|Headquarters||New Delhi, India|
|Key people||Kunal Bahl & Rohit Bansal|
|Industry||Internet, Online retailing|
|Alexa rank||291; 15: India (April 2014[update])|
|Type of site||Online shopping|
|Users||20+ Million Users|
|Available in||English, Tamil, Hindi|
Snapdeal.com is an online marketplace, headquartered in New Delhi, India. The company was started by Kunal Bahl, a Wharton graduate as part of the dual degree M&T Engineering and Business program at Penn, and Rohit Bansal, an alumnus of IIT Delhi in February 2010.
Snapdeal.com was started in February 2010 as a daily deals platform but expanded in September 2011 to become an e-commerce company via a marketplace model. With 20 million registered users, Snapdeal is one of the first and largest online marketplaces in India offering an assortment of 4 million+ products across diverse categories from over 20,000 sellers, shipping to 4,000 towns and cities in India.
Snapdeal has recently launched its best mobile app for iOS users. The app, already available for Windows and Android users, provides users access to Snapdeal's various product categories.
Snapdeal has received 5 rounds of funding:
- Round 1: In January 2011, Snapdeal received a funding of $12 million from Nexus Venture Partners and Indo-US Venture Partners.
- Round 2: In July 2011, the company raised a further $45 million from Bessemer Venture Partners, along with existing investors Nexus Venture Partners and Indo-US Venture Partners.
- Round 3: Snapdeal then raised a 3rd round of funding worth $50 million from eBay and received participation from existing investors – i.e. Bessemer Venture Partners, Nexus Venture and IndoUS Venture Partners.
- Round 4: Snapdeal received its 4th round of funding of $133 million on Feb-2014. The 4th round of funding was led by eBay with all the current institutional investors, including Kalaari Capital, Nexus Venture Partners, Bessemer Venture Partners, Intel Capital and Saama Capital all participating.
- Round 5: Snapdeal received its 5th round of funding of $100 million in May-2014. The 5th round included investments by Blackrock, Temasek Holdings, PremjiInvest and others.
- In June 2010, Snapdeal acquired Bangalore-based group buying site, Grabbon.com.
- In April 2012, Snapdeal acquired esportsbuy.com, an online sports goods retailer based out of Delhi.
- In May 2013, Snapdeal acquired Shopo.in, an online marketplace for Indian handicraft products.
In the year 2012-13 Snapdeal had said that it expects to garner revenues of about 6 billion (US$100 million). Betting big on the growth of mobile commerce, Kunal Bahl, the CEO of Snapdeal, said at present 15-20 per cent of the sales on Snapdeal comes through m-commerce. Snapdeal.com expects the total sale of products traded on its platform to cross 20 billion (US$330 million) in the fiscal year 2013-14 helped by its robust growth in the past two years and the growing popularity of e-commerce in India. In June 2014, Snapdeal announced that it has achieved the milestone of 1000 sellers on its plarform getting sales of over Rs 1 crore.
Partnership with eBay
In the 3rd round of funding of $50 million eBay came out as the largest investor in Snapdeal. The investment also includes a commercial partnership under which eBay will get access to Snapdeal’s 20 million registered users, logistics software and distribution network. Snapdeal co-founder Kunal Bahl told medianama that Snapdeal will offer a limited number of products on eBay India and eBay too will list its merchandise on Snapdeal, following the partnership.
In its 4th round of funding Snapdeal raised fresh capital of $134 million with eBay Inc, leading the round. With this round eBay has increased its stake in Snapdeal, becoming its largest investor. Snapdeal Co-founder and CEO Kunal Bahl said that eBay's second round of investment in Snapdeal as an endorsement of strategy and progress Snapdeal has made in year.
Awards and recognition
- eRetailer of the Year & Best Advertising campaign of the year - Indian eRetail awards 2012 organized by Franchise India in Feb,2012.
- Winner of Red Herring Asia Awards 2011.
- E-commerce site of the year at WAT awards that took place in Jan 2012, Mumbai.
- Hottest Internet Companies of the year at the premier edition of the 'Young Turks Awards' organized by Mercedes Benz and CNBC-TV 18 in New Delhi - Jan,2012.
- Rated the #1 e-commerce site in India, in terms of traction by Dataquest/Sapient E-commerce Survey 2011.
- Voted amongst the Buziest brands of India in afaqs's annual buzz-making poll.
- Rated the Cheapest Online Mobile Store for November 2013, in a study conducted by Zoutons.com.
- Silver for the Best Website – Service, at the Indian Digital Media Awards 2011, organized by the Exchange 4 Media group - June 2011.
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