Google, this name need no introduction, it was the dream of 2 grad students which became the largest search engine in the world and today Google is turning 23 years old. They have spent a fortune trying to create a popular search engine that supplies the best search results, quickly. Google has committed to invest $10 billion in India over the course of the next few years. Prior to today, the company invested $4.5 billion from this fund in Indian telecom giant Jio Platforms. Here’s a list of the startups in India in which Google has invested:
Dunzo is a company that provides delivery services in 8 Indian cities namely- Bengaluru, Delhi, Gurugram, Pune, Chennai, Jaipur, Mumbai and Hyderabad. It is headquartered in Bengaluru, Karnataka, India. It was founded in 2014 by Kabeer Biswas, Ankur Agarwal, Dalvir Suri, Mukund Jha which provides services like Packages, Pick up and drop, Online restaurant discovery, Online Ordering, Grocery Delivery, Bike Taxi, Laundry Delivery, Medicine Delivery, Local Couriers etc. In December 2017, Dunzo received US$12 million in a fresh round from Google, with existing investors, Blume Ventures and Aspada participating in the round.
Drivezy (formerly JustRide) is India’s largest marketplace for car and two-wheeler sharing. Drivezy helps people turn their vehicles into earning members of their family. Through Drivezy, travelers can rent motorcycles and cars from people living around them.The company was founded in April 2015 by Ashwarya Pratap Singh, Hemant Sah, Vasant Verma and Amit Sahu.
Drivezy was selected by Google for the maiden batch of the Launchpad Accelerator program in January 2016.
3) Dailyhunt (Parent Firm – VerSe Innovation)
Dailyhunt 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. It was founded in 2010 by Virendra Gupta. The startup said it has completed a round of over $100 million from Google, Microsoft and AlphaWave among other investors, and this new round values it at over $1 billion, making it a unicorn.
Josh is a made in India short video app that aims to be the new popular video-sharing app in India. The app was launched in July 2020 by VerSe Innovation. Google did not provide any financial details for the investments.
ShareChat is an Indian social media and social networking service in 15 different languages, developed by Bangalore-based Mohalla Tech Pvt Ltd. It was founded by Ankush Sachdeva, Bhanu Pratap Singh and Farid Ahsan, and incorporated on 8 January 2015. Google backed the company with more than $100 million.
6) Freshdesk/ Freshwork
Freshdesk is an online cloud-based customer support software providing help desk support with all smart automations to get things done faster. It has remained a popular choice for businesses that want to increase customer engagement and manage customers as they scale. The company was founded by Mathrubootham and Shan Krishnasamy as Freshdesk in 2010 and recently the company became first Indian-origin SaaS company to list on the Nasdaq.
DotPe, founded in 2019, is an offline-to-online (O2O) commerce and payments platform which provides digital support to brick-and-mortar grocery stores so that they can process payments and create a catalog online. DotPe gives restaurants a complete commerce ecosystem for in-store and remote ordering. Google joined PayU and Info Edge Ventures by investing $27.5 million in DotPe -making it the first such Indian startup to receive capital of this magnitude just a year since launch.