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Urban Eye Founder Rishi Khiani Joins Times Internet As CEO

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Rishi Khiani has joined Times Internet Ltd as CEO, becoming, at 34, one of the youngest CEOs at a major Internet company in India. Khiani, who today joined the Times Group’s flagship Internet company, had recently left Web18 as COO. He had joined Web18, the Internet arm of the Network18 Group, when it acquired Urban Eye Media, a design and development company he founded. The Urban Eye acquisition is credited with giving Web18 properties a design and user experience edge, a feat that TIL would perhaps be glad to see replicated across its sites.

Khiani will report to Bennett, Coleman managing director Vineet Jain, TIL said in a statement.

While Khiani has earned his stripes as a maverick user experience designer, he will also face very different challenges at TIL. Perceived to be a large and unwieldy organization that sometimes trades focus for diversification, Khiani could spend much time navigating protocol and bureaucracy at his new company. We are predicting significant restructuring in product lines and personnel–sources familiar with the thinking within BCCL say that the one decision that has come out of the travails of the economic downturn is that the group wants a leaner, fitter TIL. And perhaps one with tighter strategic focus.

In some sense, TIL has coopted the enemy. Khiani was the principal architect of In.com, the Web18 portal that has steadily gained marketshare within a year of launch and already gets more traffic than Indiatimes.com as per some audience measuring agencies.

While Khiani will likely face some cultural resistance owing to being younger than many senior managers who will report to him, one factor that will likely help him is the active interest being taken in TIL by a representative of the Jain family. Satyan Gajwani, fiancé of BCCL vice chairman Sameer Jain

5 Responses to “Urban Eye Founder Rishi Khiani Joins Times Internet As CEO”

  1. Shreedhar

    Rishi has a great track record whether it's Urban Eye or In.com the problem is that Dynamic, bright, intelligent Entrepreneur's in India somehow can't work in diplomatic, babu set up's or firms like Times and others! May God bless Rishi for making this Call I ams ur he has gone thru his options well!

    However the timing is good as overall the power of Social Media, Web 2.0 is clearly dominating the world of right now.

    I just read abt a Indian Digital Agency who is already doing Twitter and Facebook based Research, Marketing, PR and Development worth reading for sure here:

    http://ow.ly/jpF3

    In SImple Words Facebook, Twitter, Social Media and the whole of Web 2.0, Web 3.0 movement rocks!

    All the best to Rishi!

  2. Oh!! Great!! He is very lucky and brilliant.

    Congrats man! I dont know much about in.com coz i never checked that site more often. But if he is going to start something like this in times, itz obvious that will be a big flop than in.com.

  3. Just curious to know what big achievements In.com has done since launch? Every one says that its a big success but what are the parameters of the success? Page views that come because of clubbed domain name?

  4. Nilesh Vaidya

    Working with Rishi @ WEb18 had been a great experience, it's really great to see young blood with new fresh ideas at the top so quickly.

    Would like to wish him the best for his new venture…..

  5. D Vassaokar

    I hope it isnt a out of the fryingpan into the fire scenario. While Web18 might be a tough mallu mafia hellhole, but Indiatimes folks are worse. Just take one good look at indiatimes.com and see the mess that it is. I hope Rishi, the main man behind in.com, can resurrect this ugly fossil of a website and make it the success that it is destined for. .