Times Internet-owned music streaming service Gaana has appointed Prashan Agarwal as its Chief Operating Officer. Before joining Times Internet, Agarwal had co-founded Proptiger. He put his papers down at the company in May 2015 to pursue other entrepreneurial opportunities.
Following which, Agarwal founded a peer-to-peer transaction marketplace called 19miles, for buying and selling used cars. The startup also secured a Rs 2.5 crore funding from an unnamed angel investor. The site seems to have renamed itself as CarTiger.in and still lists Agarwal as a founder.
In the past, he has held senior leadership roles at Naukri.com, GE Infrastructure and Sapient.
In October 2015, smartphone manufacturer Micromax invested an undisclosed amount in the music streaming service Gaana. With this investment, the Gaana app will be made available on all Micromax smartphones. The partnership would also provide Micromax users will free trials of Gaana+ service, which allows unlimited downloads and an ad-free subscription.
Other Times Internet developments
– Earlier this month Times Internet launched Spotlight, a content studio which will offer marketers content strategy, development and marketing.
– In February, the company partnered with financial information website Investopedia to create and curate a blend of local and international content, knowledge events and seminars.
– In December last year, the company appointed former Outbrain executive Gulshan Verma as its chief revenue officer for setting up strategies, direction and management of Times Internet’s revenue opportunities.
– In October 2015, Times Internet launched regional language news and entertainment portal called Samayam in Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu.
– In July 2015, the company launched an Android app called SmartSpends which organised a user’s spends into categories like travel, dining and entertainment etc.