Times Internet is an Indian company which owns, operates and invests in various Internet-led products, services and technology. It is the digital arm of the Times Group, the largest media conglomerate in India.
|Parent||The Times Group|
Times Internet currently owns and operates 39+ digital products across news, sports, music, video, trivia, spirituality & a suite of transaction-led market-places across real estate, personal finance, education, jobs, table reservation, etc.
Through its venture capital arm TVentures, Times Internet has invested in over 50 start-ups in the technology space such as logistics provider Delhivery, bus aggregating platform Shuttl, ed-tech platform Bjyu's, gaming platform MPL among others. Through another subsidiary Times Bridge, it has partnered with various global brands like Uber, Airbnb, The Weather Company etc. to build their presence in India.
1999 - 2012: Initial years
In its initial years, Times Internet primarily focused on digital media - handling the online versions of the Times Group which is owned by Sahu Jain family. Some major print publications includes Times of India, Economic Times andNavbharat Times.
Times Internet ventured into multiple new categories with mixed success. It entered social networking and e-commerce with Indiatimes but was unable to scale the business. The company achieved success with MagicBricks, an online real estate platform launched in 2006 and iDiva, a women's lifestyle portal in 2009.
2012 - 2017: Early investments
Times Internet gradually transformed from a media-led company to a technology-led company. It became a conglomerate of multiple digital products, each operating independently within the group.
Times Internet made a series of acquisitions - buying majority stakes in MensXP in 2012, Cricbuzz, Coupondunia and Dineout in 2014, Taskbucks in 2015, 'The Viral Shots’ and WillowTV in 2016. In 2016, it also forged a strategic alliance with Haptik, an AI-enabled chatbot service. The company launched its startup accelerator, TLabs in 2012 through which it invested in upcoming digital startups like Delhivery, Pratilipi etc.
Times Internet also launched multiple new digital products - Happy Trips in 2014, ETMoney and NewsPoint in 2015. In association with HDFC Bank, it launched ‘Times Points HDFC Bank Debit Card’, an exclusive co-branded debit card in 2016. It also ventured into video streaming with BoxTV in 2012 but shut it down in 2016.
As its portfolio kept growing, Times Internet built Colombia, a full stack AI led ad-tech network that united all its digital products on one central platform. Through this platform, it was able to move & monetize users across its various digital properties, based on consumer interests & needs.
2017 - 2019: Continued investments
Times Internet continued to acquire and launch multiple new digital products across the consumer technology space. It launched ET Insure in February 2017, BrainBaazi in February 2018, and ET Prime in April 2018. It acquired 'House of God' in December 2017 and partnered with Tencent to invest $115 million in Gaana in February 2018.
Through Times Bridge, it entered into a partnership with home improvement startup Houzz in October 2017, and with IBM's The Weather Company in May 2018. On 13 May 2019, Times Bridge announced a partnership with Wattpad to expand the presence of the original stories platform in India.
On 24 April 2019, Times Internet participated as a lead investor in $35.5 million (Rs 250 crore) Series-A funding round of Mobile Premier League (MPL).
|Ahmedabad Mirror||News portal focused on Ahmedabad|
|Astrospeak||Astrology and horoscope service|
|BaaziNow||Live video and gaming platform|
|Bangalore Mirror||News portal focused on Bengaluru|
|CouponDunia||Deals discovery platform|
|Cricbuzz||Cricket infotainment platform|
|CricPlay||Cricket Fantasy App|
|Databack||Data savings service|
|Dineout||Table reservation service|
|Ei Samay||News portal in Bengali|
|ET (The Economic Times)||Business & financial news platform|
|ETimes||Entertainment news portal|
|ETMONEY||Personal money management service|
|ET Prime||Subscription based business news platform|
|Gaana||Music streaming platform|
|Get Me a Shop||Offline to online eCommerce service|
|Happy Trips||Travel guide & information portal|
|iDiva||Women's lifestyle portal|
|Indiatimes||News and infotainment platform|
|Maharashtra Times||News portal in Marathi|
|MagicBricks||Real estate listings & information portal|
|MensXP||Men's lifestyle portal|
|Miss Kyra||Entertainment, lifestyle and fashion news portal|
|MX Player||Video player and streaming platform|
|Navbharat Times||News portal in Hindi|
|NavGujarat Samay||News portal in Gujarati|
|NewsPoint||News aggregation portal|
|Pune Mirror||News portal focused on Pune|
|Samayam||Infotainment portal in Malayalam, Telugu, and Tamil|
|Speaking Tree||Spirituality platform and network|
|Taskbucks||Reward based discovery platform|
|TechGig||Technology platform and community|
|Times Card||Lifestyle focused credit cards|
|Times Jobs||Jobs listings portal|
|TOI (Times of India)||News portal in English|
|Times Prime||Digital subscriptions platform|
|Vijay Karnataka||News portal in Kannada|
|Whats Hot||Local guide to your city|
|Willow||Cricket broadcast platform|
|Gradeup||Exam Preparation App|
- "Biggest names in music rock Gaana show". India Post. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
- "Times Internet's Gautam Sinha On Turning A Legacy Media Company Into A Conglomerate Of 37 Digital Startups - Inc42 Media". Inc42 Media. 26 December 2016. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
- "Times Internet Scaling Down E-commerce Operations".
- "Magicbricks.com awarded the best online realty portal". Retrieved 18 May 2018.
- "iDiva.com wins 2 million hearts in 6 months". The Economic Times. 19 June 2009. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
- "Times Internet acquires men's lifestyle portal MensXP". The Economic Times. 27 November 2012. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
- "Times Internet acquires Cricbuzz". Cricbuzz. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
- "Tech in Asia - Connecting Asia's startup ecosystem". www.techinasia.com. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
- indiainfoline.com. "Times Internet acquires majority stake in Coupondunia". Retrieved 18 May 2018.
- "Times Internet acquires majority stake in Taskbucks for $15M". VCCircle. 16 November 2015. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
- "Haptik, an India-based mobile concierge service, raises $11.2M from Times Internet – TechCrunch". techcrunch.com. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
- "Times Internet launches travel portal, HappyTrips.com". Indian Advertising Media & Marketing News – exchange4media. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
- "ET Money's big billion feat". The Economic Times. 25 September 2017. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
- indiainfoline.com. "Times Internet associates with HDFC Bank to launch 'Times Points HDFC Bank Debit Card'". Retrieved 31 May 2018.
- "Times Internet acquires MX Player. For $200 million - The Ken". The Ken. 24 January 2018. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
- "Times Internet's Gautam Sinha On Turning A Legacy Media Company Into A Conglomerate Of 37 Digital Startups - Inc42 Media". Inc42 Media. 26 December 2016. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
- "Times Internet launches ETinsure.com to simplifyinsurance buying, claims". The Economic Times. 4 February 2017. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
- "Times Internet Acquires Spiritual Content Startup House Of God; Enters The Country's $40 Bn Religious Market". Inc42 Media. 18 December 2017. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
- "Tencent Is Said to Lead $115 Million Deal in India's Gaana". Bloomberg.com. 27 February 2018. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
- "India's Times Internet buys popular video app MX Player for $140M to get into streaming – TechCrunch". techcrunch.com. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
- "Online marketplace for homeowners Houzz partners with Times Bridge to tap India - MediaNama". www.medianama.com. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
- "Times Bridge joins hand with IBM's The Weather Company to provide personalise climate coverage to Indian users - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
- "Wattpad and Times Bridge announce partnership to expand former's India presence". The Economic Times. 13 March 2019. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
- "Times Internet to launch new avatar of MX Player on February 20". www.afaqs.com. 6 February 2019. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
- "Times Internet: Everything. Everyday". timesinternet.in. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
- www.ETtech.com. "MPL secures Rs 250 cr from Go-Jek arm, Sequoia India & Times Internet - ETtech". ETtech.com. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
- Times Internet, Official website of Times Internet