(By Nikhil Pahwa & Vikas SN)
MediaNama has learned from reliable sources that Arvindra Kanwal, the CEO of India.com, has put in his papers.
We haven’t been able to get a confirmation from Kanwal since he hasn’t responded to our calls or SMS, however his LinkedIn profile suggests that he quit the company in June 2013 and is currently working on a stealth startup.
Kanwal was appointed as the CEO of India.com in February 2010. Prior to this, he was the Chief Revenue Officer at SMSGupshup.com. He has also served as the Chief Revenue Officer (Media) at Rediff.com, and has had stints at Sony Entertainment Television and Indian Express Online Media Ltd.
In February 2010, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd had inked a joint venture with the US based digital media firm Mail.com Media Corporation (MMC) to launch India.com. It provides a mixture of in-house content and news aggregated from Zee News & Zee Business across various categories like entertainment, health, and business among others.
A year later, India.com had rolled out several properties like a cricket portal CricketCountry, a car video review site OnCars.in and an education focused portal called IndianColleges.com. It also rolled out a gadget site BGR.in, Bollywood site Bollywoodlife.com and an opinion site IndiaWrites.com which seems to have been rebranded as Voice of India, an initiative supported by Indian public diplomacy. Over the years, it also seems to have launched a career guidance site CareerFundas.
The company had also rolled out Indic language properties BGR Hindi and Tamil.India.com, however it had pulled the plug on these properties in October 2011.