Phanindra Sama

  • Phanindra Sama

    Co-Founder & CEO, Redbus

    Phanindra Sama “Phani” is Co-Founder & CEO of, India’s largest bus ticketing company.

    Founded in Aug. 2006, redBus today has operations across 25 states and offers services for ~39,000+ routes and has built relationship with about 1500+ bus operators and 40,000+ travel agents.  

    redBus is amongst Forbes top 5 startups to watch in 2010. redBus is ranked no#1 amongst the fastest growing companies in India in a survey done by All World Network. And is also awarded India’s best internet startup, 2010 by IMAI.

    Phani is ranked no# 3 amongst India’s Most Promising Entrepreneurs by Business World. He has been chosen as a Global Shaper 2011 of the World Economic Forum. He was awarded Entrepreneur of the year award under IT, ITES category by ET NOW, the BITSAA 30 under 30 award and Ranked 4 in ‘Impact digital power 100’ in India in 2013. He is also selected as Endeavor Entrepreneur and TiE Entrepreneur.

    He was a State ranker in Intermediate examination, Andhra Pradesh Sr. Secondary Board, graduated with distinction from BITS-Pilani, and worked with Texas Instruments, Bangalore before he co-founded redBus.