New Delhi, India
|Country of origin||India|
|Founder(s)||Gautam Raj Anand|
Hubhopper is India's largest podcast and audio content directory, listing over a million hours of content across 15 vernacular languages. It provides hosting, recording, and distributing services to podcast content creators. Hubhopper was founded in 2015 by Gautam Raj Anand in New Delhi, India. The company was a Forbes 30-under-30 company. 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
Hubhopper was launched in 2015 Gautam Raj Anand as a social media platform for content. In 2017, the focus shifted to audio content since offscreen format "allows for easier, deeper consumption of content." 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 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.
In 2018, Hubhopper added a free feature called Hubhopper Studio 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 in their devices. Hubhopper has also entered into a co-development agreement with Indus OS, 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.
In an interview to NDTV, 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. This was Hubhopper's third round of funding.
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