Droom - India's First Online Market Place for Automobiles!

Today, we are not new to the concept of buying and selling of automobiles online. But back then, it was a big deal. With the sole vision of being a pioneer in this sector, this entrepreneur at the age of 45, conceived the idea of Droom.

Founded by a unicorn co-founder, Droom is on its journey to make it to a unicorn. Droom was founded by Sandeep Aggarwal in 2014 after he left Shopclues. Based out of Gurugram, Droom is an online marketplace to buy and sell new and used automobiles.

Droom - Company Highlights

Startup Name Droom
Headquarter Gurugram, India
Sector Automotive eCommerce
Founders Sandeep Aggarwal
Founded 2014
Parent Organization Droom Technology Private Limited
Website droom.in

About Droom and How it Works
Droom - Target Market Size
Founders of Droom and team
How was Droom Started?
Droom - Startup Launch
Droom - Business Model and Revenue Model
Droom - Competitors
Droom - Name, Tagline, and Logo
Droom - Funding and Investors
Droom - Growth
Droom - Merger and Acquisitions
Droom - Awards
Droom - Future Plans

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About Droom and How it Works

Droom is an AI and data science-driven online transactional platform, which offers 21st-century experience in buying and selling used and new automobiles in India and other emerging markets. The startup has built an entire eco-system around used automobiles for the digital economy, including Orange Book Value (used vehicle pricing engine), Eco (1,000+ points vehicle inspection), History (history records for used vehicles), Discovery (dozens of pre-Buying & Selling tools) and Credit (India’s first and only marketplace for a used auto loan and dealer financing).

Droom caters to individual buyers and sellers, dealers, and large enterprises for not only for buying and selling but also entire life cycle management and all automobile ancillary services. It is an online platform that connects buyers and sellers of used cars, new vehicles, motorcycles, and even aircraft. There’s a huge scope in India for used vehicles but they mainly have four issues:

  1. The condition of the vehicle
  2. Price factors
  3. Documentation
  4. Trust

And the most important issue is the trust factor between the dealing parties.

Droom - Target Market Size

As per the recent calculations, India’s automobile industry is worth $225 billion. Out of which, $60 billion comprises of the ancillary services such as warranty, insurance, and services. The remaining $160 billion is primarily split between new vehicles and used automobiles.

With 80% market share of the automobile transactions online. Droom is India’s largest automobile platform online and 4th largest E-Commerce company. Besides India, Droom is available in Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia and OBV is available in 38 countries globally, making OBV world’s number one benchmark pricing engine.

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Founders of Droom and team

Sandeep Aggarwal is the founder and CEO of Droom.

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Sandeep Aggarwal - Founder of Droom

Founder of Droom Sandeep Aggarwal is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor, internet visionary, and philanthropist. He is popularly known as the father of marketplaces in India. He has founded two marketplaces in India so far – ShopClues in 2011 and Droom in 2014.

Aggarwal’s entrepreneurial journey began with ShopClues, which he co-founded with his wife Radhika Aggarwal, and Sanjay Sethi in 2010. Post the insider trading allegations, to safeguard the reputation of ShopClues, Sandeep backed out of the company and went on to launch India’s first online platform for buying and selling automobile - Droom.

How was Droom Started?

Sandeep Aggarwal started Droom in 2014 with the vision to fix the problem of trust in the online used-car business. The platform initially started as an online marketplace for used cars in Delhi. Three months later, it was dealing in used cars and two-wheelers but still in New Delhi.

Exactly one year later, the company was dealing in used cars and two-wheelers across 100 cities of India. And post six months, Droom was all set to provide services like insurance, roadside assistance, warranty inspection to its consumer base. By the time 2018 came, it had automobiles across 48 categories including planes, bicycles, segways, golf carts, and yachts among others. In a short span of five years, they have come far by building the business one step at a time.

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Droom - Startup Launch

The launch phase gave a lot to the Droom team on its plate. With 85 percent of the business coming in from used automobiles, the team grasped that building trust was key to success. Hence as remedial measures, the team went on an extra mile and built not one but four different product modules to address the trust issues of the customers:

  1. The first product module is named Eco. It is an inspection tool that checks a vehicle on various 121 checkpoints before it is certified by the Droom technician.
  2. Orange Book Value is very similar to the Kelley Blue Book in the US. this module uses algorithms to find the fair price of a vehicle based on its make model, insurance, ownership, and condition.
  3. The next product module is where the company rates sellers so that buyers are more informed.
  4. And the last product module offers a thorough history of the vehicles, based on details from companies, insurance providers, and the police which is sectioned under “Droom history”. This has data of over 200 million vehicles from over 1,000 road transport offices in India.

Droom - Business Model and Revenue Model

Droom has four business model formats i.e. B2C, C2C, C2B and B2B, and three pricing formats - Fixed Price, Best Offer and Auction. The platform offers a wide range of categories from bicycle to plane and all automobile services such as warranty, RSA, insurance and auto loan.

“We are a performance-based marketplace. We don’t charge any one-time payment; we only make money when the seller makes money”, says the founder Sandeep Agarwal.

On the commission module, there are quite a few variations. The commission varies from 2% to 2.5% for used cars, and 2.5% to 3% for used motorcycles. When it comes to new automobiles, it is 1% to 1.25% or merely a flat booking fee.

15% of Droom’s revenue comes from dealer subscriptions that range anywhere between ₹45,000 and ₹1,00,000. The company also provides comprehensive reports on a vehicle to buyers for up to ₹100. All in all, 92% of the used car business comes from B2C, 7% comes from C2C, and the rest comes from B2B.

Also read: CARS24 - India's Largest Used Car Marketplace!

Droom - Competitors

When Droom started, it already had competitors like ZigWheels, CarDekho, and CarTrade in the second-hand automobile segment. But where it had a superior edge was that they developed market place whereas the existing market players were only in the business of product discovery.

Droom Logo
Droom Logo

The tagline of the brand is "Droom - Tu bindaas ghoom". The experience offered by Droom is encapsulated in the tagline of the ads, “Miley feeling nai wali” (Gives you the brand new feeling).

Droom - Funding and Investors

Droom is a Singapore Holding Company with subsidiaries in India and the United States. The company has so far raised close to $125 Million dollars over six rounds of funding.

Date Stage Amount Investors
June 2014 Seed Round $2 million -
July 2015 Series A $16 million Lightbox
June 2016 Series B $25 million BEENEXT, Digital Garage
July 2017 Series C $20 million Digital Garage, Integrated Asset Management
May 2018 Series D $30 million Toyota Tsusho
October 2018 Series E $30 million Joe Hirao

Some of the prominent investors are Lightbox, Beenext, Beenos, Digital Garage, Toyota Tsusho Corporation, Joe Hirao and Integrated Assets Management.

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Droom - Growth

The company is currently generating $1.3 Billion in annualized GMV and growing at a rate of 100% Y/Y. Droom has presence in 1000+ cities across India (India’s largest hyper-local marketplace), 350K+ auto dealers (largest auto dealer platform in World), 35 Million+ monthly visitors, nearly 12 Million+ app downloads and 6.5 Million+ Facebook followers.

It has subsidiaries in India and the United States. The company has so far raised close to $125 Million dollars over six rounds of funding.

Droom - Mergers and Acquisitions

In November 2019, Droom announced that it acquired Xeraphin Finvest Pvt. Ltd. This acquisition was done with the vision to further strengthen the company's dedicated consumer base and dealer credit marketplace. To date, its credit operations have processed more than 10,000 loans in the last 12 months. Droom has credit and finance partners including IDFC First Bank, Yes Bank, Tata Capital, Manappuram Finance, Faircent, Hero Fincorp, Cashkumar, and Lendbox.

Droom - Awards

  • DIGIXX Awards recognizes Founder & CEO, Sandeep Aggarwal as Person Of The Year.
  • Founder & CEO, Sandeep Aggarwal has been awarded as the "Digital Entrepreneur of the Year" by Haryana Gaurav Awards
  • Sandeep Aggarwal has been awarded as the "Business Leader of The Year" by World Federation of Marketing Professionals
  • Droom won Silver and Bronze at exchange4media Primetime Award 2017 for Best Creative Advertising
  • Awarded Silver and Bronze in Magzimise Awards 2017
  • Awarded Bronze in the coveted Effie Awards 2018

Droom - Future Plans

Droom is also looking to replicate its success in the international market. Given that, it is now eyeing on being listed on Nasdaq by 2021. And that is not where it ends, the company is also looking at a gross revenue of $3 billion to $3.5 billion and net revenue of $110-120 million. With the signed MOU with Toyota, Droom will expand in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos by 2020.

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