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Hubhopper is India’s largest podcast directory[1] listing over a million hours of content[2] across 15 vernacular languages. Hubhopper was founded by Gautam Raj Anand, a Forbes 30-under-30 lister[3], and is based in New Delhi, India. Hubhopper is a partner of both Samsung and Indus OS in developing podcasting applications on their systems.

History[edit | edit source]

Hubhopper was launched in 2015 Gautam Raj Anand originally as a social media platform for content. Over time, the focus shifted to audio content since offscreen format "allows for easier, deeper consumption of content."[4]

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

In 2018, Hubhopper added a free feature called Hubhopper Studio[5] where artists could record and publish their own podcasts online on the Hubhopper platform itself. According to the founder, Gautam Raj Anand, this is a unique feature that’s not available on any of the other podcasting platforms.

Since 2018, Hubhopper has been working with Samsung to incorporate Hubhopper’s podcasting service[6] in their devices. Hubhopper has also entered into a co-development agreement with Indus OS, a made-for-India operating system based on Android.

Product Line[edit | edit source]

Hubhopper’s business model consists of demand-side and supply-side products.

On the demand side, Hubhopper has tied up with handset manufacturers like Samsung, Panasonic, Intex, Karbonn to include their podcasting app as part of their customized OS packages. Hubhopper also has a standalone app of its own that’s free to use. Hubhopper works on smart devices like Alexa, Google Home and Google Assistant.

On the supply side, in addition to the Hubhopper studio, publishers can also make use of plugins and analytics to put their content across. Hubhopper charges publishers for advertising and marketing.

Investments[edit | edit source]

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.

Hubhopper is a podcast creation, directory and distribution company based in New Delhi, India.

Founded in 2015 by Gautam Raj Anand[7][8], Hubhopper has products and services across:

  • The demand side (applications, web, and integrations) that let users consume on-demand audio content
  • The supply/creator side (online studio, creator tools, plugins) that address the process of publisher audio content creation from the point of intent to distribution and analytics[9].
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Hubhopper has raised four rounds of investment from firms including Unit-E ventures and ITI Go ventures and has a directory of over a million hours of content spread across over 15 languages.[10][11]

Hubhopper has also teamed up with Samsung[12] and Indus OS[13] among others to distribute vernacular podcasts to users across India.[14]

References[edit | edit source]

  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. ANI (2018-03-29). "Entrepreneur Gautam Raj Anand makes it to Forbes' '30 under 30 Asia 2018'". Business Standard India. Retrieved 2019-08-28.
  4. Ananya Bhattacharya, qz com. "India's song streaming wars heat up: After Spotify, YouTube Music joins the fray". Scroll.in. Retrieved 2019-08-28.
  5. "Hubhopper: The Delhi-based startup aiming to make podcasting simple and powerful". The Financial Express. 2019-06-17. Retrieved 2019-08-28.
  6. "Hubhopper and Samsung Ink Pact to Transform Audio Content Consumption Patterns Of Indians, Through Podcasting". Republic World. Retrieved 2019-08-28.
  7. "Gautam Raj Anand".
  8. "Hubhopper's founder bags 'Entrepreneur of the Year (Online Business)' award".
  9. "Podcasting platform Hubhopper launches online studio". 2019-05-31.
  10. "Accessing vernacular audio just got easier with Indus OS on Hubhopper".
  11. "Cheaper data, vernacular content help podcasts get a sound hearing in India". 2019-02-07.
  12. "Hubhopper and Samsung Ink Pact to Transform Audio Content Consumption Patterns of Indians, Through Podcasting".
  13. "Accessing vernacular audio just got easier with Indus OS on Hubhopper". 2019-06-29.
  14. "Hubhopper teams up with Indus OS to ease access of vernacular audio content". The Economic Times. 2019-06-28. Retrieved 2019-07-17.

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