best indian startups 2008

best indian startups 2008

Large Scale Social Network

bigadda has one of a first Indian based social networking portal after Google’s Orkut and has even manged to get large user base through excellent marketing strategies and brand i.e. Reliance. The portal is perpetually getting more user base even after months of its launch and one of a big reason being blog of Amitabh Bachachan on

Social News Portal

The ViewspaperThe ViewsPaper, a Gurgaon based web startup focussed at youth population of India and wants them to write for, in a concept of citizen journalism. with wide varieties of content to share with the paper in form of news, videos or anything that sounds a good opinion as youth voice.

Mobile Applications

Savitr TxtMe is successful custom mobile application in 2008 for varieties of use in Business, marketing, Website or social apps along with customized applications and solutions for startups & enterprises. Other worth to mention is

Mobile Search is much hyped and growing search service in Indian mobile internet users. A Bangalore startup incubated at premier Indian management institute IIM, Bangalore has really impressed the users with its search capabilities over the mobile.

Microblogging Service

KwippyKwippy is one mobile startup that has impressed me a lot in terms of its overall web performance be its UI, usability, services it offers, functionalities. Kwippy one among Twitter like services that has started in early 2008 yet it managed to outperform all the ones in India atleast, although SMSGupShup remain the most used one.

Social Bookmarking is one and only social bookmarking site in India that made a mark in 2008 though and remain the top social bookmarking sites in India.

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Sports Portal is only sports category portal that made mark in 2008 in sports news and content in India, though it talk about Cricket only but what we could thought about sports in India apart from Cricket. Cricket360 has given a pretty good competition to’s monopoly.

Embeddable Widgets

Cricket360PrachaarThis remain the one and only startup in India in embeddable widgets category but and however we hope that we see more in this category from Indian startups arena in 2009 atleast.

User Generated Content Portal, once a social bookmarking service changed its model in 2008 and came up as user generated content portal and in year manged to be best among all user generated content portals in India when it comes to text based informative content.

Places & Events

Cricket360BuzzinTown is no doubt the best among all event based websites/ portals in India. is a portal owned by Wortal Inc., a US headquartered company, with a presence pan-India through India subsidiary. At present it provide events & entertainment updates for 13 cities in India.


RhyDhunRhyDhun is best of Music category application from MusicIndiaOnline, an India JukeBox with loads of features and stunning interface it remain the ace web startup in music category in India



  1. Pretty good compilation …I must say that ! …But wat about News section? or News Aggregators

  2. Thanks for the kind words Vardaan. We really appreciate them.
    Let us know if you have any suggestions for us.

  3. agree @Ranjeet.. also dont think tagza should be there i love IndianPad more…and u missed categories like videos, entertainment, podcasting..overall a good list ..Kudos

  4. It’s great to see so many exciting startups coming out of India. I think India will definitely be able to rival Silicon Valley as a a hotbed of innovation.

  5. Good list to go with.
    I cheked a few and think they are great and at par with the other counterparts from the other part of the world.

    For news-

  6. Thanks for the pick, Vardaan. We hope a larger participating community on makes it even more useful in 2009.
    Happy New Year, all.

  7. I heard of a new social networking website devoted to Indian College students by the name of Social Synapse. . They are currently accepting beta testers.

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  9. Good to see in the list. Its definitely the best event site in India.

  10. also has a very good list of all Indian Startups

  11. Good read, lots of quality information

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    If you have someone to thank today, do it here and score points

  13. Did I miss an education category ??
    To fill the void, a venture by young students is Chalobolo.
    It is based on B-School Journalism, forums and material related to MBA entrances. It has been helping lot of mba aspirants in India. Maybe this was worth mentioning.

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