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Zerodha Logo
Type of site
Founded2010 August; 11 years ago (2010 August)
Bangalore, Karnataka
Founder(s)Nithin Kamath
Nikhil Kamath
CEONithin Kamath
IndustryStock Broker
ProductsKite, Coin, Console, Varsity
ServicesEquity Trading,
Derivatives Trading,
Currency Trading,
Commodity Trading ,
Mutual Funds,
SubsidiariesZerodha Commodities Pvt. Ltd.
Alexa rankIncrease 260 (Global, September 2020)
Users9 lakh+[2]

Zerodha is an Indian financial service company (member of NSE, BSE, MCX, MCX-SX),[3][4] that offers retail and institutional broking, currencies and commodities trading, mutual funds, and bonds. Founded in 2010,[5] the company is headquartered in Bangalore and has physical presence in several major Indian cities.[6][7][8]

As of 2019, Zerodha was the largest retail stock broker in India by active client base, and contributes upwards of 2% of daily retail volumes across Indian stock exchanges.[9]

In June 2020, Zerodha entered the unicorn club with a self-assessed valuation of about $1 Billion. This valuation was based on the ESOP buyback exercise the company undertook valuing each share at more than four times of the book value of INR 700 per share. [10]

Business model[edit]

A flat fee of a maximum of Rs 20 is applied to a trade, irrespective of its size, and it offers an array of purpose built trading applications to its retail customers.[11]

Corporate affairs[edit]

Zerodha has a client base of 12 lakh[12] customers.[13][14] The company offers commodities trading via its wholly owned subsidiary, Zerodha Commodities Pvt. Ltd.[15]

It has won the "Economic Times Startup Awards 2016" in the "Bootstrap Champ" category.[16] The company also won the BSE-D&B "Emerging Equity Broking House Award" in 2014 and 2015, and the NSE "Retail Broker of the Year" award in 2018.[17]


Founded in 2014, Rainmatter was founded as an early-stage fund with a corpus of Rs. 50 Crore. By keeping the ticket size lower than $1 Million per investment, the fund has focused on minimizing risk but focus on funding start-ups in the field of new technology and new product development. Some notable investments of Rainmatter are in start-ups like Cred, Finception, Smallcase and Sensibull.[18][19][20]

True Beacon and Mutual Fund AMC[edit]

In 2019, Zerodha started True Beacon, the Alternative Investment Fund focused on giving returns in volatile markets through their defensive investment strategy. The $2 Million minimum investment fund has been able to generate a return in excess of 13% in its first year. In 2020, Zerodha has applied for a license to establish a Mutual Fund AMC in India.[18][21][22]

Technical glitches and outages[edit]

There have been multiple reports of technical issues including glitches, system outages and connectivity problems on Zerodha's Kite platform, especially on days with high market volatility and F&O expiry days.[23][24][25][26]

See also[edit]

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  2. "Zerodha faces 2nd snag in 6 months; leaves traders miffed". Retrieved 24 July 2020 – via The Economic Times.
  3. Barbora, Lisa Pallavi (12 April 2013). "Advantage customers: providers shift focus". Mint. HT Media. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
  4. "Bengaluru broking firm Zerodha scraps fee for cash trades; rivals miffed by move". The Economic Times. 2015-12-02. Retrieved 2015-12-02.
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  6. "Zerodha opens its Ahmedabad support center". The Economic Times. Retrieved 2013-08-01.
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  13. "Average daily turnover surges in both F&O and cash segments; HNIs also get into the mix". Economic Times. 2015-03-12. Retrieved 2015-04-09.
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  18. 18.0 18.1 Kamath, Shashank (2020-06-17). "Zerodha: More than a discount-broking company". A Word To The World. Retrieved 2020-06-22.
  19. "Zerodha's Rainmatter invests Rs 4 crore in Finception - ETtech". Retrieved 2020-06-22.
  20. Bhakta, Pratik (2019-11-14). "Zerodha steps up as angel investor". The Economic Times. Retrieved 2020-06-22.
  21. "Zerodha applies for mutual fund license". The Economic Times. 2020-02-20. Retrieved 2020-06-22.
  22. "Amidst Dismal Market Performance True Beacon's Impressive Debut". The Week. Retrieved 2020-06-22.
  23. "Will Zerodha compensate investor losses caused by tech glitch?". Livemint. Retrieved 19 March 2020.
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