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Original author(s)Virendra Gupta
Developer(s)Dailyhunt
Initial release28 September 2010; 13 years ago (2010-09-28)
Stable release(s)
Android16.2.7 / 6 August 2020; 3 years ago (2020-08-06)
iOS10.0.0 / 5 August 2020; 3 years ago (2020-08-05)
Operating system
Size
Available in14 languages
List of languages
Type
LicenseFreeware
Websitewww.dailyhunt.com

Dailyhunt (formerly Newshunt) is an Indian content and news aggregator application based in Bangalore, India that provides local language content in 14 Indian languages from multiple content providers.[1]

Viru serves as Founder of Dailyhunt with Co-founder Umang Bedi. The company's mission is "the Indic platform empowering a billion Indians to discover, consume and socialise with content that informs, enriches and entertains".[1]

History

Dailyhunt, earlier called Newshunt, was created as a Symbian app in 2009 by two ex-Nokia employees Umesh Kulkarni and Chandrashekhar Sohoni. Later in 2011, Newshunt became available on the Android platform. It was by that time that Virendra Gupta, founder of Verse acquired the application.

Virendra Gupta, better known as Viru, had started Verse in 2007 as a value-added service (VAS) company.[2] In 2011, he acquired Newshunt from its owners Umesh and Chandrashekhar. Umesh became the CTO and stayed on to oversee its transition towards the smartphone era.

In 2015, Viru renamed Newshunt as Dailyhunt. In early 2018, Viru roped in Umang Bedi, to be the President of Dailyhunt and lead the business with him while focusing on making the benefits of the platform available to a larger audience. Later, the duo pivoted their aim to becoming India's largest digital media business. Umang was elevated to co-founder in 2020.[citation needed]

An end of 2015 story reported Dailyhunt to be the largest Indian language distributor of e-books having 70,000 titles in ten languages.[citation needed]

Funding

In September 2014, Dailyhunt (then known as Newshunt) closed its Series B funding of INR 1 billion ( or approx $12 million in 2014) from Sequoia Capital India.[3] The Series C funding round was led by Falcon Capital and was closed with $40 million in February 2015.[4] In October 2016, the company received its Series D funding of $25 million from ByteDance[5] and a Series E funding of $6.39 million from Falcon Edge Capital in September 2018.[6] Additionally, Dailyhunt raised $3 Mn (INR 21.75 Cr) in a Series F funding round from Stonebridge Capital in August 2019.[7] Other investors of Dailyhunt include Matrix Partners India, Omidyar Network, Goldman Sachs and Sofina.

Tie-ups and partnerships

In January 2021, Dailyhunt partnered with Twitter to bring ‘Twitter Moments’ to the Indian social app. Dailyhunt app now has a dedicated tab called “Twitter Moments India” to showcase curated tweets pertaining to news and other events.[8]

In January 2021, Dailyhunt announced the premiere of Season 2 of the popular show QuoteUnquote with KK (Kapil Khandelwal) on the app. It was the first podcast to have been launched on the Dailyhunt app.[9]

In September 2020, Dailyhunt signed up as an Associate Sponsor with Star Sports for Dream 11 IPL 2020.[10]

In May 2020, Snapdeal partnered with Dailyhunt to add new content on marketplace.

In March 2019, Discovery Communications India, the factual entertainment network, entered into a multi-year partnership with Dailyhunt to showcase short-form content.

Advertising Campaigns

Aur Kya Chal Raha Hai- Launched in October 2015, this digital campaign communicated about the rebranding exercise. It was in 2015 when Newshunt was renamed as Dailyhunt.

News ka Daily Dose- Released on social media in September 2017, Dailyhunt’s News ka Daily Dose campaign showed how India reacts to news. The ad was targeted at the youth to help them get a better understanding of the content offered on the app.

#HarBhashaEqual- Launched in August 2018, this highly innovative digital campaign highlighted our in-built bias against our vernacular languages and aimed at promoting language equality in India.

#KhudKiSochBanao- Published on social media in March 2019 ahead of the General Elections, this film by Dailyhunt urges people to make their own opinions and not be parrots that repeat what's fed to them.

#DailyhuntHaiNa- In August 2019, Dailyhunt announced its new multimedia campaign, ‘#DailyhuntHaiNa’ targeted at the millennials to get them hooked on to the unique benefits of Dailyhunt.

Awards and honors

In November 2018, Virendra Gupta, Founder & CEO, Dailyhunt and Umang Bedi, President, Dailyhunt were honoured with the exchange4media Influencer of the Year Award.

References

  1. ^ a b "EXCLUSIVE: Dailyhunt founders confirm IPL 2020 associate sponsorship — promise new release for Josh ahead of India's biggest cricket tournament". Business Insider. Retrieved June 8, 2023.
  2. ^ "Tech in Asia - Connecting Asia's startup ecosystem". www.techinasia.com.
  3. ^ "NewsHunt Raises INR 100 Cr From Sequoia Capital & Its Existing Investors". September 22, 2014.
  4. ^ Chakraborty, Sayan (October 10, 2016). "DailyHunt in talks with investors to raise $40 million". Livemint.
  5. ^ "News And Ebooks App DailyHunt Secures $25 Mn Funding". October 15, 2016.
  6. ^ "Dailyhunt Secures $6.39 Mn In Series E From Falcon Edge". September 3, 2018.
  7. ^ "Dailyhunt Secures Nearly $25 Mn Funding In Ongoing Series F Round". August 8, 2019.
  8. ^ Singh, Manish (January 18, 2021). "Twitter is bringing Moments to Indian social app Dailyhunt". TechCrunch. Retrieved June 8, 2023.
  9. ^ "QuoteUnquote with KK (Kapil Khandelwal) Season 2 premiers as the first podcast on Dailyhunt". afaqs!. Retrieved 2021-07-02.
  10. ^ "Star India signs Dailyhunt as Associate Sponsor for IPL 2020". www.bestmediaifo.com. September 10, 2020. Retrieved 2021-07-02.