Entrepreneur Name: Phani Business Name: Red Bus Introduction: October 2005 Phani wanted to go to home from Bangalore

to Hyderabad on Diwali an Indian Festival He could not buy tickets because of too much rush of passengers on the occasion. He identified that it is a big problem He knows about online booking of Airline tickets and railways tickets: So he decided to go with a Business Venture Named Red Bus: Problem was that thousands of agents across the country which were selling different bus tickets and they do not know about the availability of tickets when they sold out their all tickets. There was no single source from which one can know about the availability of tickets. He decided to solve the problem through a business venture. He share this with his friends who appreciate and start discussing on this idea. And suggesting names of the business. After lot of discussion they come up with the name Pilani soft Labs Pvt. ltd. Redbus name was chosen after lot of discussion. It was very beneficial for them to live in Bangalore. Because in the same time India was a major hub for outsourcing of services from various parts of the world special in the form of IT and IT enabled services and Bangalore was undisputed leader. Bangalore was a major place which was host of Indian IT companies and it create a big demand for skilled people. At the same time internet usage was growing rapidly, In India 81 million people were using internet Lot of E-commerce businesses were growing due to internet. Three partners started interacting with agents and bus operators to understand the market dynamics and requirements. They figured that most operators were small players who did not know technology, and travel agents were smaller players who did not care about technology. They started working on software while working on their routine jobs. They were no sure that would it work or not but they were sure that it would help customers, operators and customers. The thing up to mentoring of their business venture, it was by kirenbir and Sanjay. They were trying to explore their Idea more clearly and gave them assignments about customer and market survey. He made them realize that how difficult it would be.?

Redbus received commission on the tickets sold. They started their marketing efforts from boarding points. Building a company with a Distinct Culture It is all about formal code of ethics. They were paid commission for the tickets sold. It was very big test for them. Initially Bus operator were taking them as a new medium of selling their tickets and thought about them as an agent.com. They put lot of efforts but their business model could not work for them. bus stops.Birth of RedBus Team realized that the solution was to build online portal which would provide online tickets booking. Customer by customer operator by operator Red Bus built their business. But after they started using to encourage operators to get on the board. Redbus faced competition from Ticketwala. . Fund Raising Fund raising was mainly from two companies 1st was seedfund and second was Helion.000 in August 2006. The trend of E ticketing in Inidia had tremendous growth in the last few years. The core preposition of Red Bus was centralized Ticketing System based on idea of Airline and Railways Ticketing system. Inventory Aggregation In start they adopted inventory aggregation as practicing old inventory management system. Lots of operators and passengers were getting on single point. Redbus being the largest player gained a lot of traction from consumers. Industry and Competition India’s road travel segment was about US$ 3 billion in 2008. Testing Time Initial days were very tough for all three friends because they had left their jobs and invested their savings. and young professionals which were their target audience and they deliver tickets themselves even. Revenue Model The revenue model of the Red Bus was fairly simple. The India’s first online bus ticketing system was founded with US $10. The rapid growth of RedBus was too glairing to be missed and competition started making its entry. It accounted for 40% of the air line and 30% of the Railways ticket Sales. Total funds were raised up to 3 million from there. This model worked very much for them. Slowly and steadily more and more operators signed up.

2.com. how they would respond? 3. Issue was to plan whether to compete them or standalone as Redbus was? .Issues 1. The other issue was entry of major travel portals like yatra. Majority of the market was comprised on small players with a fleet size of less than 20 buses. 1st issue was to launch inventory Management System targeted at bus operators.com and makemytrip.