ShareChat, India’s largest regional social media platform, announced today that it has raised a new round of funding of $100 mn in Series D. To date, ShareChat has raised a total of $224 million. Existing investors participating in this round include Shunwei Capital, Lightspeed Venture Partners, SAIF Capital, India Quotient and Morningside Venture Capital. Twitter and TrustBridge Partners are two new investors joining this latest funding round.
This new round of funding will help ShareChat strengthen the technology infrastructure for its platform as the company looks to scale its business. Additionally, ShareChat will acquire talent to help propel the exchange of ideas among its strategic partners. To accelerate the internet ecosystem in India, the company will also be introducing more features to make the experience seamless across devices.
Speaking on the development Ankush Sachdeva, CEO, ShareChat said, “This is a very exciting time for us at ShareChat as we see our platform growing rapidly. With this new round of funding, we are positioned to take the next leap in our growth story. As we scale up, our focus remains to help the ShareChat community better express themselves in the comfort of their native language.”
Manish Maheshwari, Managing Director at Twitter India said, “Twitter and ShareChat are aligned on the broader purpose of serving the public conversation, helping the world learn faster and solve common challenges. This investment will help ShareChat grow and provide the company’s management team access to Twitter’s executives as thought partners.”
Ravi Mhatre, Founder & Managing Director, Lightspeed Venture Partner said,“We feel the company has a special opportunity to consolidate its position as the defining media platform to engage India’s diverse, multicultural and multilingual population.”
Tuck Lye Koh, Founding Partner and CEO, Shunwei Capital said, “The diversity and depth of user-generated content have enhanced the stickiness of the product and will contribute great business value to ShareChat as a platform.”
Anand Lunia, Partner, India quotient said, “Today, ShareChat stands for opportunities, learning, entertainment, and a lot more. In a very short span of time, the platform has become the heartbeat of Bharat and hence it is playing a pivotal role in impacting the lives of consumers across the country. This round will give us the wherewithal to build some of the use cases of the platform and further connect the next million users to the benefits of the technology.”
Mayank Khanduja, Principal, SAIF Partners said, “The team’s compassion to build a platform based on strong consumer insights has made ShareChat, a compelling platform where users consume content, connect with their friends and even purchase products and services from other users.”
Commenting on the strategic funding, Yu Cheng, Partner at Morningside Venture Capital said, “The company has been constantly striving to accumulate consumer insights and is continuing to deliver innovative product experiences to its massive user base.”