We believe the discussion about India’s technology industry – whether in government circles, the media or in Silicon Valley – overlooks India’s B2B software product companies which sell globally as well as into India. Instead, there is a lot of discussion about IT Services companies and E-commerce players.
We would like to shine a spotlight on these Indian B2B software products companies through the India Software Products Industry Index – B2B (iSPIxB2B), which we are launching today. The index tracks the thirty most valuable B2B software product companies headquartered in India and companies headquartered elsewhere in the world where cofounders are in India right from the creation of the company onwards.
The data suggests that the B2B software product industry has been growing nicely outside of the spotlight – the enterprise value of the top 30 companies is $6.2 billion (₹37,500 crores) which is higher than we would have imagined before starting out on this effort. The top 30 companies employ over 18,000 people.
And the top thirty companies in alphabetical order are:
We have descriptions of the top thirty companies, aggregate statistics and methodology for computing the index in the report itself. We’ve pulled out a couple of the findings here:
– For those companies started pre-2006 (50% of the list), they were generally bootstrapped to scale and then about 40% of these companies raised growth capital. These companies are mainly domiciled in India and many are verticalized, selling into banking, financial services, retail and travel.
– For those companies started post-2006 (50% of the list), about 73% have got early-stage venture capital into them now – the majority by far are not bootstrapped. 50% are domiciled in the US or Singapore and many more are horizontally focused in areas such as CRM, collaboration and ad-tech.
We will publish an updated iSPIxB2B index every six months – please do send us names of companies you think should make this list and we will make sure to contact them. In the meantime, please share this document with your colleagues in the software industry and participate in the discussion around these findings in the comments section here.
Thanks to all the volunteers at iSPIRT who worked on this project as well as Professor Sharique Hasan of Stanford Graduate School of Busines, Stanford Univerity; Professor Rishi Krishnan of IIM-Indore; and Klaas Oskam of Signal Hill for providing input and guidance.
We will publish an updated iSPIxB2B index every six months – please do send us (at ispix(at)ispirt.in) names of companies you think should make this list and we will make sure to contact them.