Dailyhunt App - Get Daily News and Content in your Own Language

Chayanika Goswami Chayanika Goswami
Dec 22, 2020 8 min read
Dailyhunt App - Get Daily News and Content in your Own Language

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We no longer have to wait for the newspaper to get the latest news, nor do we require to wait till we reach home and switch on the TV to know the breaking news. With mobile phones and fast and cheap internet services, news and information is now much easier to access.  Wondering! Which Country App is Dailyhunt ? It is an Indian Origin App with headquarters in Bangalore.

An entrepreneur, Virendra Gupta could foresee this situation even before it actually arrived, which led him to acquire Newshunt in 2012, which is currently known as Dailyhunt. Today Dailyhunt procures content from over 1000+ publishers and is getting much popularity as the content is available in 14 Indian regional languages. Lets have a look at the journey of this top Indian startup.

Dailyhunt becomes India's first tech unicorn focused on local languages, by getting a funding of over $100 million led by Google, Microsoft and Falcon Edge’s Alpha Wave Incubation at a valuation of more than $1 billion

Get an Inisight About Dailyhunt App, its Funding, Business Model, Competitiors, Growth, Founders etc., in the article ahead.

Dailyhunt  - Company Highlights

Startup Name Dailyhunt
Headquarter Bangalore
Sector Mobile, News
Founder Virendra Gupta
Founded 2012
Parent Organization Versé Innovation Pvt Ltd.
Valuation $1 Billion (as per December 2020 funding round)
Website www.dailyhunt.com

About Dailyhunt and How it Works
Media and Entertainment Sector in India
Founders of Dailyhunt and team
How was Dailyhunt Started
Dailyhunt - Business Model and Revenue Model
Dailyhunt - Competitors
Dailyhunt - Funding and Investors
Dailyhunt - Growth
Dailyhunt - Mergers & Acquisitions
Dailyhunt - Partnership
Dailyhunt - Future Plans
Dailyhunt - FAQs

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About Dailyhunt and How it Works

Dailyhunt is an Indian News and content aggregator application that provides local language content in 14 Indian languages which include major languages like Hindi, Kannada, and Marathi to name a few, from over 3000+ content providers.

It is one of the early entrants in the regional content space in the country. The interesting part is that the platform also offers short videos. This video content is sourced from organizations and stringers. Through its smart technology, the platform personalizes the content as per the user’s requirements.

From the nation's biggest news source to hyperlocal correspondents, it curates news that you will surely love to watch. Almost 90% of the users use the platform in regional languages. It has a user base of more than 150 million. The unique proposition is that users can browse the topics of their interest and also share news over different social media platforms such as Whatsapp, Facebook, and other social handles.

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Media and Entertainment Sector in India

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Founders of Dailyhunt and team

Dailyhunt founder and CEO, Virendra Gupta, is an IIT Bombay graduate. Before launching Daily hunt, Gupta was a Telecom Director at Trilogy and General Manager at Bharti Cellular Ltd.

CEO, founder, owner of Dailyhunt
Virendra Gupta

In 2007, Dailyhunt owner Virendra started his venture Versé Innovation Pvt Ltd. which was as VAS (Value Added Services) startup that provided SMS alerts on job, matrimony, property, news, and education to subscribers from around the country. Later Versé Innovation Pvt Ltd pivoted from being a Value Added Services provider to become Daily hunt, an Indian app that serves news and content.

How was Dailyhunt Started

The company was driven by a very strong mission of being the ideal Indian news platform to empower a billion Indians. Dailyhunt founder Virendra Gupta's VAS startup Versé Innovation Pvt Ltd. was running profitably, but yet he could foresee that soon VAS was about to lose its sheen. This led Virendra and his team to acquire the English and vernacular news aggregator Newshunt. Newshunt was renamed as Dailyhunt in 2015.

Dailyhunt - Business Model and Revenue Model

While Daily hunt is totally free for the users to read news, there are basically two sources from which the app earns revenue. With a huge user base, the major chunk of the revenue comes from displaying advertising. It also charges its users for reading and downloading books and magazines from the app.

They have two independent business models:

  1. Impressions Based (News): Tie-ups with large news media and publishing houses where-in Daily hunt shares the advertising revenue on the news screens with these players.
  2. Transactions Based (Books, Magazines, and Singles): Tie-ups with book and magazine publishers, wherein the platform acts as a distributor for these books, collects the revenue from the users and shares it with the publishers who in turn may share it with the authors.

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Dailyhunt - Competitors

Though Daily hunt was one of the early entrants in the market, today it faces strong competition in the market. There are a lot of applications with different USP’s running for the first position in the market. These applications include Newsstand, Inshorts, Business Insider, FirstPost, NDTV to name only a few competitors of Dailyhunt.

Dailyhunt - Funding and Investors

Dailyhunt has raised a total of $234.5 Million in funding. Their latest funding was raised by VerSe Innovation, parent company of Dailyhunt for over $100 Million. This round makes Dailyhunt as a recent entry to Unicorn list.

It is moving fast to rework its ownership structure, after the Indian government, reiterated its decision of capping the foreign investment for digital media entities at 26% by October 2021.

Date Stage Amount Lead Investors
September 2014 Series B ₹100 million Sequoia Capital India
February 2015 Series C $40 million Falcon Capital
October 2016 Series D $25 million Byte Dance
September 2018 Series E $6 million Falcon Edge Capital
January 2019 Venture Round - Equip Capital
January 2019 Series E ₹24.61 crore Omidyar Network, Sequoia Capital, Renu Sehgal Trust
May 2019 Series F $22 million Sofina
August 2019 Series F $3 million Goldman Sachs
November 2019 Secondary Market - ByteDance
April 2020 Series G $23.5 million Falcon Edge Capital, ByteDance
May 2020 Series G $35.6 million Lupa India, ByteDance, Goldman Sachs
November 2020 INR 73 Crore (~ $9.9 Million) B Capital Group
December 2020 $100 Million Google, Microsoft and Falcon Edge’s Alpha Wave Incubation

Investors include Falcon Edge, Goldman Sachs, Advent Management, Bytedance, Sofina, Omidyar Network, Sequoia Capital, Renu Sehgal Trust, and Equip Capital.

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Dailyhunt - Growth

In July 2018, it added over 12 million net new monthly active users, and in August, it beat the previous month’s performance with addition of 15 million net new monthly active users. Total monthly users on all platforms (Dailyhunt and OneIndia) put together as of September 2018 was 138 million, of which Dailyhunt accounted for 100 million. Moreover, the time spent per daily active user is over 27 minutes per person per day.

  • App installs- 155 million
  • Average daily page views- 19 billion
  • No of Publishers- 2,000
  • No of Stringers- 50,000
  • No of regular news contributors- 20,000
  • No of regional languages- 14

Dailyhunt - Partnership

In December 2020, Dailyhunt annnounced its partnership with Mzaalo. This will allow the dailyhunt users to get access to Mzaalo's content and also earn reward point. These points can later be redeemed to purchase products/services of brands in Mzaalo app.

Dailyhunt - Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Daily hunt acqui hired image translator firm ImageTranslate in August 2019. Through this deal, ImageTranslate is expected to help in enriching its vernacular content with design and graphics.
  • In June 2019, the startup acquired hyperlocal video content and news content application LocalPlay, which will help the site to stream video content in smaller towns. This deal will also enable the local businessmen to advertise on the platform to target consumers in their area.
  • In July 2015, Daily hunt acquired Buyt.In, a search engine that enables its users to discover, compare, and purchase products from a range of e-commerce portals.

Dailyhunt - Future Plans

Dailyhunt plans to reach 600 of 725 districts of India from its current presence in 400 districts.

“For the next 10 years, we are going to be all about Bharat or India that does not speak English to take to consumption in a big way with smartphones", says the founder and CEO of Dailyhunt, Virendra Gupta.

Dailyhunt - FAQs

Dailyhunt is from which country?

Dailyhunt originated from India but has Chinese Investors like ByteDance. The company has raised $25 million in its series D round of funding led by China's ByteDance.

Who is Dailyhunt app owner?

Dailyhunt's parent company is Verse Innovation. Its founder and CEO is Virendra Gupta.

What languages does Dailyhunt support?

Dailyhunt has content in 14 Indian languages: Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, English, Gujarati, Punjabi, Oriya, Bengali, Urdu, Nepali & Bhojpuri.

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