Josh Talks : Expecting Huge Profit

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Josh Talks Private Limited provides software solutions that offers media platform that covers a wide array of subjects with speakers from every conceivable background including entrepreneurship, public policy, sports, entertainment, and social initiatives. Josh Talks serves customers in India.

Josh Talks, an online educational content company that uses personal storytelling to inspire viewers across India to achieve their true potential, achieved a break even year in 2017-2018 and monetized through advertisements and brand partnerships. Gurugram-based company which saw a loss of Rs 10 lakhs in 2015 & Rs 50 lakhs in 2016, is expecting a profit of Rs 2 crore in this year.

Josh Talks - Company Highlights

Startup Name Josh Talks
Headquarters Gurugram, India
Industry Media
Founder Supriya Paul, Shobhit Banga
Founded January 2015
Areas served India
Website www.joshtalks.com

Josh Talks - About and How it works?
Josh Talks - Logo and its Meaning
Josh Talks - Founder and History
Josh Talks - Mission
Josh Talks - Business Model
Josh Talks - Revenue and Growth
Josh Talks - Funding and Investors
Josh Talks - Partnerships
Josh Talks - Competitors
Josh Talks - Challenges Faced
Josh Talks - Future Plans

Josh Talks - About and How it works?

Josh Talks is an Indian media platform headquartered in Gurugram, Haryana which hosts content in 9 languages. Josh Talks was awarded with the National Media Award by Honourable President of India, Ram Nath Kovind and also featured in Forbes magazine 'Asia 30 Under 30' list for 2018. By bringing out stories of people from diverse backgrounds including sports, stand up comedy, entrepreneurship, Bollywood, politics and more, Josh serves as a platform that caters to everyone’s interest.

The company's platform provides array of subjects with speakers from every conceivable background, including entrepreneurship, public policy, sports, entertainment and social initiatives and also creates content in the form of short talks and videos covering a range of stories from these sectors, enabling youth leaders and viewers to get inspired, help them grow as an individual and make them believe in themselves.

Josh Talks - Founder and History

The company was founded in 2015 by Shobhit Banga and Supriya Paul.

Shobhit Banga and Supriya Paul, founders of Josh Talks
Shobhit Banga and Supriya Paul, founders of Josh Talks

It is seed-funded by investors such as Ritesh Malik (Founder of Innov8), Sumit Ranka (Founder of Thinkpot) amongst other names in the Indian investor circuit.

Supriya Paul and Shobhit Banga met at a party while they were in college. She was in her third year at Delhi University’s Sri Venkateswara College, pursuing a bachelor’s in commerce; Shobhit was in the second year of his bachelor’s in business administration at the GD Goenka World Institute. The two got talking and realized a common passion for “motivating the student community by shaking things up”. They became friends and while still in college, co-founded their startup, Josh Talks in 2014, as a youth-centric platform to showcase the country’s most inspiring stories.

Josh Talks began its journey with conferences in 2014 in Delhi and Bengaluru. The speakers were social activists, business leaders, entrepreneurs, scientists, academics, administrators, sportspeople, authors, musicians, actors and other artists.

The marquee Josh Talks LEAP 2016 took place in October, featuring 24 speakers and 5,000 attendees. In August 2017, the company has been on the road with monthly conferences in various tier 2 cities across India.

Josh Talks on 27 February raised $1.5 million in pre-Series A funding round led by New York-based Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF).


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Josh Talks - Logo and its Meaning

Josh Talks' logo contains a microphone that indicates how Josh Talks offers media platform that covers a wide array of subjects with speakers from every conceivable background.

Logo of Josh Talks
Logo of Josh Talks

Josh Talks - Mission

Founded in 2015 by Supriya Paul and Shobhit Banga, Josh Talks is advancing its mission of unlocking human potential by building tools and services that enable the youth in Tier II & Tier III cities to do more with their life.

Josh Talks - Business Model

Its revenue model is currently divided into two folds - offline and online. A large part of the online revenue comes from advertising through Brand Partnerships & YouTube and the offline programs are usually co-created properties along with sponsors.


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Josh Talks - Revenue and Growth

After five years of being in business, from running it with just a couple of interns to over 100 employees, across three offices in Gurugram and Bengaluru, the startup is set to clock a revenue of Rs 13.5 crore this financial year.

Innov8 Founder and CEO Dr Ritesh Malik was an early ‘angel’ for the company, having invested around Rs 10 lakh in 2015. The money went into operational expenses. In 2017, the company raised Rs 1.2 crore through angel investment from Freshworks’ Girish Mathrubootham, HCL’s Apoorva Chamaria, and Hero Corporation’s Rohit Chanana. This round helped the company roll out content in regional languages. Currently, Josh Talks is on the verge of closing a pre-Series A round of Rs 10 crore.

Today, Josh Talks produces close to 2,000 talks a year, compared to the 200 it used to produce in the pre-pivot days. From Rs 6 crore revenue last year it is set to more than double its topline to Rs 13.5 crore this year. The startup made a profit of Rs 50 lakh last year and is well on track to continue the profitable streak. From 1.2 million subscribers last year, it touched six million this year. “The last 18-month period has been a period of extreme growth for us,” Supriya says. She said that she still remembers the day when Shobhit had to sell his bike to put together their first event in 2014 at Delhi’s Air Force Auditorium, because they did not have enough money.

Josh Talks - Funding and Investors

Josh Talks has raised a total of $1.5M in funding over 2 rounds. Their latest funding was raised on Feb 27, 2020 from a Seed round.

Date Round Amount Investor
Feb 27, 2020 Seed Round $1.5M Media Development Investment Fund
Nov 16, 2017 Angel Round - -

Josh Talks - Partnerships

Josh Talks has partnered with several prominent entities such as Facebook, UNDP, UN Women, Edelweiss, and ITC for various campaigns and CSR (corporate social responsibility) initiatives. One of Josh Talks' major partners is Facebook with whom they conduct conferences, workshops & boot camps to encourage entrepreneurship in India. The company's content can be found on YouTube, Facebook, iTunes, Saavn amongst other online platforms.

Josh has covered over 1,000+ speakers with over 1.2 Million subscribers on YouTube and 999,000+ fans on Facebook, and receives 20 Million views monthly.

Josh Talks - Competitors

The top 10 competitors in Josh Talks' competitive set are TED Conferences, LLC, INKtalks, MS Talks India, YouTube, Dailymotion, Vimeo, Netflix, Hulu, SXSW and Vevo. Together they have raised over 13.7B between their estimated 52.5K employees.

Josh Talks - Challenges Faced

While speaking about the challenges faced by the company, Supriya Paul, the founder said, “Building a team to scale regional languages has been very difficult and Josh is still in the process of cracking it. Josh talks is currently managing a team of 75+ full time people from across 12 cities in India, and it gets tougher with each new person.

Another major challenge according to her has been understanding each language, as it's almost been like understanding a totally different country with different level of interests, aspirations and more. Getting the right team in place to build our product has been challenging as well since the founders come from a non-tech background.


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Josh Talks - Future Plans

On an average, Josh Talks is getting about 30-40 M views each month across all its channels. Josh Talks has also reached out to over 150,000 people offline through its events in 30 different cities and workshops in over 800+ colleges.

A lot of the expansion is going to be in vernacular content as Josh Talks grows more in the languages that they are currently in and expand into new ones. They are also in the process of building a career mentorship platform for people from smaller towns and cities who have big aspirations but lack the right kind of direction to get them going.

Commenting on the market size & opportunity, Supriya mentioned, “Market size would be the entire youth population of India - 600Mn+ people currently. Opportunity in terms of revenue is the digital ad market of Rs 12000+ crores.

Having worked meticulously throughout the last three years, the company broke even in a span of two years and is expecting a profit of Rs 2 crore in this year. Within the next three years, the number of vernacular language users is expected to grow to 550 million and the aim is to build solutions that are affordable and accessible for all.

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