Deap Ubhi, the founder of Burrp.com, a local search site, has joined online mobile recharge platform FreeCharge.in, a portal that offers recharge coupons for mobile phones, DTH TV and Internet data cards.
Confirming the news to Techcircle.in, Kunal Shah, co-founder and CEO of Freecharge, said, "It's true that he has joined us. But we are yet to design a specific role for him."
An alumnus of the University of California, Davis, Ubhi previously worked with Alpine Investors as a vice-president before starting Burrp in 2006, in partnership with Anand Jain. At Burrp, he was responsible for fundraising, legal, administrative, marketing and business development. In 2009, the company was acquired by media firm Infomedia18 Ltd.
Post-acquisition, Ubhi remained a part of the company till April 2010 and then went to the US for personal reasons. While he was there, Ubhi also ran Hopscout (part of Luxe Commerce Inc), a site focused on childhood nostalgia.
In January this year, Freecharge raised Rs 20 crore ($3.9 million) from Sequoia Capital in its series A round of funding. The money raised is used to grow its user base and also to add new products and merchants who can leverage the Freecharge platform to target consumers and promote their products/services. Freecharge had also received an undisclosed seed funding from Sequoia Capital last year.
(Edited by Sanghamitra Mandal)