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Josh Talks raises an additional $3.5M from Ankur Capital and marquee investors

May 12, 2022

Josh Talks, one of India’s largest regional content and upskilling platforms, raised USD 3.5 million in a round led by Ankur Capital. Marquee investors such as Vijay Shekhar Sharma (Paytm), Vaibhav Domkundwar (Better Capital), Vineeta Singh (SUGAR Cosmetics), Ritesh Agarwal (OYO), and Ankur Warikoo (Ex-Nearbuy) among others also participated in the round. Josh Talks, which previously raised USD 1.5 million from the New York-based Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF), runs one of the largest networks of non-entertainment channels on YouTube in India and is now building product lines to unlock its distribution. Their viewership has grown tremendously over the years, averaging 85 million monthly views across platforms. Leveraging this massive distribution funnel, the organisation made its foray into interactive educational courses by launching the Josh Skills Android application during the pandemic. The app has reported more than 3.2 million downloads since its launch and has over 200,000 paid subscribers from Tier II and III cities of India. The organisation will utilise the freshly raised funds to refine its product and scale Josh Skills to become the preferred social learning platform for Bharat. Further, the organisation will experiment with new product lines catering to the aspirations of this user segment. “Over the last two years, we have doubled down on two things - growing our distribution across 10 languages and creating a product that monetises this distribution network. We have been able to understand the aspirations of young India and have built one of the largest online communities, which is in turn directed towards our app, Josh Skills with 0 CAC. With the new capital, our goal is to expand our offerings, strengthen our executive team and take Josh to every household in India”, said Supriya Paul, CEO & Co-founder, Josh Talks. Commenting on the fundraise, Rema Subramanian, Co-founder & Managing Partner, Ankur Capital said, “The Josh team has always created solutions through first-principles reasoning. Whether it was with Josh Talks where they built it, language by language, focusing on the aspirations of the user segment, or now with Josh Skills, where the focus is on emulating an offline college experience. Their obsession with their users and solving their problems is what inspired us to back them.” “We believe that when learning happens in a social context, it leads to better educational outcomes and higher retention rates. On average, a user spends 51 minutes daily on the Josh Skills app, conversing in English which is a testament to the product’s success. We believe with new course launches and a refined product, Josh will become the go-to for the next billion users”, added Shobhit Banga, CPO & Co-founder, Josh Talks. About Josh Talks: Founded in 2015 by Supriya Paul and Shobhit Banga, Josh Talks is one of India’s largest regional content and upskilling platforms. Josh Brand Solutions creates exclusive content to help brands connect with the next billion users. Some of their notable partners include Meta, Google, Amazon, and Spotify amongst others.

Vijay Shekhar Sharma Investments

54 Investments

Vijay Shekhar Sharma has made 54 investments. Their latest investment was in Josh Talks as part of their Series A on May 5, 2022.

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Vijay Shekhar Sharma Investments Activity

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Round

Company

Amount

New?

Co-Investors

Sources

5/10/2022

Series A

Josh Talks

$3.5M

Yes

3

5/5/2022

Seed VC - III

Evenflow

$5M

No

3

3/16/2022

Seed VC

Curelink

$3.5M

Yes

5

2/28/2022

Seed - II

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$99M

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10

2/16/2022

Series C

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10

Date

5/10/2022

5/5/2022

3/16/2022

2/28/2022

2/16/2022

Round

Series A

Seed VC - III

Seed VC

Seed - II

Series C

Company

Josh Talks

Evenflow

Curelink

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Amount

$3.5M

$5M

$3.5M

$99M

New?

Yes

No

Yes

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Co-Investors

Sources

3

3

5

10

10

Vijay Shekhar Sharma Portfolio Exits

7 Portfolio Exits

Vijay Shekhar Sharma has 7 portfolio exits. Their latest portfolio exit was TapChief on February 16, 2021.

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Acquirer

Sources

2/16/2021

Corporate Majority

$99M

13

11/27/2019

Acquired

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$99M

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10

4/26/2019

Acquired

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$99M

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10

3/15/2019

Acquired

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$99M

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10

1/3/2019

Acquired

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10

Date

2/16/2021

11/27/2019

4/26/2019

3/15/2019

1/3/2019

Exit

Corporate Majority

Acquired

Acquired

Acquired

Acquired

Companies

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Valuation

$99M

$99M

$99M

$99M

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