Video sharing startup Chingari plans to ramp up hiring amid growth spurt

Bengaluru-headquartered video sharing startup Chingari claims its app downloads have already crossed the one-crore mark from five lakh last month, and plans to invest aggressively and scale up operations.
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Homegrown short video sharing app Chingarion Thursday said it was working on significantly ramping up its headcount to 200 people in the next few months to meet the manifold growth in traffic and user addition on its platform.

The Bengaluru-headquartered company claims its app downloads have already crossed the one-crore mark from five lakh last month.

"We have been witnessing massive growth over three weeks, which has accelerated further after the government's ban (of 59 Chinese apps). We already have over 1.1 crore downloads and 70 lakh users everyday on our platform," Chingari Co-founder and Chief of Product Sumit Ghosh said.

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The app gained further prominence after industrialist Anand Mahindra tweeted about the company, saying: "I hadn't ever downloaded TikTok but I have just downloaded Chingari... More power to you..."

Chingari's rival app TikTok was among those banned by the Indian government earlier this week. The government said these apps were "prejudicial to sovereignty, integrity and security of the country".

Sumit said Chingari was now scaling up its operations and planned to put in place a 100-member team for content moderation in the next six months.

"We have a nimble team right now, about 20 people. But given the growth that we are registering, we will be investing aggressively and scaling up operations.

"We want to set up a 100-people content moderation team to strengthen that function to support the automated systems that we have, apart from other roles that we will hire for...we intend to have about 200 people in the next few months," he said.

Chingari was incubated by software development firm Globussoft, and the process to register it as a separate company is going on, Sumit said. The company is also in discussions to raise funds, but he declined to give details.

"Security of user data is of prime importance and we have strong privacy protocols in place. That is why we have data centres with AWS (Amazon Web Services) in the country.

"Our systems algorithms are designed to ensure that objectionable content, if any, does not get viral and is removed in time," he explained.

Chingari is also focusing on expanding the base of creators and influencers on its platform. Sumit claimed about one lakh users are uploading five to six lakh videos every day on the platform.

"We want to create an ecosystem of influencers, creators and users...We will be investing heavily on the content side and enhancing engagement. We will onboard enough influencers to take us to the next level," Sumit said.

(Edited by Teja Lele Desai)

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