Tiger Global invests $10 million in online videos creator The Viral Fever

A file photo of TVF co-founder Biswapati Sarkar. Photo: Aniruddha Chowdhury/MintA file photo of TVF co-founder Biswapati Sarkar. Photo: Aniruddha Chowdhury/Mint

Mumbai: Tiger Global Management Llc has invested $10 million (Rs.65.6 crore) in popular online video content creator ‘The Viral Fever’ (TVF), picking up a significant minority stake in the firm, according to filings made by the company with the registrar of companies (RoC).

The investment was made in Contagious Online Media Network Pvt. Ltd, which was incorporated in July last year. According to the documents, Tiger Global has picked up close to 25% stake in the firm valuing it at around Rs.270 crore.

The firm’s filings with the RoC show that for the period from 3 August to 21 October, Contagious Online Media reported a revenue of Rs.64 lakh and a profit of Rs.22 lakh.

The Viral Fever was set up by IIT graduate Arunabh Kumar in 2010. He was later joined by Amit Golani and Biswapati Sarkar.

TVF is popular for producing online videos targeting the youth. The group is known for its comedy videos such asQtiyapa; Barely Speaking with Arnub—a satirical take on Times Now’s Arnab Goswami and its original online series such as TVF Pitchers and Permanent Roommates.

In an email response, Tiger Global declined to comment on the development, while emails sent on Tuesday to TVF founders Arunabh Kumar and Biswapati Sarkar did not elicit a response till the time of going to press.

In the recent years, the trend of creating online video content, especially in the comedy genre, has picked up significantly with the emergence of several groups such as All India Bakchod, East India Comedy and several stand-up comics.

These content creators are not just doing it for the laughs. There is serious money to be earned through platforms such as YouTube. According to a report by US magazineForbes in October, the 10 top earning content creators on YouTube for 2014 and 2015 earned a grand total of $54 million.

For Tiger Global, this is the second investment in the online video content space. In 2015, Tiger, along with venture capital fund Zodius Capital, invested $18 million in Culture Machine, which runs the Being Indian and several other YouTube channels. The firm helps artists create, promote and monetize their videos on YouTube and other platforms.

The American investor has stakes in close to 50 companies of varying sizes across the country, mostly in the consumer Internet sector. It has invested an estimated $2 billion-plus into these companies, earning it the distinction of being the largest and most active start-up investor here over the last decade.

However, in the last couple of the American investment firm has gone slow on investing in India.

On 12 February, Mint reported that more than half the companies in its portfolio have been told that it will not participate in future funding rounds even on a pro-rata basis. In instances where it does participate in future rounds, it will not take the lead on deals as has been the norm in the past.

This has resulted in a significant churn in its portfolio with several of its portfolio firms becoming acquisition targets. In some cases they have been acquired by firms which are also funded by Tiger Global.

In January, Bengaluru-based property search platform Commonfloor was snapped up by online classifieds platform Quikr in a stock-swap deal. Tiger Global is an investor in both companies. Last week, another Tiger’s investee firm Zo Rooms got acquired by its larger rival OYO Rooms.

Tiger Global counts unicorns such as Flipkart, Quikr and Ola as its portfolio firms.


How to Download Your Instagram Photos and Videos

How to Download Your Instagram Photos and Videos

Instagram, the photo-sharing service, has become one of the most popular platforms for users sharing moments captured with friends, family, and others. In September, the service passed the 400 million user mark with over 80 million pictures shared daily. Last month, Instagram claimed that the numbers of monthly active Indian users had more than doubled over the past year.

But have you ever tried downloading a copy of the photos shared on Instagram? As you may have discovered, the social network only lets users post photos and videos – it doesn’t allow anyone (even you) to save or download the photos from within the app. This way the service tries to protect the rights of the Instagram users who share photos on the app. But there are few workarounds that can help users to save the photos they have uploaded to Instagram.

Via third-party apps on the phone
One of the most widely used third-party Android apps to download Instagram photos is InstaSave, which allows you to save Instagram photos to your device storage, so you can see the pictures anytime, anywhere. The InstaSave app can be downloaded via Google Play.

Note that this and the other apps and services mentioned in this article are third-party software not affiliated to Instagram. These apps use Instagram Oauth for login, which means that although your password remains secure, the entire feed is accessible to the apps. And it’s important to note that you can’t always be sure about the password security either – see instances of rogue apps later in the article. If you understand this, it’s safe to proceed with use of these services.

instasave_screenshots_ndtv.jpgTo save your Instagram pictures, download the InstaSave app on your Android device, and sign in with your Instagram credentials. Once signed-in, the InstaSave app will show the photo stream and will allow images to be selected for download. Users can then choose the photos to download and tap the save button, which appears below the photo with a download icon. On tapping the icon, users will be offered with the location where the photos will be saved on the mobile device. You can then find the photos using the Gallery app on your device. InstaSave also allows you to search for users and tags to find images to save.

Android users can also use other apps, such as Photo Saver For Instagram, for downloading Instagram photos. On the other hand, iOS users can download InstaGrab – a new way to view all your Instagram pics from the App Store, to download Instagram photos to the camera roll on the device. The iOS app functions similarly to the Android apps mentioned above.

While the apps mentioned above worked at the time of filing this report, it’s possible that Instagram policy changes may break them in the future. Instagram recently limited third-party apps after an app named InstaAgent was found to ‘harvest’ user names and passwords and send them to an unknown server. The app called “Who Viewed Your Profile – InstaAgent” was available for download via Google Play and App Store was able to send user credentials to a remote server in clear text.

instagram_generic_iphone_nexus_official.jpgDownload Instagram Photos on PC
Users can also download Instagram photos on their PCs to keep a copy of the shared photos on the desktop. Note that like the apps mentioned above, this is a third-party website, and not affiliated with Instagram. To download the photos from Instagram, users will need to go to the Instaport website on their browsers of the computer.

1) Log-in to Instagram using sign-in details.

2) On signing-in, users can either choose to download entire photos or just some of the select ones.

3) On selecting the photos to download, Instaport will ask for a location to keep the photos.

It’s worth noting that users will download the Instagram photos using the Instaport website in .zip files.

Save your own Instagram photos while posting
One of the easiest ways to keep a copy of your Instagram photos on your mobile is by opting to save both photos as well as videos on the device while posting available. The feature is available to all users in the app settings.

1) Go to your profile.

2) Tap on Options icon (Settings icon on iOS, hamburger menu on Android).

3) Slide the Save Original Photos setting to on.

instagram_setting_photo_backup_ndtv.jpgOnce Save Original Photos option is set to on, photos will automatically saved to your phone’s photo roll every time you post something on Instagram.

Note that people using Instagram on Android may see a delay in photos appearing in their phone’s Instagram photo album.

Did these steps help in downloading your videos and pictures from Instagram? Do you know any other apps or services to achieve the same? Let us know via the comments. For more tutorials, visit our How To section.