TradeIndia is an online Business to Business (B2B) portal for small businesses based in India and across the globe. The portal was started in 1996 by Bikky Khosla and is presently maintained and promoted under the flagship company, Infocom Network Ltd. The company is headquartered in New Delhi, India, and has branch offices in 35 cities across India. It employs over 1200 professionals.
The company has published Exporters Yellow Pages since 1990 and in 1996 started the web portal tradeindia.com to provide online directory services to the global export-import community.
The initial investment of $1.7 million was made in Infocom Network Ltd. in 2001 by Vinod Khosla, an Indian-born California-based venture capitalist and elder brother of Bikky Khosla.
About the portal
The portal provides information about Indian and global sellers and buyers with over 1,200 product categories and sub-categories. The main products and services offered by the portal include online business catalogs, DialB2B, Trade Alerts, Call Me Free Service, credit reports and trade leads. The portal has a separate section on trade shows and the company regularly participates in global and domestic trade shows. The portal also has a special mobile-optimised version for mobile phone users.
In 2009, the company launched two vertical portals to cater to the business requirements of SMEs – one a news-based portal called smetimes and the other a separate section showcasing suppliers from China. The portal claims to be the first Indian B2B portal to have more than 2 million registered users, of which 1.3 million are SMEs.