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Junglee Games CEO Ankush Gera reveals how he took his startup into the ‘bootstrapped unicorn’ club

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Ankush Gera studied computer science and bioinformatics, but worked in a construction company during his university days. He attended college two days a week; the rest of his time was spent working. Perhaps that’s what led him to understand how to run a business at a very young age.

Ankush started up in 2004, after completing his course at the San Jose State University in the Bay Area. He hasn’t looked back since then. His company, Junglee Games, which was his second startup, was founded in late 2012 and is a pioneer in the Indian gaming space. Boasting of 30 million users, it develops cutting-edge gaming technology and customised licensing solutions for desktop and mobile platforms, and its best-known games include Junglee Rummy, Eatme.io, Junglee Teen Patti, and Howzat. The startup raised $3.5 million in 2013, and has since then breached Rs 100 crore in revenue.

Junglee Games is one of those companies that was “built in the US for India”.

In an interview with YourStory, Ankush talks how he faced umpteen naysayers when he decided to build online games for the Indian market, the journey of his company, and what the future holds for the gaming sector.

Ankush Gera

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Edited excerpts of the interview:

YourStory: Numerous companies went after valuation the last decade. In the end, they seemed to disappoint. Why do you think bootstrapping is difficult?

Ankush Gera: Bootstrapping is what we did. I have built a company with 300 people, and it's all thanks to my team. Companies being financed and getting a valuation is not wrong at all. But, I chose to do a business that would not fit the VC tick box. I say this because for them gaming, especially for India, was........

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