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31 Well-Known News Startups

If you're building a News startup, you must check these 31 fast-growing companies.

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Countless News startups are being launched every day.

Many fail because they did not learn from the success of other companies who've managed to rise above.

We just published this list of 31 well-known and fast-growing News companies that impressed investors.


31 News Startups

1) Reddit

1) Reddit

Reddit is a social media network that allows users to share links, produce content, and participate in discussions about topics that interest them.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • City: San Francisco
  • Started in: 2005
  • Founders: Alexis Ohanian, Steve Huffman
  • Number of employees: 501-1000
  • Funding amount: $919,049,748
  • Number of funding rounds: 8
  • Number of investors: 28

You can find their website here.

2) AXIOS

2) AXIOS

Axios is a media organization that publishes important and reliable news and commentary.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • City: Arlington
  • Started in: 2016
  • Founders: Jim VandeHei, Mike Allen, Roy Schwartz
  • Number of employees: 101-250
  • Funding amount: $57,000,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 11

You can find their website here.

3) BuzzFeed

3) BuzzFeed

BuzzFeed is a multiplatform digital media firm that distributes news and entertainment to a global audience.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • City: New York
  • Started in: 2006
  • Founders: Ankit Gupta, John Johnson, Jonah Peretti
  • Number of employees: 1001-5000
  • Funding amount: $496,300,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 8
  • Number of investors: 15

You can find their website here.

4) Medium

4) Medium

Medium is a social publishing platform that brings people together to share their thoughts and opinions on important topics.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • City: San Francisco
  • Started in: 2011
  • Founders: Biz Stone, Jason Goldman
  • Number of employees: 101-250
  • Funding amount: $132,000,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 20

You can find their website here.

5) YourStory

5) YourStory

YourStory.com is a media website that focuses on India's startup scene.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: India
  • City: Bengaluru
  • Started in: 2008
  • Founders: Shradha Sharma
  • Number of employees: 101-250
  • Funding amount: $8,469,522
  • Number of funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 6

You can find their website here.

6) Substack

6) Substack

Substack is a platform allowing freelance writers to create newsletters based on subscriptions.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • City: San Francisco
  • Started in: 2017
  • Founders: Christopher Best, Hamish McKenzie, Jairaj Sethi
  • Number of employees: 51-100
  • Funding amount: $82,420,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 4
  • Number of investors: 15

You can find their website here.

7) OZY Media

7) OZY Media

OZY Media is a premium media and entertainment company that covers TV, events, podcasts, and news for curious individuals.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • City: Mountain View
  • Started in: 2012
  • Founders: Carlos Watson, Louise Rogers, Samir Rao
  • Number of employees: 51-100
  • Funding amount: $70,300,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 4
  • Number of investors: 15

You can find their website here.

8) Business Insider

8) Business Insider

Business Insider is a website that provides the most up-to-date news on business, celebrities, and technology.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • City: New York
  • Started in: 2007
  • Founders: Henry Blodget, Kevin Ryan
  • Number of employees: 501-1000
  • Funding amount: $55,600,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 7
  • Number of investors: 15

You can find their website here.

9) OneFootball

9) OneFootball

News, scores, stats, and more on the ultimate football media platform.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Germany
  • City: Berlin
  • Started in: 2008
  • Founders: Lucas Cranach
  • Number of employees: 251-500
  • Funding amount: $141,957,137
  • Number of funding rounds: 5
  • Number of investors: 5

You can find their website here.

10) Jellysmack

10) Jellysmack

Jellysmack uses technology to create and power social video channels.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • City: New York
  • Started in: 2016
  • Founders: Michael Philippe, Robin Sabban, Swann Maizil
  • Number of employees: 101-250
  • Funding amount: $22,000,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 4
  • Number of investors: 7

You can find their website here.

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11) Built In

11) Built In

Built In is an online community for tech businesses and startups.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • City: Chicago
  • Started in: 2010
  • Founders: Adam Calica, Maria Christopoulos Katris, Maria Katris, Matt Moog
  • Number of employees: 51-100
  • Funding amount: $29,925,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 5
  • Number of investors: 14

You can find their website here.

12) Happs

12) Happs

Happs is a real-time news portal that broadcasts breaking news from around the world.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • City: Santa Monica
  • Started in: 2019
  • Founders: Drew Shepard, Mark Goldman
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding amount: $4,700,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 2
  • Number of investors: 10

You can find their website here.

13) NPR

13) NPR

NPR is a multiplatform news organization and producer of radio programs that transmits national and international news.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • City: Washington D.C.
  • Started in: 1970
  • Founders: Doug Mitchell, Fabian Pfortmüller
  • Number of employees: 501-1000
  • Funding amount: $21,700,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 2
  • Number of investors: 2

You can find their website here.

14) Droom

14) Droom

Droom is an online vehicle marketplace that is powered by technology and data science.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: India
  • City: Haryana
  • Started in: 2014
  • Founders: Sandeep Aggarwal
  • Number of employees: 251-500
  • Funding amount: $133,000,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 7
  • Number of investors: 10

You can find their website here.

15) e27

15) e27

e27 is a media firm that covers the Asian technology startup scene with reporting and news.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Singapore
  • City: Singapore
  • Started in: 2007
  • Founders: Mohan Belani, Thaddeus Koh
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding amount: $3,465,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 10

You can find their website here.

16) ONE Championship

16) ONE Championship

ONE Championship is a sports media firm that specializes in mixed martial arts.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Singapore
  • City: Singapore
  • Started in: 2011
  • Founders: Chatri Sityodtong
  • Number of employees: 251-500
  • Funding amount: $336,000,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 6

You can find their website here.

17) Sesamy

17) Sesamy

Remove yourself from the clutches of zombie subscriptions. You simply have to pay for the material you want. Use any app or device to consume.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Sweden
  • City: Stockholm
  • Started in: 2021
  • Founders: Karl Rosander, Mans Ulvestam, Markus Ahlstrand
  • Number of employees: 1-10
  • Funding amount: SEK44,000,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 1
  • Number of investors: 3

You can find their website here.

18) Investing.com

18) Investing.com

Investing.com is a website that provides financial market tools and information.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Cyprus
  • City: Nicosia
  • Started in: 2007
  • Founders: Dror Efrat, Lonny Szneiberg
  • Number of employees: 251-500
  • Funding amount: $300,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 1

You can find their website here.

19) Tech in Asia

19) Tech in Asia

With yearly conferences in Singapore, Tokyo, and Jakarta, Tech in Asia (YC W15) is the go-to media platform for Asia's tech community.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Singapore
  • City: Singapore
  • Started in: 2010
  • Founders: Willis Wee
  • Number of employees: 51-100
  • Funding amount: $16,990,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 6
  • Number of investors: 10

You can find their website here.

20) The Better India

20) The Better India

The Better India is an endeavor to highlight the positive aspects of India.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: India
  • City: Bengaluru
  • Started in: 2008
  • Founders: Anuradha Kedia, Dhimant Parekh
  • Number of employees: 1-10
  • Funding amount: $3,673,730
  • Number of funding rounds: 2
  • Number of investors: 3

You can find their website here.

21) Mango TV

21) Mango TV

Mango TV is a Chinese television broadcasting company.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: China
  • City: Changshan
  • Started in: 2006
  • Founders: Ruobo Zhang
  • Number of employees: 251-500
  • Funding amount: CN¥2,500,000,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 2

You can find their website here.

22) Hupu

22) Hupu

Hupu is a forum for sports comments and news.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: China
  • City: Shanghai
  • Started in: 2004
  • Founders: Shawn Cheng
  • Number of employees: 501-1000
  • Funding amount: $337,927,040
  • Number of funding rounds: 5
  • Number of investors: 5

You can find their website here.

23) Bauer Media

23) Bauer Media

Bauer Media is a magazine publisher that publishes a variety of media.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Germany
  • City: Hamburg
  • Started in: 1875
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding amount: £1,800,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 1

You can find their website here.

24) SMARTSTUDY

24) SMARTSTUDY

SmartStudy is a multinational entertainment firm. Pinkfong and Monster Super League are two examples of our high-quality animation and gaming entertainment.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: South Korea
  • City: Seoul
  • Started in: 2010
  • Founders: Ryan Seungkyu Lee
  • Number of employees: 101-250
  • Funding amount: $12,000,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 1
  • Number of investors: 3

You can find their website here.

25) Heckyl

25) Heckyl

Heckyl provides real-time financial data, news analytics, and market and company heatmaps.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: India
  • City: Mumbai
  • Started in: 2010
  • Founders: Abhijit Vedak, Jaison Mathews, Mukund Mudras, Som Sagar
  • Number of employees: 51-100
  • Funding amount: $7,473,462
  • Number of funding rounds: 6
  • Number of investors: 6

You can find their website here.

26) Josh Talks

26) Josh Talks

Josh Talks is a company that creates films and events with the goal of inspiring people to dream big and achieve even more.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: India
  • City: Haryana
  • Started in: 2015
  • Founders: Shobhit Banga, Supriya Paul
  • Number of employees: 101-250
  • Funding amount: $1,500,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 2
  • Number of investors: 7

You can find their website here.

27) NewsWhip

27) NewsWhip

NewsWhip is the world's largest engagement database, allowing customers to see what their audience is interested in right now.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Ireland
  • City: Dublin
  • Started in: 2011
  • Founders: Andrew Mullaney, Paul Quigley
  • Number of employees: 51-100
  • Funding amount: $9,100,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 6
  • Number of investors: 22

You can find their website here.

28) The News Lens

28) The News Lens

The News Lens is a Chinese-language independent media outlet that covers critical news, social, and political concerns.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Taiwan
  • City: Taipei
  • Started in: 2013
  • Founders: Mario Yang
  • Number of employees: 101-250
  • Funding amount: $13,000,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 5
  • Number of investors: 22

You can find their website here.

29) Yidian Zixun

29) Yidian Zixun

Yidian Zixun is a mobile news aggregator that caters to certain interests.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: China
  • City: Beijing
  • Started in: 2013
  • Founders: Jeff Zheng, Xuyang Ren
  • Number of employees: 501-1000
  • Funding amount: $178,200,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 4
  • Number of investors: 2

You can find their website here.

30) Dongqiudi

30) Dongqiudi

Dongqiudi is a website that provides news, commentary, league rankings, and video feeds of football matches from across the world.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: China
  • City: Beijing
  • Started in: 2013
  • Founders: Chen Cong
  • Number of employees: 1-10
  • Funding amount: $66,442,502
  • Number of funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 3

You can find their website here.

31) Ganji

31) Ganji

Ganji.com is a Chinese classifieds website where users may post and share local information like used cars, jobs, and other items.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: China
  • City: Beijing
  • Started in: 2005
  • Founders: Mark Yang
  • Number of employees: 51-100
  • Funding amount: $298,000,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 5
  • Number of investors: 6

You can find their website here.

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