CoinSwitch Kuber Success Story - How is it Easing Crypto Trading?

Sarika Anand Sarika Anand Anik Banerjee Anik Banerjee
Aug 10, 2022 15 min read
CoinSwitch Kuber Success Story - How is it Easing Crypto Trading?

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Indians are slowly and steadily considering Cryptocurrency as a safe mode of investment. Mostly the younger generation is taking interest in Cryptos. According to some reports, the average age of crypto investors in India is around 24 years. However, there are still many speculations about crypto trading and many investors are not comfortable with Crypto trading still. This is why the Bangalore-based startup, CoinSwitch Kuber was formed in 2017 to make crypto trading simpler for Indian Investors.

The startup enables trading in several cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, Ripple, Ethereum, Litecoin, Dash, and many others, using INR. You just need to download the CoinSwitch Kuber iOS or android app and start trading. In this StartupTalky article, we are exploring more about CoinSwitch Kuber, the story behind the startup, and what the startup is offering, which includes CoinSwitch Kuber website, CoinSwitch Kuber reviews, CoinSwitch Kuber deposit, CoinSwitch Kuber investors, CoinSwitch Kuber login, CoinSwitch Kuber fees, and how it is growing!

CoinSwitch Kuber - Company Highlights

Startup Name CoinSwitch Kuber
Also Known As Coinswitch.co
Headquarters Singapore
Industry Financial Services, Fintech, Trading Platform, Cryptocurrency
Founders Ashish Singhal, Govind Soni, and Vimal Sagar Tiwari
Founded 2017
Valuation $1.9+ bn
Current CEO Ashish Singhal
CoinSwitch Kuber website coinswitch.co

CoinSwitch Kuber - Industry
About CoinSwitch Kuber and How it Works?
CoinSwitch Kuber - Logo, Tagline, and Slogan
CoinSwitch Kuber - Founders and Team
CoinSwitch Kuber - Startup Story
CoinSwitch Kuber - Mission and Vision
CoinSwitch Kuber - Partnerships
CoinSwitch Kuber - Business Model and Revenue Model
CoinSwitch Kuber - Growth and Revenue
CoinSwitch Kuber - Funding and Investors
CoinSwitch Kuber - ESOPs
CoinSwitch Kuber - Competitors
CoinSwitch Kuber - Challenges Faced
CoinSwitch Kuber - Future Plans

CoinSwitch Kuber - Industry

India is one of the fastest growing cryto markets, as per research firm Chainalysis, which said that the India market for crypto increased by a whooping 641% between July 2020 and June 2021.

About CoinSwitch Kuber and How it Works?

CoinSwitch Kuber is a cryptocurrency trading platform that aims to simplify investing in cryptocurrencies. CoinSwitch Kuber aggregates liquidity across major Indian and global crypto exchanges. The platform's order matching engine provides the traders the best rates at the click of a button, thus making trading simpler than ever.

β€œWe discovered that the price of crypto swings between exchanges based on supply and demand when trading in crypto ourselves. Choosing the correct exchange is crucial if you want to obtain greater profits from the market. β€œWe created an aggregator of various exchanges that offered us real-time data on which exchange is the best to trade at any particular instant to obtain the highest return,” co-founder Ashish says explaining the idea behind the startup

CoinSwitch Kuber lets users trade across 100+ cryptocurrencies. Users can buy cryptocurrency using a credit or debit card at competitive prices on the CoinSwitch platform. After completing the KYC/AML processes, customers may use the pooled liquidity of India's top exchanges to receive the best rate and trade instantly. Β 

The CoinSwitch Kuber mobile app comes with a simple user interface that makes crypto trading a breeze.

While customers from over 200 locations in India invest in crypto through its platform, tier I cities account for 40% of its users, while tier II (36%) and tier III (24%) make up the majority of its clientele. On CoinSwitch, the average ticket size per user is 9,000 per month, however, this varies by city. The average ticket size in tier I is Rs 11,600, compared to Rs 6,600 Β in tier II and Rs 3,500 in tier III.

What's interesting or concerning, depending on one's perspective, is that the average age of a crypto investor on CoinSwitch is 24 years, and Singhal claims that crypto is the first investment in any asset class for 65% of his customers outside of savings bank accounts and fixed deposits!

CoinSwitch Kuber - Logo, Tagline, and Slogan

Company Logo of CoinSwitch Kuber

CoinSwitch Kuber's tagline says, "Buy, Sell, Trade." CoinSwitch Kuber has launched a new campaign with the catchphrase "Trade Kar, Befikar."

CoinSwitch Kuber - Founders and Team

CoinSwitch Kuber was founded by Vimal Sagar Tiwari, Govind Soni, and Ashish Singhal in 2017.

Founders of CoinSwitch Kuber
Founders of CoinSwitch Kuber

Ashish Singhal

Ashish Singhal is the Co-founder and CEO of CoinSwitch Kuber. Former Amazon employee who interned at Microsoft, Ashish Singhal, is a computer science graduate from Delhi's Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology. Besides handling various technical roles in companies like Livspace.com and Reap Benefit, Ashish founded startups like CRUXPay (an open-source protocol for blockchain naming services) and Urban Tailor, which is the first of its kind at home tailoring services. He left the position at Urban Tailor in September 2016, but continued with CRUXPay, before stepping down from that too in April 2020.

Govind Soni

CoinSwitch Kuber Co-founder and CTO, Govind Soni was also a former Amazon and Livspace employee. Besides CoinSwitch Kuber, Govind co-founded CRUXPay along with Ashish and Vimal. Soni was also a student of the same college as Ashish, where he studied Computer Engineering, and served as the Co-founder and CTO also at CRUXPay, before stepping down from it in January 2021.

Vimal Sagar Tiwari

CoinSwitch's Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer (COO), Vimal Sagar, worked with organizations like Zynga and Accenture. He graduated from the Jaypee University of Information Technology. Vimal is also a Co-founder of CRUXPay, and is still retaining the positions of Co-founder and COO at CRUXPay.

The CFO, CBO, and SVP quit their roles to start up a new initiative that will offer insights to web3 investors. Sarmad Nazki, Sharan Nair, and Krishna Hegde of CoinSwitch Kuber didn't finalise the name of the startup yet, as per news dated July 8, 2022. Nazki has served the position for a little more than a year. Nair joined CoinSwitch Kuber just after the company was launched in 2017, and held numerous positions during his long stint, whereas Hegde joined the unicorn crypto company in September 2021. CoinSwitch Kuber confirmed that the positions of CFO, CBO, and SVP will be taken up by Ramesh Bafna, Rishav Dev, and R Ventakesh. The trio has already been talking to Web3 focused-investors to raise a seed round ahead. Β 

The CoinSwitch Kuber team has an employee count that somewhere ranges between 501-1000, as per its Linkedin profile.


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CoinSwitch Kuber - Startup Story

The origin of CoinSwitch Kuber can be traced to the realisation of Govind, Vimal and Ashish, all of whom were computer engineers and friends, when they discovered that the price of cryptocurrency is dynamic. It varied slightly across all the prominent crypto exchanges, based on the demand and supply. Therefore, they thought that if the users wanted to get better returns from the market, especially when it comes to scale, they needed to choose a good cryptocurrency exchange. This is what made them decide to create an aggregator of crypto exchanges. Here, their main aim was to provide real-time data on the best prices and exchanges for cryptocurrencies to be traded. Β  Β  Β  Β 

Ashish, Govind, and Vimal, who are all in their early thirties, have been friends since their college days when Ashish and Govind were batchmates, and Vimal was a mutual friend of theirs. They were also tech whizzes who competed in hackathons as a group. Almost every big hackathon in India was won by the trio, including the ones organised by Sequoia, Google, Amazon, and LinkedIn. Surprisingly, CoinSwitch was inspired by a hack that the trio subsequently made public.

On one occasion, the founders-to-be of CoinSwitch created a simple crypto exchange aggregator in a hackathon, but little did they know that the hack would later turn into a full-fledged company.

CoinSwitch Kuber was founded in 2017, and as soon as it launched, the startup started to take users onboard at a rapid scale. The users "needed simplicity in the crypto world", said Ashish, and this made the simple and intuitive nature of the product work. The only goal that the founders of CoinSwitch had while working on the product was to make crypto easy to understand and accessible to the masses.

However, soon after CoinSwitch was launched as a product, RBI's announcement came, where the body signaled a ban on the cryptos by asking the banks to refrain from supporting these currencies in 2018. This made the founders take their product, which was then simply known as "CoinSwitch", to the global market.

Eventually, Sequoia Capital backed their venture, thereby making the CoinSwitch foray into success. Though the platform turned successful indeed outside of India, the hearts of the CoinSwitch founders were set only on their country.

This turned real when Supreme Court intervened, overruling the previous RBI ban, thereby making it an open season for the crypto-based businesses like WazirX, ZebPay, CoinSwitch and more. This was more than a silver lining for them. They soon launched CoinSwitch Kuber app just for the Indian market. Β 

CoinSwitch Kuber - Mission and Vision

The CoinSwitch Kuber team believes in financial inclusion, which means that wealth, investment, and financial education should be accessible to all people.

CoinSwitch Kuber's mission statement says, "Our Mission is to challenge the status quo. We believe that our platform democratizes cryptocurrency investment so the everyday man can make his money work for him - without a fancy degree or a boatload of money."

The company's vision is to make crypto trading simple and transparent.

CoinSwitch Kuber - Partnerships

NDTV and CoinSwitch Kuber have established a strategic collaboration to provide comprehensive and best-in-class cryptocurrency programming in August 2021. NDTV will create unique crypto destinations on gadgets360.com, ndtvprofit.com, and ndtvindia.in as part of this relationship. This bridge expansion includes a refreshing show on NDTV 24X7 and NDTV India every other weekend.

The need for trustworthy and accurate information is more important than ever as cryptocurrencies become more mainstream and more individuals begin to evaluate this asset class. With NDTV's credibility and confidence, as well as CoinSwitch Kuber's subject expertise and powerful trading platform, this collaboration aims to bridge that gap.

CoinSwitch Kuber Partners with Startup Karnataka for Blockchain Hackathon

The Blockchain Hackathon, Building Future Cities, an initiative decided by Startup Karnataka of Karnataka government, and Tejasvi Surya, Bengaluru South MP, will also have CoinSwitch as its partner. This initiative is aimed to recognise blockchain-based solutions and bring them to the citizens from across the country, in order to dissolve the everyday problems they face. Sequoia India would also be backing this hackathon.


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CoinSwitch Kuber - Business Model and Revenue Model

CoinSwitch Kuber is one of just a few cryptocurrency companies currently functioning. Users may acquire shards of various major cryptocurrencies on the crypto market. On CoinSwitch, for example, a user may buy bitcoin and other currencies in tiny sachets for as little as 100 Indian rupees ($1.30), which proves really profitable for the users. Besides, where other crypto exchanges came up with products for the traders who are acquainted with the order books, and are well-versed with buying/selling orders, CoinSwitch distinguished themselves by targeting the users who didn't see an order book before, and wasn't aware of what it was. Β  Β 

CoinSwitch Kuber presents itself as an aggregator and don't charge the users, in contradiction to other cryto exchanges, which usually charge transation fees from the users. CoinSwitch Kuber, instead, as a maker, negotiates with the cryto exchanges on transaction fees.

Speaking on the business and revenue model of CoinSwitch Kuber, Founder and CEO, Ashish Singhal said, β€œWe give a fixed price to users and aggregate supply on the backend, Our execution engine is where the revenue comes from. But going forward, earning models may evolve as new innovations and regulations come into play.”

CoinSwitch Kuber offers its users free trading, deposit, and withdrawal facilities for the first 100 days. After that, a fee is charged on each transaction made through the platform. As per the terms of the company, there is no fee for the transfer of digital assets to the CoinSwitch Kuber wallet, however, withdrawal of digital assets from the wallet may attract charges. The platform also charges for the transfer of fiat currency through credit/debit cards or net banking.

CoinSwitch Kuber - Growth and Revenue

CoinSwitch Kuber has managed to impress investors with its concept and performance. In addition to Tiger Global Management's $25 million investment in April 2021, Sequoia Capital, Ribbit Capital, Paradigm, Kunal Shah, the creator of Cred, and others have backed CoinSwitch. With the recent funding received from Andreessen Horowitz and Coinbase Ventures in October 2021, CoinSwitch Kuber reached Unicorn status with a valuation of $1.9 billion.

CoinSwitch Kuber boasts of witnessing the highest number of downloads among the crypto startups in India in 2021, when it was downloaded more than 6.1 mn times.

CoinSwitch Kuber is the most download crypto exchange app in 2021
CoinSwitch Kuber is the most download crypto exchange app in 2021

Ever since CoinSwitch was started and was taken global after the RBI ban, the company started seeing huge transactions through their app. Within just 2 years, CoinSwitch Kuber has seen more users onboard its app than any other crypto exchange in India. This growth has been mainly due to the simplified UX that the app brought in, and its decision to not provide the users with certain trading features.

Singhal points out that unlike other startups they did not knock on the investors' doors.

β€œWe did not reach out to Tiger Global for funding. They contacted us and expressed their willingness to invest in our company. Tiger doesn’t invest less than $100 million but we said we just need $25 million,” says Singhal.

Kuber claims to have over 15 million users in India, and the montly active user count of CoinSwitch Kuber is over 7 million. It has also been disclosed that more than half of them being under the age of 25. CoinSwitch Kuber claims to have handled $5 billion in transactions in the last 11 months.

The firm intends to expand its operations outside cryptocurrency in the future.

β€œWe intend to expand into traditional finance, such as equities, mutual funds, exchange-traded funds, and bonds, and provide a full portfolio on our platform to retail customers,” says the company.
β€œWe are not a capex intensive business, and don’t need too much money. Hence, our Ebitda margins are in the range of 60-65%,” reveals Singhal.

CoinSwitch Rolls Out the Web3 Discovery Fund

CoinSwitch has launched the Web3 Discovery Fund, which is a fund that will invest in and help incubate early-stage startups that are engaged in building blockchain solutions for the Web3 space. This Web3 startups funding initiative of CoinSwitch is currently aiming to help up to 100 Indian startups, as per the reports dated August 10, 2022. Ashish Singhal, the CoinSwitch Co-founder and CEO stated that the fund has already received an initial corpus of $10 mn and the company is further looking to raise some more funds from marquee investor partners ahead.

CoinSwitch Kuber Financials and Revenue

CoinSwitch Kuber was profitable during FY21. The operating revenue of CoinSwitch's Indian entity has registered a 5.5X jump, which rose from Rs 12.93 crore in FY20 to Rs 71.32 crore. The profits of the business shot up by 3.7X, from Rs 6.3 crore in FY20 to Rs 23.6 crore in FY21. As per the company's statements, the entire revenue of CoinSwitch Kuber comes from India. Β 


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CoinSwitch Kuber - Funding and Investors

CoinSwitch Kuber has raised over $300 mn over 4 funding rounds. It is now counted among the unicorn startups of India, with a valuation of over $1.9 bn.

Date Round Amount Lead Investors
October 6, 2021 Series C $260M Andreessen Horowitz, Coinbase Ventures
Apr 22, 2021 Series B $22.7M Tiger Global Management
Jan 13, 2021 Series A $15M Paradigm, Ribbit Capital
Mar 24, 2018 Seed Round $1.5M -

Andreessen Horowitz is a CoinSwitch Kuber investor, which invested for the first time ever in India in the $260 mn funding round of CoinSwitch, and was joined by Coinbase Inc, which turned CoinSwitch into a unicorn. Some other investors of CoinSwitch are Tiger Gobal, Paradigm, Ribbit Capital etc.

CoinSwitch Kuber - ESOPs

CoinSwitch Kuber recorded their first ever ESOP buyback programme on March 21, 2022, worth $2.5 million. This buyback round was a mixture of funding that came from both the internal and external sources.

CoinSwitch Kuber - Competitors

To mention, the top 10 competitors of CoinSwitch Kuber are:

CoinSwitch Kuber - Challenges Faced

CoinSwitch Kuber employs over 120 people and has over 4.5 million users on its network. In comparison to other applications on the market, the app provides consumers with a clean UI and UX design. However, it was recently discovered that the app does not support UPI payments.

On April 21, 2021, the organization announced on all of its official social media accounts that INR deposits in the CoinSwitch Kuber App will be disabled. CoinSwitch Kuber said on Twitter that the firm has temporarily blocked all INR deposits owing to unforeseen problems with their banking partner. The issue was later resolved and now INR deposits are enabled.

Cryptocurrency is a murky area in India. Despite the legalization of crypto investments in India, there are many fears and doubts related to the topic. When it comes to difficulties, Ashish believes the company's sole issue is teaching people in India about cryptocurrencies and the ecosystem.

CoinSwitch Kuber had got into trouble in association with the idea of lending feature with the SEC, and as a result, Ashish had to drop the idea. However, the founders still are of the opinion that they would be able to use the lending and stakes feature to utilise them for earning revenues in the future. They have already started working to make it possible by working with regulators and gaining their confidence.

As the trading of cryptocurrency lack defined regulations, CoinSwitch Kuber temporarily paused crypto withdrawals.

CoinSwitch Received ED Notice in Association with FEMA investigation

CoinSwitch reportedly received a notice from the Enforcement Directorate (ED) along with some other cryptocurrency firms like CoinDCX in association with the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) investigation. Here, ED is determining whether or not these companies were engaged in offences related to foreign currencies. On this, CoinSwitch mentioned that it has received notifications from ED and is ready to comply with them, as per reports dated July 12, 2022.

CoinSwitch Kuber - Future Plans

Since 2020, millions of Indians have dabbled in cryptocurrencies, and the number is growing by the day. India appears to be primed for the crypto revolution. The government is also working hard to establish a regulatory framework to ensure its seamless operation, with the recent MCA amendment being the first move in that direction.

CoinSwitch Kuber has witnessed tremendous growth, with over 10 million users already using the platform. The firm plans to use the new funds to increase its user base to 50 million in India. CoinSwitch Kuber team also plans to introduce other investment options along with crypto, in the platform.

The founders of CoinSwitch Kuber has plans to turn CoinSwitch Kuber into a complete investment destination that will have crypto and traditional financial instruments available for both the retail and institutional investors.

On this, CEO Ashish said, β€œWe stand for investment and want to go beyond crypto. There needs to be an amalgamation between crypto and traditional financial instruments of investment. The younger generation, especially, will want to diversify beyond crypto. So, we aim to become an investment platform for the masses and simplify every use case”.

FAQs

What does CoinSwitch Kuber do?

CoinSwitch Kuber is a crypto trading platform for individual investors that is available only in the Indian market via a mobile application. It enables trading in several cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, Ripple, Ethereum, Litecoin, Dash, and many others, using INR and is available as a mobile application (INR).

Is CoinSwitch Kuber an Indian company?

Yes, CoinSwitch Kuber is an Indian company.

Where is the CoinSwitch Kuber headquarters?

CoinSwitch Kuber is currently headquartered in Singapore.

Which companies do CoinSwitch Kuber compete with?

Unocoin, WazirX, CoinDCX, Instamojo, Glidera, ZebPay, SmartCoin, IPaxful, Bitxoxo Bitcoins, and Coinbase are the top ten competitors of CoinSwitch Kuber.

When was CoinSwitch Kuber founded?

CoinSwitch Kuber was founded in 2017.

Who founded CoinSwitch Kuber?

CoinSwitch Kuber was founded by Vimal Sagar Tiwari, Govind Soni, and Ashish Singhal in 2017.

What is the CoinSwitch Kuber website?

The CoinSwitch Kuber website is coinswitch.co

What are the CoinSwitch Kuber fees?

CoinSwitch Kuber doesn't ask the users anything such as the CoinSwitch Kuber fees. It rather poses itself as an aggregator and negotiates with the crypto exchanges on transaction fees.

How is CoinSwitch Kuber login done?

The CoinSwitch Kuber login procedure is really easy where the users need to download the app of the company and then they need to first have an account to log in to the same, with the same login credentials.

What are CoinSwitch investors?

Some of the prominent CoinSwitch investors are Ribbit Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, Tiger Global, Coinbase Inc., Sequoia, Paradigm and others.

What was the CoinSwitch deposit issue?

CoinSwitch deposit of rupees was temporarily disabled, but it was fixed after 2 long weeks.

What is wrong with CoinSwitch Kuber withdrawals?

When it comes to CoinSwitch Kuber withdrawals, the company has announced that it has temporarily disabled the withdrawal of cryptocurrencies.

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