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									                      Special    // PORTAL PROFILES

   Traffic, own-                                               point of contact. Seeded       California-headquartered
  ership, man-                                                 by Larry Page and Sergey       Yahoo, was founded by the
                                                               Brin in a Stanford             Stanford students Jerry
 agement and                                                   University dorm in 1998, it    Yang, (president and CEO),
                                                               has spread like wildfire.      Blake Jorgensen (co-
      other high-                                              Larry Page and Sergey Brin     founder) in 1994. Yahoo
                                                               are the founders of this       today is present in more
    lights of the                                              online search giant.           than 20 markets and
      leading 56                       PORTALS                                                regions with 500 million
                                                               Yahoo India                    users worldwide.
  portals in the                Google India
         country.                                              Yahoo began as a hobby
                                The Gurgaon-headquar-          for its founders has evolved
  According to                  tered Google India is the      into a leading global brand    One of the early birds to
      comScore                  largest site in the country    that has changed the way       fly into the online space in
                                with as many as                people communicate with        the country as early as
       MyMetrix,                15,350,000 visitors a          each other, conduct trans-     1996, has gone
                                month, according to the        actions and access, share,     places-it was the second
   Rediff is the                comScore data as on July       and create information.        Indian site to get listed on
                                2007. The world's largest      Though of foreign origin,      the Mecca of online indus-
   No 1 Indian                  search engine offers infor-    Yahoo is the second largest    try, the Nasdaq, and is the
         portal in              mation in many different       site in the country with as    largest domestic site and
                                languages such as Hindi,       many as 15,318,000 visi-       the fourth largest in the
  terms of traf-                Bengali, Telugu, Marathi       tors a month. Yahoo offers     country in terms of traffic
                                and Tamil. It has become       its services in seven local    with 7,966,000 people vis-
   fic, followed                such a phenomenon in the       languages such as Hindi,       iting the site this July,
                                country that even for matri-   Bengali, Gujarati, Tamil,      according to comScore fig-
  by the Times                  monial, job searches and       Malayalam, Kannada and         ures. addition-
 Internet sites.                shopping this is the first     Telugu. The Sunnyvale,         ally offers the Indian

126 ❘ Pitch ❘ September-October 2007
American community one          ing times, work and trans-        model in the world. The         a concept and 95 percent
of the oldest and largest       act. According to the             Fortune magazine, in its        of its 10 million pages are
Indian weekly newspapers,       comScore data, this is the        December 2000 issue,            generated by its members
India Abroad. Founded in        first largest site in the coun-   selected Sify as one of the     and participating members.
1996, is head-       try with 4,809,000 visitors       world's ten hot technology      As on July 2007, it had
quartered in Mumbai with        per month.                        companies to watch out          2,196,000 visitors a
offices in New Delhi and        Management: Dinesh                for based on this innova-       month, ranking 23 among
New York. Its information       Wadhawan, MD and CEO.             tive business model. That       the top 100 sites in the
and content channels                                              apart, Sify is credited for     country. Its services are
include news, business,                          pioneering corporate net-       being used by millions in
movies, cricket/sports,                                           working services in the         as many as 25 cities in the
auto, health, food, books,                                        country. Again, this is the     country and more than a
gaming, astrology, contests,    Set up in April 1998, Sify,       only ISO 9001:2000 certi-       dozen cities in the US
lifestyle, home décor,          formerly Satyam Infoway, is       fied service provider for       and Canada. Its main
women and several other         one of the pioneers and           network operations in the       offices are in Chennai,
topics of interest. It also     leaders in Internet, net-         country. In 2003, Sify was      Bangalore, Hyderabad,
offers a specialised site for   working and e-Commerce            awarded the prestigious         Mumbai and Austin.
the US, Rediff USA. Ajit        services, and also the first      Frost & Sullivan Market         Management: Param
Balakrishnan is the founder     Internet company from the         Leadership Award for IP         Parameswaran, chairman;
and chief executive.            country to be listed on the       VPN markets.                    Satya Prabhakar, founder
                                Nasdaq. It provides inte-         Management: Raju                and chief executive; and                  grated end-to-end solutions       Vegesna, chief executive-       Promod Haque, director.
                                for both corporates and           and managing director;
                                individual consumers, with        Suri Venkat, COO.               MSN
One of the pioneers in the      a range of products and
online space, this site from    services delivered over a
the house of the Times          common Internet back-                                             This premium network
Group is a popular destina-     bone infrastructure. Sify is                                      from the Microsoft group
tion for the global Indian      credited with developing          This is one of the biggest      offers its services in five
for its news and a suite of     the country's first TCP/IP        and most popular member-        local language options
mobile value-added servic-      network and offering multi-       generated community and         with its services now being
es. Covering everything         ple services on a common          social/ professional net-       available in Hindi, Tamil,
from art to airlines,           backbone infrastructure for       working hubs integrating        Telugu, Kannada and the
Indiatimes is taking the dig-   an integrated Internet, net-      social media and local          Malayalam languages. It's
ital age into people's lives,   working and e-Commerce            commerce services.              a popular site for news and
influencing the way they        business model. This was          Sulekha was started by          networking and host of
live and respond to chang-      the first such business           Satya Prabhakar in 1998 as      other services.

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                       Special   // PORTAL PROFILES

                                CFO. Kapil Kapoor of          Management: R Sundar,            ented professionals with
                                Timex India is an inde-       president, Times Business        dynamic organisations,
                                pendent director on the       Solutions.                       from the Bharatmatrimony
                                company’s board.                                               group. Currently it features
                                                                        over 5,000 clients, 45,000
                                                                     job listings and over a mil-
                                                                                               lion registered jobseekers.
                                                              A part of the Web18 group        The renowned technology
      JOBSITES                                                from the Network18 sta-          magazine PCWorld has
                                The flagship brand of         ble, is of         selected it as the best-                      Monster Worldwide Inc,        Malaysian origin and offers      designed portal in this cat-
                                Monster entered the coun-     a suit of interactive recruit-   egory. It is owned by
                                try after buying out          ment services. JobStreet         Management: Murugavel was incorpo- in 2004 for     Corporation Berhad is a          Janakiraman, founder &
rated in May 1995 under         around $400 million from      leading online recruitment       chief executive officer.
the Companies Act as Info       the Dalmias, and is the       company based in
Edge India. Operating           second largest jobsite in     Malaysia, and is a leading
through a network of 45         the country according to      site in the entire Asia-
offices located in 30 cities    comScore data, ranking 15     Pacific region, and is listed
across the country, as well     among the top 100 sites.      on the Malaysia stock
as in Dubai, Naukri went        The leading online global     exchange. Web18 took
public in April 2006. The       careers network was           over with 50 percent of the
Dubai office primarily          founded in 1994 by Jeff       India stake for nearly $2
engages in sales, marketing     Taylor, and operates from     million and provides on-
and payment collection          26 countries.                 going media support to the              TRAVEL
activities. According to the    Management: Dhruvkanth        business.
comScore data, Naukri is        Shenoy, vice-president,       Management: Mark       
the largest job site in the     marketing for Asia.           Chang, founder and CEO;
country in terms of traffic,                                  Anand Iyer, India CEO.
ranking 13 amongst the                                         was
top 100 sites Indians visit.                                            launched in 2000 primari-
The company is headquar-                                                                       ly to tap the booming US
tered in Gurgaon.               This is the online recruit-                                    to India travel market,
Management: Sanjiv              ment services from the is a leading       offering the NRIs online
Bhikchandani, CEO;              Times Business Solutions      premium, yet affordable          ticketing and travel consul-
Hitesh Oberoi, COO; and         from the Times group, and     job portal, built around the     tancy support. The portal
Ambrish Raghuvanshi,            was launched in 2004.         promise of matching tal-         launched its India opera-

128 ❘ Pitch ❘ September-October 2007
tions in 2005, and today it     tomers to select from over    bookings. Over three  
is the largest portal in this   1,200 domestic hotels and     percent 13 million tickets
genre, ranking 10th among       from network carriers and     booked everyday are
the top 100 sites in the        low-cost airlines, besides    done on              Promoted by two Harvard
country in terms of traffic,    providing restaurants and     comScore ranks it at 40         Business School alumni
according to comScore           shopping information on       out of the top 100 sites        with significant travel,
data, for July 2007 period.     500 domestic destinations.    in the country.                 technology and corporate
Later on it extended its        comScore ranks it at 25                                       experience and a team of
services to hotel, holidays     out of the top 100 sites in                       professionals from indus-
and car rentals bookings.       the country. The portal is                                    tries such as hospitality, com-             owned by Kleiner, Perkins,                                    travel and trade, financial
mands a four percent share      Caufield & Byers, and                                         services and e-commerce,
of Indo-US air travel mar-      Sherpalo Ventures.            This leading online ticket-     Travelguru has done its bit
ket, which is pegged at a       Management: Hrush Bhatt,      ing portal was founded          in redefining the way India
hefty Rs 4,500 crore.           founder & director for        by Dhruv Shringi and            travels. It is funded by
Management: Deep Kalra,         product & strategy; Stuart    Manish Amin, but is now         Sequoia Capital India,
co-founder & chief execu-       Crighton, founder & direc-    part of the Web18 group.        formed after a merger
tive and Sachin Bhatia,         tor for Business develop-     Yatra helps businesses          between Sequoia Capital
co-founder & CMO.               ment; and Sandeep             and consumers to book           and WestBridge Capital
                                Murthy, chief executive.      airline, bus and hotels         Partners.                                                 and car rentals either          Management: Ashwin
                                           online or through the           Damera, CEO & co-
                                           This is the        telephone or mobiles.           founder, and Ganesh
Launched in 2006,                          largest rail-      Yatra's multi-language          Rengaswamy, co-founder is the coun-                 ticketing por-     customer service centre
try's second largest online                tal not only in    enables customers to  
travel portal according to      the country but also in       make well-informed and
the latest comScore matrix,     Asia with over Rs 1100        cost-effective bookings.
which ranks it 25th among       crore in annual rev-          comScore ranks it at 58 is a travel
the top 100 sites in the        enues. An arm of the          out of the top 100 sites. It    search engine, and dis-
country. Built on the prom-     Railway ministry, it          has funding from                plays comprehensive
ise of providing simple,        aggressively promoted         Reliance Capital &              information from multiple
reliable, and responsible       rail-based tourism            Norwest Venture Partners.       travel providers, based on
service by offering compre-     besides, offering both e-     Management: Haresh              one's preferences and
hensive products with           tickets and email tickets     Chawla, CEO; Dhruv              help select travel options
competitive pricing,            of the Railways and hotel     Shringi, and Manish             fast. This portal is part of allows cus-       and tourism package           Amin, co-founders.              the Studio Smile group.

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Management: Harish                 340 flights daily across 44     comScore, this is the          Oberoi, COO; and
Bahl, managing director            destinations within the         maiden venture from the        Ambrish Raghuvanshi,
and chief executive                country and also operates       BharatMatrimony group          chief financial officer.
officer.                           flights to Nepal, Sri Lanka,    and is also the country's
                                   Singapore, Malaysia,            No 1 online matrimony                   Britain, Thailand, and          service provider.
               The credit for      Belgium. Its low cost avatar    Established in 1997, it
               beginning           is JetLite, previously Air      has developed a business       Founded in 1997 to pro-
               online air tick-    Sahara, which it bought         model to provide services      vide a superior match-
eting should definitely go         over last January. Being a      both offline and online        making experience by
to Air Deccan, the coun-           legacy carrier, it has not      and has 2,300 affiliates. It   expanding the opportuni-
try's first and the largest        been selling its seats          has also extended its          ties available to meet
low-cost airline, launched         through the net, but            services to cater to NRIs      potential life partners,
in August 2003. The lead-          recently, especially after      by setting up operations       today has
ing independent online             Air Sahara buyout, it has       in the United States,          operations in India, the
traffic monitoring agency          also been actively selling      Dubai, Canada and more         US, Britain and the UAE
comScore of the US ranks           seats online. comScore          recently in Britain.           and claims over 300 mil-
it at 72 out of the top 100        ranks it at 90 out of the top   Management: Murugavel          lion page-views a month.
sites in the country. When         100 sites in the country.       Janakiraman, founder and       Management: Anupam
launched, Air Deccan tick-         Management: Naresh              chief executive officer.       Mittal, CMD.
ets could only be available        Goyal, CMD, Jet Airways.
online. Deccan Aviation,                                       
in which UB Group with
26 percent stake, but with
management control while                                           Set up as Jeevansathi is the
Capt GR Gopinath and                                               Internet services, this        online matrimonial portal
Capt Samuel are the                                                leading matrimonial site       from the Times Business
founders and other major                                           was boutght over by Info       Solutions stable. The portal
investors.                                                         Edge India, the owners of      uses the latest technologies
Management: Capt GR                                                the Naukri group of por-       available in the online
Gopinath, MD.                      MATRIMONIALS                    tals in September 2004.        environment to provide
                                                                   As on June 2007 this site      members with fast, rele-                        had a database of more         vant and best matching
                                                                   than 1.71 million profiles.    results in strict confidence.
                                                                   Management: Saneev             Management: R Sundar,
The largest domestic airline       Ranked 17 out of the top        Bhikchandani, chief exec-      president, Times Business
Jet Airways operates over          100 sites in the country by     utive officer; Hitesh          Solutions.

130 ❘ Pitch ❘ September-October 2007
                                group in 2006 with a                               
                                pan-India coverage of
                                listings, news, views and
                                provides an extensive                                        Owned by Quantum
                                inventory of developers,                                     Information Services, this is
                                brokers and other profes-                                    one of best financial infor-
                                sionals, a wide range of                                     mation service providers in
                                products and services                                        the country. This site is
    PROPERTY                    directly or indirectly             FINANCIAL                 based in Mumbai.
                                related to the red-hot real        SERVICES                  Management: Ajit Dayal,                     estate industry in the                                       founder and CEO.
               A part of the    country which has been
            getting a lot of foreign                           
               group, this      capital.
               was incor-       Management: R Sunder, was
porated in May, 1995            president, Times Business     conceived and formed as        The India Infoline group
under the Companies Act         Solutions.                    a personal finance portal      comprises the holding com-
as Info Edge India and                                        in 1999. The company           pany India Infoline and its
became a listed company                                       was acquired by e-             subsidiaries and straddles
in April last years. It has a                       , now              the entire financial services
network of 45 offices                                         Network18 group, in            space with offerings ranging
located in 30 cities in the              2000. Today,                   from equity research, equi-
country as well as an  is part is one        ties and derivatives trading,
office in Dubai. The            of the BharatMatrimony        of the premier end-to-end      commodities trading, port-
Naukri group is head-           group and is the first ISO    business and finance por-      folio management services,
quartered in Gurgaon.           9001:2000 certified por-      tals in the country and the    mutual funds, life insurance,
Management: Sanjiv              tal in the country and        largest in this space.         fixed deposits, GoI bonds
Bhikchandani, CEO;              provides in-depth infor-      According comScore to          and other small savings
Hitesh Oberoi, COO; and         mation on buying, selling     data for July 2007, it is      instruments to loan prod-
Ambrish Raghuvanshi,            and renting on real           the 30th largest site          ucts and Investment bank-
chief financial officer.        estate, and provides a        among the top 100 sites        ing. The portal
                                customised interface          in the country in terms of     is another offering from the                 across property categories    traffic. It is owned by the    group. Indiainfoline is listed
                                making each listed prop-      New Delhi-based                on both the BSE as well as
                                erty unique.                  Network18 Group.               on the NSE. was             Management: Murugavel         Management: Surya              Management: Nirmal Jain,
launched by the Times           Janakiraman,CEO.              Mantha, CEO, Web18.            founder and chairman.

                                                                                    September-October 2007 ❘ Pitch ❘ 131
                       Special   // PORTAL PROFILES                   2007. The bank has over         entered the real estate        youth icon by MTV India
                                950 branches and 3,300          business in 2005.              recently. By far this is the
                                ATMs in the country                                            most popular and the
One of the pioneers in the      besides being present in 17                  largest portal in the coun-
online share trading space,     countries. It's online finan-                                  try in this space today.
Sharekhan offers a host of      cial services arm ICICI                                        Recently, it has added a
services. While its 'classic offers a wide        An integrated Internet         number of new features to
account' offers online trad-    range of banking and            company, it delivers con-      Orkut, and now it sports a
ing and gives research con-     financial products and          tent, community and com-       chic modern look, Hindi
tent, its 'speedtrade' is a     services to corporate and       merce to consumers and         transliteration, a user inter-
next generation online          retail customers.               businesses.      face in five Indian lan-
trading that brings the                                         also provides a range of       guages such as Hindi,
power of a broker's termi-                  channels offering the latest   Bengali, Marathi, Tamil,
nal to your PC and the                                          in entertainment, lifestyle,   and Telugu; more photos,
'dial-n-trade' service pro-                                     food and many other infor-     updates from friends and
vides the convenience of        One of the pioneers in the      mation based services.         last but not the least, secu-
buying and selling shares       online share trading busi-                                     rity tips to emphasise safe
over the phone. With over       ness, the Mumbai-based                                         Internet usage. The new-
200 share shops across 90       IndiaBulls is a diversified                                    look Orkut gives a refresh-
cities in the country,          company with interests in                                      ing new clutter-free design, provides          real estate and other areas.                                   making it easy for one to
in-depth analysis of mar-       It has 640 branches all                                        navigate through the inter-
kets, analyses before, dur-     over the country serving                                       esting features on your pro-
ing and after market hours.     more than 4,50,000 cus-                                        file. While Hindi
                                tomers with its wide range                                     Transliteration allows one                   of financial services and            SOCIAL                    to scrap in Hindi using an
                                products from securities,         NETWORKING                   English keyboard, the addi-
                                derivatives trading, deposi-                                   tion of five new local lan-
ICICI Bank is the largest       tary services, research and                    guages help one interact,
private sector bank in the      advisory services, con-                                        connect and express one-
country and second largest      sumer secured and unse-                                        self with greater enthusi-
after the State Bank with       cured credit, loan against      This social networking site    asm and freedom. It also
total assets of Rs 3,44,658     shares and mortgage and         from the Google stable has     gives you larger storage
crore as on March 31,           housing finance. Listed on      become such a craze            space helping you store
2007 and profit after tax of    the BSE, NSE and the            amongst the youth that it      more photos and comes
Rs 3,110 crore for fiscal       Luxembourg bourse it            has been voted as the          with more security tips.

132 ❘ Pitch ❘ September-October 2007                     with the objective of mak-     is a full-service software
                                ing new friends, communi-      gaming entertainment
                                cating with old ones, shar-    company and a part of
This is the first friendship,   ing photos and posting         the Reliance Anil                Established in 1998, this is
dating and social network-      journals and comments etc.     Dhirubhai Ambani Group           a consumer media plat-
ing site in the country, and    Management: Siddharth          and was set in early             form for contests.
was launched in 2003.           Roy, COO.                      2007. Though very new,           Originally started as a
Fropper is the short form                                      it is the largest gaming         brand promotions website,
for 'friend hopper', and                  portal in the country with       it has grown into an enter-
extends the philosophy of                                      over with 2.5 million reg-       tainment destination with
no one's a stranger, and is                                    istered users, and over          people playing more than
a destination for building,     Claims to be the country's     three million page views         a lakh times on the site
maintaining and enjoying        fastest growing community      daily, and is ranked at 26       daily. This portal is funded
meaningful relationships.       site. Based in Bangalore       among the top 100 sites          by ICICI Ventures and
With over two million           and specialises in business,   in the country, according        eVentures, a venture capi-
members, it is the first site   technology, media and          to comScore data, offer-         talist formed by Soft Bank
to offer such interactive       design, it has funding from    ing 300 games. Another           Asia and Rupert Murdoch's
features for Indians global-    Sequoia Capital India.         offering from this is            Star group.
ly, all for free. It is owned   Management: Kavita Iyer,, a first of its kind    Management: Alok
by the People Group.            CEO; Sanjay Aggarwal,          audio-visual online con-         Kejriwal, chairman; Raj
Management: Navin               CTO; Sushma Abburi, V-P.       tent, offering audio-visual      Menon, COO.
Mittal, husiness head.                                         content on just about
                                                               anything in the realm of                                                    gaming. already                            This enter-
                                                               has a stock content of                              tainment
                                                               over 1,500 videos.                                  portal is
This youth networking site                                     Another offering is              owned by the Network18
from the Reliance                                    , the first        group and provides the lat-
Entertainment of the                                           ever-gaming destination          est on movies, music and
Reliance ADA group,                                            for women in the country.        television, offering film
allows its registered mem-                                     That apart it offers Zapak       reviews and previews,
bers to set up personal pro-                                   mail.                            trailers, wallpaper down-
files that can be linked                      Management: Arun                 loads, celebrity interviews
together through a network                                     Mehra, CMO; Rohit                and music reviews.
of friends. Members can                                        Sharma, COO; Sudipto             Management: Surya
view each other's profiles      Zapak Digital Entertainment    Mazumdar, CTO.                   Mantha, CEO.

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                      Special    // PORTAL PROFILES                   registration or member-                                      moted by Infocom
                  This          ship fee or any deposit.                                     Network and has a data-
                  online                                                                     base of over 6.48 lakh
movie rental service                                                  registered users. This is
offers access to over                                                                        one of the few online net-
15,000 flicks across mul-                                                                    works credited with an
tiple languages, providing                                                                   ISO 9001: 2000 certifica-
the most expansive selec-       BigFlicks aims to offer the                                  tion. Conceptualised in
tion of DVDs/VCDs. It           biggest range of quality                                     1996, this portal offers
offers free shipping and        entertainment, panning                  comprehensive business
pick-up facility.               across a number of local                                     solutions to the global
                                languages such as Hindi,                                     community of exporters                    Marathi, Tamil, Telugu,       It builds and operates         and importers through its
                                Punjabi, and Kannada. It      online B2B marketplaces        wide array of online serv-
                                offerings are available       focusing specific industries   ices, directory services
This online DVD rental          either as 'download-to-       and geographies and offers     and facilitation of trade
company is said to the          own' or for 'free stream-     business opportunities by      promotional events.
first subscription-based        ing'. It also offers 'down-   way of directory listings,     Management: Bikky
online DVD movie rental         load-to-rent' and 'sub-       portal sponsorships, web-      Khosla, chief executive
service delivering DVD          scription' services.          catalogs, aggregated ban-      officer.
movies rental in New                                          ner advertising, tender
Delhi and Mumbai with                      notifications, trade offers
free delivery facility. It                                    buyer/supplier verification
charges no late fees too.                                     service and e-mail cam-
                                This online music store       paigns. This site is owned     Managed by the coun-                   ranks 47 out of the top       by the India Infoline group    try's leading media net-
                Catchflix       100 sites in the country      and claims 55 million page     work Network18, this site
                offers the      in the latest comScore        views a month from 10          brings together expert
convenience of renting          ranking, thus making it       million visitors from across   advice, stock news and
DVDs online with deliv-         the largest such offering     the globe.                     analysis information and
ery and pickup of select        in the country. This web-     Management: Dinesh             content that subscribers
movies ranging from clas-       site offers songs and         Agarwal, founder & CEO.        can use to improve their
sics to new releases and        videos in Hindi, Tamil,                                      investment decisions as
all original DVDs. Clients      Telugu and Malayalam.                 also stock purchase/sale
need to pay only for the        While songs and videos                                       decisions.
DVDs they rent. There is        come for a prcie, devo-                                      Management: Surya
no monthly subscription,        tional songs are free. is pro-         Mantha, CEO.

134 ❘ Pitch ❘ September-October 2007
                             automatically identifies     son-to-person trading. The     com, making it India
                             India-related content on     products listed on eBay        plaza the world's largest
                             the web and organises it     India include apparel &        India-centric e-commerce
                             in such a way that one       accessories, books &           company in the world
                             gets the most relevant       magazines, cameras &           with over one million
                             results fast. Other than     optics, cars & bikes, coins    online transacting cus-
                             the promoters, it’s funded   & stamps, computers &          tomers globally. Fabmall.
                             by Sequoia Capital India,    peripherals, consumer          com was a leading brand
 SEARCH ENGINES              and angel investors.         electronics, fitness &         in the domestic e-com-
                             Management: Anurag           sports, health & beauty,       merce space with over                     Dod, CEO & founder; G        hobbies & collectibles,        3.5 million products
               Managed       Mishra, COO & founder.       home, décor & furnish-         available. Unnatural of
               and owned                                  ings, jewellery, kitchen &     this domain, Indiplaza
               by the Sify                                home appliances,               manages a loyalty pro-
group, which is one of                                    mobiles & accessories,         gramme for its leading
the pioneers in Internet,                                 movies & music, musical        brands. Indiaplaza is
networking and e-                                         instruments, services &        based in Austin, Texas,
Commerce services, it is                                  real estate, tools & hard-     while its India operations
an online directory of                                    ware, toys, games &            are being managed from
links, news, features in                                  baby, travel, tickets &        Bangalore and Chennai.
English. This search                                      vouchers, video & com-
engine is powered by           E-COMMERCE                 puter games, watches and
AltaVista. For foreign                                    everything else. It has
searches, it has an agree-                      over two million regis-
ment with Google.                            Formerly     tered users today. eBay
Management: Raju                             known as     was founded in
Vegesna, CEO and MD;, it was bought     September 1995.
Suri Venkat, COO.            over by eBay Inc in 2004.
                             eBay India, a 100 per                  MISCELLANEOUS                   cent subsidiary of eBay
                             Inc, is one of the coun-                          
                             try's biggest online trad-
This is the first crawler-   ing communities where is one the
based search engine in       anyone can sell or buy       pioneers of e-commerce
the country and offers       almost anything, offering    here. It was recently
India-related content. Its   auctions, fixed price and    acquired by a US e-com-        Founded in 2000,
proprietary algorithm        classifieds modes of per-    merce firm Indiaplaza. is the first

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Hindi language portal in        Chhajlani, founder and        own studios.                  researchers and profes-
the country, and is part of     chief executive officer.      Management: Sunil R           sional lensmen to create
the leading Hindi news-                                       Nair, chief executive &       its repertoire of content.
paper group Nai Dunia.                   co-founder; Vikram            The group also runs
Webdunia's other group                                        Prabhu, co-founder & which
companies are Diaspark                                        head of content.              is the biggest online and
Inc US, in founded 1995                                                                     offline models directory
and Suvi Information                                              in the country.
Systems, founded 1988,          Set up by a group of indi-                                  Management: S Mahes
which partners with with        viduals in November                                         hwari, founder & CEO.
the global giants like          2006 in Mumbai,
Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, provides    
Adobe, Nokia, and LG            video content creators,       Profile: A fully-owned
and domestic majors like        filmmakers and creative       subsidiary of Mash Audio
Reliance Infocomm,              souls a way to reach out      Visuals which is an ISO       VisageImages is an online
Times Group, Rediff, Tata       to global audiences and       9001:2000 certified com-      image bank with the
Tele Services and Sify for      find new ways to mone-        pany,        finest international and
their language needs. It        tise their art. Widely        provides creative profes-     Indian imageries, owned
has nine language portals       recognised as one of the      sionals with an impera-       by the Hyderabad-based
today—Hindi, Marathi,           pioneers of online video      tive resource for search-     Visage Media. It repre-
Tamil, Telugu, Kannada,         media, it is an easy-to-use   ing, purchasing and           sents photographers, and
Malayalam, Gujarati,            free service, and is cur-     downloading exclusive         libraries, while executing
Punjabi and Bengali—            rently available on 1,583     Indian images. It is a col-   its own shoots to create
each of which offers qual-      web properties. Dubbed        lective endeavour of over     relevant modern day
ity news from the world         as the YouTube of Asia, it    50 passionate photogra-       imagery. That apart, it
of politics, sports and         is the first online video     phers led by renowned         represents the world's
human interest stories,         entertainment platform in     lensman Sandeep               largest online imagery
Bollywood, lifestyle, reli-     South Asia, webcasting        Maheshwari who has cre-       company GettyImages, as
gion, science, IT, career,      two million original          ated a world record in        the master delegate in the
astrology, literature, etc.     videos everyday to over       professional photography.     country as well as South
Headquartered in Indore,        eight lakh viewers, out of    An Indian answer to the       Asia. Visage is present in
Webdunia development            which a hefty 70 percent      global giant GettyImages,     Hyderabad, Mumbai,
centres operate from            are from top seven cities     ImagesBazaar creates          New Delhi, Chennai, and
Indore, Chennai and             in the country. Unlike        and distributes a wide        Bangalore, with sales
Thiruvananthapuram.             many others, it creates       range of images. Its          coverage across the
Management: Vinay               most of its content at its    employ fulltime creative      SAARC region. s

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