gaurav agarwal

Online health store HealthKart has appointed former Zynga executive Gaurav Agarwal as its chief technology officer and head of products, reports Times of India. Agarwal had joined Zynga in 2010 and was promoted to general manager for Farmville at Zynga in 2012. Before joining Zynga, he worked at netapp, Decru Inc and Taproot foundation in various positions.

At Healthkart, he will focus on taking the company’s web and mobile initiatives forward. Earlier this year, the company had revamped mobile apps of HealthKartPlus, its online generic drug search engine to let people order generic medicines. HealthKart had launched HealthKartPlus in September 2012 as a search engine for prescribed drugs, however it was later pivoted to a marketplace which offers prescribed drugs, possibly in a bid to comply with the government’s FDI regulations in e-commerce. The earlier app only allowed users to find out what medicines to take, their correct dosage and even compare drugs by prices. HealthKartPlus rcently expanded  its operations to Bangalore, previously it was available only in Delhi-NCR region.

Launched in March 2011, HealthKart is backed by Sequoia Capital and Omidyar, from which it had raised Rs 27 crore. Prior to that, HealthKart raised $1 million from KAE Capital and Sequoia in seed funding.  In addition to the health-care products, it also sells various health services, such as preventive health packages, diagnostic tests and gym memberships. In March 2013, it had reportedly raised $14 million Series B funding from Intel Capital and Sequoia Capital.

In August 2013, the company had launched its second offline store in Chandigarh. Its offline stores in Delhi and Chandigarh sell nutrition supplements and vitamins from imported brands such as Dymatize, MuscleTech, Optimum Nutrition and Vitamin Shoppe.