play button!
Why should you work here – They are building the go-to platform for customer service. If you’ve ever faced a product / service issue, you’ll know the pain and willing to work with them to ease that out.
Why should you work here – What makes an organization successful, are two key factors: People working in the company and its culture. The team at Power2SME are amongst the best in the business and make it a point to value each and every employee and aim at honing their skills. They’re sure that anyone joining our company, will help them in carve out a niche for them and gradually becoming the best in the business. They strongly believe in ‘Happy People makes a happy organization’.
Why should you work here – They have grown in leaps and bounds in last four years. The company is continuously growing and that ensures growth for the employees too. Associating with the company will definitely provide a learning curve as well a chance to grow. If you are a performer and have the zeal to learn and explore new avenues, they are the right choice as an employer.
Why should you work here – BuyT is all about performance and ROI driven marketing. Leaving behind successful careers in technology, corporate strategy and finance, they are motivated by the challenge to revolutionize advertising in today’s platform-focused, hyper-connected and mobile-first world. Young, eclectic, vibrant – if you can identify with these, BuyT is the place for you!
Investor – Nirvana Venture Advisors, 500 Startups, Beenos
Why should you work here – The Delhi-based startup work, play and party together. They believe in passion driven work more than anything else. At Kartrocket, you are your own boss. They also claim to pay good salaries(10-15% higher than the industry standard). The company says, “In short, We are the company you will miss on Sundays.”
Investor – Sequoia Capital, Intel Capital, Omidiyar Network, Kae Capital
Why should you work here – HealthKart’s goal is the create the trusted consumer brand which makes any quality health product available in the globe to consumer’s doorstep. People passionate about healthcare and technology should consider joining the 350+ motivated team in company’s growth journey. The association will offer rapid development platform, where you would be challenged to get the best amongst you.
Investor – Norwest Venture Partners (NVP) and Bertelsmann India Investments (BII)
Why should you work here – Pepperfry has built a leadership position in the online home and furniture segment with its scale and strengths in sourcing products, strong logistics, ably supported by a highly experienced management team. Working at Pepperfry guarantees that people would handle large areas of responsibility, be business owners and actively influence the future course of the company.
Why should you work here – At Papertrell, you’ll be reimagining books; be a leader, not a follower; play a direct role in the future of publishing; you can argue with the CEO, he’ll like you for it; you’ll work for the ‘Most Innovative Publishing start-up in the world'(according to Frankfurt Book Fair 2014); you get top $; and you get free lunch every day, beer during IPL matches.
Investor – Accel Partners, Tiger Global, Google Capital
Why someone you should work here – At Freshdesk, they pride themselves on building powerful, sophisticated software that’s fun and easy to use. Their approach is to find the best people, empower them to succeed, and set them loose. They foster a workplace that makes people jump out of bed every morning with a smile on their face. Freshdesk has been consistently rated as one of India’s hottest startups, and is the only Indian company backed by Google Capital.
Why should you work here – Because they are creating the next billion dollar hardware company in India with a mini university-like, fun, energetic team (they have got Mechanical, Electronics, Computer Science, and Embedded Engineering departments apart from equally interesting Business Analysis, Development and Operations teams).
Investors – AngelPrime, Social+Capital Partnership, Helion Advisors, American Express
Why should you work here – With industry-specific services built around payments, Ezetap is changing the way enterprises, small and home-run business are getting paid. Ezetap is live in multiple countries across Africa and South East Asia.
Why should you work here – TaxiForSure combines the best of the start-up and corporate worlds. With freedom to innovate and a hands-on approach to work, the company is a young and energetic place to work in. TaxiForSure is seeing exponential growth and the company has attracted funding from leading national and international investors. The company boats of talent drawn from top Technology and B-schools in the country and abroad. Flexible work hours, open work spaces and a fun company culture are added positives of working with this company.
Why should you work here – Focused heavily on growth, FreeCharge is a venture backed firm that has a very driven work culture and lot of opportunities for employees to flourish. The leadership team is highly entrepreneurial and this gives a lot of opportunities to folks working there to learn.
Why should you work here – Acquired by Times Internet, CouponDunia has the flexibility of a startup and the security of being backed. The website gets more than 4 million visits a month and their app has more than 500k downloads.
Why should you work here – StudyPad is an ed-tech company focused on transforming the early childhood learning experience. It’s vision is to make education truly new-age by seamlessly integrating immersive digital products into the curriculum. They are #1 math apps publisher on the iOS App Store. StudyPad’s products have been used by close to 10 million kids around the world.
Why should you work here – The company says, “You get to work with a group of dedicated young breed of data scientists and developers from US and India, lots of food, flexible work hours, growth and learning as par with the top companies in the world. If you have, what it takes to build a world class product, hop into the team.”
Why you should work here – The team is working on novel, design-focused real-estate products. Recently launched Flatchat has been gaining traction. The small team has a good mix of product and marketing folks. The culture is a lot of fun. You also get to ‘getaway’ twice an year.
Investor – raised 15 Cr. (investor not yet disclosed)
Why you should work here – The company says – “You get to work with people who live and breathe Technology, work on the latest web technology stack(s), and learn how to build scalable, secure and state of the art Web platforms. The leadership team is experienced and seasoned entrepreneurs with track record of building multiple start-ups.”
Heckyl aims to be a global leader in the space of information analytics for worldwide financial markets. They strive to raise the bar with everything that they offer and shall continue to do so till hell freezes over.
LocalBanya is one of the leading destination for online grocery shopping in Mumbai, offering some of the best prices and a completely hassle-free experience. Now shop for the freshest exotic Fruits, Vegetables, Pulses, Rice, Oil, Milk, Personal Care, Household supplies, Baby Care, Beverages and products from a host of other categories available.
They are building and managing hospitals/clinics in semi-urban and rural areas and bringing healthcare services where it is needed most. Vaatsalya is India’s first hospital network focused on Tier II and Tier III towns.
BlueShift Technologies develops and markets vacuum automation products for semiconductor manufacturing. BlueShift’s linkable QuickLink wafer handling platform empowers semiconductor OEMs to cost-effectively adapt existing wafer processing tools to new process requirement while reducing equipment cost.
And, for those who are scared of going the unconventional path, this video by Varun Agarwal might just help you overcome your fears and listen to your heart (at least tickle it).
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P.S. – We understand that in the process of defining the parameters, certain elements of the subjective nature of shortlisting might not have been captured. Therefore, we humbly request all such startups to drop in your details at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll update the article after analyzing the same.