Flatpebble, a photography crowd sourcing website has received about 1 Cr in funding from a group of angel investors including Raghu Bathina, Lax Gopisetty, Ram Jayam and Sitaram Banda. The Hyderabad based company will use the funds to strengthen the company’s technology platform, increase the team size and for marketing.
Founded in 2012, by two ex-Microsoft professionals Venky Seshadri and Pranav Mehta, Flatpebble.com is re-imagining the way India hires photographers for weddings, birthdays, portfolio shoots, fashion, product and other creative services. Photographers view detailed requirements, budgets and verified customer info before deciding to quote on a lead. The company aims to connects photographers with potential clients in a simple manner.
The company said that it has facilitated nearly 185 jobs for photographers across 75 cities. About Rs 90 lakh has been transacted on the site. “Our photographer base now covers 175 cities in India with over 800 portfolios and we are adding new profiles,” said Pranav Mehta, Co-Founder and CTO of the company in an official press release.
“The market opportunities for this field are huge. The Indian photography sector is around $500 million. Last year, around 60,000 marriages took place on one day in November in Delhi alone,” said serial investor Raghu Bathina, who estimates the market to be growing at 25% every year.
Info Edge India Ltd had invested R35Cr in Canvera.com last year, which provides solutions to professional photographers.
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