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18 years ago in South Africa a seed of an idea was planted, a dream was shared. Inception happened. 18 years on, we look back at what we've built. Leave it up to us, and we'd love to do it all over again. Here's our story

34 Million+
APP DOWNLOADS
10 Million+
TICKETS A MONTH
 3 Billion+
PAGE VIEWS A MONTH

Quick Facts

20 million+ Customers
4 Countries
400+ Cities
4000+ Screens

5 Wise Men

Anil Makhija

VICE PRESIDENT - SERVICE DELIVERY

Anil Makhija

VICE PRESIDENT - SERVICE DELIVERY

Rajesh Balpande

CO-FOUNDER & HEAD OF FINANCE

Ashish Hemrajani

FOUNDER & CEO

Parikshit Dar

CO-FOUNDER & CTO

Marzdi Kalianiwala

VICE PRESIDENT – BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE

Marzdi Kalianiwala

VICE PRESIDENT – BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE

Ashish Hemrajani is the founder and CEO of BigTree Entertainment. An MBA in Marketing from Sydenham institute of Management, Mumbai University, Ashish started his career in 1997 at J. Walter Thompson (JWT) as an Account Manager and worked with brands like Hindustan Petroleum and CEAT Tyres. After working at JWT for two years, Ashish decided to start his own venture and set up Big Tree Entertainment in 1999, with a clear focus of providing cutting-edge digital solutions to the entertainment industry. He has been a pioneer in bringing the concept of online-ticketing to India.

While holidaying in South Africa, Ashish was highly inspired by international ticketing websites and wanted to bring a revolutionary change in the way people in India thought or consumed ticketed entertainment. Web bookings for entertainment options were unheard of in India before. So after returning from South Africa, Ashish quit his job and decided to start his own company BigTree Entertainment Pvt Ltd. After extensive research for technology partner Ashish tied up with New Zealand based Vistas Entertainment Ltd. for the software infrastructure of the company to start www.bookmyshow.com in 2007.

Since then Ashish has been instrumental in building BookMyShow into a successful brand and bringing on board clients & brands like IPL, PVR, Sunburn, Supersonic, Formula 1, Inox and many more. Apart from being a young entrepreneur, Ashish, is also a competitive sailor.

Rajesh Balpande is the Co-Founder & Director of BigTree Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. A MBA in Finance from Mumbai University, Rajesh started his career in 1997 as an Investment banker with The Chatterjee-Soros Fund. Post this stint, Rajesh decided to join college buddies Ashish & Parikshit to set up BigTree Entertainment in 1999.


Rajesh’s sharp financial acumen helped BigTree receive its first round of funding in 1999 when Chase Capital Partners decided to fund the company. But he was soon called into action to pull the company through the Dotcom bust and then a few years later during the Global Recession.


Since 2007 Rajesh has been instrumental in successfully taking BigTree through 3 rounds of funding bringing on board investors like Network 18, Accel Partners & SAIF Partners. At BigTree Rajesh is tasked with overseeing Business Development, Finance & Operations of BigTree's flagship product BookMyShow.

Parikshit Dar is the Co-Founder & Director of BigTree Entertainment Pvt Ltd. Rick as he is commonly known, started his career in 1997 after completing his MBA with Ashish & Rajesh at Sydenham College, Mumbai. Soon after, Rick began his career working with Dutch Multinational retailer SPAR. In 1999 Parikshit, joined Ashish & Rajesh to build BigTree Entertainment Ltd. With expertise in technology, Parikshit took charge of the ever expanding tech backbone of BigTree.

In 2007, Parikshit was at the forefront of building BookMyShow’s website and its supporting back end tech infrastructure. Subsequent rounds of venture capital has since allowed him to develop the technology arm into the largest team at BigTree. The team he leads also developed BookMyShow’s mobile app which accounts for more than 50% transactions in 2014. Making it one of the most successful mobile apps in the market.

Marzdi started his career as a Strategy Consultant at Accenture after competing his MBA with Ashish, Rick & Rajesh at Sydenham College, Mumbai. He then spent 8 years at Accenture working across a range of industries like Oil & Gas, Banking, Technology and E-commerce helping clients develop market entry strategies helping them improve their supply chains. During his time there, he also built expertise in CRM competencies, to better manage his clientèle's distribution chains.

There after he worked with one of India’s largest Diamond merchants, The Jasani Group. Marzdi was instrumental in helping them overhaul their Corporate Planning and Strategy projects as well as establishing their domestic jewellery business. He later went on to work as an Investment Banker with Lodha Capital Markets for 4 years focusing on the Retail and Restaurant business.

Since joining BookMyShow, Marzdi heads the Business Intelligence arm of the BookMyShow which oversees the Marketing, CRM & Analytics departments. He’s been integral in BookMyShow’s “Mood Kiya, Book Kiya” advertising campaign.

Marzdi is also a former National Snooker Champion winning the U-21 Snooker Nationals in Bangalore 2003.

With more than 30 years of work experience, Anil Makhija is the most senior manager at BigTree, thus bringing with him a reservoir of knowledge and corporate expertise. As VP-Service Delivery Anil heads BookMyShow’s offline services and at-venue ticketing arm for major sporting events like IPL, ISL, IPTL and mega music festivals like Sunburn and Supersonic. And so his responsibilities are immense, as he deals with the event organizers and attending customers face to face.

Prior to working with BigTree, Anil headed the Smart Card division at CA Satyam ASP Pvt, A joint venture between Computer Associates and Satyam Computers. Ltd.

With 12 years of work experience in the IT solutions sector, Anil is leveraging new technologies like RF frequency entry bands, state of the art Turnstile equipment, chip integrated tokens ensuring that BookMyShow always has something new to offer to both clients & customers.

With more than 30 years of work experience, Anil Makhija is the most senior manager at BigTree, thus bringing with him a reservoir of knowledge and corporate expertise. As VP-Service Delivery Anil heads BookMyShow’s offline services and at-venue ticketing arm for major sporting events like IPL, ISL, IPTL and mega music festivals like Sunburn and Supersonic. And so his responsibilities are immense, as he deals with the event organizers and attending customers face to face.

Prior to working with BigTree, Anil headed the Smart Card division at CA Satyam ASP Pvt, A joint venture between Computer Associates and Satyam Computers. Ltd.

With 12 years of work experience in the IT solutions sector, Anil is leveraging new technologies like RF frequency entry bands, state of the art Turnstile equipment, chip integrated tokens ensuring that BookMyShow always has something new to offer to both clients & customers.

With more than 30 years of work experience, Anil Makhija is the most senior manager at BigTree, thus bringing with him a reservoir of knowledge and corporate expertise. As VP-Service Delivery Anil heads BookMyShow’s offline services and at-venue ticketing arm for major sporting events like IPL, ISL, IPTL and mega music festivals like Sunburn and Supersonic. And so his responsibilities are immense, as he deals with the event organizers and attending customers face to face.

Prior to working with BigTree, Anil headed the Smart Card division at CA Satyam ASP Pvt, A joint venture between Computer Associates and Satyam Computers. Ltd.

With 12 years of work experience in the IT solutions sector, Anil is leveraging new technologies like RF frequency entry bands, state of the art Turnstile equipment, chip integrated tokens ensuring that BookMyShow always has something new to offer to both clients & customers.

INVESTORS

Stripes Group
Based in New York City, Stripes Group is a leading growth equity firm that invests in Internet, Digital Media, Software, and Branded Consumer Products businesses around the world. For over a decade, Stripes Group has been partnering with market-leading companies with proven business models that are generating exceptional growth. For more information on Stripes Group, visit www.stripesgroup.com
Network 18
Network18 Group is a media and entertainment group with interests in television, internet, films, e-commerce, magazines, mobile content and allied businesses. Through its subsidiary, TV18 Broadcast Ltd. [BSE: 532800, NSE: TV18BRDCST] ("TV18"), the group operates news channels such as CNBC-TV18, CNBC Awaaz, CNBC-TV18 Prime HD, CNN-News18 and IBN7. TV18 also operates a joint venture with Viacom called Viacom18, which houses a portfolio of popular entertainment channels such as Colors, Colors HD, Rishtey, MTV India, MTV Indies, Comedy Central, Vh1, Nick, Sonic, Nick Jr and Viacom18 Motion Pictures, the group's filmed entertainment business. TV18 has also forayed into the Indian factual entertainment space through a joint venture with A+E Networks and operates History TV18. In the regional space, the group operates a Gujarati business news channel - CNBC Bajar, a Marathi general news channel - IBN Lokmat and operates ten regional news channels under the ETV umbrella and five regional entertainment channels under the Colors brand. The group also operates a 24 hour Indian news channel in English - News18, targeting global audiences. TV18 and Viacom18 have formed a strategic joint venture called IndiaCast, a multi-platform 'content asset monetization' entity that drives domestic and international channel distribution, placement services and content syndication for the bouquet of channels from the group and third parties. Through 'Network18 Media & Investments Ltd.' [BSE: 532798, NSE: Network18], the group operates its digital, publishing and e-commerce assets including moneycontrol.com, ibnlive.com, in.com, news18.com and firstpost.com. 'Network18' also operates e-commerce properties like HomeShop18 and bookmyshow.com and publishes Forbes India, the nation's first local edition of a foreign news magazine in collaboration with Forbes Media. In addition, the group operates Network18 Publishing, a player in the special interest publishing space, which publishes magazines such as Overdrive, Better Photography and Better Interiors. 'Network18' also has strategic investments in Yatra, Colosceum, Topper, 24X7 Learning and Ubona. For more information, log on to www.network18online.com
Accel Partners
Accel is a leading early and growth-stage venture capital firm powering a global community of entrepreneurs. Accel backs entrepreneurs who have what it takes to build a world-class, category-defining business. Founded in 1983, Accel brings more than three decades of experience building and supporting hundreds of companies. Accel has backed a number of iconic global platforms, including Atlassian, Braintree, BookMyShow, Cloudera, Dropbox, Etsy, Facebook, Flipkart, FreshDesk, MuSigma, Myntra, Ola-TaxiForSure, Perfint, Slack, Spotify and others. For more information, please visit us at www.accel.com, or on facebook.com/accel
SAIF Partners
SAIF Partners is an Asia-focused, sector and stage agnostic fund with over $4Bn capital under management. SAIF was founded in 2001 and has invested across sectors like internet, ITeS/KPO, consumer products and services, financial services and healthcare. SAIF has a portfolio of over 50 companies in India, which includes MakeMyTrip, JustDial, Paytm, BookMyShow, Speciality Restaurants, Manpasand Juices, Rivigo, Swiggy and Urbanladder.

Our Journey

18 years ago in South Africa a seed of an idea was planted, a dream was shared. Inception happened. 18 years on, we look back at what we've built. Leave it up to us, and we'd love to do it all over again.

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The Three Musketeers

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What happens when 3 long-time friends go holidaying together in South Africa? The seed of a BigTree is planted. A company is planned, from roots to fruits. Soon after the Eureka moment, C.E.O. Ashish Hemrajani quits his job at JWT, Co-Founder Parikshit Dar takes over Technology, and Co-Founder Rajesh Balpande takes over Finance.

2000
2000 - 01

Gaining ground with Cinema

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With the cinema industry on a high and multiplexes and large cinema chains starting to entertain Indian audiences around the country; Bigtree takes over the rights to retail and service New Zealand based ticketing software, Vista in India.

2002
2002 - 2007

Fighting the rough seas

In the midst of the dot com bust that happened in 2002, the company offered technology solutions from the Customer Relationship Management point of view to fight the storm. This business flourished under the leadership of our 3 musketeers.

2007
Mar

The Big Bucks

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Network 18 invested in March 2007. In August, the same year an internal contest was held to coin a name for the new company. A developer intern came up with the name BookMyShow.com and the rest as they say is history.

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Launch of BookMyShow

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Bigtree Entertainment Pvt. Ltd launches India's first ticketing aggregator - BookMyShow - in August 2007, now one of the biggest ticketing portals in the country.

2010
March 2010

Yeh IPL Hai Boss

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BookMyShow becomes the official ticketing partner for Mumbai Indians, Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Daredevils. Today we have Pune Warriors and Rajasthan Royals too on board this high drama entertainment circus called the IPL.

2011
Mar

Need for Speed

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BookMyShow becomes the exclusive ticketing partner for Formula 1, the Indian Grand Prix. After the grand success of 2011, we are all geared up for 2012's extravaganza.

Mar

The Social Network

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BookMyShow's Facebook page has hit more than 1 Million fans and as of today, our page has over 3.3 Million fans.

Jul

Records are made to be broken

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Records are meant to be broken - As it stands today, the highest number of tickets sold in a single month was October 2014 - more than 5 Million - 5,696,685

2012
Jan

And the Award Goes To

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BookMyShow is awarded 'The Hottest Company of the Year-2011-12' and 'The Company to watch out for' at the prestigious CNBC Young Turks Award.

Feb

Mobile Entertainment

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BookMyShow App has around 7.2 Million downloads that includes Windows, Android, iOS and Blackberry.

Aug

Money Matters

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Accel Partners invests USD 18 Million Dollars i.e. Rs. 100 crores in BookMyShow.

2013
Mar

Acquisition

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BigTree Entertainment acquires Chennai based online ticketing company Ticket Green.

Dec

Big Ticket

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The highest number of tickets sold is for movie Dhoom 3 - 2.2 Million

2014
Jun

Money Matters

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SAIF Partners invests USD 25 Million i.e. Rs. 150 crore valuing BookMyShow at Rs. 1000 crores.

2015
Feb

Acquisition

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BigTree Entertainment acquires Bengaluru based Social Media Analytics firm Eventifier.

2016
Mar

Vanakkam Fantain

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BookMyShow acquires a majority stake in Chennai based Fantain Sports Pvt. Ltd.

May

We love awards

BookMyShow awarded ‘Best Omni-channel Customer Experience Brand’ at the OneDirect Quest Customer Experience (QuestCX) Awards.

Jul

Bigtree grows taller

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Raises largest single funding of INR 550 crs led by Stripes Group.

Dec

The all-new Android App

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BookMyShow launches its newly designed Android app packed with some really cool features including Split Costs and Split Tickets.

Dec

Record High!

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During the opening weekend of mega blockbuster Dangal, BookMyShow creates new records; sells over 3 million movie tickets in a single weekend and for shows on Saturday & Sunday, BookMyShow sells over 1 Million tickets a day!

2017
Jan

Swagata MastiTickets

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BookMyShow acquires Hyderabad based online ticketing platform MastiTickets.

Feb

Hello Townscript

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BookMyShow acquires majority stake in Pune based DIY events ticketing and registration platform Townscript.

Press Coverage

Television

Web

Print

Radio

ET-NOW - July 2016

CNN-IBN - Dec 2014

CNBC-TV18 - July 2010

The God in the Boardroom- Nov 2016

VC Circle - Dec 2012

Radio & Music November 2014

Radio One September 2013 - Part 1

Radio One September 2013 - Part 2

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