Harsh Jain is the CEO and Co-Founder of Dream11, an online platform for fantasy sports that allows users to play fantasy cricket, hockey, football, etc. Harsh created Dream11 in India and the app has 80 million-plus users as of 2021.
Harsh was born in Mumbai, Maharashtra. He holds an engineering degree from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Columbia Business School, New York.
Harsh Jain has worked as a summer intern for 3 months at Microsoft, where he helped design and develop push-to-talk technology that would be compatible with their operating system. He has also worked as a marketing manager at Jai Corp Limited for one year and was also employed at the Navi Mumbai Special Economic Zone division as a liaison for investors.
In 2010, Harsh Jain co-founded Red Digital, a social media agency focusing on building strategy for digital marketing, which was acquired in 2013 by Gozoop.
Harsh Jain and Bhavit Sheth founded Dream11 in 2008, which became the first Indian gaming company to enter into the unicorn club in April 2019.
Dream11 was the title sponsor of the 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL). Cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni became a brand ambassador for Dream11 in 2018 and launched the “Dimaag Se Dhoni” media campaign during the Indian Premier League the same year.
Harsh and Bhavit created the company with the belief that sports fantasy leagues would become a profitable opportunity.
2008: Founded by Harsh Jain & Bhavit Sheth
2012: Introduced ‘freemium’ fantasy sports in India for cricket fans
2014: Reported 1 million registered users
2016: Reached 5.7 million registered users
2017: Partnered with three leagues within cricket, football and basketball
2019: Broke into the unicorn club with 50 million users.
2020: Served as the title sponsor for IPL
· According to a report by Google, Dream11 was named among the Top 10 biggest and most popular trends in India in 2018.
In 2018, Dream11 was ranked #9 among India's Great Mid-Size Workplaces.
· In 2019, the BCCI signed Dream11 as the IPL's official fantasy sports partner till 2022.
· Dream11 was one of 42 innovative startups named in In Inc42's “42Next” list.
Harsh Jain’s net worth is estimated at around Rs. 4 crores as of April 2020.
Harsh Jain, CEO and Co-Founder of Dream11 shares how he achieved product-market fit after multiple pivots while persistently following his passion with Anand Daniel, partner at Accel, in the INSIGHTS series podcast.
You can listen to the episode here - Building Dream11 - India’s Biggest Fantasy Sports Platform | SeedToScale
“We want to make sports more personal than it already is”