Kunal Shah is the Founder & Director at FreeCharge. He started FreeCharge in August 2010 with the aim to build a business that turned Recharges in to Rewarding Experiences for its consumers. FreeCharge is one of the rare and original e-commerce / transactional products built out of an understanding of the Indian consumer’s psyche instead of aping global products.
Kunal is a believer in the power of "FREE." While working at his previous startup PaisaBack, he was struck by an epiphany that talk time can be made “Free” by giving away coupons and vouchers along with recharges. Today under his leadership, FreeCharge has emerged as a leader in Mobile Commerce space in India and grown over 1000% since January 2014. Kunal’s mission is to get every Indian to do mobile transactions via FreeCharge.
FreeCharge recently announced that it has crossed over 6 Million App Downloads, of which 5 Million have happened on Google Play Store making it the fastest growing app in Shopping Category as well as in India. Kunal also led FreeCharge’s two acquisitions in 2014 - Wishberg & Preburn. As a reinforcement to FreeCharge’s growth story, the startup also raised $33Mn Series B funding from some of the best Venture Capital firms in the world - Sequoia, Ru-Net & Sofina.
Kunal is an avid student of behavioural economics & science and a hardcore poker player. He is also a proud college dropout from the NMIMS MBA program.