Ratan Tata is the Chairman of India’s biggest conglomerate, the $100 billion worth Tata Sons. He is also Chairman of the largest private-sector promoted philanthropic trusts in India. In addition to his business potential, his eminence reflects from that he serves on the board of trustees of Cornell University and University of Southern California. He is also a Padma Bhushan awardee with several doctorate degrees from multiple universities. Ratan Tata is famous for his penchant towards startups and has made a stamp of lucrative investment in almost every sector possible.
His promotions and financial support has become a trademark for success in the startup industry. Notably, not just his angel investing in form of capital but also his credible support in personal capacity has a magical touch. Let’s have a look at the arenas and companies sharing the delight of his venture capitalism.
Paytm ($4.8 billion): It began as a typical recharging platform and rose to become a mega-marketplace online. It has been even licensed by Reserve bank of India as India’s first payments bank.
Snapdeal ($1 billion): This e-commerce giant has even received funding from titans of online shopping, eBay and Alibaba.
UrbanLadder ($250-$300 million): It is a popular online furniture platform is based in Bengaluru and has services in 12 cities of India.
CarDekho ($300 million): This is among the best online platform to buy, sell and explore used cars. Its parent company is Jaipur based GirnarSoft.
Zivame ($100 million): With its quirky campaigns and excellent offers, Zivame quickly raised in popularity as an online lingerie seller.
FirstCry ($400-$500 million): Online platform that sells children’s goodies.
Kaaryah : Female formal wear selling platform.
Abra: This US based company claims to be the world’s first peer-to-peer money transfer network.
CashKaro (Rs. 1000 crore): Platform that targets discount-seeking users, a phenonmenon that has suddenly caught steam in India.
Ola: This cab-aggregator app is now valued at $5 billion and amongst the nine-unicorn startups of India, with presence in almost the entire country.
HolaChef ($660 million): Unlike other food-distributing apps, HolaChef offers food cooked from professional chefs experienced in worldwide cuisines.
Lybrate: App that offers doctor’s appointment and consultation.
Swasth India: Tech-based startup to provide data-analytic services and facilitate affordable healthcare.
YourStory: Media Management Company that publishes stories related to startups and entrepreneurship in 11 Indian languages.
Three data analytics companies Ratan Tata has invested in are Infinite Analytics, Crayon Data, and Tracxn.
Article by Mausam.