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Rediff.com India Limited
Main page as of 24 July 2009
Type of businessPublic
Type of site
Web portal
Available inEnglish
Founded1996; 28 years ago (1996)
HeadquartersMumbai, India
Key peopleAjit Balakrishnan (Chairman & CEO)
Revenue37.2 crores (2021)[1]
Net income80 lakh (2021)
Employees316 (Dec 2009)
LaunchedFebruary 8, 1997 (27 years ago) (1997-02-08)
Current statusActive

Rediff.com, stylized as rediff.com, is an Indian news, information, entertainment, and shopping website. Founded by Ajit Balakrishnan in 1996, it was the first Indian website to become a mainstream news media organization.[2][3] Rediff.com is headquartered in Mumbai with offices in Bangalore, New Delhi, and New York City.[citation needed]

As of 2009, it had more than 300 employees.[4] At the time of its founding, internet access had only been available in India for five months with a mere 18,000 users, leaving Rediff.com as one of the earliest Indian web portals and email providers.[5]


The Rediff.com domain was registered in India in 1996.[6] Early products included the email service Rediffmail[7] and Rediff Shopping, an online marketplace selling electronics and peripherals.[citation needed]

In 2001, Rediff.com was alleged to be in violation of the Securities Act of 1933 for filing a materially false prospectus in relation to an IPO of its American depositary shares.[8] The case was resolved by settlement in 2009.[9]

In April 2001, Rediff.com acquired the India Abroad newspaper.[10]

In 2007, Rediff iShare, a multimedia platform, was released.[11] In 2010, Rediffmail NG was launched, an email service for mobile platforms.[12] In 2012, Rediff launched its Android App for Rediff News.[13]

In April 2016, the company decided to delist from NASDAQ, citing the high cost of reporting requirements, given its financial condition.[14]

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  1. ^ "Annual Report 2020-21 Rediff" (PDF). Rediff.com. Retrieved 2 March 2023.
  2. ^ "Rediff.Com reports Q1 results: India revenue up 42%". The Financial Express. 2 July 2008. Retrieved 16 July 2010.
  3. ^ Chopra, Rohit (15 December 2019). "How Rediff On The NeT first created a template for the Hindu Right online in the 1990s". ThePrint. Retrieved 2 March 2023.
  4. ^ "Investor FAQs". Rediff.com. Archived from the original on 23 July 2010. Retrieved 16 July 2010.
  5. ^ "For Rediff boss, early success meant ignoring sceptics, self-learning tools". Hindustan Times. 13 August 2020. Retrieved 23 July 2021.
  6. ^ "India completes 20 years of commercial internet". India Digital Review. Retrieved 15 March 2014.
  7. ^ Anubhuti (2 October 2010). "Rediff records 15 percent growth in registered user base". Media Newsline. Retrieved 12 December 2010.
  8. ^ "Cauley Geller Bowman & Coates, LLP Announces Class Action Lawsuit Against Rediff.com India Ltd. Seeking Damages on Behalf of Purchasers of Rediff American Depository Shares – REDF". GlobeNewswire (Press release). 25 May 2001. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
  9. ^ "Case Summary Rediff.com India Ltd. Securities Litigation". Stanford Law School. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  10. ^ "Pioneering publisher Gopal Raju passes away". India Abroad. 1 April 2008. Retrieved 4 May 2008.
  11. ^ Mehra, Priyanka (1 July 2007). "Now share videos, music on Rediff's iShare". Mint. Retrieved 17 November 2014.
  12. ^ "Mobile email service from Rediff.com". The Hindu. 2 October 2010. Archived from the original on 28 October 2010. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  13. ^ "Rediff News app for Android OS launched". Tech2. 18 September 2012. Retrieved 2 March 2023.
  14. ^ Chathurvedula, Sadhana (28 April 2016). "Rediff.com delists its shares on Nasdaq". mint. Retrieved 2 March 2023.

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