Duta™ is India’s fastest growing start up and an emerging international media company, serving millions of subscribers across the globe. We deliver breaking news, up-to-the-minute sports, the latest entertainment news, engaging interactive services and devotional content via popular mobile messaging apps, including WhatsApp and Telegram. We’re well funded by VCs who were early stage investors in the likes of Facebook, Lyft and Snapdeal. Our leadership team comprises successful, experienced tech entrepreneurs. Duta™ is headquartered in Silicon Valley and Chennai, with newsrooms in the USA, India and Spain.

Founders

Anand Ranganathan

Anand Ranganathan was the founder of Efficient Frontier, a unified online advertising platform for managing search engine marketing (SEM), biddable display advertising, and social media campaigns on behalf of marketers and agencies around the world. Efficient Frontier grew to over $1Bn of advertising spend managed across the world, and was acquired by Adobe, Inc for $450M in 2011. Anand has a background in Computer Science, he is one of the inventors of Amazon's Mechanical Turk, and has also founded Oximity, and is an advisor at Stunning and Predict Effect.

Vikram Vijayaraghavan

Vikram Vijayaraghavan has more than a dozen years technical experience with complex, large-scale computing systems and management experience running an India engineering and services office. Vikram has a Masters in CS (with Distinction in Research) & Elec. Engg. from Stanford University, California as well as a B.L from Madras Law College. Vikram was one of the key engineers at Efficient Frontier and was the founder of Efficient Frontier India in 2005. Vikram is a Partner in the renowned taxation law firm Subbaraya Aiyar, Padmanabhan & Ramamani, Chennai. Vikram is the founder of Vulcantech Software and RMT International School, one of the leading schools in Chennai.

Advisor

Rakesh Mathur

A veteran Silicon Valley entrepreneur, Rakesh Mathur has created and led over a dozen startups and technologies that have impacted millions of lives. Mathur founded and served as CEO of Junglee, whose virtual database technology paved the way for online comparison shopping, and which sold to Amazon. In the last two years, two of his bootstrapped startups, Just Chalo and Droptalk, were acquired by OpenTable and Dropbox. Mathur also founded Webaroo, the world’s largest SMS community with 35 million subscribers.

Investors

Rocketship VC

Rocketship VC is an fund pioneering a quantitative, data-driven approach to venture investing. We use advanced data science techniques to identify, evaluate and invest in promising start-ups early. rocketship.vc provides a bridge to Silicon Valley for entrepreneurs around the world and uses advanced data science techniques to identify global companies that can benefit from this bridge. Our partners are leading Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and investors. They have created start-ups worth more than $1B at exit, and were instrumental in the creation of Amazon.com’s marketplace, mechanical turk and @Walmartlabs. They were also among the earliest backers of Facebook, lyft, and snapdeal. rocketship.vc is backed by some of the leading investors in the valley, including top Venture Capital Firms and legendary individual investors like Ron Conway. rocketship.vc

North Base Media (NBM)

North Base Media, an early-stage investment firm backed by leading figures and institutions in journalism and media, specializes in companies pursuing innovative approaches to delivering news and information in growth markets around the world. The Principals at NBM are leaders and pioneers in the media space with over two decades of experience combined heading world-famous news media organizations.