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Hubhopper
Headquarters
New Delhi, India
Country of originIndia
Founder(s)Gautam Raj Anand
IndustryPodcast Network
Websitehubhopper.com
RegistrationOptional
Launched2015

Hubhopper is India's largest podcast and audio content directory,[1] listing over a million hours of content[2] across 15 vernacular languages.[3] It provides hosting, recording, and distributing services to podcast content creators.[4] Hubhopper was founded in 2015 by Gautam Raj Anand in New Delhi, India. The company was a Forbes 30-under-30 company.[5] Hubhopper primarily focuses on producing and distributing Indian content. Hubhopper is a partner of both Samsung and Indus OS, assisting in developing podcasting applications on their systems.

Background and history[edit]

Hubhopper was launched in 2015 Gautam Raj Anand[6] as a social media platform for content.[3] In 2017, the focus shifted to audio content since offscreen format "allows for easier, deeper consumption of content."[7] Now Hubhopper has an online studio, creator tools and plugins that address the process of publisher audio content creation from the point of intent to distribution and analytics[8] Anand received the Entrepreneur ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ award due to Hubhopper's innovation in the industry.

In 2017, Hubhopper was adjudged “Problem Solver of the Year” by TiE[9].

In 2018, Hubhopper added a free feature called Hubhopper Studio[3] where artists could record and publish their own podcasts online on the Hubhopper platform itself. Hubhopper does not charge creators to post content.

Since 2018, Hubhopper has been working with Samsung to incorporate Hubhopper's podcasting service[10] in their devices. Hubhopper has also entered into a co-development agreement with Indus OS[11], a made-for-India operating system based on Android.

During the COVID-19 crisis, it tied up with MyGov and the PMO (India) as their official podcast partner and airs Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Mann Ki Baat podcasts on the platform.[12]

Investments[edit]

In an interview to NDTV[13], Hubhopper's founder Gautam Raj Anand said that it was a conscious decision to pursue only Angel investors instead of institutional investors. However, in 2018, Mumbai-based VC firm Unit-E Ventures is reported to have invested an undisclosed amount in Hubhopper[14]. This was Hubhopper's third round of funding.[15]

Hubhopper Logo

Hubhopper has a directory of over a million hours of content spread across over 15 languages.[16][17]

References[edit]

  1. "As Podcasts vie for ear space, these pioneers hope to change what we hear". The Indian Express. 2018-12-19. Retrieved 2019-08-28.
  2. "Hubhopper teams up with Indus OS to ease access of vernacular audio content". The Economic Times. 2019-06-28. Retrieved 2019-08-28.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Hubhopper: The Delhi-based startup aiming to make podcasting simple and powerful". The Financial Express. 2019-06-17. Retrieved 2019-08-28.
  4. Battacharya, Ananya (December 27, 2019). "India's demand for audio content has led to a surge in the popularity of podcasts". Scroll. Retrieved 22 April 2020.
  5. ANI (2018-03-29). "Entrepreneur Gautam Raj Anand makes it to Forbes' '30 under 30 Asia 2018'". Business Standard India. Retrieved 2019-08-28.
  6. Farooqui, Maryam (April 13, 2020). "Coronavirus impact - Indians lapping up podcasts, platforms witness rise in listenership". MoneyControl. Retrieved 22 April 2020.
  7. Ananya Bhattacharya, qz com. "India's song streaming wars heat up: After Spotify, YouTube Music joins the fray". Scroll.in. Retrieved 2019-08-28.
  8. "Podcasting platform Hubhopper launches online studio". 2019-05-31.
  9. ANI (2017-04-21). "Hubhopper app adjudged Problem Solver for 2017". Business Standard India. Retrieved 2020-04-18.
  10. "Hubhopper and Samsung Ink Pact to Transform Audio Content Consumption Patterns Of Indians, Through Podcasting". Republic World. Retrieved 2019-08-28.
  11. "Hubhopper teams up with Indus OS to ease access of vernacular audio content". The Economic Times. 2019-06-28. Retrieved 2019-07-17.
  12. "#StartupsVsCovid19: From Essentials To Emergency, Startups Take The Onus On Day 20 Of Lockdown". Inc42 Media. 2020-04-14. Retrieved 2020-04-16.
  13. "This Bengaluru-Based Startup Explains Why Slow Growth Is Good News". NDTV Gadgets 360. Retrieved 2020-04-16.
  14. "Hubhopper raises strategic funding from VC Unit-E Ventures". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 2020-04-16.
  15. "Exclusive: AI-Based Podcast And News Curator Hubhopper Raises Funds". Inc42 Media. 2018-07-03. Retrieved 2020-04-18.
  16. "Accessing vernacular audio just got easier with Indus OS on Hubhopper".
  17. "Cheaper data, vernacular content help podcasts get a sound hearing in India". 2019-02-07.


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