CEO Murugavel Janakiraman bootstrapped his business for 6 Years

Ashutosh Nandan


1 year ago

He was the first in his family to attend college. He earned his Master's degree and started his career as a software professional. At 26, he set up his own matrimony portal and managed it in his spare time from his living room at home. The website has been going from strength to strength over the last 10 years and today he is the founder CEO of one of India's leading matrimony portals, employing thousands people in 140 offices across the country.

Here is the quick look at the Matrimony`s journey :


He remembers those days in the US when he was running a community website and the time when Sabeer Bhatia sold Hotmail for about $300 million. Will I ever be able to create that kind of a success, he thought to himself then. Now, his company is valued at more than that and he says triumphantly, “when I look back, I have done it. At that point of time, it looked a distant dream.”

I had launched the website with only 10 USD in my pocket and bootstrapped it for 6 years continuously. I was working somewhere else to keep the home going, however I was all along sure of the idea and vision. We built BharatMatrimony by keeping a tight control on operations.

Our first investment came after 6 years of operations, we had by then built a sizeable revenue and had expanded to many services.

We raised less than 100 cr in the early rounds of funding and never raised any investment after that.

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