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Pocket FM Rewards Employees with First ESOP Buyback Program Worth $8.3 Million

Audio entertainment platform Pocket FM celebrates its employees with a successful $8.3 million ESOP buyback program, highlighting its commitment to employee wealth creation.

Pocket FM Rewards Employees with First ESOP Buyback Program Worth $8.3 Million

Pocket FM, a rising star in the world of audio entertainment, is making waves not just with its content library but also with its commitment to its employees. On April 1st, the company announced the successful completion of its first Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) buyback program, worth a cool $8.3 million. This move underscores Pocket FM's dedication to recognizing the contributions of its team and fostering a culture that prioritizes employee growth.

 

The news comes on the heels of Pocket FM's impressive Series D funding round in March, which secured $103 million and propelled the company's valuation to a staggering $750 million. This buyback program follows a growing trend in the Indian startup scene, with companies like PhonePe and Swiggy utilizing ESOPs to empower their workforce. By offering these stock ownership opportunities and facilitating buybacks at attractive prices, companies empower employees, particularly those who join early on, to build significant wealth over time.

 

Founded in 2018 by Rohan Nayak, Prateek Dixit, and Nishanth Srinivas, Pocket FM boasts a treasure trove of audio content, exceeding 100,000 hours. This vast library caters to diverse interests, featuring over 2,000 exclusive audio series and a mind-blowing collection of more than 400,000 episodes. From captivating romances and thrilling dramas to fantastical adventures and mind-bending science fiction, Pocket FM offers content in both English and Hindi, along with various regional Indian languages like Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Bengali, Kannada, and Marathi.

 

The platform employs a freemium model, providing users with access to a limited number of episodes daily. To unlock a wider selection of content, users can purchase virtual coins, mirroring popular models employed in mobile gaming. This approach has proven highly successful, with Pocket FM achieving an annualized revenue rate (ARR) of a staggering $150 million globally in just under two years. Even more impressive is the platform's phenomenal quarterly growth rate of 57%. Notably, over $100 million of this revenue stems from the United States market alone, according to a statement by co-founder Rohan Nayak last month.

 

Recognizing the evolving entertainment landscape, Pocket FM took a bold step in February by launching Pocket Novel, a dedicated online platform for reading novels. This strategic move expands their offerings beyond audio content and caters to the growing demand for digital reading experiences. The company has dedicated a significant investment of $40 million to support this new venture. By leveraging Pocket Novel alongside its core audio streaming service, Pocket FM aims to reach a global annualized revenue rate (ARR) of $100 million by 2025.

 

In conclusion, Pocket FM's successful ESOP buyback program stands as a testament to the company's commitment to its employees and its vision for long-term growth. As the company continues to innovate and expand its content offerings, Pocket FM is poised to solidify its position as a frontrunner in the world of digital entertainment.

 


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